David Westphal

Senior Fellow


David Westphal is the Editor-in-Chief of the California HealthCare Foundation's Center for Health Reporting and an Executive in Residence at USC's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. He was formerly Washington editor of McClatchy Newspapers, the nation's third-largest newspaper company. He also recently served as co-chair of the Freedom of Information Committee for the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He joined McClatchy in 1995 as deputy bureau chief and was named bureau chief in January 1998.

With McClatchy's purchase of Knight Ridder in 2006, he became editor of the combined Washington bureaus and the McClatchy Tribune News Service. Previously, he was managing editor of The Des Moines Register in Iowa. Westphal has worked as a newspaper editor and reporter for nearly 40 years and has served in a variety of roles, including Washington correspondent, sports editor and projects reporter. He has won the National Press Club's Washington Correspondence Award and is two-time winner of the John Hancock Award for Business and Financial reporting.

While he was managing editor of The Des Moines Register, the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. At USC Annenberg, he teaches two graduate-level courses with Geoffrey Cowan: Leadership and the Future of Reporting in the Digital Age, and Entrepreneurship in the New Media.

As a senior fellow, Westphal focuses on new business models for news and leads the research team on CCLP's Public Policy and the Future of News initiative.

Contact Westphal at dwestpha@usc.edu or (626) 457-4097.

Blog Posts by David Westphal

Startups wonder: When will they stop the presses?

By David Westphal | April 9, 2014 0
"Most U.S. print newspapers will be gone in 5 years." - USC Center for the Digital Future, Dec. 14, 2011 "We'll continue to have a newspaper 7 days a week for many years to come..." - Mark Thompson, CEO, New York Times, March 26, 2014 So how many more years...

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Should Government Support Journalism? It Always Has

By David Westphal | February 8, 2010 0
Everyone knows from American history class that the First Amendment is the great protector of press freedom in the United States, barring Congress from "abridging" the sacred right to publish what you want to publish. So does that means there's a constitutional wall that separates government and the press, just...

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2009: A year for philanthropy-driven news

By David Westphal | December 15, 2009 0
This article appeared as an op-ed in the Sunday, Dec. 13, edition of Newsday.Will news nonprofits bankrolled by foundations and philanthropists be pillars of the future media ecology?  To judge by the fast decline of mainstream media's business model, and the fast rise in philanthropy-funded journalism, it's starting to look...

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David Westphal In the News

American Journalism Review cited the report by CCLP Director Geoffrey Cowan and Senior Fellow David Westphal of the USC Annenberg School which traced the history of government support for the media, Public Policy and Funding the News.

Milwaukee News Buzz posted an op-ed piece on the disappearance of legal notices from local print publications. The article cites CCLP Director Geoffrey Cowan and his report Public Policy and Funding the News, co-written with Senior Fellow David Westphal.

Senior Fellow David Westphal currently heads the California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting, and recently released a report on the rising demands of healthcare professionals and medicare payouts as the first generation of "baby boomers" turns 65 years old this year. Westphal told the Sacramento Bee that "[a]s citizens we all have work to do in deciding what government can afford to do - and not do - in subsidizing seniors' health care." [additional article can be found at SecondAct]

Senior Fellow David Westphal and the California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting at USC Annenberg was profiled on the LA Observed blog. Westphal said that the project has "demonstrated one point clearly: that a news organization supported by a foundation (the California HealthCare Foundation) and affiliated with a university journalism school (USC Annenberg) can partner with local news organizations to produce difference-making journalism."

Senior Fellow David Westphal and CCLP Director Geoffrey Cowan from their report "Public Policy and Funding the News," point out the impact postal subsidies--and their decline--have had on American journalism. The proposal to raise prices from the USPS could result in more devastating blow to already struggling newspaper industry. The full article can be read on In These Times.

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