Beth Knobel


Beth Knobel had a 20-year long career as a journalist before joining the Fordham University faculty in 2007. She brings experience in all major areas of journalism—newspapers, magazines, television, radio and Internet--to her classes. From 1999 to 2006, she was the Moscow Bureau Chief for CBS News. In nine years at CBS, she worked as both an on-air correspondent as well as a producer.  She is a recipient of an Emmy award for coverage of the 2002 Moscow theater attack, and Edward R. Murrow and Sigma Delta Chi awards for coverage of the 2004 Beslan school siege. She also worked on the CBS News 48 Hours episode “Caught” on the Boston Marathon bombings, which won an Emmy in 2014. She still works as a freelance producer and reporter for CBS News, focusing on Russian affairs.

Dr. Knobel spent 14 years total living in Moscow, where she worked for The Los Angeles Times, the television news agency Worldwide Television News, and the production company Feature Story before joining CBS News.  Earlier in her career, she worked for The New York Times and Ladies‘ Home Journal magazine, and during her student days edited The Columbia Daily Spectator and Governance: The Harvard Journal of Public Policy.  Dr. Knobel received masters and doctoral degrees in public policy from Harvard University, and her bachelors with honors in political science from Barnard College, Columbia University.

In 2010, Dr. Knobel co-authored a guidebook for young journalists with CBS News legend Mike Wallace, Heat and Light: Advice for the Next Generation of Journalists. She is currently writing a new book on how watchdog reporting has fared in the Internet era.  Publication of The Watchdog Still Barks is expected later this year by Fordham University Press. She also is studying the influence of the Internet and social media on politics in Russia.

At Fordham, Dr. Knobel teaches hands-on courses in all areas of journalism, journalism history, and political communication.  She received tenure in 2014 and was named Undergraduate Associate Chair in 2015.  and From 2012-14, she taught in Fordham College at Rose Hill's Manresa Program, where select freshmen take a small seminar in their proposed major. She was honored in 2012 with the first Fordham College at Rose Hill Research Mentorship Award in the social science, for involving undergraduates in her research. In 2010, Dr. Knobel received a Beacon Exemplar Award from Fordham's United Student Government. She serves as the advisor to the Rose Hill student newspaper, The Ram.

Outside of Fordham, Dr. Knobel currently serves as a judge for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, and as vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the Columbia Daily Spectator. She also blogs for the Huffington Post. She serves as an expert witness in legal cases involving journalism.

PHOTOS: Above top, on CBSN, January 2017.  Just above, interviewing then-Senator Barack Obama, Moscow, 2005. Far below, With Anne-Marie Green (right) on the set of CBS News Up To The Minute, February 2014.


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