Department of Theatre, Dance and Media Studies

Michael Murray


Michael Murray
Broadcast Journalism & Mass Communication

Dr. Michael D. Murray is a UM Board of Curator’s Distinguished Professor. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Louis University and his Ph.D. from University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for CBS News and the News Election Service. His doctoral dissertation examined Edward R. Murrow’s SEE IT NOW “Report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy.” He was the founder and first program director in Communication at the University of Louisville, and the first person tenured in the field at that institution. He also taught at Virginia Tech and was founding director of the Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

He served as department chair on the UM-St. Louis campus before being named a UM Board of Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor. He has held fellowships at Stanford and Cambridge universities and the Freedom Forum in New York. He was the first John Adams Fellow in Mass Media at the University of London, and Frank Stanton Fellow of the International Radio-TV Society (IRTS). He served as a broadcast officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, completing service as Captain in the Signal Corps. He received a Goldsmith Research Award from Harvard University for his book “The Political Performers: CBS Broadcasts in the Public Interest,” and published a number of other books including: “Television in America,” “Indelible Images,” and was Editor-in-Chief of the “Encyclopedia of TV News.” He also published two books on media education: “Teaching Mass Communication” (Praeger) and “Mass Communication Education” (Blackwell). Dr. Murray recently served on the Legislative Assembly of the NCA, as a corresponding editor for “Journalism History” and as the review and criticism editor for the “Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.” He currently serves on the Publications Board of the Broadcast Education Association which annually names the best doctoral dissertation in the field and also recently founded the “Journal of Media Education,” the first on-line journal of its kind. His scholarly articles have appeared in all of the major, main-stream journals in mass communication including “Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly,” “Journalism & Mass Communication Educator,” “American Journalism,” “Journalism History,” “Communication Quarterly,” “Television Quarterly,” “the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media,” and “Communication Education.” He is co-author of the college textbook “Media Law & Ethics” (Routledge/Taylor & Francis) with Dr. Roy L. Moore. Links to two of his most recent books are available at: 

Graduate Text—Mass Communication Education: Click here

Undergraduate Text--Media Law & Ethics:Click here

Dr. Murray has also been honored by most of the major organizations in the field including the International Radio & TV Society (IRTS), American Communication Association (ACA), both the Mass Communication & Society and the Radio-TV News divisions of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and the Mass Communication Division of the National Communication Association (NCA). He also received the Sidney Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Journalism Historian’s Association (AJHA), the Distinguished Service to Education (DESA) Award from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and was recently inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ (NATAS-Mid America) honorary society, the Silver Circle. Links to two of his most recent awards are available at:

Recipient, 2009 Distinguished Service to Education Award—BEA DESA Award: Click here

Recipient, 2009 Silver Circle, National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences Mid-America--EMMY Awards: Click here

Dr. Michael Murray
University of Missouri-St.Louis
233 Art Administrarion Building 
phone: 516-5496