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James McPhersonAfter working for several years as a newspaper reporter, editor and public relations professional, Jim McPherson completed his Ph.D. in journalism, history and political science at Washington State University in 1998. Prior to coming to Whitworth in 2000, he taught a Peace College, a Presbyterian women’s college in Raleigh, N.C. He studies and writes about media history, and is past president of the American Journalism Historians Association.

Jim’s publications include two books, The Conservatism Resurgence and the Press: The Media's Role in the Rise of the Right (one of six national finalists for the 2009 Frank Luther Mott/Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award) and Journalism at the End of the American Century, 1965-Present (2006), along with numerous book chapters and journal articles. He blogs about media and politics at He participates regularly on public panels, and sometimes as a writer, commentator, or source for various media.

At Whitworth Jim has taught Mass Media History, Media Criticism, Reporting, Writing for Mass Media, Women & Media (as part of Core 350), and Editing, Layout & Design. He leads a Jan Term “Media Impact” program in New York and Washington, D.C., and advises Whitworth’s award-winning student newspaper, The Whitworthian. He also has served in various faculty governance positions, including as Faculty Secretary and as chair of the Faculty Promotion & Tenure Committee.


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