Boston University Summer Journalism Academy

Meet your 2021 instructors.

Sherrod Blakely

Blakely is the Boston Celtics Insider for NBC Sports Boston and winner of Boston.com’s A-List Celtics Reporter of the Year in 2011. Blakely previously covered the Detroit Pistons for the award-winning Mlive.com website, and earlier covered ACC football and basketball for the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer.

Blakely taught journalism to high school students shortly after graduating from college, and continues to do his part in helping develop the next wave of journalists as the chair of the National Association of Black Journalists’ Sports Task Force which awards scholarships and internships. In addition, he is a member of the APSE Scholarship Committee. He received his degree in newspaper journalism from Syracuse University.

Jan Brogan

Brogan has worked as a reporter at the Boston Globe, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and The Providence Journal, where she won the Gerald Loeb award, the most prestigious national award for business journalism. Her freelance magazine work has been published in Boston Magazine, The Improper Bostonian, Technology Illustrated, Forbes Magazine, Good Housekeeping and Ladies Home Journal.

She is an alumna of Boston University’s College of Communication and the University of Massachusetts, where she earned a master’s degree in English. Her book about the 1976 murder of a Harvard football player in Boston’s Combat Zone will be published by Bright Leaf Press in 2021. She is also the author of four murder mysteries and sold the rights to “A Confidential Source” to Steven Soderbergh for development into a television series.

Stephen Haines

Haines, a veteran photojournalist and a lecturer at Boston University, leads the photojournalism track at the Summer Journalism Institute. He spent most of his career at The Boston Globe where he worked as a staff photographer, assignment and photo editor. As a freelancer, his work now includes both still and video projects.

Haines is passionate about photography, seeing it as a universal language that helps people better understand and connect to one another. He has taught at Boston University for 14 years where he concentrates on the creative controls of photography, teaching students to take powerful, storytelling photos from which readers can learn.

Lara Salahi

Lara Salahi is an award-winning health journalist, author, and educator. She is a digital producer at NBC Boston and an assistant professor of broadcast and digital journalism at Endicott College. She has spent more than a decade working in local news, network and cable television, international print, and documentary film. Her book, Outbreak Culture: The Ebola Crisis and the Next Epidemic, examines each phase of the largest and deadliest Ebola outbreak to date and the fractured system of global outbreak response.

Lara received a dual undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism and International Relations and a minor in French from Boston University, a master’s degree in Health Communication from Emerson College, and a doctorate in Education from Regis College.

Rochelle Sharpe

Rochelle Sharpe

Sharpe is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience. Now a freelance writer in Brookline, MA, she’s worked as a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and USA Today. She was a reporter in Washington, D.C. for 13 years, writing extensively about health, labor and various social issues.

A pioneer of database journalism, she has used computers to show how the nation’s medical examiners failed to detect child abuse murders. She’s a graduate of Yale University and has written stories that have led to Congressional hearings and been discussed on Oprah and David Letterman.

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