I am an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. I am part of the journalism studies faculty group, and my emphasis is photojournalism Most of my teaching and research is in photojournalism. My research has been published in Visual Communication Quarterly, International Communication Gazette, Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, Newspaper Research Journal, and Journal of Marketing Communications.
I am co-director of the Angus and Betty McDougall Center for Photojournalism Studies
I have a Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Missouri, an M.A. in journalism from Michigan State University and a B.A. in mass communication from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University).
My professional experience includes work in radio, photography and publication design. I still do some photography and audio production work.
I am a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the National Press Photographers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. I'm a member of the American Journalism Historians Association, having previously served on the organization's board of directors. I served as the website administrator for the AEJMC History Division until Fall 2022.
I never outgrew wanting to be an astronaut and have a pretty good library of books about the NASA space program, mostly related to the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions.
I'm married, and we have a daughter, one cat, two dogs and a fish.