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Gene Foreman

Visiting Professor, Journalism

Biography

Gene Foreman joined the Penn State faculty in 1998 after retiring from The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he managed newsroom operations for more than 25 years under various titles -- managing editor, executive editor and deputy editor. During his tenure The Inquirer won 18 Pulitzer Prizes.

At Penn State, he was the Larry and Ellen Foster Professor from 1999 until his retirement from full-time teaching in December 2006. He taught courses in news editing, news media ethics and newspaper management. In 2003, Foreman received two awards for excellence in teaching in the College of Communications -- the Deans' Award and the Alumni Society Award.

As a visiting professor, he continues to direct a conference of distinguished writers, in which acclaimed journalists are brought to campus each semester to discuss their experiences and techniques. The conference was originally the Foster Conference of Distinguished Writers but was renamed the Foster-Foreman Conference in 2011.

His textbook, "The Ethical Journalist: Making Responsible Decisions in the Pursuit of News," was published in fall 2009 by Wiley-Blackwell.

Foreman spent 41 years in newspaper journalism -- not counting eight summer jobs in high school and college, or his carrier route before that. He was the managing editor of three different newspapers: the Pine Bluff (Ark.) Commercial, the Arkansas Democrat in Little Rock, and The Inquirer. Also during his career he worked as a reporter and assigning editor at the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock, as a copy editor at The New York Times, and as the senior editor in charge of news and copy desks at Newsday on Long Island.

He was president of the Associated Press Managing Editors in 1990 and was a board member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors from 1995 to 1998. In 1998 he received a career achievement award from the Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Foreman is a journalism graduate of Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, which honored him in 1990 as a Distinguished Alumnus. At Arkansas State he earned an Army Reserve commission through ROTC, and after active duty in the field artillery he spent 11 years in the Reserve, ending his military service as a major.