I teach reporting classes and Mass Media Ethics, imbuing them with my research findings on new media, newsroom diversity and media effects on democracy. I earned a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Maryland, a master's in public administration from the University of North Dakota and a B.A. in journalism from the University of St. Thomas.
I was one of the founding editors of The Washington Post, capping a 20-year career in daily journalism. I commute to UW-Eau Claire from the Twin Cities, and I enjoy telecommuting in summer from my lake home on the North Dakota-Canadian border.