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Journalist in Residence Programs

For more than 30 years, UW-Madison’s Journalist in Residence programs have offered the world’s top journalists an opportunity to share their expertise, engage with the campus community, and collaborate with university scholars.

The university offers residency programs in Science, Public Affairs, Business, Journalism Ethics and Wisconsin. Visiting journalists spend approximately one week on campus, participating in public forums, and serving as a resource for students, faculty and staff.

The Journalist in Residence programs are sponsored by University Communications and campus partners, including the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, the Wisconsin School of Business and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, with support from the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association.

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Spring 2021 Journalists in Residence

The university offers residency programs in Science, Public Affairs, Business, Journalism Ethics and Wisconsin. As part of the UW-Madison Spring Journalist in Residence Event Series: Facing the Future, we are welcoming the following journalists for virtual events:

Center for Journalism Ethics – Byron Pitts; ABC News

Public Affairs – Amy Westervelt; Founder, Critical Frequency podcast network

UW-Madison Science  – Michelle Nijhuis; journalist, editor 

Journalist in Residence Public Events


Amy Westervelt
Wednesday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. CT

Byron Pitts
Friday, April 23 at 9:00 a.m. CT

Michelle Nijhuis
Tuesday, April 27 at 4:00 p.m. CT

This is a brilliant program and I'm delighted to have been part of it. Madison is an inspirational place, full of smart and engaged students. The researchers here are doing some of the most important science and other scholarship in the world, and the Writer in Residence program is a great way to help share that work.

Laura Helmuth, Science Journalist in Resident

About the Program

  • Journalists in Residence come to campus for four to six days. A typical schedule may include a Sunday arrival with a Friday departure.
  • The Journalist in Residence programs are offered during the fall and spring semesters. The exact timing of the visit is determined by the journalist in consultation with UW-Madison program organizers.
  • Schedules vary from day to day, and typically include visits to classrooms, one-on-one meetings with students, talks with faculty and staff, luncheons and dinners, interviews with local journalists and informal meetings with campus communicators. At least one public talk is scheduled during the week.
  • Time is built in for those journalists wishing to explore campus or meet with faculty and staff experts.
  • UW-Madison arranges travel, lodging and covers all meal expenses during the visit.
  • Journalists in Residence are provided an on-campus office during their stay.
  • A honorarium is provided to the Journalist in Residence.
  • Attend and actively engage with students during scheduled classroom visits. A schedule will be provided prior to your arrival.
  • Participate in lectures, meetings, meals, social activities and other events recommended by program organizers. Typically, one public lecture, presentation or panel discussion is scheduled during the week.

All Journalists in Residence are hand-selected by university faculty and staff. For additional information, please reach out to individual program contacts or contact University Communications.

Contact Us

For General Inquiries:

University Communications
27 Bascom Hall (Map)
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1380
Phone: 608-262-3571
contact-us@uc.wisc.edu