Mr. Jacob Halpern

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Lecturer
Field of Specialization: Journalism
Name: Mr. Jacob Halpern
Official Address and Designation: Lecturer
Yale University
College Seminar Program
New Haven, Connecticut
Host Institution in India: University of Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Duration of Grant: 5 months
September 2011
Brief Bio:
Jake Halpern is an author, journalist, and radio producer.  His first book, "Braving Home" (2003), was a main selection for the Book of the Month Club by Bill Bryson and was one of Library Journal's "Best Books of the Year."  His next book, "Fame Junkies" (2007), was the basis for an original series on NPR's All Things Considered and portions of the book were published in both the New Yorker and in Entertainment Weekly. His first work of fiction, a fantasy novel entitled "Dormia" (2009), has been hailed by the American Library Association's Booklist as the next Harry Potter.  As a journalist, he has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Sports Illustrated, The New Republic, Slate, Smithsonian, Entertainment Weekly, Outside, New York Magazine, and other publications. In the realm of radio, Jake Halpern is a contributor to NPR's All Things Considered and This American Life.  Jake's hour-long radio story, "Switched at Birth," is on This American Life's "short list" as one of its top eight shows of all time.  Currently two of Jake's stories are being developed into fictional dramatic series on HBO -- one is being produced by Scott Rudin and the other by Brad Pitt's production company. Currently he is a fellow of Morse College at Yale University, where he teaches a class on journalism.
As a Fulbright-Nehru visiting lecturer Mr. Halpern will teach narrative journalism, journalistic ethics, fact checking, story telling, magazine styles of the sort that is published in the New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine, to journalism students at the University of Kerala. communication.