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 (sign up for our email newsletter to hear about upcoming events), 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).




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.


Caroline McNair


Caroline McNair is the Assistant to the Director of the McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute. She graduated from King’s in December of 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and a minor in Theology, and is a proud alumna of the House of Sojourner Truth. She is a Myers-Briggs enthusiast, is fond of Audrey Hepburn movies, occasionally takes up knitting, and proudly hails from the Lone Star State. In her free time she can be found expanding her book collection at The Strand or enjoying barbecue in Brooklyn.


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.


Peter Freeby


Peter Freeby is an independent designer and creative manager: making printed and digital books & periodicals; building growth strategies; illustrating ads, animations and comics; and designing and coding websites and marketing campaigns. He works with galleries, educational institutions, non-profits, and start-ups.

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.