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Biography

Dr. Mike Dillon teaches in the areas of Print Journalism, Media Literacy and Media History. He has authored two books and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters exploring media history and ethics. Prior to his academic career, Dillon was a newspaper reporter and won 15 awards for journalistic excellence in five separate reporting and writing categories. From 2000-2004, he was associate editor and chief writer of Primo Magazine, a national glossy.

Dillon has profiled author Norman Mailer, pop legend Tony Bennett and iconic football star Johnny Unitas. Dillon continues to produce journalism, and his op-eds appear regularly in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He has also been published in Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News and on CNN.com

Dillon directs the award-winning Duquesne-Society of Professional Journalists magazine Off the Bluff, which features the Pittsburgh Neighborhoods Project. He's received a university Presidential Scholarship Award, a Creative Teaching Award and an Order of Omega Award for Faculty Excellence. He covered the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which led to a long-standing relationship with the September 11th Families Association. Since 2007, he has directed an internship program that has sent two-dozen Duquesne Media students to intern at "Tribute," a museum and visitor center on the rim of Ground Zero.

Dr. Dillon's Recent Op-eds and Essays

  • Perspectives: The Map is Not the Territory
  • What's at stake in the Pennsylvania special election (CNN)
  • Everything you need to know as 50 looms
  • Terrorists' ghastly photo op
  • Themis's Law
  • We are all the NRA
  • Dr. Dillon's website contains links to dozens of other essays and articles.

Education

Ph.D., Mass Communications/Minor in History, The Pennsylvania State University, 1995
M.A., Communication, Bloomsburg University
B.A., Mass Communication, Bloomsburg University

Courses

  • Media Literacy
  • News Writing and Reporting I
  • News Writing and Reporting II
  • Magazine Journalism
  • Media in U.S. History
  • The Media in the Movies
  • Literary Journalism
  • Media Ethics