Medill News Service

Washington, D.C.

About Medill News Service

The stories here were reported, written and produced by Northwestern University graduate journalism students in the Washington program of the Medill School. Most also were published or broadcast by media organizations across the country served by Medill Washington’s unique news service, which focuses on how public policy affects people’s lives. Medill Washington also specializes in enterprise reporting, multimedia and online journalism and on accountability, using the power of the computer and the wellspring of the database to uncover misbehavior by people in power. The Washington program’s reporting has been recognized professionally by numerous awards, including prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Press Foundation and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Medill Washington students are fully credentialed working journalists getting real-world experience, a hallmark of the Medill School. Combined with their training at Medill’s Evanston campus and in Medill’s Chicago newsroom , the Washington experience has helped launch hundreds of successful careers  in print, online and video journalism.

Reaching Medill Washington

1325 G Street NW, Suite 730
Washington, DC, 20005

You may reach the Medill Washington Program by calling the newsroom at 202.347.8700 or by e-mailing the office manager, Wafaa Hussein, at

About the Faculty

Peter Eisner

Peter Eisner, an award-winning foreign correspondent and author, has served as editor and reporter at The Washington Post, Newsday and The Associated Press. Eisner was correspondent and consulting producer at the PBS programs Newshour Weekend and World Focus and was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award in 2010.

Eisner served as deputy foreign editor and Washington, D.C, political editor with the Washington Post from 2003-2007. As Asia editor, he coordinated the Post’s award-winning coverage of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Prior to that he was foreign editor and senior foreign correspondent of Newsday, and received the InterAmerican Press Association Award for distinguished reporting on drug trafficking in Latin America. He was a bureau chief and correspondent for The Associated Press in the United States and Latin America. In 1994, he founded NewsCom, an online international news and photo transmission agency.

From 1999 to 2001, Eisner was the managing director of the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington-based watchdog organization. There he founded an online publication,, which won national investigative reporting awards its first year of existence. He was an early member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

His upcoming book, MACARTHUR’S SPIES, is a non-fiction account of guerrillas and the American underground in Japanese occupied Manila during World War Two. He is also co-author with Philip Brenner of the forthcoming CUBA’S QUEST FOR SOVEREIGNTY: A 500-YEAR HISTORY.

Eisner’s 2013 book, THE POPE’S LAST CRUSADE, reveals the story of the lesser-known Pope Pius XI, who served before World War Two and engaged an American Jesuit journalist to help him oppose Hitler, Mussolini and anti-Semitism. The book was a History Book Club and Catholic Book Club monthly selection. His 2004 book, THE FREEDOM LINE, which won the Christopher Award, is the story of young resistance workers in occupied Europe who rescued downed Allied fighter pilots during World War II.

His other books include THE ITALIAN LETTER, with co-author Knut Royce, which traces fraudulent U.S. intelligence prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq; and America’s Prisoner, the memoirs of Manuel Antonio Noriega.

Eisner, who lives in Bethesda, Maryland, is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and holds a holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish language literature from Rutgers University.


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Cheryl Jackson

Cheryl Jackson started her journalism career as a newspaper diversity columnist with her first job in the news business as a features reporter and diversity columnist for The Columbus Republic. Her column, “It Takes All Kinds,” which she wrote for more than a decade, covered cross cultural issues including poverty and inequality.

She later pursued interest in broadcast journalism and worked as a features reporter for WTIU Radio while pursing graduate studies in the discipline at Indiana University. Her first on-camera job was with WSBT and the South Bend Tribune as a convergence reporter. She also has worked as a general assignment reporter at WRTV- Indianapolis. At Indiana University/Purdue University Cheryl taught newspaper reporting and later she became a visiting, full-time broadcast news professor at Indiana University, Bloomington.

In addition to teaching broadcast students at Medill, Cheryl is a freelance correspondent for CNN, a contributor to Racing Toward Diversity Magazine and is doing a series of diversity projects for PBS. She is a member of the National Press Club and the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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Ellen Shearer

Ellen Shearer is the William F. Thomas Professor at Medill and Washington director and bureau chief.  She also is co-director of the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative. She led the “Powertrips” investigative projects in 2004 and 2006, in which Medill DC reporters created databases of privately sponsored congressional travel as part of a series of investigative stories. The project won an Investigative Reporters and Editors award. She and her students followed up a few years later with “Pentagon Travel,” a similar investigation of privately sponsored Defense Department travel. She was co-director of the 2006 News21 project in which 10 Medill fellows investigated the federal government and privacy in the post-9/11 world.

She is co-author of the book “Nonvoters: America’s No-Shows,” has written chapters in five other books and is a regular contributor to “The American Editor” magazine.

Ellen is president of the Washington Press Club Foundation and has coordinated judging for the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual awards competition for more than 10 years.

Before joining the Medill faculty, she was a senior editor at New York Newsday, a consulting editor at Newhouse News Service, marketing executive at Reuters, and bureau chief and reporter for United Press International.

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