My Bio

I joined the Robert Morris faculty in August 2012 after spending seven years at Point Park University and two years teaching at Texas Tech University.

I earned my PhD from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in 2004. I also hold a MA in journalism from Ohio State University and a BA in sports information from the University of Southern California.

I like to tell my students the following on the first day of class: “I don’t treat my classrooms like classrooms. I treat them like newsrooms. And I don’t consider you to be students. I think of you as journalists.”

That means I encourage my students to discuss what they think of the job the media are doing, and I expect them to be aware of what is happening in the news.

Before moving into higher education, I spent almost 13 years in the broadcast industry as a reporter and producer. I worked in southern California and Ohio in both radio and television and covered numerous news and sports events during those years.

3 thoughts on “My Bio”

  1. I just read you article comparing how the presidents of Johns Hopkins and Purdue University are planning for the future of their universities during the coronavirus pandemic. While reading it I wasn’t aware that you were a “journalist”. Reading your bio and learning that helped me understand your article much better. Clearly a journalist. More interested in sensationalizing a topic than providing unbiased information or generating insightful discussion. Well done.

    1. I always take life and death medical advice from a professor of communications who has written Ph.D. after his name on his website more times than I have in the last 30 years accept where required on official forms.

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