By: Lorenzo Perez, Senior Writer - College of Arts & Sciences
Wyatt Andrews, an award-winning journalist who covered presidential campaigns, the U.S. Supreme Court, the first Gulf War and historic summit meetings between the United States and the Soviet Union during his 34-year career with CBS News, is joining the Department of Media Studies faculty.
A 1974 graduate of the University of Virginia, Andrews retired from CBS News last month and is joining the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences next spring as a Professor of Practice. He is the first faculty member within the Department of Media Studies to hold that title, which is a University appointment reserved for distinguished professionals who have been recognized internationally or nationally for contributions to their field. Wyatt will teach courses on the news media, journalism ethics and multimedia news reporting. In addition to teaching, Andrews will assist in fundraising efforts for the College and the Department of Media Studies while mentoring U.Va. students interested in following his career path into broadcast journalism.
Andrews shared in the Columbia/DuPont Silver Baton Award presented to “CBS Evening News” in 2014 for its coverage of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. He also won three Emmys during his CBS career for his coverage of the 1984 assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Reykjavik, Iceland and the 2003 Washington, D.C. sniper case. Most recently, Andrews specialized in covering health care and veterans affairs for CBS News.