Dr. Mike Murray is University of Missouri’s Board of Curators Professor in Media Studies on the St. Louis campus. He graduated from St. Louis University and has a Ph.D. from University of Missouri – Columbia. As an undergraduate student, he worked for CBS News and also completed assignments for NBC-TV stations. Mike served in the U.S. Army Reserves in broadcast news, completing service as a captain in the Signal Corps in 1982. He joined UMSL as an advisor to the University Chancellor, and prior to that, served as program director at the University of Louisville. He also taught at Virginia Tech University and was recently a visiting professor and interim director of the Journalism School at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Mike has published many books including “Television in America” with a chapter about the start of St. Louis television. He served as editor of the “Encyclopedia of TV News” and received a Goldsmith Research Award from Harvard University for his book “The Political Performers.” He has been honored many times: as recipient of the Frank Stanton Fellowship from the International Radio and Television Society, the Sidney Kobre Award for Lifetime Contributions from American Journalism Historian’s Association, and Missouri’s Governor Award for Teaching Excellence from Mel Carnahan. Mike recently completed service as review editor of the “Journal of Broadcasting” and received the Distinguished Service to Education Award from the Broadcast Education Association.