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Mark Lodato, an award-winning journalist who helped build the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University to national prominence, today was named dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.
“We are fortunate to have found such an experienced, innovative and highly competitive leader to build on past success and propel the Newhouse School into the next decade to greater distinction,” said Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost John Liu.
Long considered one of the nation’s best schools of communication, Newhouse serves 2,300 students with more than 200 employees, including 80 full-time faculty members across 18 academic units.
Lodato was named assistant dean in 2010 and associate dean in 2017. In those roles, he increased undergraduate enrollment and retention; led advising, high school programs and student success operations; and oversaw the broadcast news and sports media programs.
He also created professional partnerships with national and regional media organizations, including NBC News, CBS News, ABC News, Univision, Fox Sports Arizona, Pac-12 Networks, E.W. Scripps Co., TEGNA and Meredith Corporation.
He also serves as associate general manager for innovation and design at Arizona PBS, the state’s main public television station and one of the nation’s largest PBS stations. Arizona PBS is operated by the Cronkite School.
Lodato also co-authored “News Now: Visual Storytelling in the Digital Age,” a textbook used at more than 30 universities around the world.
Prior to his career in higher education, Lodato was an Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter, political correspondent and anchor at network affiliates in Phoenix, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Ft. Myers, Florida.
He received an undergraduate journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master of education in higher and post-secondary education from Arizona State.
His appointment was approved by the Executive Committee of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees. He starts July 1.