This Day in Bonaventure History
By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93
October 30, 1992
Russell J. Jandoli was born on Aug. 16, 1918 in Orange, N.J. He graduated with multiples degrees in both history and journalism while he was at the University of Notre Dame, Columbia University and St. Bonaventure University.
After college, he worked as a reporter for The Puerto Rico World Journal, Time Magazine, United Press, Stars & Stripes, The Newark Evening News, and as the editor of publications in the War Department in Washington, D.C. He also taught journalism at the University of Puerto Rico.
In January 1947, he founded the department of journalism at St. Bonaventure University. He was the head of the department for 34 years—the longest tenure of any journalism department chair in the country.
However, journalism was only a department in the School of Arts and Sciences at Bonaventure.
It wasn’t until this day that the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism & Mass Communication was founded.