Who We Are


Who We Are

Who We Are

The McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute was formed in 2014 at The King’s College in New York City with the mission to train students for careers in media. The institute teaches journalism, supervises internships and fosters a community of ethical reporting and writing among top journalists.

MPJI hosts several events each year for journalists working in New York City, and offers a 15 spots each semester for student journalists in our NYC Semester in Journalism (NYCJ) program, working at a news outlet and taking classes at The King’s College (apply here). It operates journalism programs for high school students at the Summer Academy of The King’s College. It operates the Journalism, Culture and Society major at The King’s College.




Paul Glader


Associate Professor Paul Glader teaches writing, journalism and business-related courses at The King’s College. He also directs the McCandlishPhillips Journalism Institute, The NYC Semester in Journalism program and is adviser to the student online newspaper/ print magazine/ video platform, The Empire State Tribune.

An award-winning journalist, Glader spent 10 years as a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, covering a variety of beats including technology, travel, metals/mining, health/science and finance. He’s written for countless other publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, TheNewYorker.com, The Indianapolis Star, The Associated Press, Der Spiegel Online, FastCompany.com, USA Today and ESPN.com. He’s appeared on national TV and radio programs including CNBC, Fox Business, and WSJ Radio. He currently writes for several national magazines including Bloomberg BusinessWeek, ChristianityToday, The American Legion and is a regular contributor to Forbes.com.

Glader received an MS from Columbia University in New York as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and Graduate School of Business in 2007-2008. He is currently an executive MBA candidate at The Berlin School of Creative Leadership at Steinbeis University in Germany. He lived in Germany from 2011-2013, first as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow and then as a European Journalism Fellow at Freie Universität in Berlin. His research and writing interests include the startup economy / technology innovation; journalism ethics and history / the new journalists; urban planning / transportation; Europe / Germany / Scandinavia; parenthood / fatherhood; creativity in leadership and media entrepreneurship. He enjoys surfing, reading and traveling with his wife and daughter.


Terry Mattingly


Terry Mattingly is in his 27th year writing the nationally syndicated weekly “On Religion” column for the Universal syndicate, which goes out to about 300 North American newspapers and websites. He is also founder and editor of the GetReligion.org project critiquing religion-news coverage in the mainstream press. He was the founder of the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, which in 2015 was rebooted at The King’s College as part of the John McCandlish Phillips Journalist Institute.

Mattingly double-majored in journalism and history at Baylor University and then earned an M.A. at Baylor in Church-State Studies and an M.S. in communications at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. After working as a reporter, editor and columnist in Champaign, Ill., Charlotte, N.C., and Denver, he began teaching as Communicator on Culture at Denver Seminary. He taught journalism and mass media at Milligan College and Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Mattingly is a prodigal Texan who has never met a mountain that he didn’t love. He is a music fanatic whose interests range from Celtic acoustic guitar to Russian chant. His wife, Debra Bridges Mattingly, is a public librarian and they have two grown children, Sarah Jeanne Wagner, and Frye Lewis Mattingly. The Mattinglys are members of St. Anne’s Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tenn.


Clemente Lisi


Clemente Lisi is assistant professor of journalism and media at The King’s College in New York City, Co-Director of the NYC Semester in Journalism (NYCJ) and co-advisor of student publications. He has worked as a journalist and editor for more than two decades. In that time, he has been an editor at major metropolitan dailies such as The New York Post and The New York Daily News. He also has experience in the digital space, serving as senior editor at ABCNews.com. He is a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and worked as an adjunct professor at Fordham University, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree. He has worked primarily in the area of breaking news and sports. 

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Susanna Loe


Susanna Loe is the program assistant for MPJI, where she helps manage budgets, marketing, events and educational programs. She has a bachelors of arts in public relations from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida. She studied in the NYC Semester program at The King’s College in the fall of 2017 and interned at Rooney Partners. Susanna worked as a communications liaison for KARHL Holdings in Florida prior to joining MPJI. She enjoys reading theology, following LSU football and grew up in Hungary and Singapore.


Peter Freeby


Peter Freeby designs and builds books, periodicals, brand materials, websites and marketing for a range of artists, non profits and educational programs including Elizabeth Murray, Jack Tworkov, Edith Schloss, Janice Biala, Joan Witek, George McNeil, Jordan Eagles, John Silvis, Diane Von Furstenberg, The Generations Project, The Koch Institute, and the Dow Jones News Fund. He is the designer for nearly all published materials and marketing at the McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute and helped develop innovative ventures of the institute including Vett News and Religion Unplugged. He has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Media Culture and the Arts at The King’s College.

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Advisory committee

John McCandlish Phillips

John McCandlish Phillips

John McCandlish Phillips

John McCandlish Phillips, born in Glen Cove, NY, was a born-again Christian and a star reporter for The New York Times for 21 years, from 1952 to 1973.  In an era of legendary writers such as David Halberstam, Richard Reeves and J. Anthony Lukas, Phillips was said to be among the very best.  Gay Talese—another of those legends—once called him “the Ted Williams of the young reporters… the only one guy I thought I was not the equal of.”  His editor, Arthur Gelb, described him as the most original stylist he had ever edited.  

Phillips became a Christian as a young man, in 1950, just before entering the U.S. army.  Faith in God and compassion for human souls would become hallmarks of his life—and of his reporting.  His stories, Talese wrote, “were invariably distinguished by their fine use of language, their slightly archaic, almost biblical precision and conciseness, often their humor, and always the author’s compassion for his subject.” Talese also wrote that Phillips “is not interested in winning a Pulitzer Prize….  He wants to redeem people.”  

Phillips retired from The Times in 1973 to pursue a wider variety of endeavors. In particular, he mentored young Christians; wrote books such as The Bible, the Supernatural and the Jews, and What Every Christian Should Know about the Supernatural; and supported the work of the New Testament Missionary Fellowship, an evangelical church that he co-founded in 1962—and which continues to minister in Manhattan and the greater New York City area today.  He remained a faithful and prayerful servant of God until his death, at 85, in 2013.