Indiana University

Indiana University Journalism

Joseph ColemanJoseph Coleman

Professor of Practice
Journalism Annex 201
(812) 855-8657
2:45-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

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Joseph Coleman came to IU in 2009 after a 20-year reporting career covering Latin America, Europe and Asia, where he spent many years writing about Japan and neighboring countries for the Associated Press. His specialties at the School of Journalism are newswriting and international reporting, and he led a class to Japan this spring to report on the enduring legacy of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
Coleman, a fluent speaker of Spanish and Japanese, is a native of New York and graduate of Vassar College and Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He began his reporting career with United Press International in Bogota, covering the deadly conflict between the Colombian government and the Medellin drug cartel in 1989 and 1990. After a series of reporting positions in Missouri, Pennsylvania and New York with the AP, he was posted to Tokyo in 1995. He stayed in Japan until 2001, when he was named a Journalism Fellow at University of Michigan. In 2002, he went to Paris, again with the AP, and moved at the end of the following year to Tokyo, where he was named AP bureau chief in 2004.
Coleman's years as a reporter and editor have carried him to 20 countries, and his work has appeared in dozens of publications around the globe, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Yomiuri Shimbun, the world's largest circulating daily paper. He had a hand in covering the top stories of our time, including the civil war in the former Yugoslavia and the genocide in Rwanda. He wrote on the deaths of Mother Teresa and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, reported on protests that toppled Indonesian strongman Suharto, and covered the diplomatic showdown between the United States and France over the war in Iraq. He helped direct the AP team that covered the deadly tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004, winning a National Headliner Award for Spot News, an Associated Press Managing Editors' Award for Deadline Reporting, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination.
Coleman has continued his journalism since arriving at IU. In 2010 he was named an Abe Journalism Fellow, and received funding for a reporting project on aging workers in Japan, home of the world's most advanced elderly employment program. He published work from that project in The St. Petersburg Times, Canada's Maclean's magazine, and Trains magazine. He is now at work on a book about the world's aging workforce, and plans to travel in the U.S., Europe and Japan this summer.
At IU, Coleman is putting to work his experience as a reporter and a mentor of budding journalists. His classes focus on building reporting and writing techniques in the classroom and then deploying them beyond campus, either in the Bloomington area or further afield. In 2011, he led a group of students to Hawaii to write on the state's multicultural background and its pivotal role in World War II. Students published articles from the trip in the Indianapolis Star and The Japan Times. In March 2012, he took an international reporting class to Japan, where they covered the anniversary of the tsunami and nuclear crisis in Tokyo, and interviewed atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima.
Joe lives in Bloomington with his wife of 21 years, Kyoko Ichikawa, and their two children, Ema and Sean.