Stewart, Bonnie 

Bonnie Stewart

Department:  Communications

Phone: (657) 278-2636


Office: CP 650-31

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Degree and University: M.A. California State University, Sacramento

Degree Area: English

Teaching Areas: Media Reporting, Public Affairs Reporting, Multimedia Reporting, Investigative Reporting, Daily Titan News Capstone

Award-winning journalist Bonnie Stewart became the editorial adviser for Daily Titan, California State University, Fullerton’s student newspaper in 2013.


Prior to joining CSUF, Stewart 20 years as a journalist, most recently as an investigative reporter for Oregon Public Broadcasting’s EarthFix team, covering environmental issues in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.


Stewart began her career as an editorial writer and columnist for The Indianapolis News then joined the investigative team for The Indianapolis Star. She has uncovered stories about nursing home abuses, drug addicted nurses, high euthanasia rates of dogs and cats, misuse of nonprofit funds and environmental threats and disasters. Her reporting has earned dozens of awards, including the George Polk Award and SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi Award for public service.


Stewart left newspapers in 2005 and joined the faculty at West Virginia University. In addition to teaching, she spent five years researching and writing an investigative book about a mining disaster that killed 78 men. The book, “No.9: The 1968 Farmington Coal Mine Disaster,” was honored nationally with an Independent Publisher’s Award for Best Regional Nonfiction.


In 2014, the miners’ families sued the coal company, which subpoenaed Stewart for unpublished interviews. Claiming reporter’s privilege under the First Amendment, she fought the subpoena in Federal court and won.