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Hughes, William

Hughes, William

Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor

Phone: 718-262-2492
Office Location: AC-2A11


Degree Institution Field Dates
MS  Columbia University School  Journalism  1997 
BA  Brooklyn College  Journalism and Philosophy  1994 
AAS  Kingsborough Community College  Journalism  1988 

William J. Hughes is an Assistant Professor of English in the Department’s Journalism Program hired in the Fall of 2007 to assist with the start-up of York College’s four-year B.A. degree program in journalism. During a nearly ten-year career as an investigative reporter covering crime and corruption in municipal governments and police departments in Westchester and Passaic Counties, Professor Hughes also taught journalism courses at night at Kingsborough College and Brooklyn College, both alma maters.

During his career as a full-time professional reporter he won numerous awards for exposing fraud, waste and corruption. In 2015 his reporting work on the wrongful conviction of Johnny Hincapie led to a New York State Supreme court judge's overturning the conviction and ordering a new trial.

Areas of Expertise

Media coverage of local governments
Police departments and court systems.

Books in Field Of Expertise

Articles in Field Of Expertise

William Hughes. "How Many More Adnan Syeds Are in the Justice System With No Journalists to Advocate for Them?." The Baltimore Sun. September 22, 2022: .

Bill Hughes. "A Theater Treasure of St. Marks Place Faces Closure." The New York Times. December 31, 2021: .

Bill Hughes. "Justice System Failed in Case of Child Molesteing Music Teacher." The Jersey Journal. February 19, 2016: .

Bill Hughes. "Even Model NYS Inmates Face Steep Barriers to Parole." City Limits Magazine. September 18, 2014: .

Bill Hughes. "Push to Address Possible Danger in Smoke Detectors."." City Limits Magazine. March 27, 2013: .

Bill Hughes. "Fiscal Woes, Long-Held fears Spur Waste-to-Energy Debate." City Limits Magazine. October 10, 2012: .

Bill Hughes. "Ramping Up: Fort Monmouth’s closure forces the revamping of a Garden State Parkway exit, but the old fort’s fate remains unknown.." New Jersey & Company Magazine. July 2011: .

Bill Hughes and Susan Piperato. "2011: What's in Store?." New Jersey & Company Magazine. December 2010: .

Maxim Alter, Anne Pyburn Craig, Bill Hughes Justin McCarthy, and Meghan Zanetich. "Multi-Pointed Stars." New Jersey & Company Magazine. December 2010: .

Bill Hughes. "The Murder that Changed New York City: Johnny Hincapie has done 20 years for his role in an infamous killing. Was he even there?." City Limits Magazine. November, 2010: .

Bill Hughes. "Red-Tape Review Gov. Chris Christie’s overhaul of New Jersey’s administrative rules and regulations created a media and real estate industry sensation. But will it really help development?." New Jersey & Company Magazine. October, 2010: .

Bill Hughes. "25 years to life added to 30 year sentence of Yonkers man's killer." The Journal News. September 13, 2007: .

Bill Hughes. "Published approximately 1,035 news articles.." The Journal News. 2001-2007: .

Bill Hughes. "Published approximately 150 news articles." The Herald News. 1998-2000: .

Bill Hughes. "Broadway Bound? Check out the fastest, cheapest, most scenic routes into New York City." Times Herald Record, Middletown, N.Y.. August 28, 1997: .

Bill Hughes. "Profit and the hard cell: More Concerned with Locking in Profits than Rehabilitating Prison Inmates, Private Prisons Guarantee a Steady Supply of Customers." The Age newspaper, Sydney Austrailia. January, 17, 1996: .

Bill Hughes. "The Poet Laureate of 12 West 96th Street." Visions: Columbia University School of Journalism. Spring 1997: .

Bill Hughes. "Profile of Joe Palmer, former sports writer for the New York Herald Tribune." The Dictionary of American Biography. 1997: .

Bill Hughes. "Profile of radio and television actress Marie Wilson." The Dictionary of American Biography. 1996: .

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Feautured investigative reporter in Dateline NBC episode "Tipping Point." " October 23, 2015: National.

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

National Council on Crime and Delinquency: Pass Award (Prevention for a Safer Society): April, 2011.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill: Stamping out Stigma Award: 2005.

Finalist NY SPJ Deadline Club – James Wright Brown Public Service Award: 2005.

Gannett Mighty Pen Awards (Multiple): 2001-2006.

New Jersey Press Association - First Amendment Award: 1st Place: 2000.

New Jersey Press Association - Responsible Journalism Enterprise: 3rd Place: 2000.

New Jersey Press Association - Feature Writing Portfolio: 3rd Place: 1999.

New Jersey Press Association - Community Impact: 1st Place: 1998.

Robert P. Kelley Memorial Award - Best Writing by a First-Year Reporter: 1998.

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Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, Sizzle reel for proposed T.V. project. Summer 2018: $5,000.

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Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Principal Investigator/Board Member, The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice: 2016-Present.

Member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors): 2000-2012.

Member of CMA (College Media Advisers): 2011-2012.

US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 06-07: 2002-2006.

Facilities Committee Member, Learning Community Charter School: 2010-2012.