Dana Roberson
Hall of Fame

Dana Roberson (B.A. 1987) is Executive Producer at the WNET Group, home to New York City’s PBS stations. While there she has overseen PBS News Hour Weekend, various news specials including “Aretha! Queen of Soul: A PBS Remembrance Special” and “America in Black and Blue 2020”and has produced two documentaries under the PRESERVING DEMOCRACY multi-platform initiative.

A seasoned journalist, she has made significant contributions to the world of television news. Her career began at CBS NEWS, where she spent nearly two decades working on acclaimed programs such as 60 MINUTES and CBS SUNDAY MORNING. Her investigative reporting earned her a Peabody Award for groundbreaking coverage of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq and helped her land an exclusive interview with the biracial daughter of Sen. Strom Thurmond, a steadfast supporter of segregation in the US.

After nearly two decades at CBS, she moved to HDNet/AXS where she worked alongside legendary newsman Dan Rather delving into topics like deadly pill mills, issues facing US veterans, Ireland’s financial crisis and the aftermath of the deadly earthquake in Haiti. Her work has allowed her to tell stories from nearly every US state and continent in the world.

In addition to her television work, Dana harkened back to her days at Iowa’s KRUI and was a producer/reporter at New York Public Radio for the daily national news program THE TAKEAWAY. 

A proud graduate of the University of Iowa, her passion for journalism extends to teaching the next generation of reporters as an adjunct professor at CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and Fordham University.

Mark Shapiro
Hall of Fame

Mark Shapiro (B.A. 1992) serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Endeavor (NYSE: EDR), a global sports and entertainment company, and TKO Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TKO), a premium sports and entertainment company comprising UFC and WWE

Prior to joining Endeavor in 2014, Shapiro was Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer of Dick Clark Productions, managing all business operations, distribution, programming and production for its portfolio of global entertainment content across traditional and digital media. Previously, Shapiro served as Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. Shapiro began his career at ESPN in 1993 and ultimately oversaw both production and programming and led the creation of sports and entertainment properties that helped build ESPN into one of the world’s strongest multi-media brands, earning 16 Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards during his tenure.    

In 2016, Shapiro was named to Variety’s New York Power List and by Broadcasting & Cable as Sports Executive of the Year. He was also named to SportsBusiness Journal’s annual Dealmakers list in 2021, 2022 and 2023. In 2022 and 2023, Variety named him to its Variety500 list as one of the 500 most influential business leaders shaping the global media industry.

Jane Singer
Hall of Fame

Jane B. Singer is Professor Emerita at City, University of London and Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Iowa. She also served for three years as Johnston Press Chair in Digital Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK.

Singer is the 2023 recipient of the Paul J. Deutschmann Award for Excellence in Research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She was inducted as a Fellow of the International Communication Association in 2022.

A former print and online journalist, Singer was the founding news manager at Prodigy Services Company, a pioneering US online service. Since joining academia in the 1990s, her research has traced the evolution of digital journalism, with a focus on journalists’ changing roles, perceptions, norms and practices. She holds a PhD in Journalism from the University of Missouri; an MA in Liberal Studies from New York University; and a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia.


Dan Berkowitz
Hall of Fame

Dan Berkowitz is Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He earned his bachelor’s degree in forestry from Humboldt State University in 1975, and worked in forestry, radio broadcasting and public relations. He received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1985. After completing a Ph.D. in Mass Communication at Indiana University in 1988, he began a 30-year career at the University of Iowa. For 8 years, Dan shared his time between SJMC and the UI Graduate College, as Associate Dean.

As a teacher, his courses included public relations, computer-assisted reporting, research methods, media and terrorism, and social and cultural approaches to the study of news. He served as advisor or co-advisor for more than 60 graduate students across SJMC’s three graduate programs, and was a member of a multitude of graduate committees. As a scholar Berkowitz was author or co-author of more than 60 journal articles, edited books and book chapters, along with nearly 70 refereed conference papers. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award in Social Science from the Graduate College.

Berkowitz was a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. His academic travels also took him to Thailand, China, Israel, Canada, South Korea, Egypt, Germany, England, and Sweden.

Roxanna Scott
Hall of Fame

Roxanna Scott is executive editor and vice president for USA TODAY Sports, one of a handful of women leading a sports department nationally. A former president of the Association for Women in Sports Media, Scott was previously managing editor for USA TODAY Sports and managing editor of Golfweek. She has directed coverage of eight Olympic Games at USA TODAY.

Prior to USA TODAY, Scott worked at The Dallas Morning News for 10 years. She was 16 when she began her career in sports reporting as an agate clerk at the Quad-City Times in her hometown of Davenport, Iowa. A graduate of the University of Iowa, she was a reporter and editor at The Daily Iowan for four years. She serves on the advisory board for the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland.


Peter Gross
Hall of Fame

Peter Gross, Ph.D. (1984), professor emeritus and former Director of the University of Tennessee’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media, is a non-resident Fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society, Central European University (Vienna, Austria); Co-Editor of the Journal of Romanian Studies; and columnist for Transitions Online(Prague, Czech Republic). His books, textbooks, book chapters, scholarly and journalistic articles focus on East and Central European media, politics, culture and societies.  

He provided assessments on East and Central European media evolutions and roles for the U.S. Information Agency/U.S. Department of State and Voice of America, and served as consultant to the International Media Fund, Freedom Forum, and Freedom House (Freedom of the Press Index), among other governmental and non-governmental organizations. He taught at the U.S. Department of State’s National Foreign Affairs Training Center and was a research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.  

Gross lectured at major European universities, as well as at universities in Central Asia and China. He received grants/awards from the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., Freedom Forum, Fulbright, and Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, among other institutions. He was awarded honorary doctorates and an honorary professorship from three Romanian universities, as well as one of Romania’s highest national awards, the “Order of Merit in Education,” Commander Grade. 


Seung Min Kim
Hall of Fame

Seung Min Kim is a White House reporter for The Washington Post, covering the Biden administration and its relationship with Capitol Hill.

Before joining The Post in 2018, she spent more than eight years at Politico, primarily covering the Senate. Seung Min has covered some of the biggest legislative battles in Washington for more than a decade -- including fiscal standoffs and government shutdowns, the comprehensive immigration reform debate and multiple Supreme Court nomination fights.

She is a proud graduate of the University of Iowa, with majors in journalism and political science, as well as The Daily Iowan.


Cori Zarek
Hall of Fame

Cori Zarek is the Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University and a champion for using tools such as data, technology, and design to drive toward better outcomes in our society. At the Beeck Center, Cori leads fellows, students, and staff who direct action-oriented research projects to reimagine how institutions can better serve all people.

Prior to joining the Beeck Center, Cori served as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States where she led work to build a more digital, open, and collaborative government including helping to stand up and support the U.S. Digital Service, 18F and the Presidential Innovation Fellows. Cori also led the U.S. government’s work with the global Open Government Partnership. She was previously a Mozilla Foundation fellow in technology policy and advised Code for America on its principles and practices work. In 2020, Cori co-founded U.S. Digital Response which matches pro-bono technologists to work with government and organizations responding to crisis. She currently leads that organization’s Advisory Council.

Previously, Cori was an attorney at the U.S. National Archives, and before that, at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press where she worked on free press, free expression, and freedom of information issues. She is the President of the Board of Directors for Muckrock, a nonprofit, collaborative news site in the U.S. that promotes transparency for an informed democracy and serves on the Advisory Council for the International Center for Not-for-profit Law. Cori has taught courses in First Amendment law and on data and technology since 2007. At Georgetown, she teaches Data for Social Impact. She holds a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Iowa. You can also find her on Twitter and LinkedIn.


Radhika Parameswaran
Hall of Fame

Radhika Parameswaran (PhD 1997) is a Journalism professor at he University of Indiana Bloomington. She has conducted research on the complexity of gender as a multidimensional social category whose meaning evolves only in relation to other social formations of race, class, caste, race, and ethnicity. Her work emphasizes the ways in which historical and economic processes-colonialism, nationalism, and globalization-shape the social construction of gender and modernity. She has employed a range of qualitative methods including participant observation, focus groups, in-depth interviews, textual analysis, and discourse analysis to address these broad questions.

Radhika's work has been published in a variety of academic journals including Global Media & Communication, Journal of Communication, Journal of Children & Media, Communication, Culture, & Critique, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication Theory, Qualitative Inquiry, Communication Review, and Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies.


Maudlyne Ihejirika
Hall of Fame

Maudlyne Ihejirika (B.A. 1985) is an award-winning, urban affairs reporter, columnist and author with 30 years experience in journalism, public relations and government. She holds a B.A. in journalism from University of Iowa, an M.S.J. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and an honorary Doctorate from Saint Xavier University. She writes the Sun-Times "Chicago Chronicles," long-form columns on "people and places that make Chicago tick," with a focus on black and brown communities. Her honors include the prestigious Studs Terkel Award, top national and local awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists, and several civic awards. She’s president of the Chicago Journalists Association and the National Association of Black Journalists Chicago. Her expertise in urban affairs, immigration and refugee issues, and social justice has led to appearances on CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS and NPR. She’s a frequent guest contributor on WTTW’s "Chicago Tonight: Week In Review" and FOX32’s "Good Day Chicago." Follow her at @Maudlynei on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Ron Steele
Hall of Fame

Ron Steele (B.A. 1973) grew up in Wapello and graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Journalism in 1973. He joined KWWL in 1974 as the sports director and was the original play-by-play voice of the Iowa Television Network. In 1979, Ron moved from sports to news and is the longest sitting television news anchor in Iowa. He has won numerous Iowa Broadcast News Association awards, including IBNA’s highest honor, the Jack Shelley Award.  Ron is also an Emmy-award journalist and has interviewed politicians, Nobel Peace Prize Winners, professional and Olympic athletes, and countless other newsmakers.


Eliot Keller
Hall of Fame

Eliot Keller (B.A. 1970) earned his B.A. in Journalism (1970) from the University of Iowa. He was President and General Manager, KZIA, Inc. which owns and operates KZIA 102.9, 102.9 HD-2, 102.9 HD-3, and KGYM 1600 ESPN in Cedar Rapids. Keller was also Co-founder of the first commercial FM radio station, KRNA, in the Iowa City Market.  He was the recipient of many awards including the 2004 Volunteer of the Year by the I.C. Chamber of Commerce; 2003 Hall of Fame, American Advertising Federation, CR-IC; and 2001 Broadcaster of the Year, IBA. Keller died in 2009 of complications from ALS.


Bonnie Brennen
Hall of Fame

Professor Bonnie Brennen (Ph.D. 1993) is the Nieman Professor of Journalism in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University. She is a prolific scholar, with seven published books and numerous articles and book chapters to her credit. Her research focuses on the intersection of labor and journalism history as well as on relationships between media, culture and society. Prof. Brennen has professional experience in journalism and corporate communication. She is the Series Editor of Diederich Studies in Media Communication at the Marquette University Press, and a contributing editor for Journalism: Theory and Practice. She was the Associate Editor of Journalism and Communication Monographs from 2004-2008. She serves on the editorial board of many leading journals in journalism and communication. She was formerly vice provost at Temple University, and prior to that chaired the Department of Journalism at Temple.


Ken Aagaard
Hall of Fame

Ken Aagaard (B.A., 1970) is the Executive Vice President of Operations and Production Services, CBS Sports.  An 11-time Emmy Award winner, he is responsible for overseeing operations, engineering and production management for all field events and the CBS Broadcast Center, including logistics and technical support. Ken oversees these areas for the CBS College Sports Network.  During his 40+ year career, Ken has worked on 20 Super Bowls, 5 World Series, 6 Wimbledon and French Opens, and 3 Olympics!  And he has worked for nearly every major media company that has an investment in sports journalism.  He was recently elected to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame and received a New York Festival Television and Film Lifetime Achievement Award. 


Al Talbott
Hall of Fame

Professor Emeritus Al Talbott joined the SJMC in the 1960s, during the School's exciting and provocative foray in curriculum experiments, and retired in 2002. A native of Omaha, Talbott was trained in quantitative research methods at Michigan State University and became a national expert in Q methodology, at the time a popular research tool widely used in the social sciences. For many years, he taught Issues and Concepts, the first-year seminar that defined the Iowa program as one that valued history and social theory. He became an authority on how journalists were portrayed in popular media, and maintained a huge collection of copies of films and television shows that featured such representations. Because of his eclectic interests, he served on many thesis and dissertation committees, very likely holding the School’s record. Talbott died on Sunday, February 15.


Philip R. Currie
Hall of Fame

Philip R. Currie (BA '62) earned his B.A. in Journalism (1962) from the University of Iowa and an M.A. in Journalism (1964) from Penn State University. He began his career Jan. 1, 1964 at Gannett’s Times-Union in Rochester, N.Y., working as a general-assignment reporter. He retired Dec. 31, 2008 from Gannett as Senior Vice President/News. His work at the Rochester newspaper included general-assignment reporter, editorial writer, political reporter and executive city editor. On the city desk, he directed coverage of the Attica (N.Y.) prison riots that led to a Pulitzer Prize for the newspaper. In 1977, he joined the Gannett corporate staff as Director of News Staff Development. He was named Vice President/News for Community Newspapers in 1986, Vice President/News for the Newspaper Division in 1989, and to the Senior Vice President/News role in 1995. In his corporate positions, he worked with publishers, editors and newsrooms at more than 90 Gannett newspapers and in later years also oversaw operations of Gannett News Service, a Washington-based wire service serving both Gannett and non-Gannett newspapers. 


William Casey
Hall of Fame

In 1972, Bill Casey started delivering The Daily Iowan to doorsteps across Iowa City. Within four years, he was publisher and has been committed to the DI for 41 years.  A graduate of the University of Iowa, Bill has committed his career to serving the university, Iowa City communities, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

He collaborates with journalism school faculty and advisors to introduce literally thousands of students to journalism and help them launch careers of their own.  He initiated a scholarship program in 1987 that as of 2013 has awarded more than $700,000 in tuition money to promising young journalists, who work as Daily Iowan staffers.  Each year, up to four high school seniors are selected to receive four-year tuition scholarships to pursue their interest in journalism and mass communication.  They are eligible to receive the scholarship until they graduate from the university, provided that they continue to make progress at the DI and in college.  Nearly all of the scholarship winners are SJMC majors. 

Bill has been at the helm of The Daily Iowan during its evolution into the digital age.  He worked with faculty and staff to launch DITV, to build a website that attracts, at time, hundreds of thousands of hits, and to create what has been called “the largest newsroom in Eastern Iowa.”  The Daily Iowan’s commitment to the community also includes its annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign that gathers food and supplies for the local hungry.

Under Bill’s guidance, SJMC students who work on the newspaper have won numerous Pacemaker, Hearst, and other state and national awards, gaining attraction for both Iowa’s journalism program and The Daily Iowan. Many of the names in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Hall of Fame have worked with The Daily Iowan. A past president of the Iowa Newspaper Association Services Co., Bill received the association’s “Master Publisher” award in 2005 and the INA Distinguished Service Award in 2003.  He also was a founding board member of The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism.


James Crook
Hall of Fame

James Crook (University of Iowa 1961 B.A., 1963 M.A.) is Professor and Director Emeritus in the School of Journalism & Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee.  He earned his PhD in education and communications from Iowa State University. Dr. Crook is a longtime, fervent supporter of journalism education, starting with his M.A. thesis at Iowa, “A study of the relationships between newspapermen and public school administrators in Iowa.”  He directed scholastic journalism programs at Marshalltown High School and community college before joining the Iowa State journalism faculty.

In 1974, Dr. Crook moved to Tennessee, where he served as director of the UT School of Journalism for 28, retiring in 2002.  Under his leadership, the School combined electronic media and public relations degree curricula and added scholastic journalism service programs. With seven European and American journalism schools, he developed a Europe in the World program for student and faculty exchanges to study stereotypes and international cooperation.  Dr. Crook re-conceptualized Journalism & Mass Communication Educator as a scholarly journal and served as its editor from 1988 to 2001. In 2003, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication recognized Dr. Crook with the Eleanor Blum Distinguished Service to Research Award, which recognizes individuals who have devoted substantial parts of their careers to promoting research in mass communication. 

Dr. Crook worked as a reporter and advertising salesman for The Daily Iowan during his undergraduate study. He was also a charter member of the UI Old Gold Singers in 1957 and a member of the Hawkeye marching band. He and his wife Diane live in Knoxville, Tenn.  They have three children, Art, Betsy and Tom, and nine grandchildren.


Dean Mills
Hall of Fame

Dean Mills (1965 B.A.), Professor and Dean, Missouri School of Journalism. Dean Mills received a bachelor’s degree in Russian and journalism from the UI, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in communications from the University of Illinois. In his 24-year tenure as Missouri School of Journalism dean, the school has added eight endowed chairs, built two new buildings, and renovated two others-all funded almost entirely by private funds.

Before entering academia, Mills worked as a professional journalist for the Baltimore Sun, which included time as the Moscow Bureau Chief, and as a correspondent in Washington, D.C., where he covered the Watergate scandal, the resignation of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, and the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision. Dean and his wife, Sue Cornick Mills (B.A. 1965), have given generously to the UI over the years, creating both the Helene Scriabine Undergraduate Prize in Russian Studies and the John and Shirley Harrison Prize in Journalism. They have two children, Jason and Jesse (2001, M.D.)


Alan Waxenberg
Hall of Fame

Alan Waxenberg (1956 B.A.), Retired Executive Vice President and Publisher, Good Housekeeping. A native of Davenport, Iowa, Alan has long been a loyal and ardent supporter of The University of Iowa. He is a life member of the UI Alumni Association; he has assisted with and sponsored university events in New York; and he has served as a member of the Career Information Network. He is a member of the UI Foundation’s Presidents Club and served on the national campaign committee for the Iowa Endowment 2000 campaign. Alan’s UI philanthropy includes establishing the Alan Waxenberg Scholarship Fund in Journalism. He also chaired the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication campaign that was responsible for raising more than $6 million that contributed to the building of the Philip D. Adler Journalism Building in 2005.

Alan’s career in publishing includes stints with Look magazine, Peterson Publishing Company, and Hearst Publishing Company. In 1992, the UI honored him with the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honorary accolade awarded by the UI Alumni Association. He resides in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife, Suzanne. They are the proud grandparents of three beautiful granddaughters.


Joseph Ascroft
Hall of Fame

Joseph Ascroft, Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Born in Malawi, raised in Zimbabwe, and educated in Cape Town, South Africa, Professor Ascroft went on to work in Zimbabwe and Kenya before joining the University of Iowa School of Journalism in 1970. As a teacher, he focused his work on the Foundations of Communications and Third World Development courses. Professor Ascroft’s work frequently took him beyond campus—to Nairobi, Ghana, and Nepal, notably—by way of a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship and work with the United Nations on various projects. In partnership with the Department of Geography and Political Science, he led the 1982 creation of an interdisciplinary master’s subprogram in Development Support Communication in the School of Journalism (since relocated to International Programs). In addition to his global work as a teacher and social worker, Professor Ascroft has worked as author and contributor on numerous publications.


David Dierks
Hall of Fame

Dierks, Vice President, University of Iowa Foundation. David Dierks has been serving the University of Iowa community—service that includes work with six presidents and four interim presidents for the UI—since joining the University of Iowa Foundation (UIF) in 1973. David established, and then managed, the UIF’s Planned and Major Gifts Program in 1973 before taking over responsibility for the direction and administration of all major gift activity in 1999. Among David’s notable contributions to the UI community in his work with principal donors was raising more than $6 million to build the Philip D. Adler School of Journalism and Mass Communication Building. In addition to his direct work with the UI, David has made numerous contributions to the larger community through his service as a member on several boards, an honor society advisor, a speaker, and a contributing writer for several publications.


Phyllis Fleming
Hall of Fame

Fleming received her bachelor's degree in journalism from UI in 1956 and worked at The Daily Iowan as a student. She worked as a reporter and editor for The Gazette for 45 years, retiring in 2002 as deputy managing editor, and served as a member of the Daily Iowan Advisory Board for 20 years. [Deceased]


Theodore (Ted) Glasser
Hall of Fame

Glasser received his PhD in mass communication from the UI in 1979 and joined the Stanford faculty in 1990, having previously taught at the University of Minnesota and the University of Hartford.  Glasser also held visiting faculty appointments in Finland, Singapore, and as a senior Fulbright scholar in Israel.  In 2002-2003 he served as president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.  Among his several books, two won the Frank Luther Mott-Kappa Tau Alpha Award, including Custodians of Conscience: Investigative Journalism and Public Virtue, written with James Ettema, which also won the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for best research on journalism.


Neil Brown
Hall of Fame

BA (1981); Executive Editor and Vice President, St. Petersburg Times. Brown served nine years as the Times' managing editor. He was named to the board of directors of the newspaper's parent, Times Publishing Co., in 1997. Under Brown's leadership, the St. Petersburg Times has become the largest newspaper in Florida and been recognized among the nation's best written and designed papers. In 2009, the Times was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes—for feature writing, and for national reporting for its innovative fact-checking website, PolitiFact.


Arthur Asa Berger
Hall of Fame

MA (1956); Professor Emeritus of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University, where he taught from 1965 to 2003. Berger has published more than 60 books on the mass media, popular culture, humor, tourism and everyday life. Among his books are Media Analysis Technique, Media & Society Seeing is Believing: An Introduction to Visual Communication, Ads, Fads And Consumer Culture, Media and Communication Research Methods, the Art of Comedy Writing, Shop 'Til You Drop: Consumer Behavior and American Culture, and Vietnam Tourism.


Dorothy K. Ray
Hall of Fame

BA (1944); MA (1945); starting in 1952, for more than fifty years, The Dottie Ray Show was broadcast from Ms. Ray's home every weekday morning. While a student, she was editor-in-chief at The Daily Iowan and worked at WSUI. She also served as editor for the Alumni News Bulletin and was the on-Air WSUI news editor. After receiving her master's degree, Ms. Ray taught courses in reporting and editing at the School.


Roger Thurow
Hall of Fame

BA (1979); a long-time Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent, Thurow writes about humanitarian and social development issues. During three decades with the Journal, he has reported from more than sixty countries. Thurow was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting.


Kenneth Starck
Hall of Fame

Ken Starck shares a thirty-year history with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Starck was director of the School twice—from 1975-86 and from 1990-96. Before coming to Iowa, Starck taught at the University of South Carolina, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Missouri. He is a former Fulbright professor at the University of Bucharest and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. A former reporter at the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Starck is the author of The Dragon's Pupils: A Chinese Odyssey (1991); Public Relations and Community: A Reconstructed Theory (with Dean Kruckeberg, 1988); co-editor of Perspectives in American Studies: A Reader by American Scholars in China (with W. Patrick Strauss and David Yawkey, 1988), and co-editor of Backtalk: Press Councils in America (with William L. Rivers, William B. Blankenburg, and Earl Reeves, 1972). He retired from the School in 2004, and until 2009 was professor and dean of the College of Communication and Media Studies at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates.


John Calhoun Merrill
Hall of Fame

John Calhoun Merrill, emeritus professor of journalism at the University of Missouri at Columbia, received his doctorate from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1961. He is an internationally renowned scholar in the field of media ethics and the philosophy of journalism. He has taught for more than fifty years at institutions around the world, has been a senior fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center in New York, and has received the Distinguished Service Award in International Communication from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, among many other honors. He began his career as a newspaper reporter in the 1930 and continues writing today as a columnist for the Columbia Missourian.


J. Alan Cramer
Hall of Fame

J. Alan Cramer, a 1955 School of Journalism graduate, became a newspaper owner and publisher at age 24, when he took over the Wayne Herald (NE) following his father's death in a plane crash. That began a 47-year journalism career during which Cramer was co-publisher and majority owner of 23 newspapers, two radio stations, and a cable TV system in California, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, and Nebraska.


Joe Bartelme
Hall of Fame

BA (1954), MA (1955); ran news operations of UI's radio station, WSUI, as part of the Journalism-Mass Communication Broadcast News Workshop; won national acclaim from the Radio-Television News Directors Association and Foundation, the George Foster Peabody and Colombia University DuPont Awards; served as vice-president of NBC Network News. [Deceased]


Hanno Hardt
Hall of Fame

Taught at the UI from 1968-2002; became the Fulbright senior lecturer in Yugoslavia (1986-1987); served as professor in communication in the faculty of social sciences in University of Ljubljana, Slovenia since 1991; authored and co-authored several books, including Critical Communication Studies: Communication, History and Theory in America, Idea of Mass Communication, Interactions: Criticaol Studies in Communication, Media & Journalism, and, with UI PhD alum Bonnie Brennen, Newsworkers: Toward a History of the Rank and File and Picturing the Past: Media, History and Photography. [Deceased]


James Harris
Hall of Fame

BA (1969); founded Iowa City's Prairie Lights bookstore, one of the top independent bookstores in the U.S. that regularly schedules readings featuring well-known authors that are broadcast on public radio stations.


William Hageboeck
Hall of Fame

BA (1928); served as advertising manager, general manager, and publisher for the Iowa City Press-Citizen; served as director of the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce; received the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Iowa City Rotary Club (1963) and UI Distinguished Alumni Award for Service (1992); served as member of UI's School of Journalism Professional Advisory Board. [Deceased]


Diane Ying
Hall of Fame

MA (1968); served as editor-in-chief of the Commonwealth Monthly, Taiwan's first successful business monthly, which she launched; former advisor to Taiwanese President Lee Tenghui; received the Ramon Magsaysay Award and the UI Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement (1996).


Brian Ross
Hall of Fame

BA (1971); received Peabody Award (1974), the Columbia Award (three times), the Sigma Delta Chi Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award (1979), the National Emmy Award (twice), Overseas Press Club of America Award, award for best TV spot news reporting from abroad, and the George W. Polk National Television Reporting Award. Brian became ABC News' chief investigative correspondent in 1994 after an 18 years at NBC.


Carol McKay
Hall of Fame

BA (1971); served as photo editor at U.S. News & World Report, director of photography at the Kansas City Star, and photo editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal, Milwaukee Journal, and Milwaukee Sentinel; worked in the Milwaukee Bureau of United Press International.


John Camp
Hall of Fame

MA (1971), BA (1966); won a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing (1986) and was a finalist for the same category in 1980; published a novel titled Rules of Prey (1988) and 11 additional "Prey" novels subsequently under the pen name of John Sandford.


John McCormally
Hall of Fame

Served as editor and publisher of the Burlington Hawk Eye; shared a Pulitzer Prize for public service with his staff when he was editor of the Hutchinson (Kansas) News (1965); won William Allen White Award for writing (1979), distinguished Service Award from the Iowa Newspaper Association (1986), and two Iowa Newspaper Association Newspaper of the Year Awards; regular panelist on the Iowa Public Television program Iowa Press; founded the Iowa Freedom of Information Council.


John Cochran
Hall of Fame

MA (1967); served as chief Capitol Hill correspondent for ABC News, chief NBC White House correspondent (1988-1993) and chief European correspondent and chief diplomatic correspondent for NBC News; reported as a freelancer from Southeast Asia during the height of the Vietnam War.


Frank Luther Mott
Hall of Fame

Editor of Journalism Quarterly (1930-1935); served as director of UI's School of Journalism and Mass Communication (called State Univ. of Iowa at the time, 1927-1942); was Dean of the School of Journalism at the U. of Missouri (1942-1951); won a Pulitzer Prize in American History for his four-volume A History of American Magazines (1939). [Deceased]


Mildred Wirt Benson
Hall of Fame

BA (1925), MA (1927); first woman to receive a master's degree in journalism at UI; wrote more than 120 children's books, many under pseudonyms; using the name Carolyn Keene, she created the Nancy Drew mysteries series; worked at Toledo Blade until her death at age 96 in 2002.


Frank Eyerly
Hall of Fame

Was associated with the Des Moines Register for 42 years (1927-1969) and served as managing editor the last 23 years. [Deceased]


Donald Padilla
Hall of Fame

BA (1947); founded, directed, and was a First Fellow of the Minnesota Newspaper Foundation; founded financial news wire; received over 35 awards including the Minnesota Press Club's Distinguished Service Award, an award from the National Press Photographers Association, and the Paul M. Lund Public Service Award from the Public Relations Society of America; named "Mr. Public Relations of the Twin Cities." [Deceased]


Wayne A. Danielson
Hall of Fame

BA (1952); taught at University of Wisconsin (1957-1959); served as dean of the University of North Carolina's journalism school (1964-1969) and of the University of Texas School of Communication (1969-1979); served as president of the Association for Education in Journalism (1970-1971); known for work in computer applications for newspaper.


Peter M. Sturtevant
Hall of Fame

MA (1967); served as national editor of all CBS bureaus (1974-1981); served in numerous positions at CBS for 18 years; senior producer of CNN's Moneyline (1985), and vice president for business news for CNBC (1990).


Judy Klemesrud
Hall of Fame

BA (1961); won the Page One Award from the Newspaper Guild of New York (1973, 1983) and the J. C. Penney-Missouri Newspaper Award for best feature story (1974); wrote for the New York Times "women's pages" from 1966 to 1985. She got the Times to publish their first major article on the feminist movement in 1970 and devoted about 20 percent of her writing to the movement. She is still a frequently quoted author about writers and movie actors. [Deceased]


Carole Simpson
Hall of Fame

Attended UI in 1964 working toward a master's degree; taught journalism at Northwestern and Tuskegee Institute; first woman newscaster at WSUI; worked for NBC (1974-1978); joined ABC in 1982 where she became an Emmy Award-winning senior correspondent; served as president of the Radio and Television Correspondents Association (1982-1983). (ABC biographical sketch)


Catherine Covert
Hall of Fame

BA (1945); received the annual Howard Blakeslee Award for outstanding reporting to the general public in the field of heart and blood vessel diseases, the Albert and Mary Lasker Award for Distinguished Science Writing (1952), the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's Outstanding Achievement Award (1953), and the Empire State Award for excellence in medical reporting (1960); first woman professor in the Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University, and first woman to head the AEJMC History Division (1975). [Deceased]


Charles Swanson
Hall of Fame

MA (1946), MA (1946), PhD (1948); second PhD graduate at UI, served as director of research in the University of Minnesota's journalism department (1949-1952), vice president and director of research for the Curtis Publishing Company (1954-1964), and vice president of academic affairs at California State at Fresno (1973-1976); taught at New York University (1968); authored The Golden Chain.


David Manning White
Hall of Fame

PhD (1942); published 18 books including Mass Culture: The Popular Arts in America (1957) and, with Ralph Nafziger, Introduction to Mass Communications Research (1958); chaired Bradley University's journalism department (1947-1949) and Boston University's School of Public Communication (1964-1975); taught at Virginia Commonwealth University (1975-1982); developed the "gatekeeper" theory; helped establish Nafziger-White dissertation award.


Frederick T.C. Yu
Hall of Fame

MA (1948), PhD (1951); first non-American student in the nation to earn a PhD in mass communication; taught at the University of Southern California for three years, served as vice dean (1979); taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism from 1962 and was named the first CBS professor of international journalism in 1980; author of five books.


Corena J. SerVaas, MD
Hall of Fame

BA (1946); edited the Saturday Evening Post; co-wrote several cookbooks including Saturday Evening Post Fiber & Bran Better Health Cookbook and The High Lysine & Fiber Cookbook; published several newsletters; appointed by President Reagan to the first Presidential Commission on AIDS; founded and chaired the nonprofit Benjamin Franklin Literary & Medical Society (1976).


Dorothy Moeller
Hall of Fame

BA (1925); publisher of Bremer County Independent & Waverly Democrat during World War II; conducted the first national study on the use of the daily newspaper in the classroom (1956), which later became the nation-wide Newspapers in Education program; edited the Iowa Voter, the state league's bulletin. [Deceased]


Arthur J. Snider
Hall of Fame

BA (1938); reported for the Chicago Daily News from 1946-1978; worked at Chicago Sun-Times from 1978-1980; won the Howard Blakeslee Award for excellence in reporting diseases of the heart and blood vessels (1967), the National Headliner Club's annual award for outstanding news story (1948); served as president of the National Association of Science Writers (1953), president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (1966); inducted posthumously into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame (1982). [Deceased]


Murray Seeger
Hall of Fame

BA (1951), started career at Buffalo Evening News, moved to Cleveland Plain Dealer, becoming City Hall and State House Correspondent. Won Nieman Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard University (1961-62); editorial director KYW-TV and radio, moving to the New York Times, where he covered labor (1964-65). Joined Newsweek Washington Bureau, economics correspondent; took same assignment at the Los Angeles Times (1967). Was LAT Bureau Chief in Moscow and Bonn and European Economic Correspondent in Brussels; won Loeb Award for economic journalism. Joined AFL-CIO as Information Director (1982-87), moved to Singapore as senior editorial consultant at The Straits Times. Joined International Monetary Fund as assistant director, Department of External Relations (1990-94). In retirement, was senior advisor to curator, Nieman Foundation; Washington Representative, Committee to Protect Journalists; and director of Committee on the Future of Journalism. Taught journalism at U. of Michigan, U. of Maryland, American U., and George Washington U. Visiting journalist in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Jordan, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, and South Africa. Author, Discovering Russia: 200 Years of American Journalism (2005).


Herb Nipson
Hall of Fame

MFA (1948); worked at Ebony for 40 years (1949-1989); hired as an assistant editor and retired as executive editor. [Deceased]


Philip D. Adler
Hall of Fame

BA (1926); served as editor and publisher of the Kewanee Star-Courier for 23 years; founded and directed UI's School of Religion and served as president of its board of trustees; served as national chairman of UI's Arts Center campaign (1964-1966), and president of newspaper syndicate Lee Enterprises (1960-1970); chaired the UI Foundation (1968-1970); received UI's Distinguished Alumni Award for service (1966) and the Hancher-Finkbine Alumni Medallion (1970); the new Adler J-MC Building (2004) is named in his honor. [Deceased]


Malcolm S. MacLean
Hall of Fame

Served as director of UI's School of Journalism (1967-1974); served as president of the International Communication Association; co-developed the Westley-MacLean communication theory model; co-founder of University College at University of Minnesota; became the Gallup Professor of Communication Research at UI (1964). [Deceased]


Paul Engle
Hall of Fame

MA (1932); won the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize for Worn Earth, a collection of poems (1932); served as director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop (1941-1966); served on the National Council of Arts (1965-1971); co-nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (1976); co-founded the UI's International Writing Program (1967) and co-directed it (1967-1977). [Deceased]


Wallace Stegner
Hall of Fame

MA (1932), PhD (1935); established the Stanford Writing Program (1946) and served as its director for 26 years; won a National Book Award for The Spectator Bird (1976), five O. Henry Prizes (1942, 1948, 1950, 1955, 1964), and a Pulitzer Prize in fiction for Angle of Repose (1972); taught in the creative writing programs of the University of Wisconsin and Harvard University. Biographical sketch, courtesy Barnes & Noble. [Deceased]


James F. Fox
Hall of Fame

BA (1940); served as Chase Manhattan Bank's public relations vice president (1957); taught at New York University (1984); served as national president of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) (1975); received PRSA's Golden Anvil Award (1978); one of the 26 charter members of PRSA's "College of Fellows." [Deceased]


Joseph W. Shoquist
Hall of Fame

BA (1948), MA (1951); served as president of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (1983); served as editor of the Milwaukee Journal (1967); served as president of the Associated Press Managing Editors (1979); served as dean of the College of Journalism at the University of South Carolina from 1986-1991. [Deceased]


Paul Conrad
Hall of Fame

BA (1950); won five Sigma Delta Chi awards for editorial cartooning; won three Pulitzer Prizes for editorial cartooning (1964, 1971, and 1984) and two Overseas Club awards; was named to the Nixon Enemies List. Biographical sketch, courtesy Library of Congress. [Deceased]


Joseph Benti
Hall of Fame

MA (1962); won two Emmy Awards as a reporter at Los Angeles-based KNXT (KCBS) in 1978 and 1979 for his work as anchor and writer-reporter for a series of reports on the Panama Canal; anchored the CBS Morning News from 1966-1970.


Peter Hackes
Hall of Fame

MA (1949); served as city editor of UI's WSUI radio station; at NBC won an Emmy Award for coverage of the Apollo space flights in 1969 and 1970; won a Peabody award for his work on NBC's Second Sunday program; served as NBC's congressional correspondent. [Deceased]


Leslie G. Moeller
Hall of Fame

BA (1925); served as sixth director of UI's School of Journalism (1947-1967); one of the first two graduates from the UI's School of Journalism; taught at the UI for 26 years; ran the Bureau of Newspaper Service (1946); served as chair of the Association for Education in Journalism's (AEJ) Committee on Professional Freedom and Responsibility, the Committee on Journalism and Language Skills (1975), AEJ's Committee on Standards in Teaching (1953-1956), and as chair of the accreditation committee for the American Council on Education in Journalism; became the UI School of Journalism's first John F. Murray Professor (1972). [Deceased]


Wendell Johnson
Hall of Fame

BA (1928), MA (1929), PhD (1931); served as director of UI's Speech Clinic (1943); served as chief administrative officer of the Iowa Program in Speech Pathology (1947); chaired the UI Council on Speech Pathology and Audiology (1951), the forerunner of the department of Speech Pathology and Audiology; edited the Iowa Literary Magazine (1928); became the Louis W. Hill Research Professor (1963). [Deceased]


Arthur M. Barnes
Hall of Fame

BA (1936), MA (1937); faculty member at UI from 1945-1969; served as director of Pennsylvania State University's School of Journalism; co-founded the Iowa Radio News Association. [Deceased]


Earl F. English
Hall of Fame

MA (1937), PhD (1944); served as dean of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism (1951-1970); designed the accreditation system for the American Council on Education for Journalism; founded the University of Missouri's Freedom of Information Center (1958). [Deceased]


Hartzell Spence
Hall of Fame

BA (1930); author of the novel One Foot from Heaven, a New York Times bestseller for 54 weeks in 1941 and several other books; managed United Press International's Special Service Division (1935-1941) and wrote for Look, Reader's Digest, and Saturday Evening Post until the mid-1960s. [Deceased]


Jess Gorkin
Hall of Fame

BA (1936); edited the Daily Iowan (1936-1937); served as editor of Parade magazine for forty years; and edited 50 Plus from 1978-1983. [Deceased]


Harry Boyd
Hall of Fame

BA (1929); edited the Daily Iowan in 1928 and the Cedar Rapids Gazette for three decades; had a nationally syndicated column called "My America"; served in the offices of the Iowa Daily Newspaper Association. [Deceased]


W. Earl Hall
Hall of Fame

BA (1918); received UI's first Distinguished Service Award (1963); served as editor of the Mason City Globe-Gazette for 43 years; edited the Daily Iowan (1917). Biographical note, courtesy U. Iowa Libraries. [Deceased]


Conger Reynolds
Hall of Fame

BA (1912); Public Relations Director of Standard Oil; taught journalism at UI, ran its public relations services; started an Army news service in France during World War I; received the Award of the National Association of Public Relations Counsel (1948); served as director of the Office of Private Cooperation in the U.S. Information Agency (1956-1961). [Deceased]


Frank J. Starzel
Hall of Fame

BA (1964); general manager of the Associated Press, the world's largest news organization from 1948-1962; Daily Iowan staffer; finished his degree at age 60. [Deceased]


Kenneth MacDonald
Hall of Fame

BA (1926); headed news operations for the Des Moines Register for 50 years (1927-1977), where he maintained a news staff that won 12 Pulitzer Prizes over several decades; Daily Iowan staffer. [Deceased]


Daniel Starch
Hall of Fame

MA (1904), PhD (1906); founded the Starch Continuing Readership Research Program (1932); best known for devising a procedure for measuring the readership of advertisements known as the Starch Recognition Procedure; founded Daniel Starch and Staff (1923); received UI's Centennial Award; published Principles of Advertising (1923). [Deceased]


Richard L. Wilson
Hall of Fame

BA (1926); presented the most comprehensive agriculture program coverage of President Roosevelt's "New Deal" federal farm and public welfare programs; won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting (1954); headed the Washington bureau for the Des Moines Register, Minneapolis Star and Tribune, and Look (1938-1970); received Sigma Delta Chi's annual award for Washington reporting. [Deceased]


Beatrice Blackmar Gould
Hall of Fame

BA (1921); edited the Ladies' Home Journal for 27 years with husband C. Bruce Gould; edited the UI's Daily Iowan; wrote for the Ottumwa Journal, Des Moines Capital, Des Moines Tribune, and the New York Sunday World; wrote several plays with husband Bruce, including The First Gentlemen of Her Time, Man's Estate, and The Terrible Turk. [Deceased]


Theodore F. Koop
Hall of Fame

BA (1928); edited The Daily Iowan; created CBS' Face the Nation; presided over the Radio-Television News Directors Association. Biographical sketch, courtesy UI Libraries. [Deceased]


C. Bruce Gould
Hall of Fame

BA (1922); co-founded humor magazine Frivol (1919); wrote for the New York Post (1924-1931), the Wall Street News, Saturday Evening Post; wrote several plays with wife Beatrice Blackmar Gould, including The First Gentlemen of Her Time, Man's Estate, and The Terrible Turk; co-edited the Ladies' Home Journal for 27 years with his wife. [Deceased]


Wilbur L. Schramm
Hall of Fame

PhD (1932); founded the Iowa Writers' Workshop; served as director of the School of Journalism (1943-1947); designed the first doctoral program in mass communication in America; founded University of Illinois' Institute of Communications Research; founded and served as director of Stanford University's Institute of Communications Research; founded the East-West Communication Institute in Honolulu, Hawaii. Biographical sketch from The Beginnings of Communication Study in America: A Personal Memoir. [Deceased]


Harvey Ingham
Hall of Fame

Co-owner and editor, from 1903 to 1943, of the Des Moines Register; joined he NAACP in Des Moines, Iowa, and fought against the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. [Deceased]


Marquis W. Childs
Hall of Fame

MA (1925), Honorary Doctorate of Literature (1969); won first-ever Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary (1970); wrote and edited many books, including The Peacemakers, Taint of Innocence, and Witness to Power; consulted for President Franklin D. Roosevelt; presided over the Overseas Writers and Gridiron Club. [Deceased]


George H. Gallup
Hall of Fame

BA (1923), MA (1925), PhD (1928), LLD (1967); founded Gallup Poll in 1935; founded Quill & Scroll Society at the UI in 1926; taught at UI. [Deceased]