Roy Gutterman

Roy Gutterman

  • Director

    Tully Center for Free Speech
  • Professor

    Magazine, News and Digital Journalism
  • Professor


An expert on communications law and the First Amendment, Roy Gutterman is director of the Newhouse School's Tully Center for Free Speech.

He is a graduate of the Newhouse School and the Syracuse University College of Law.

Gutterman worked as a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer covering local and state government, crime, legal issues and general news. He later clerked for a New Jersey Superior Court judge and practiced business and general litigation. He also holds a courtesy appointment at the College of Law.

He writes and speaks on media law, free speech, the intersection between courts and journalists and legal education issues. He has delivered lectures at the Communication University of China in Beijing, Fudan University in Shanghai, National Chengchi University in Taipei and Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia.

Gutterman was head of the AEJMC Law and Policy division from 2019-20, and is program director for the Burton Foundation for Legal Achievement.  He sits on the Freedom of Information Committee and the Legal Defense Fund Committee for the Society of Professional Journalists, and the faculty committee for the Government Accountability Project in Washington, D.C.

At Newhouse, Gutterman was the 2009-10 director of the Carnegie Legal Reporting Program. He also works with the Society of Professional Journalists student chapter and serves on academic integrity committees.

As an undergraduate, he worked at The Boston Globe; The Courier-News in Bridgewater, N.J. The Post-Standard in Syracuse; and The Daily Orange. While in law school, he served as editor-in-chief of the law review.

His book, "L.Rev: the Law Review Experience in American Legal Education" (Academica Press 2002), is in law school libraries around the world.