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Writer, Reporter, Researcher, Editor, Cartoonist
- Full time
- Part time
- One time
I research and write articles for magazines and chapters for anthologies. I'm also a copyeditor who can turn bland and boring prose into scintillating narrative
Professor of Journalism, Professor of Journalism & Integrated Media
From July 2005
I was hired to bring journalism into its own as a free-standing department within what was, when I came, a Department of Mass Communication. With help from Dr. J. Douglas Tarpley, my dean, friend and longtime-colleague across the miles, I oversaw the creation of a Department of Journalism that grew from about 50 majors in 2005 to the more than 170 majors that we now teach, encompassing four concentrations: Visual, Public Relations, Broadcast and Publishing. I also oversee the growth and development of student media operation in webcast television news, webcast radio, magazine journalism and a weekly newspaper with a daily online edition.
I write research narratives for publication on the history of media, the cultures of evangelical Christian faith, and the future of news and its media in this country.
I am involved in campus leadership seeking greater racial and ethnic diversity and pursuit of making this campus a more welcoming place for students, faculty and staff of color; I am involved in leadership of campus media organizations at the state and national level, including one committed to faith integration and encouragement of media advisers at Christian colleges and universities.
Lecturer, Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor
August 1989 - May 2005
Taught English and Journalism (Department of English) from 1989 to 1996, when I became part of the Communication Arts Department and taught Journalism solely. I oversaw an award-winning newspaper staff and helped guide my students toward understanding how to become leaders in media and in life. I helped advance a discussion about racial diversity on this campus and in the greater Lexington region of Kentucky and that commonwealth. I also participated in ministry with and to migrant workers in the Lexington region who were from Mexico and Central America.
Reporter, Senior Reporter
July 1987 - August 1989
Got this reporting job through national search from my parents' basement in Oak Park, Illinois. I drove out for the job interview by doing chauffer duty for a car company behind the wheel of a Buick LeSabre. The editor who interviewed me, Andy Bowen, let me negotiate for a salary. He told me he'd grant my upward ask by telling me he'd agree only if I was "the best reporter who ever walked in the door." I took him up on that. And was named senior reporter before leaving to teach college journalism. I covered politics, the environment, civil rights, and Newt Gingrich — then 6th District Congressman in Georgia. I earned an award for a feature package about men who were, at the time called Freedom Fighters from Afghanistan. They were flown in for ortho work and therapy on their injured limbs. We'd call them Taliban today. Same guys, same story, different war. Got to meet Al Gore at the Democratic National Convention (when Michael Dukakis got the nod to run against George H.W. Bush.) And got threatened by a prominent lawyer for writing negatively about his trailer slum. But I also did reporting that led to change of a county government that was an unfair (and racist) single-leader system in favor of representative board leadership — by virtue of a federal court decision deeming it a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Morris Daily Herald
June 1984 - August 1986
Took this job out of grad school and, in retrospect, should have looked around a bit more. But I was hungry, impatient, and fearful of not finding work. I covered city government, the cops, the sheriff's office, local business, and wrote the stories and obit for the first firefighter killed in the line of duty in this small city since the early 1900s. Learned about patient reporting with sources that were slow to trust journalists or tip their hand.
Chicago Tribune (Suburban Trib) and Chicago Sun-Times (Suburban Sun-Times)
September 1982 - December 1982
Reported features for these publications on a variety of topics and learned ways of working the phone and getting to meetings and events around the Chicago suburbs using my own car, and that of my parents.
Professor, Chair, Department of Journalism & Integrated Media
I teach basic journalism, philosophy and ethics of media, cross-cultural media, and oversee campus media at a vibrant Christian university in southern California. I'm part of leadership that is seeking ways to make this community more racially and ethically diverse, better equipped to enter the marketplace of ideas and opinions globally, and I'm an investor in the lives of young people.
Qualifications & Certifications
Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation: cognate Journalism History (Ph.D)
University of Kentucky
News-Editorial Journalism (MS)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Oak Park-River Forest High School
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