John DeNatale

Assistant Dean, Communications and Public Affairs


B.A., 1981, Columbia College


John DeNatale is a communications and media expert whose experience is shaped by  over 20 years as a working journalist at PBS where he was a reporter and Emmy award winning news producer.  


DeNatale started his career as a reporter at the MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour, covering business, finance, and the environment.  He was Senior Producer for National Affairs for the PBS NewsHour for six years, overseeing coverage of legal affairs, health, science, as well as numerous political stories, national political conventions, and isssues and debates.


He was a correspondent/ producer for Adam Smith's Money World on PBS and later became executive producer of a national business program at WNET in New York City.


In 2001 DeNatale became the Director of Local Programming at WNET / Thirteen, the nation's largest PBS station. In that capacity he was executive producer of public affairs programing including New York Voices, and arts and community programs such as The Walking Tours, and Sunday Arts. He has written and produced documentary films for WNET including: The Lessons of September, about the impact of 9/11 on one community in Brooklyn; and Big Town Groove, a retrospective of New York City's influence on jazz, folk, punk and hip-hop music.


In 2010 he joined Cardozo Law School as Director of Communications and Public Affairs and became Assistant Dean for Communications and Public Affairs in 2013.

Contact Information


Cardozo School of Law

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Room 1049

New York, NY 10003