Previous Knight Chairs

Past Knight Chair

Rich Beckman

  • Rich Beckman is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication at the University of Miami and the Chair of the University of Miami Curriculum Committee. His works focuses on producing documentary multimedia storytelling for social change, digital media tools and curriculum development for both journalism programs and general education.

    As an online producer, he has led teams that have won many of the most prestigious multimedia prizes in the world including the Sigma Delta Chi Medal of Honor and the Pirelli INTERNETional Award for Educational Media, as well as multimedia storytelling awards from the Online News Association (ONA), the National Press Photographers Association, The Broadcast Education Association, Horizon Interactive Awards, The Society for News Design and the Pictures of the Year International competitions. He has judged the photography and multimedia categories of the White House Press Photographers Associations annual competition, the SNDies and Malofiej and the photography categories of the Robert F. Kennedy Awards, which honor outstanding reporting of the lives and strife of disadvantaged people throughout the world.

Past Visiting Knight Chair

Kelly Whalen

  • Kelly is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and multimedia storyteller with more than 15 years of experience producing primarily for national PBS, as well as MSNBC, NPR,, and The San Francisco Chronicle/ She has extensive international reporting experience and most recently worked in five Central and Eastern European countries working with Roma journalists and University of Miami students to produce documentary videos that aim to increase the visibility of discrimination and other problems that Europe’s Roma communities face and promote their social inclusion.

    For many years, Kelly was a producer at Not In Our Town, a national PBS documentary series and grassroots organizing project designed to help communities better respond to and prevent hate crimes and acts of bigotry. Her other work has explored police abuse of powers and racial injustices in the criminal justice system.