The Graduate School of Journalism announced the formation of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism. The Center is endowed by a $5 million donation from Toni Stabile of Naples, Florida, an award-winning investigative journalist and president of the Vincent A. Stabile Foundation. This new Center will be dedicated to training students interested in pursuing careers in investigative journalism.
Expected to open in September 2006, the Toni Stabile Center will offer a specialization in investigative journalism as part of the journalism school's graduate degree curriculum, as well as award fellowships to its leading students. In addition, the donation will support a faculty chair that will be named the Toni Stabile Professor of Investigative Journalism. The new Toni Stabile chair will be a demonstrated leader in the field of investigative journalism, who will anchor and direct the program's curriculum.
About the new Center, Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, said, "The launch of the Toni Stabile Center is another positive step for the school, formalizing and emphasizing the importance of the study of investigative journalism. Investigative journalism is central to the watchdog role of a free press. By strengthening our students' investigative reporting skills, the new Center will help strengthen the practice of journalism."
Toni Stabile is an investigative journalist who wrote several books, including, Cosmetics: Trick Or Treat?, a groundbreaking book about the American cosmetic industry that uncovered and reported unrecognized dangers and negligence in consumer products, which, in 1966, did not have to list or disclose ingredients. The Los Angeles Times called the book "the most chilling expose to appear since Ralph Nader's Unsafe at Any Speed." Her independent 25-year investigations led to Senate hearings and mandatory ingredient listing for grooming products from toothpaste to lipstick.
The Center is made possible through The Vincent A. Stabile Foundation, named for her late brother, a successful mechanical engineer who, along with Toni, attended Columbia, earning a master's degree in Industrial and Management Engineering.
The Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism is another example of Ms. Stabile's generosity and commitment to Columbia. In 2001, Columbia University Medical Center officially opened the Toni Stabile Osteoporosis Center thanks to a generous donation from Ms. Stabile and the Madeline C. Stabile Foundation, which was named for her late sister. The largest in the New York City metropolitan area and one of the largest in the United States, the Center sets a new standard for treatment, research, and education relating to the disease. Ethel S. Siris, M.D., is the Center's Director and the Madeline C. Stabile Professor of Clinical Medicine, a professorship endowed by the Foundation.