Columbia Journalism School Faculty Tenured in 2023

Journalism professor Daniel Alarcón joined Columbia's tenured faculty in 2023.

Tenure is a distinction that recognizes scholarly excellence, demonstrated capacity for imaginative, original work, and great promise for continued contributions at the leading edge of one's field.

Daniel Alarcón

Daniel Alarcón

Daniel Alarcón, Associate Professor of Journalism, is an innovative journalist who uses both audio reporting and long-form writing to report on Latin American politics and culture. Drawing on literary storytelling techniques, Alarcón sheds light on critical issues through vivid accounts of seemingly ordinary individuals or events. 

He is also a regular contributor to the New Yorker as well as the creator of “Radio Ambulante,” an award-winning Spanish language podcast distributed by NPR, which he has executive produced since 2010. Alarcón has been recognized widely in the field with awards including the MacArthur Fellowship and the Maria Moors Cabot Prize, the oldest international journalism award, in recognition of his reporting in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Alarcon earned his MFA at the University of Iowa, and joined the Columbia Journalism School faculty in 2015, and was awarded tenure in 2023.   

Daniel Alarcón’s Faculty Profile