About the George Polk School of Communications

About the George Polk School of Communications

Named for intrepid CBS correspondent George Polk, the George Polk School of Communications at Long Island University builds on the extraordinary history and unparalleled reputation of the prestigious George Polk Awards in Investigative Journalism. Graduates of the Polk School will carry forth the highest standards of professionalism and integrity represented by the extraordinary Polk Laureates, a list that includes Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Morrow, Christine Amanpour, Peter Jennings, Dian Sawyer, Norman Mailer, Seymour Hersh, Jane Ferguson, Glenn Greenwald, Anna Deavere Smith, and other journalists of distinction.

Led by interdisciplinary faculty and practitioners who excel in the professional world and/or who are accomplished scholars, the Polk School innovates on the cutting edge of media, communications, film, broadcast, public relations, and journalism.

Guided by LIU's pioneering spirit, the Polk School attracts students from around the region, country, and world to a vibrant campus community in Downtown Brooklyn, in the heart of the media capital of the world, New York City. Students engage in experiential learning opportunities that maximize the enriching environment and continuous dynamism that surrounds them

LIU Brooklyn

The Brooklyn campus has been providing outstanding educational opportunities to students from all walks of life for more than eight decades. It is the original unit of Long Island University, one of the largest and most comprehensive private universities in the country. Known for its excellent academics, renowned faculty, comprehensive career services, state-of-the-art facilities, Division I athletics and small class size, the campus educates more than 11,000 credit-seeking and continuing education students, preparing them for meaningful careers and inspiring them to make a difference in their own communities and in the world.

The mission of our faculty is to mentor and assist students as they acquire the academic grounding, professional connections and interpersonal skills they need to succeed both on campus and in the world at large. At the George Polk School of Communications, we’re taking a dynamic and imaginative approach to providing students the skills they need to succeed in a variety of Communications-related fields. At the heart of all of the various intertwined fields that make up the Polk School is the ability to tell stories that count, whether as journalists, filmmakers, writers, producers, and creators of computer graphics and more. Make it your story at the Polk School.

LIU Post

LIU Post is located on a historic 330-acre campus located on Long Island’s renowned Gold Coast and offers an incredible learning environment that fosters academic achievement as well as student growth and development. LIU Post offers everything from world-class faculty and unique experiential learning opportunities to student clubs and NCAA Division I athletic events, where you will form lifelong friendships. The Post campus is located in an ideal location – just a 10-minute drive to the beach and a short train away from New York City.

The mission of our faculty is to mentor and assist students as they acquire the academic grounding, professional connections and interpersonal skills they need to succeed both on campus and in the world at large. At the George Polk School of Communications, we’re taking a dynamic and imaginative approach to providing students the skills they need to succeed in a variety of Communications-related fields. At the heart of all of the various intertwined fields that make up the Polk School is the ability to tell stories that count, whether as journalists, filmmakers, writers, producers, and creators of computer graphics and more. Make it your story at the Polk School.

Robin Hemley

Robin Hemley (Director of the Polk School of Communications, as well as Parsons Family Chair in Creative Writing and Co-Director of the MFA in Creative Writing) has published fourteen books of fiction and nonfiction and has won many awards for his writing, including fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, three Pushcart Prizes in both Fiction and Nonfiction, the Nelson Algren Award in Fiction from the Chicago Tribune, and others. His most recent book is BORDERLINE CITIZEN: DISPATCHES FROM THE OUTSKIRTS OF NATIONHOOD (Nebraska, Penguin SE Asia, 2020). In October, 2021, Bloomsbury will publish THE ART AND CRAFT OF ASIAN STORIES: A WRITER’S GUIDE AND ANTHOLOGY, co-authored with Xu Xi. And in March of 2022, Gold Wake will publish his novel, OBLIVION, AN AFTER AUTOBIOGRAPHY. Hi the Founder of the International Conference, NonfictioNOW and is a graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the former Director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa. He has also directed the Writing Program at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, and was the Jenks Chair in Creative Writing at College of the Holy Cross.