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Bruce Evensen

Bruce Evensen spent thirteen years in broadcast and print journalism as a reporter, producer and bureau chief in Washington and the Middle East before receiving his PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1989.

Areas of interest and specialization

Journalism history and ethics; mass communication history; new media; the press and the political process; sports journalism; religion and media; sensationalism

Professional Organizations

American Journalism Historians Association; Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication; Fulbright Association 

Publications and Research

  • "Journalism and the American Experience" (Routledge, 2018)
  • "God's Man for the Gilded Age: D.L. Moody and the Rise of Modern Mass Evangelism" (Oxford University Press, 2003)
  • "The Responsible Reporter" (Vision Press, 1997)
  • "When Dempsey Fought Tunney: Heroes, Hokum, and Storytelling in the Jazz Age" (University of Tennessee Press, 1996)
  • "Truman, Palestine, and the Press: Shaping Conventional Wisdom at the Beginning of the Cold War" (Greenwood Press, 1992)
  • Thirteen book chapters and sixteen articles on: journalism history, objectivity, the media and reform, the media and religion, reporting the Middle East, sports journalism, the media and national character
  • One hundred twenty-eight biographical articles for Encyclopedia of American Journalism History; Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives; American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Dictionary of American History; Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America; Encyclopedia of the Midwest; Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications; Encyclopedia of the World Press; Television News Encyclopedia; American Cities and Suburbs.

Courses Taught

CMN 102 Introduction to Mass Communication
JOUR 275 Introduction to Journalism
JOUR 343 Journalism and the American Experience
JOUR 362 The Press and the Presidency
JOUR 501 The Social Responsibility of Journalism
JOUR 532 The Press and the Presidency
JOUR 537 From Franklin to the Internet: A History of American Journalism
JOUR 538 Mass Communication in the Digital Age

Outside Interests

History; The Cubs and the Bears; news and current events; reading; classic Hollywood cinema; Swing and Classical music


Appearances on PBS, Fox News, ABC7, CBS2, NBC5. Interviews for Associated Press, ESPN, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post