Marquette University News Release

Journalism history expert named to Nieman Chair in Marquette’s Diederich College of Communication

July 18, 2008

Dr. Bonnie S. Brennen, previously professor of journalism and vice provost of academic affairs at Temple University,  is the new Nieman Chair in Marquette University’s J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication.


Dr. John Pauly, dean of the college who will become provost of the university July 21, said Brennen brings a “wealth of scholarship in the areas of journalism history and cultural studies” to the position. The Nieman Chair was endowed in honor of Lucius W. Nieman, who founded the Milwaukee Journal in 1882 at age 24 and served as the paper’s long-time editor-in-chief.


Brennen previously served as chair of the Department of Journalism at Temple and has also been on the faculty at the University of Missouri, Virginia Commonwealth University and SUNY Geneseo, after earning her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. She is the author of For the Record: An Oral History of Rochester, New York Newsworkers and the co-editor of Picturing the Past: Media, History and Photography and Newsworkers: Towards a History of the Rank and File. She has also published numerous book chapters and articles in professional journals. She has received a number of teaching and research awards.


Pauly said Brennen will teach an undergraduate course in ethics and a graduate seminar in communication theory. As Nieman Chair, Brennen will also have responsibility for organizing the Nieman Symposia and Nieman Lecture Series.


Previous holders of the Nieman Chair include: Warren Price, University of Oregon, 1963; Albion Ross, foreign correspondent for the New York Times, 1963-72; George Reedy, reporter and press secretary to President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1972-1991; Richard H. Leonard, retired editor-in-chief of the Milwaukee Journal, 1991-1996; Scott Klug, former U.S. Congressman and CEO of Trails Media Group, 1998-99; and Phil Seib, political analyst and commentator who is now on the faculty of USC’s Annenberg School of Communication, 1999-2004.

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