Hornik named Daniel K. Inouye Visiting Scholar in School of Communications

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Lisa Shirota, (808) 956-7352
Communications Director, Social Sciences, Dean's Office
Posted: Mar 27, 2015

Richard Hornik
Richard Hornik

Internationally recognized journalist Richard Hornik is serving as the Daniel K. Inouye Visiting Scholar in the School of Communications within the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences.  In this capacity, he is sharing the legacy of Senator Inouye's story, and is teaching two courses as a lecturer this semester on media, diplomacy and democracy.

Funded by the Daniel K. Inouye Institute (DKII), Hornik’s position illustrates DKII’s and the college’s support of civic education and engagement for UH Mānoa students. Hornik’s two courses are designed to teach students the importance of freedom information and the role of media in democracy, while building critical thinking skills in evaluating news and opinion.

His first course, “Media and Society,” focuses on news literacy and the role of the news media in a democracy. His second course, “Press and Diplomacy in a Global Society,” examines the role of media during times of war and national emergency, with particular attention on the tensions and contradictions faced by journalists when the public’s right to know is seen to conflict with national security.

Hornik is the director of Overseas Partnership Programs for the Center for News Literacy at the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University, where he is also a lecturer. An editorial consultant specializing in business and economics, he has successfully reorganized the editorial operations of the Reuters America Service and Harvard Business Review, where he served as interim editor in 2011 and is currently a contributing editor. He has edited McKinsey & Co. publications, including two prepared for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He has also authored comprehensive monographs including ones on the state of economic research in the U.S. for the Pew Research Center (Washington, D.C.) and on the business case for Corporate Social Responsibility for the International Youth Foundation (Baltimore, Maryland).

Said College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Eby Konan, “As the first lecturer and Daniel K. Inouye Visiting Scholar in the School of Communications, Richard Hornik brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the campus. We are fortunate to have a person of his caliber at our school. His insights, particularly those derived from a 24-year career at TIME magazine, are invaluable.  They provide our students with the opportunity to learn about the challenges faced by journalists and the delicate balance they maintain between the public’s right to know, diplomacy, democracy and national security."

Added School of Communications Chair and Professor Ann Auman, “We are honored to have Professor Hornik in the School of Communications. His knowledge of the inner workings of one of the nation’s most respected publications, TIME, and his experience as a steward for truth and the public good, are evidence of the important role played by media in our daily lives."

In 2011, Hornik capped a 24-year career at TIME Inc. as executive editor of ASIAWEEK, the company's regional news magazine, where he helped lead the redesign and relaunch of the publication in May 2001. Before that he served as business editor of TIME's European edition, assembling a team of staff and freelance journalists that produced award-winning coverage of the dramatic changes in the European Union at the end of the 20th century; deputy chief of correspondents in New York and director of the TIME News Service, in charge of the magazine's 65 correspondents; Southeast Asia bureau chief, focusing on political developments in Cambodia and Vietnam and the remarkable economic growth of East Asia; national economics correspondent in Washington, D.C., where he produced groundbreaking stories on global money laundering, wealth distribution, and foreign investment in America; Beijing bureau chief, providing the bulk of the reporting for TIME's 1985 "Man of the Year" issue on Deng Xiaoping; and Warsaw bureau chief, where he covered the rise of Solidarity and imposition of, and resistance to, martial law.

Hornik received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Brown University in 1970. He began his career in journalism in 1971 as an economics researcher for the National Journal while earning a master’s of arts degree in Russian Studies from George Washington University.

Hornik is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, American Council on Germany, Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong and Overseas Press Club.

The Daniel K. Inouye Institute was established in 2013 to preserve Senator Inouye’s papers and tell his life story. It is dedicated to the support of STEM education, civics learning and international educational-cultural exchanges, and the establishment of a repository of the Asian American/Pacific experience.

The School of Communications  in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa offers academic programs in Communication and Journalism. Communication focuses on communication in intercultural and professional communities, information and communication technologies (ICTs) and policy, and the media arts. Journalism is professionally oriented and develops critical thinking skills and ability to gather, analyze, and organize information, and to communicate it clearly and responsibly through print, broadcast, and online media.

The College of Social Sciences (CSS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is engaged in a broad range of research endeavors that address fundamental questions about human behavior and the workings of local, national and international political, social, economic and cultural institutions. Its vibrant student-centered academic climate supports outstanding scholarship through internships, and active and service learning approaches to teaching that prepare students for the life-long pursuit of knowledge.