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Featured Profile: Marty Steffens


Marty Steffens

Martha “Marty” Steffens influences journalists across the globe.

Before joining the University of Missouri in 2002, Steffens was an innovator in the newspaper industry. She worked for the Los Angeles Times, Minneapolis Star and other leading publications, including serving as executive editor of the San Francisco Examiner.

Steffens now trains journalists globally. She has organized workshops in more than 30 countries including Macedonia, Moldova, China and India and was the first to train women journalists in Saudi Arabia. She has been a visiting professor at Moscow State University in Russia and has lectured in China.

Steffens has been a leader in civic journalism, which seeks to meld journalism and the democratic process to engage citizens. She served on the Pew Center for Civic Journalism’s advisory board and chairs the North American Committee of the International Press Institute. She led a press mission to Spain to successfully advocate for a change in press law, was an advisor to CBS MarketWatch and is an ex-officio member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers board of trustees. In 2014, she was named a distinguished alumna of Indiana University.

With graduate students, Steffens focuses on how journalists cover financial crises, as well as how rhetoric informs coverage of global financial issues.

Marty Steffens is the Society of American Business Editors and Writers endowed chair and a professor of business and financial journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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