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Rowley Named Media Relations Director

Veteran journalist, media professional brings deep expertise to the position

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December 1, 2011
Bob Rowley

Storer H. (Bob) Rowley

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Storer H. (Bob) Rowley has been named director of media relations for Northwestern University, effective Jan. 3, 2012, announced Alan K. Cubbage, Northwestern’s vice president for University Relations.

“Bob is an experienced media professional who will bring great expertise to the position,” Cubbage said. “I’m very much looking forward to working with him.”

“I’m honored to join Northwestern. It’s one of the most distinguished universities in the country,” Rowley said. “I’m really delighted to have the opportunity to work with Al and his great team.”

For the last two years, Rowley has been executive director of government and community relations at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill. In that position, he has worked with state and federal government officials to promote higher education policy and link Elmhurst College and its students and faculty with opportunities in Chicago and the nation. He helped organize a new two-year partnership between the college and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C., to promote journalism skills, teach new media strategies and fund foreign correspondents in underreported areas of the world. He also helped plan and stage an Illinois gubernatorial debate at Elmhurst College last year.

Prior to joining Elmhurst, Rowley worked for the Chicago Tribune for 30 years, including stints as the Tribune's national editor and as a member of the editorial board. He also was a foreign correspondent, covering, at various points in his career, Latin America, Canada and the Middle East. He was the Tribune's Jerusalem Bureau Chief, covering stories throughout the Middle East. Prior to that he covered the White House and the Pentagon for the Tribune. He received the 2005 Templeton Prize for Religion Story of the Year for a Tribune series on the struggle for the soul of Islam, including his story on a young Hamas suicide bomber. He also was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and received several other awards during his distinguished journalism career.

A resident of Evanston, Rowley is an honors graduate of Harvard College and most recently participated in the Institute for Educational Management in Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.