Edward Schumacher-Matos comes to The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with a unique background. He has been a prize-winning journalist at some of the nation’s most prestigious news outlets, an academic at top universities, and a media entrepreneur. Through his experience in digital media, international reporting, cross-cultural communication and migration research, Schumacher-Matos brings a deep understanding of today’s networked world. Since taking over in the fall of 2015, he has re-cast the center with cutting edge projects, teaching and research that follow in the forward-thinking tradition and integrity of Edward R. Murrow himself.
Schumacher-Matos began his media career while a student at Fletcher, working nights on the foreign desk at The Boston Globe and as a reporter at the Quincy Patriot Ledger, covering Boston’s South Shore. He moved to Japan, where he was a prolific stringer for The Washington Post there and back in New England. He then joined The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he was part of a team to win a Pulitzer Prize covering the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. Schumacher-Matos moved to The New York Times, where he was the NYC economic develop reporter and bureau chief in Buenos Aires and Madrid. After two years as director of the Spanish Institute in New York, he joined The Wall Street Journal, where he became founding editor and associate publisher of The Wall Street Journal Americas. Schumacher-Matos left to start his own chain of four Spanish-language dailies in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley, with backing from Pearson. His record of journalistic excellence and ethics led him to being selected as ombudsman at NPR, his most recent news job.
As an academic, meanwhile, Schumacher-Matos has been the Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor in Latin American Studies at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where for three years he taught on immigration policy. At Harvard, he also was a Shorenstein Fellow on the Press, Politics and Public Policy and founder and director of the Migration and Integration Studies Program. He became the James Madison Visiting Professor on First Amendment Issues at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he taught digital strategy and courses on reporting and international news analysis, before returning to Fletcher.
Reflecting his specialty on mass migration, Schumacher-Matos is currently a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, as well as a fellow at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington and the Global Migration Center at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva. He has been a Fulbright Fellow in Japan and a Bi-National Commission Fellow in Spain.
Schumacher-Matos has served on a number of boards. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of IE University Graduate School of Business in Madrid and of the Latin America Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. He was formerly a board member of the Inter American Press Association, the International Ombudsman Association and the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute at the University of Southern California. He is active in the Council on Foreign Relations and in the Americas Society/Council of the Americas.Research Interests
- Reporting and international news analysis