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Ombudsman, National Public Radio; James Madison Visiting Professor, Columbia School of Journalism
Edward Schumacher-Matos is Ombudsman at National Public Radio (NPR) and lectures at the Columbia School of Journalism as the James Madison Visiting Professor. He previously served as Director of Harvard University’s Inter-Faculty Initiative on Immigration and Integration Policy and Studies and remains involved in the initiative. He lectured on immigration policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and continues to lecture and write widely on migration matters.
Mr. Schumacher-Matos has been an op-ed columnist for The Washington Post and bureau chief in Madrid and Buenos Aires for The New York Times. While at The Philadelphia Inquirer, he was a member of the staff that won a 1980 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident. He founded and became Managing Editor and Associate Publisher of Wall Street Journal Americas (from 1994–2003) for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. He founded and was Editorial Director of Meximerica Media and Rumbo Newspapers (Spanish-language dailies in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and the Rio Grande Valley) from 2003-07. From 2007-11, while at Harvard, he also wrote the Ombudsman column for the Miami Herald.
His positions at Harvard included being Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies and as a Shorenstein Fellow on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy. He has written for journals such as Foreign Affairs, appears frequently on television news shows, and speaks widely on political and policy issues in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.
Mr. Schumacher-Matos earned a bachelor’s degree in politics and literature from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in international politics and economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts. He also was a Fulbright Fellow in Japan.