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CBS Journalist to Head Journalism Masters Program

September 17, 2009 – Veteran Washington journalist Denise Li (G’86) will join the School of Continuing Studies as associate dean for the Master’s of Professional Studies Journalism Program this semester.

“Denise Li brings to Georgetown the right balance of experience as an accomplished reporter and producer with demonstrated excellence in the field of journalism,” said Robert Manuel, dean for the School of Continuing Studies. “She will help prepare our students to become leaders in today’s challenging print, broadcast and digital news environments.”

Li Brings Years of CBS Experience

Li returns to her alma mater after spending more than 20 years on CBS News’ award-winning broadcast Face The Nation – one of the longest-running news programs on television. She has served as the program’s associate producer, producer and senior producer.

During her tenure at Face The Nation, Li managed the editorial and visual content of the broadcast, coordinated the program’s live production needs, increased bookings of exclusive newsmakers and helped Face The Nation score repeated double-digit ratings gains. She also has served as a CBS News special events producer, a position that allowed her to cover elections, inaugurations and other major news events.

“Our loss is Georgetown’s gain,” said Bob Schieffer, CBS’s chief Washington correspondent and moderator for Face the Nation. “Denise is one of the smartest people in network television. We’re really going to miss her. But I know she’ll bring the kind of practical hands-on experience that is going to be a real benefit to Georgetown.” 

In addition to her experience in broadcast news, Li spent many years researching and reporting for Time Magazine, where she covered Asia, Europe, the former Soviet Union and Africa.

She also helped launch a successful series for Time Life Books as the lead reporter for their Library of Nations Series on China and Japan.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with Bob Schieffer and some of the best journalists and technical professionals in the business – covering some of the most influential newsmakers and important events of our time,” Li said. “I’m excited now to be bringing that experience to Georgetown and using it to help the next generation of journalists reach their potential.”

Over the years, Li has been active in Washington DC’s Chinese-American community, and she has developed and taught Mandarin and Cantonese language programs for Chinese American youth in the D.C. metropolitan area.

A 1979 graduate of Barnard College, Li earned her master’s degree in liberal studies from Georgetown University in 1986.

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