Hunter College Names Gosselin to Brookdale Center

(New York, NY – September 17, 2018) – Veteran journalist Peter Gosselin has been named inaugural senior fellow at Hunter College’s Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging by Executive Director, Ruth Finkelstein, Hunter College’s President, Jennifer J. Raab announced.

In his new position, supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Gosselin will build on previous work to produce data-driven enterprise news coverage of the forces shaping the lives of Americans ages 50, 60 and beyond with an eye to revealing where arrangements limit people’s opportunities or fail to serve both individuals and the broader society.

“Peter Gosselin has an impressive record of using human stories to document the real-world impact of seemingly impersonal social and economic trends,” said President Raab. “His reporting has mobilized change and improved lives, a legacy that will deepen as he supports the education, programs and advocacy work at Brookdale.”

“In joining Brookdale, Peter will help us to restore the Center to its traditional role at the nexus of public and policy debate about aging, and to tackle the new challenges posed by our longer lives,” said Finkelstein, who arrived at Hunter earlier this year to lead the Brookdale Center on Aging and to serve as a professor of Urban Public Health.

In addition to the journalism, Gosselin will work with Finkelstein to expand the Center’s links to the Hunter community and beyond through public forums, collaborative research, joint policy analysis and mentoring students.

Gosselin is a contributing writer for Propublica, the New York-based nonprofit newsroom for investigative reporting in the public interest. In a career that has spanned nearly a half century, he has reported on the U.S. economy, health care, Wall Street and financial fraud for, among others, the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe. He started at New York State’s smallest daily newspaper, The Catskill Daily Mail, circulation at the time 4,007.

In addition to being a journalist, he has been chief speechwriter to the Treasury Secretary during the 2008-2009 financial crisis, a member of the original implementation team for the Affordable Care Act and a visiting fellow at the Urban Institute, a Washington think tank. He helped launch a Washington data and policy analysis startup and a political journalism program at Syracuse University. He is the author of HIGH WIRE. The Precarious Financial Lives of American Families (Basic, 2008.)

Gosselin was just named as one of 2018 PBS/Next Avenue’s Top Influencers in Aging. This prestigious award, begun in 2015, recognizes twelve top leaders in the field. The Brookdale Center on Aging is now home to two “Top Influencer” award recipients, with Gosselin joining Dr. Finkelstein, who won the award in 2016. Gosselin is also a two-time winner of the Polk Award, as well as winner of the Hillman Prize and the Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.