Dr. Battinto Batts Jr.

Dr. Battinto Batts Jr.

Dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Arizona State University

About this Speaker

Dr. Battinto L. Batts, Jr., dean of the Cronkite School, is an award-winning journalist and educator with deep experience in philanthropy and nonprofit administration.

Batts’ formal journalism career spanned 18 years at various newspapers including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Virginian-Pilot, the Tampa Bay Times, the Daily Press (Newport News, Virginia), and the South Florida Sun Sentinel. 

Batts served as a full-time professor at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University in Virginia. He was eventually appointed director of the University’s William R. Harvey Leadership Institute and later as assistant dean for academic affairs at the journalism school.

Batts’ most recent position was as director of journalism strategies for the Scripps Howard Foundation in Cincinnati, Ohio. While at the foundation, he helped manage journalism initiatives and funding priorities and oversaw the prestigious Scripps Howard Awards. He also played a pivotal role in the development of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism which was awarded to the Cronkite School and the University of Maryland in 2018.

Batts holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master’s degree in media management from Norfolk State University, and a doctorate in higher education management from Hampton University.