Vice Provost/Dean & Professor
Journalism & Mass Comm
Mail Code: 2020
CRONK 302 555 N. Central Ave. Suite 302
Christopher Callahan is the founding dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, vice provost of the Downtown Phoenix Campus and CEO of Arizona PBS. Over the past decade, the Cronkite School has transformed into a national journalism leader known for its focus on multiplatform journalism, innovation and entrepreneurship, intensive professional experiences and partnerships with news outlets. Cronkite has become a leader in providing news content to local, regional and national news organizations as well as directly to consumers through a series of innovative programs on all platforms. Callahan has brought to the Cronkite School the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, the Carnegie-Knight News21 digital journalism initiative and the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for international journalists. He spearheaded the creation of Cronkite News, a multiplatform regional news organization with a newscast that reaches 1.9 million households on Arizona PBS, a daily digital news site and news bureaus in Phoenix, Washington and Los Angeles. In 2014, Arizona PBS became part of Cronkite, making it the largest media outlet operated by a journalism school in the world. He also led the planning for the Cronkite School’s new $71 million state-of-the art home and raised more than $50 million from foundations, corporations and individual donors. In 2010, Callahan was named the Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism Administrator of the Year. Before entering journalism education, Callahan was a correspondent for The Associated Press in Washington and New England. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.