Kevin Convey, the former editor of both the NY Daily News and Boston Herald, has joined the journalism faculty at CCNY this fall. He’s teaching a section of the required course Reporting and Writing, bringing his vast experience as a reporter, editor and newsroom manager to 20 City College students.
Convey’s road to academia was rocky, to say the least. He spent a year and a half running the Daily News newsroom, until he was fired last January. But leaving the News also freed him up to do what he loves best: being in the classroom. He began teaching a course on “digital disruption” at NYU last year, while also pursuing his master’s degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, an experience he calls “humbling.”
“In order to be taken seriously at the university level, you really need a master’s degree,” says Convey, 58.
Convey brings 40 years of newspaper grit to City College–a hard edge and soft touch. Early in the semester, his students have described him as tough but fair. When told this, he replied, “I like that.”