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Rick Rockwell

Associate Professor School of Communication

Rick Rockwell is the interim Director of Journalism Programs and the School of Communication's Director of the International Media Program. Also, he is a professor of journalism. He teaches broadcast journalism, communication and multimedia courses. He is the co-author of the book Media Power in Central America, which won an American Library Association Choice magazine award in 2004, as one of the best academic books of the year. Rockwell’s expertise in Latin America stems from his journalistic work in Central America and Mexico. In addition to his book, he has authored or co-authored 21 book chapters, government reports and peer-reviewed journal articles on Latin America, including a chapter in the book Global Journalism: Topical Issues and Media Systems (2008). He is also the executive producer and host of "Latin Pulse" a weekly podcast distributed by Link TV, iTunes & SoundCloud.

Degrees

BSJ Broadcast Journalism (minor in Political Science), Northwestern University; MA International Journalism, University of Southern California

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Office
SOC - School of Communication
Mary Graydon - 330M
Mon. 3-4; Wed. 2-4; Thurs. 3-4; Fri. 2-4
Contact Info
(202) 885-2067 (Work)

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For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.
See Also
Meet the Director
Latin Pulse
LinkedIn Profile
Rockwell Produces Special for MHz
International Media blog

Partnerships & Affiliations

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Films/Documentaries

       
  • “Homefront” on the MHz Networks (2007)
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  • “Flashpoint:  Immigration” on the MHz Networks (2006)
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  • “Druzhba” WTSP-TV (1990)
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  • “Living with AIDS” WISN-TV (1987)
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  • “Sister in Need” Wisconsin Public Television Network (1987)
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  • “Crane Hunters of Pakistan” Central Educational Network (1986)     

Media Appearances

       
  • The BBC
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  • Latino USA on National Public Radio
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  • CNN en Español

 

  • Al Jazeera English
       
  • TeleSUR of Latin America
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  • Columbia Journalism Review
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  • “Latin Pulse” on LinkTV
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  • Voice of America
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  • The Washington Times
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  • Televisa of Mexico
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  • Yomiuri Shimbun of Japan

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

       
  • American Library Association Choice magazine award for Media Power in Central America as one of the best academic books of 2004
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  • American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship 2003-2004
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  • Student Confederation Open Door Award for extraordinary service to students 2001
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  • Florida Associated Press Best Public Affairs Program for a television special on juvenile crime in 1992
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  • Poynter Institute Fellow 1992
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  • Radio-TV News Directors Association regional award for best documentary for “Druzhba” in 1991
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  • Wisconsin Associated Press, Wisconsin UPI, and the Milwaukee Press Club Awards for best documentary to “Living with AIDS” in 1987
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  • National Gabriel Award for best mini-documentary “Hope’s Last Stop” in 1985

Executive Experience

  

  • Interim Director of Journalism Programs (2012)
       
  • Director of the International Media Program of the School of Communication (2011-2012)
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  • Associate Director of the Journalism Division of the School of Communication (2008-2009)
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  • Managing Editor WTSP-TV www.wtsp.com/
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  • Executive Producer WISN-TV www.wisn.com/index.html
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  • Managing Editor KGBT-TV www.valleycentral.com/
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Professional Presentations

       
  • Lecturer and panelist for “The Media and the Military:  Human Rights Issues in Latin America,” at the Inter-American Defense College at Ft. McNair, Jan. 15, 2010 (presented similar addresses at Ft. McNair over the past six years).
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  • Presenter of “Telecommunication Reform, Democracy & Argentina,” a speech before a two-day conference on telecommunication legislative reform sponsored by the      Argentine government in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct. 24, 2008.
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  • Lecturer for “Human Rights Programming for Public Broadcasters,” a series of      seminars with broadcasters and educators from Peshawar, Pakistan at      American University’s Washington College of Law, May 20 and 23 and June 4, 2008.
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  • “Cowboys vs. Revolutionaries:  Latin American Television’s View of the U.S. and Democracy” presented at the First Annual Stone Center Conference on Media and      Democratization in Latin America at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA,      Nov. 2, 2007.
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  • Panelist for “Media Ethics in Latin America & the Cowboy Code,” a presentation at the Autry National Center and the Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, CA,      Oct. 27, 2007.
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  • Panelist for “Press Freedom in Latin America:  Moving Forward or Sliding      Backwards?” at the Inter-American Dialogue, Washington, D.C., July 11, 2007.
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  • “Finding the Power of Hidden Radio Audiences in the Fields of Guatemala,” presented       at the 25th International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA),      Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 7, 2004.
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  • Lecturer for “Central American Paradoxes:  The Roles of Government, Society and the      Press,” at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies of Michigan State      University, April 16, 2003.
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  • “U.S. International Counternarcotics Policy:  Central America,” presented at the      24th International Congress of LASA, Dallas, TX, March 28, 2003.
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  • Panelist for the second annual symposium, “The Human Rights Situation in Mexico”      at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico, June 23-24, 2000.
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  • Speaker, “Challenges and Developments in Honduran Media” at the Centro      Universidad de Regional Norte de Universidad Nacional.      Autonoma de Honduras (CURN-UNAH) (Northern Regional University Center of the      National Autonomous University of Honduras) in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on      March 23, 1998.