Stephen B. Shepard is the founding dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. He was editor-in-chief of Business Week for more than 20 years, senior editor for national affairs at Newsweek, and editor of the Saturday Review.
An adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Journalism from 1971 to 1976, he co-founded the school's Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism, serving as its first director. He was president of the American Society of Magazine Editors from 1992 to 1994.
A native New Yorker, he graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, received his Bachelor's degree from the City College of New York, and a Master's from Columbia. He and his wife, Lynn Povich, live in New York.
His journalistic memoir, "Deadlines and Disruption: My Turbulent Path From Print to Digital," was published in September 2012 by McGraw-Hill.
"Deadlines and Disruption" is a book about journalism at a time of radical disruption, written as a memoir by someone who lived through it. Fundamentally a tale of transition, it is the passage of a working-class kid from the Bronx who rises to the top of the magazine world. It is the story of how he built Business Week into one of the world's best and most lucrative magazines, only to see it later succumb to the imperatives of the Internet age. It is the saga of how, at age 65, he launched a new graduate school of journalism for a new era, struggling himself to understand the topsy-turvy forces at work - and to accept them. And, ultimately, it is the transformation of journalism itself as it tries to find new business models for the digital age.
Here's what Walter Isaacson, best-selling author of "Steve Jobs," says about Shepard's book:
"This is a personal and insightful book about one of the most important questions of our time: how will journalism make the transition to the digital age? Steve Shepard made that leap bravely when he went from being a great magazine editor to the first dean of the City University of New York journalism school. His tale is filled with great lessons for us all."