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School of Communication

Journalism Adjuncts

Susan Carlson Bruce Japsen
John Carpenter Edie Kasten
Sue Castorino-Minkoff Kris Kridel
Robert Herguth Michael Limon
Julianne Hill Randy Minkoff
Dodie Hofstetter Whitney Woodward



In fall 2009 the School of Communication started offering students access to a Chicago news gathering institution the City News Bureau. For over 100 years Chicago hosted one of the best news bureaus in the country.  Young reporters learned at The City New Bureau of Chicago how the city worked and how they could best cover the city.  We are re-launching that bureau in the form of a course this fall.  It will be taught by two remarkable journalism veterans.  Paul Zimbrakos was the Managing Editor of the bureau  for a number of years before it closed its doors and tutored many of the best journalists in the country. Jack Smith was the former CBS Bureau Chief in Chicago and Washington DC.  Together they will make this class a rich learning lab and help students discover how best to cover a city and its inner-workings.                                                                


 Susan Carlson,‌ former WBBM-TV/CBS 2 News Anchor, joins WMAQ-TV  NBC 5 Chicago's weekend morning newscasts, according to Chicagoland Radio and Media's website in July 2013. Carlson had been a morning co-anchor at CBS since 2002. She is a Chicago-area native and credentialed journalist.

Prior to joining CBS 2, Carlson served as a news reporter and fill-in anchor on the “Roe Conn and Garry Meier” radio show on WLS-AM, while also working as a freelance reporter at WLS-TV. During her tenure at WLS, she gained international media exposure when selected to serve as a witness to the execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Other stations she’s worked at over the years include WGN-TV, WTMX-FM, WSCR-AM, WJMK-FM and WXLC-FM.

Carlson has been recognized for excellence in broadcasting throughout her career. Her many honors include: five local Emmy Awards; an Edward R. Murrow Award for “Best News Feature” (2001); and The Chicagoland Achievement in Radio Award for “Best News Reporter,” (2001).

Carlson graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Honors Program at Loyola University in 1991 with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and minor in English, and earned a Master’s degree in Journalism at Roosevelt University in 2009. She grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and currently lives in the city.

Award winning journalist John Carpenter, who was the editor of the Chicago Sun Times' Homicide Watch Chicago, recently joined the Chicago Tribune to report on the business start-up community. He will be teaching Reporting and Writing Fall semester for the School of Communication. A formerly a staff writer for the Chicago Sun Times, Carpenter has also been a staff reporter for the Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill.; the Transcript Newspapers, Denhalm, Mass.; and The Cape Codder, in Orleans, Mass. Carpenter has a BA in Speech Communications from Boston College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Carlow University, in Pittsburgh.


Sue Castorino-Minkoff  has enjoyed two distinguished careers;  first as a nationally recognized broadcast journalist, and today as the president of The Speaking Specialists in Chicago.

Castorino served as a news anchor and reporter at stations in Cleveland(NBC and ABC) and in Chicago at all-news WBBM-AM(CBS).   Since 1986 she has provided her communication expertise to collegiate and professional athletes, Olympians, and corporate executives. She has conducted interactive sessions at more than 100 colleges and universities on understanding today’s changing media, the art of the interview & crisis communication, and freedom from fear of public speaking. She has provided media training to the National Football League, Major League Baseball, and to American Olympians since the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney.
She currently teaches two courses at Loyola:  Public Speaking & Critical Thinking, and Sports Broadcasting.   A native of Columbus, Ohio, she is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Speech.   

Randy Minkoff has the rare distinction of having expertise in both print and broadcasting as a nationally recognized journalist.  For nearly two decades he was Midwest sports editor for United Press International, where he covered major sporting events including various Super Bowls,  World Series, and the Kentucky Derby.  He then gained fame at WGN Radio, where he served as reporter, anchor, talk show host and play-by-play announcer for DePaul men’s basketball with the legendary Ray Meyer as his broadcast partner.

He joined The Speaking Specialists in 1996 and has provided media training to the National Football League, Major League Baseball, and to American Olympians since the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney.   He has conducted interactive sessions at more than 100 colleges and universities on dealing with 21st century media, and the art of the interview & crisis communication.

Minkoff is also the author of “For Love of Ivy”, the biography of former Cub Ron Santo.   He currently teaches Sports Broadcasting at Loyola.   A native of St. Louis, MO, he is a graduate of Drake University.

Brett Chase is an award-winning journalist specializing in online media, investigative reporting, health care and financial news. Chase has covered a wide range of topics at the national and local levels, from the consolidation of the banking industry to the debate over genetically engineered foods. Most recently, he’s written about new drug discoveries, the fight over President Obama’s health care reform and the growth of medical marijuana as an industry. He’s covered the intersection of health and business for more than a decade.

Chase is an investigator for the Better Government Association in Chicago and is a former editor for Crain’s Chicago Business, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Bloomberg News. A native of Iowa, Chase has lived and worked in Chicago since 1995. He’s taught at Loyola University Chicago since 2009.  

Julianne Hill has won numerous honors for her work in print, radio and television in national outlets during her more than 25 years in journalism. Hill served as a Rosalynn Carter Fellow, won three Peter Lisagor Awards from The Chicago Headline Club, a Chris Award from the Film Council of Greater Columbus, two Silver Apple Awards from the National Educational Media Network and was a team member earning the George Foster Peabody Award, among other awards.

Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s in Fine Arts at Northwestern University, focusing on creative non-fiction, and teaches at Loyola University Chicago and Tribeca Flashpoint, the Academy for Media Arts and Sciences. She lives with her bright and beautiful 15-year-old son, Nicolas, in Chicago.

Robert Herguth, the investigations editor for the Better Government Association, is an adjunct professor and faculty adviser to Loyola's student newspaper, The Phoenix.
Herguth has served as assignment editor, assistant metro editor and staff reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times, where he worked for nearly a decade, until 2008. He also has been managing editor of the (Milwaukee) Business Journal, and has freelanced for The New York Times, Newsweek, Chicago Magazine and Crain's Chicago Business.
His first full-time journalism job was at the famed -- but now-defunct -- wire service, the City News Bureau of Chicago, where he wrote about everything from murders and fires to politics and religion.
Aside from working for the BGA, Herguth owns a small media company that operates a number of online news publications -- including ChicagoCatholicNews.com, ChicagoUnionNews.com, ChicagoWildlifeNews.com, and ObituaryChicago.com.

He's taught at Loyola University Chicago since 2006. His classes have included: Reporting and Writing; Writing and Marketing Articles; Investigative Reporting; Ethics and Communication; and Advanced Reporting.  In 2007, he created and helped supervise an internship program at the Sun-Times for Loyola students to spend part of a semester reporting and writing in the newsroom. In 2008, he was named adviser to The Phoenix, which has been recognized for excellence by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Herguth attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette and started his undergraduate work at Loyola University Chicago, later earning his BA from the University of Missouri Columbia in political science and history.

Dorothy (Dodie) Hofstetter is a member of the editorial board at the Chicago Tribune and the Voice of the People editor for the editorial board, responsible for editing the letters-to-the section. She also writes stories for the Tribune and edits the  Commentary and Perspective sections of the paper. Hofstetter will be teaching Feature and Opinion Writing for the School of Communication in Fall 2012.

Hofstetter, who had been with the Chicago Tribune for over 30 years, had worked a a copy editor, news editor, photo editor, graphics editor and assistant sections editor. She has taught copy editing in Northwestern's graduate program in the Medill School of Journalism and reporting and opinion writing at Columbia College.

Hofstetter received her BA in Journalism from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis.                                                                                          

Bruce Japsen is a health care business reporter, contributing health business and policy stories to the New York Times and its Prescriptions news blog. He teaches Reporting and Writing, Feature and Opinion Writing. For several years Japsen also has taught an advanced level healthcare writing course, which is now part of the new Journalism curriculum.

Japsen, who has been a Chicago-based health care journalist for more than 20 years, was the Chicago Tribune's health care reporter from 1998 to 2011. He was previously a staff reporter for one of Crain Communications Inc.’s Modern Healthcare magazine. He has a BA in mass communication from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa and sits on the U of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication advisory board. He also teaches medical writing and editing at the University Of Chicago Graham School Of General Studies. 

Outside of the classroom and office he enjoys spending time with his daughter, being involved in her school and helping coach her in basketball.

When asked about his teaching philosophy, Japsen said, “I like to make courses relevant to my students, hoping they will learn writing and reporting by first exploring things that interest them. He said,” As for how I conduct my class, I want my students to engage in stories that interest them because young people are the toughest demographic for news organizations to figure out.”                                                                   

Edie Kasten is a writer and special projects producer. She has been developing, researching, writing and field producing news and special projects on topics including health and medicine, education, crime, disabilities, mental health, social, family. legal issues and personality profiles since 1982. Kasten has won six Emmy Awards and 18 Emmy nominations for her work. She has also earned National Association of Black Journalists Award for Excellence, Cardinal's Communications Award from Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, two Gold Bell awards from Illinois Mental Health Assn., Associated Press award, and a Peter Lisagor Award nomination.

Kasten was a Benton Fellow in Broadcasting at the University of Chicago. She earned her BS in Journalism from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urban and received the William Randolph Hearst Award for Excellence.

Kris Kridel is midday co-anchor at WBBM News Radio 780 and co-host of the WBBM Noon Business hour.  She will be teaching Broadcast News in Spring 2008.

As reporter-anchor at WBBM since 1986, she has won awards for best reporter, feature, newscast and documentary from the Associated Press and United Press International; Peter Lisagor and RTNDA honors and a National Headliner Award. Kridel’s writing and reporting were featured in Ted White’s 1993 book Broadcast Newswriting and Reporting.

Kridel has an BA in journalism from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, and an MA from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Reporting.

Before joining WBBM, Kris worked as a reporter-anchor and news director at WFYR, Chicago. She taught broadcast journalism at Loyola University Chicago in 1984 and 1985. 

Michael Limón is a veteran journalist/editor who has led and been part of award-winning teams at a wide range of top newspapers. Most recently, as business editor at The Salt Lake Tribune, the Money section under his supervision was honored with multiple General Excellence awards by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). Previous to that, during more than a decade with the Gannett Co., in roles ranging from assistant managing editor to executive editor, he was twice named a Gannett Newsroom Supervisor of the Year and was honored by The Associated Press, among others.

Limón began his career as a reporter at The Wichita Eagle before serving in a variety of editing positions at The Dallas Morning News and The Sacramento Bee. He is a lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, a site-team evaluator for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC), and serves on the Board of Visitors for the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, his alma mater (BA journalism). 

Limón and wife Robbin, who have two grown children, recently relocated to Chicago and live in the West Loop. He is an avid skier who enjoys live music of almost any genre and collects first-edition books.


Whitney Woodward is a former state government and politics reporter who does policy research and public education work at the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. There, she works on the state and local level on topics including campaign finance reform, redistricting, and judicial independence. Woodward has covered state government and campaigns for the Associated Press, Lee Enterprises newspapers and the Chicago Sun-Times from the capitals in North  Carolina, Iowa and Illinois, respectively. She taught Politics and the Press for SoC in  Fall 2012.

Woodward has an MA in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield and a BA in Journalism for Loyola University Chicago.



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