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School of Media Faculty and Staff

Rich Shumate, Ph.D.
Rich Shumate, Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor
  • Newswriting
  • American Press History
  • Understanding Media
  • Media Collaboration
Education and Awards
  • Ph.D. in Mass Communication – University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications
  • Master of Arts in Journalism (MA) – University of Arkansas-Little Rock, School of Mass Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (B.A.) – University of Wyoming
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, UF College of Journalism and Communications, 2017
  • Top Student Paper/History Division, 2016 AEJMC National Conference
  • Peabody Award, 2005 (CNN, Hurricane Katrina)
  • Emmy Award, 2002 (CNN, 9/11 Attacks)
  • Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade Award for Top Feature Story, 1996
Academic and Professional Experience
  • Western Kentucky University, School of Journalism & Broadcasting, Assistant Professor, August 2017-Present
  • University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications, Instructor, 2014-2017
  • Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock, Arkansas, Adjunct Faculty, 2011-2014


  • ChickenFriedPolitics.com, Founder and Editor, 2013 to Present
  • CNN, News Editor, 2001-08; Senior Web Writer, 1997-99
  • Sapient Corp., Content Strategist, 1999-2001                                        
  • Atlanta Magazine, Senior Writer, 1991-93
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta, Writer/Editor/Columnist, 1990-2003
  • Gainesville (Ga.) Times, Staff Writer, 1987-1990
  • The Mountaineer, Waynesville, NC, Staff Reporter, 1986-87
Research Areas and Academic Publications
  • Political communication history
  • Media coverage of 20th century American conservatism
  • Effects of negative political advertising


  • Shumate, R. (Spring 2015). Onward Christian soldiers: How Arkansas political candidates deploy religious texts to motivate voters. Southwestern Mass Communication Journal.
  • Shumate, R. (2017). Riot, Race, and Placing Blame: Press Coverage of the 1885 Rock Springs Chinese Massacre. In After the War: The Press in a Changing America, 1865–1900. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.
  • Shumate, R., McNeff, S., and Waters, S. (2017). Speech v. Conduct, Surcharges v. Discounts: Testing the Limits of the First Amendment and Statutory Construction in the Growing Credit Card Quagmire. New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, 20(1), 149-189.



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The School of Media at WKU is ACEJMC accredited for majors in Broadcasting, Journalism and Photojournalism.



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