Reynolds Center President Andrew Leckey named Fulbright Specialist to Taiwan

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Andrew Leckey, president of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has been named a Fulbright Specialist to Taiwan. 

The announcement marks the third time Leckey, who also is chair in business journalism at the Cronkite School, has received the designation of Fulbright, a program of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Leckey in March will begin a four-week assignment at Shih Hsin University’s College of Journalism and Communications in Taipei, Taiwan. He will be teaching aspects of business and economic journalism at the university as well as doing research and lecturing.

“I am grateful to both Fulbright and Shih Hsin University for selecting me for this project to both lecture and learn among outstanding faculty and students in a remarkable place,” said Leckey. “As in my past assignments, clear economic communication and understanding is my focus and has never been more important.”

Leckey also was a Fulbright Scholar at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, for six months in 2014, and a Fulbright Specialist at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, in 2016.

“Andrew has played a key role in establishing the Cronkite School as a leader in business journalism education,” said Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan. “We’re thrilled to see him expanding the school’s impact around the globe.”

In addition to Leckey, several other Cronkite faculty members have participated in the Fulbright Specialist program.

Cronkite Professor Steve Doig was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair professorship in 2016, spending four months teaching data journalism at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. In 2010, he spent four months in Portugal as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair, teaching graduate students at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and lecturing around the country.

Cronkite Assistant Dean B. William Silcock is a two-time Fulbright Scholar who conducted research in Sweden in 1997 and Ireland in 1992. Silcock also is curator of the U.S. State Department’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fulbright Fellowship program at the Cronkite School, which brings midcareer professionals from around the globe to study journalism.

The Fulbright Scholars program sends faculty from the U.S. abroad to other countries to lecture, conduct research or participate in seminars. Established in 1946, the Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

ASU is recognized as one of the top producers of Fulbright Faculty Scholars, with faculty canvassing the world serving in different countries and institutions. Since 2000, ASU has received more than 130 faculty appointments from the Fulbright Faculty Scholars program.

For students, ASU ranked seventh among public institutions for student Fulbright awards in 2017-18.

Over the past 10 years, ASU has produced 185 student Fulbright winners, ranking eighth among all PhD-granting institutions and ahead of Stanford, which has sent 183 students on Fulbright awards in that time.