The Post-Standard and syracuse.com health reporter James T. Mulder has been named to the Syracuse Press Club’s Wall of Distinction!
Jim grew up in Glen Cove, N.Y, a small city on the north shore of Long Island. He got his start in the newspaper business at age 10, delivering Newsday – a Long Island daily – after school in the 1960s.
After graduating from Marquette University’s College of Journalism in 1975, Jim worked briefly as a copy editor for two small magazines in Westchester County and as editor of the Glen Cove Guardian, a weekly newspaper in his hometown.
Jim moved to Syracuse in 1978 to work for the Syracuse Herald-Journal, the afternoon daily newspaper which later merged with The Post-Standard. He started out as a copy editor, then became a reporter. He initially worked as a general assignment reporter, covered business for many years and took over the health news beat 20 years ago.
Jim has won numerous journalism awards from the New York Associated Press, New York Publisher’s Association, Syracuse Press Club and the New York Bar Association. He has also taught journalism on and off at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School since 2002.
Jim’s steadfast, tenacious reporting about patient mistreatment, malpractice cases and nursing home negligence, have led to sweeping, widespread changes across the health care industry to protect and better care for our most vulnerable.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Jim’s rigorous reporting has been a critical resource for Central New York. He regularly broke news about Covid testing availability, vaccination clinics, Covid-related stress, mental health and local efforts to better prepare for future infectious diseases. Early in the pandemic, public officials and local leaders depended on his coverage to make urgent decisions about the safety of their families and communities.
Jim has been married 38 years to Mary Beth Irving, a former Post-Standard/Herald-Journal journalist. They met in the newsroom. They have two grown children: Marissa, a singer, who lives in NYC, and Kevin, an artist, who lives in Syracuse.
Congratulations on an incredible career, Jim. You now have a permanent place on the Syracuse Press Club’s Wall of Distinction.
This is Jim’s acceptance speech, sent virtually due to Covid-19:
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