Jack Speer

John Speer, MA

Adjunct Instructor
Academic AreaBusiness Communication
Areas of InterestIntersection of Business, Communications & Ethics and Leadership

John Speer joined the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2014 as an adjunct instructor. He has more than 30 years of experience in the broadcast news industry. Currently, Speer is news anchor for the “All Things Considered” program at National Public Radio (NPR). As an NPR journalist, he spent a decade working as a business correspondent covering manufacturing, small business, and cutting-edge entrepreneurs who are changing the face of their respective industries. Award-winning reporting includes being part of the team that won a Peabody for coverage of the 9/11 terror attacks. Speer received his MA degree from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. At Carey, he has taught Business Communication, Business Leadership and Human Values and is a faculty affiliate at The Center for Innovative Leadership.


  • MA, Journalism, University of Maryland
  • BA, Speech Communications, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania


Selected publications

  • Peabody, Peabody. (2001).
  • Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting, ICI Education Foundation and American University, ICI. (2000).
  • Best Editorial Commentary, Washington Journalism Society. (1990).
  • Best News Feature, AIR Awards. (1990).



  • Business Leadership and Human Values
  • Crisis Communications
  • Media Convergence
  • Public Speaking

Honors and distinctions

Speer has been honored with a number of industry awards for his work including: American Universities 14th Annual Journalism Award for Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting, Best Editorial Commentary award from the Washington Journalism Society and the Best Newscaster award from the New Jersey Associated Press. Speer was among the group of NPR journalists who received a Peabody Award for coverage of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Impact and engagement


  • Carey Net Impact Conference- Speaker Saturday, February 25th, 2023