I'm a former broadcast journalist and retired associate professor of broadcasting, mass media, broadcasting and broadcast journalism. I got my PhD in Journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Master of Arts in Communication from Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton Illinois. My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts, Religion from North American Baptist College (now known as Taylor University College) in Edmonton Alberta.
I began working as a news stringer for CJOC radio in Lethbridge Alberta in 1969 and subsequently worked as a journalist for several radio and television stations in Western Canada. During this period of my life I worked Police and Court Beats extensively, learning about police procedure and judicial process. I followed political personalities closely interviewing two former Prime Ministers of Canada and several Premiers of Western Canadian provinces along with conducting many in-depth interviews of cabinet ministers on both levels. As a result I was able to become very familiar with the workings of government and government agencies across the spectrum of government departments. Perhaps the most important stories covered involved interacting with local news-makers in the three western provinces of Canada
In 1986 I began a new career as a college professor in Nebraska, later moving to a variety of colleges in the Midwest, South and Eastern USA. During this period I continued a close involvement with mass media, in particular through work as GM of College Radio Stations. I selected, trained, and mentored student broadcasters while supervising all radio station operations including oversight of FCC regulations pertaining to station operations. As an Associate Professor I taught as wide variety of broadcasting and mass media classes including such as Media Law and Ethics, Broadcast Journalism, Public Relations Intro, Broadcast Advertising and Promotion courses among others. In addition to course and class duties I participated regularly and broadly in academic governance becoming well versed in the workings of university, college and department structures and processes.
Following my retirement from academe, I moved to VT where I live with my wife, writing near Lake Champlain. We have two sons and a granddaughter.