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Wayne King

This announcement was emailed to faculty and staff on Feb. 21:

We are saddened to announce that Wayne King, associate professor emeritus of journalism, died Feb. 17.

A memorial service will be held April 1 at 11 a.m. at the Vintage Rose Chapel in Pilot Mountain.  An obituary is expected to appear in the Winston-Salem Journal later this month.

Mr. King joined Wake Forest’s faculty in 1993.  He retired in 2011.

We grieve Mr. King’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.

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Catanoso reports on Pope's encyclical from Latin America

Journalism program director Justin Catanoso is spending two weeks in Latin America on assignment from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to assess the potential impact of Pope Francis’ new encyclical on climate change in the Catholic leader’s home region.

Justin Catanoso, left, with Enrique Ortiz of Lima, Peru, an expert in environmental policy.  Photo by Emilia Rose Catanoso.

Justin Catanoso, left, with Enrique Ortiz of Lima, his guide and interpreter while in Peru. Photo by Emilia Rose Catanoso

Catanoso left for Peru July 10 and will remain until July 23, spending time in the capital of Lima, as well as the region of Arequipa. The encyclical is the Vatican’s first-ever teaching document on a secular issue as controversial as climate change. Catanoso said he chose Peru because in many ways the country is Ground Zero in the battle over global warming, where mining, deforestation, rapid development and environmental protection come in conflict in the Amazon and along the Pacific coast. Catanoso has reported from Peru twice before, most recently during last December’s 20th U.N. Climate Summit held in Lima.

“Among the biggest stories in the world in recent weeks has been Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical, or teaching document, on climate change,” said Catanoso, an expert in Catholicism who was in Rome for the release, and attended the two-hour Vatican press conference. “The Pope left no room for doubt on where he stands on this issue, and those he sees linked – poverty, water quality, jobs, biodiversity, run-amok consumerism and too much short-term thinking among business leaders.”

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Wake Foresters attend international climate change conference

Miles Silman




Justin Catanoso


An important international conference on climate change is taking place in Lima, Peru and Wake Forest University has three distinguished voices in attendance.

The U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its 20th annual Conference of the Parties (COP 20) is taking place Dec. 1-12.

Justin Catanoso, director of Wake Forest’s journalism program, is a freelance journalist who covers environmental and climate change issues. His reporting is sponsored in part by the Wake Forest Center on Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES), and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C. He is producing stories for WFDD, National Geographic NewsWatch, BusinessInsider.com and the Pulitzer Center.

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Catanoso at the forefront of climate change reporting

Justin CatanosoJustin Catanoso’s reporting has established him as an expert in fraud in the tobacco industry, the business economy in North Carolina, and the process of becoming a saint. Now Catanoso, a veteran journalist and director of the journalism program, is shifting his focus to raising awareness about global climate change.

Catanoso traveled with a team of climate researchers from the biology department to the remote Peruvian cloud forest this summer to witness firsthand the impacts of 21st century warming on this vital ecosystem.

He said that the experience working with Miles Silman, biology professor and director of the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, and many of the world’s leading tropical biologists, who like Silman are part of the Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group, helped him recognize the monumental importance of inspiring the current generation of world leaders to act on this issue now.

“The next generation could look back and say, ‘What did you do?’” Catanoso said on WFDD. “And if you didn’t do enough, was it just because you were so focused on short-term gains and your own wealth that you didn’t see that this planet was baking and baking too fast to be healthy for us in the future?”

Catanoso’s subsequent climate change coverage, supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, has appeared in prominent news outlets like National GeographicBusiness InsiderWUNC, and in a five-part series on WFDD.

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Wake Forest hosts eugenics conference

Scarred for Life logoAs the N.C. General Assembly considers compensation for victims of a state-run forced-sterilization program, Wake Forest will host Scarred for Life: The Legacy of Forced Sterilization at Home and Abroad,” April 4-5 in Annenberg Forum in Carswell Hall on the Reynolda Campus.

The interdisciplinary event is sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies, the Journalism Program, the Office of the Provost, the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society, the Department of History, the School of Law, the Department of Politics and International Affairs, the Department of Communication, the Film Studies Program, the Center for International Studies, the Documentary Film Program, the Humanities Institute, and the Writing Program.

The conference will examine the history of the eugenics movement and its expression in North Carolina and Central Europe, and examine what lessons can be learned from the past as the world heads into the genomic revolution.

Genes for breast cancer, kidney disease and mental illness are being identified. How will this information be used? How might knowledge of an individual’s DNA profile affect reproductive decisions, medical insurance and employment? Read more

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