News veteran Garrick Utley joins SUNY Oswego faculty

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego has named longtime NBC and ABC news veteran Garrick Utley as senior fellow and professor of broadcasting and journalism in the college’s School of Communication, Media and the Arts.

Utley will teach and hold seminars in the communication studies department in a variety of topical areas related to contemporary journalism, modern media and globalization. In addition to teaching, Utley will continue to serve as the director of New York in the World, an initiative of the SUNY Levin Institute that focuses on the competitiveness of New York in today’s global economy.

Garrick Utley
Garrick Utley

Before joining Oswego’s communication studies faculty, Utley served as founding president of the Levin Institute of the State University of New York from 2003 to 2011.

“We are delighted to welcome Garrick Utley to Oswego,” said college President Deborah F. Stanley. “His experience guiding many of SUNY’s recent initiatives relating to globalization coupled with his extensive international experience as a prominent foreign correspondent will raise our college’s profile in international education and research and help us internationalize our learning environment as we further develop such programs as our distinctive Global Laboratory.”

The school he joins at Oswego is the newest of the college’s four major academic units formed to capitalize on the ongoing changes in media-related disciplines.

“His knowledge of today’s evolving news landscape coupled with his unique experiences in national and international events provides Oswego students with the ability to explore today’s complex interactive media scene,” said Fritz Messere, dean of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts. “The school is honored that he has accepted this appointment.”

Utley said, “The School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego is a recognized leader in its fields. I am excited to be joining the faculty and working with the students. This offers the opportunity to draw on my professional and personal experience in media, journalism and communications, which are all undergoing dramatic and rapid change. Working together I know we will be able to understand and cope with what these changes will mean for all of us as individuals and as a society.”

Broadcast background

Utley brings a unique perspective in the field of broadcast journalism. Before joining SUNY, he worked as a broadcast journalist on NBC, ABC and CNN, as well as public radio and public television, specializing on international affairs.

Utley began his career with NBC News in Brussels in 1963. In 1964-1965 he covered the American entry into the Vietnam War and then served as NBC’s correspondent in Berlin, Paris and London. In the 1980s he was the network’s chief foreign correspondent working out of the New York headquarters. Utley also served as anchor of the weekend editions of NBC Nightly News (1971-1973 and 1988-1993). He was the host of several network magazine programs, the Sunday edition of “Today” and the moderator of “Meet the Press.”

From 1993 to 1996, Utley was chief foreign correspondent for ABC News based in London and, from 1997 to 2002, he was a contributor for CNN.

Utley has received broadcast journalism’s most respected honors, including the Overseas Press Club’s Edward R. Murrow Award and the George Foster Peabody Award. He is the author of the book “You Should Have Been Here Yesterday,” published by PublicAffairs in 2000, a narrative of the growth of television news in the United States. He holds honorary degrees from Carleton College and Pomona College.

Utley currently serves on the board of the American Council on Germany (chairman 1998-2011) and on the board of advisers of Doctors Without Borders. His board service has also included the Council on Foreign Relations (1993-2003), Carleton College (1982-2006) and Public Radio International (1996-2008).

Utley lives in New York City with his wife Gertje, who is an art historian.