David Pritchard is a professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has a Ph.D. in mass communications with a minor in law from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After receiving his doctorate in 1984, Pritchard joined the faculty of the School of Journalism at Indiana University, where he worked for nine years. Before moving into the academic world, he was a newspaper reporter in Wisconsin for seven years, working at The Freeman in Waukesha and The Capital Times in Madison.
Pritchard's teaching and research interests range from media law and ethics to political communication to Canadian journalism. He has published more than 30 scholarly articles and essays. He has been a Fulbright scholar and is a former head of the Law Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.