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Featured Profile: David Kurpius


David Kurpius

University of Missouri administrator Dr. David Kurpius helps shape the future of journalism and strategic communication.

Kurpius joined MU in 2015 as dean of the Missouri School of Journalism. He combines almost two decades of higher education administration, teaching and research with more than 10 years of professional television news and production expertise.

Kurpius has published studies in more than 20 peer-reviewed journals and books. His research topics have included TV news and political campaigns, racism in local news, and civic journalism, in which the media not only informs the public, but also works towards engaging citizens and creating public dialogue. Kurpius was also a researcher for the Kettering Foundation, where he studied how journalism educators could effectively teach the connections between media and democracy.

In the classroom, Kurpius has taught advanced newsgathering classes, public affairs reporting and courses on minorities in journalism. He has also taken center stage at the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, where he led discussions on building broadcast newsrooms that focus on civic responsibility using qualitative data he collected and analyzed.

Dr. David Kurpius is dean of the Missouri School of Journalism. He holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunication from Indiana University and a master’s and doctorate in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin.

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Media of the Future