Lecture Series

ACM Journalism Program presents Meet the Journalists on Wednesday, October 16th

The inaugural event for the new lecture series, Newsmakers, will feature a panel discussion with journalists from The New York Timesand The Wall Street Journalwho will take about the state of journalism today, fake news, and the challenges of covering the Trump administration.  

The discussion, sponsored by the Journalism Program at Rutgers-Newark, will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 16 during free period (2:30-3:50 p.m.) in the Bradley Hall Theater. All are welcome. Journalism students are required to attend.


Michael Rothfeld is an investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal. He has worked at the Journal since 2010 and has held a number of reporting roles, including in the law bureau and financial investigations team. 

Mr. Rothfeld has previously worked at the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He won a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship as one of the top graduates of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1998.

In 2019, Mr. Rothfeld was a lead reporter on a Journal team that won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for coverage of President Trump’s hush-money scandal. He also was part of a Journal team that won a George Polk award for coverage of insider trading in 2011.


Mike Siconolfi is Editor, Investigations at The Wall Street Journal. In this role, he leads a team of investigative reporters and works with other senior editors worldwide on investigative opportunities.

Mr. Siconolfi has held a number of reporting and editing positions since joining the Journal in 1984 as a regional copyreader in New York. Before his editing roles, he was a financial investigative reporter writing for the Journal’s front page. 

Mr. Siconolfi has won three Gerald Loeb awards. He was a member of Journal teams that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, two Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards and two Barlett and Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism. He also oversaw a Journal team that won a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.


F. James (Jim) Pensiero is an editor and news executive with 42 years of newsroom experience.  He retired as deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal in November 2015, after 31 years of service there in a variety of editing and management roles including night news editor, copy chief, managing editor/SmartMoney, associate publisher and vice president of news operations. After retiring from the Journal, Jim worked for 16 months as a consultant at Gannett Co., reporting to Gannett’s chief content officer. He began his news career in 1975 at the Burlington County Herald in Mt. Holly, NJ, later working at the Passaic (NJ) Herald-News, the Evening Bulletin of Philadelphia, Time Inc. and The Associated Press.