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Rodger Streitmatter
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A journalist and historian, Streitmatter is a leader in exploring how communication has helped shape the history of the United States. He brings his excitement and his scholarship to the classroom, integrating his research into his teaching and creating more than a dozen new courses including popular offerings on how the news media shape history, the role of dissident media, and the media and sexuality.

As a journalist, Streitmatter worked as a reporter, regional editor, and bureau chief for the Roanoke Times and World News. He continues his media writing as a contributor to The Washington Post, The Advocate, the Washington Blade, Southern Voice, and Gay Today. As a journalism scholar, he has written for Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, American Journalism, and Journalism History, where he is a corresponding editor. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Journalism Historians Association, and on the Executive Committee of the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has received honors from the Virginia Press Association for his reporting, and from the American Journalism Historian Association as Outstanding Researcher.

A faculty member since 1979, Streitmatter teaches a wide range of media studies courses in the journalism division, many that draw directly on his research. The School also uses his talents to teach a graduate course on teaching communication and to mentor new instructors.

Streitmatter's research and writing have made significant scholarly contributions to journalism history. His books include:

  • Voices of Revolution: The Dissident Press in America (Columbia University Press, 2001)
  • Empty Without You: The Intimate Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 1998; paperback: DaCapo Press/Perseus, 2000)
  • Mightier Than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped America History (Westview Press/ Harper Collins, 1997)
  • Raising Her Voice: African-American Women Journalists Who Have Changed History (University Press of Kentucky, 1994)
  • Unspeakable: The Rise of the Gay and Lesbian Press in America (Faber & Faber 1995)

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