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Peck Named Helen Gurley Brown Research Professor at Medill

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November 14, 2006 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Abe Peck has been named the Helen Gurley Brown Research Professor at Northwestern University's Medill School for a five-year term. Peck, who was named Medill's Sills Professor in 2001, was an editor of Rolling Stone and Outside magazines and other publications before joining Northwestern's faculty in 1980.

Longtime director of Medill's magazine program, Peck was elected national Editor of the Year by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2004 and again in 2006. He has conducted editorial and publishing workshops across the nation and in Ecuador, England, Finland, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

In 2006, Peck was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. He has written, edited or contributed to 10 books, including “Uncovering the Sixties: The Life and Times of the Underground Press (Pantheon/Citadel) and Dancing Madness” (Anchor/Doubleday). He judges the National Magazine Awards and the Jesse Neal Awards. He has served as a consultant to publications from Spin to Sensors.

Peck was a contributing writer to “Voices from the Underground,” Rolling Stone's history of the sixties, and “The Eighties: A Look Back.” A former reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Daily News, Peck also served on the advisory board of the National Arts Journalism Program.