William O'Neil Chair of Business Journalism
Mark Vamos is the William J. O’Neil Chair and Journalist-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. As the first holder of this endowed chair, Vamos designed and launched an innovative interdisciplinary program in conjunction with SMU’s Cox School of Business to prepare undergraduate journalism students to become top-notch business journalists for print, broadcast, and the web. Besides teaching business and economics journalism, he also teaches magazine writing. He is a frequent contributor to local magazines and newspapers.
Prior to joining SMU, Vamos was editor-in-chief of Fast Company magazine. He oversaw the redesign and re-launch of the business monthly, which has a circulation of 725,000; set editorial strategy; directed a staff of 25; and made numerous media appearances and gave talks before civic, academic and industry groups. He also served as an adjunct professor in New York University’s journalism program.
From 1999 to 2002, Vamos served as deputy editor and then editor-in-chief of SmartMoney.com, running all of the editorial operations of the National Magazine Award-winning website, which focuses on real-time market news, investing and personal finance.
From 1997 to 1999, Vamos was senior editor of Newsweek, where he directed the magazine’s coverage of business and personal finance and supervised an award-winning staff that included Alan Sloan, Jane Bryant Quinn and Robert Samuelson.
Prior to joining Newsweek, Vamos spent 13 years at Business Week, where he held various positions in editing, reporting and writing. He served as senior editor from 1990 to 1997, managing core corporate coverage, directing the Business Week/Harris Poll and overseeing coverage of the first Gulf War.
Vamos earned a B.A. from Yale University in 1976 and an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1983, where he was a Robert E. Sherwood Scholar.
CCJN 4306: Business Journalism
CCJN 3362: Magazine Journalism
CCJN 3327: Media and the Business of Fashion