217-333-1365 
          21 Gregory Hall 
          mehrlich@illinois.edu


Education

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S., University of Kansas
  • B.J., University of Missouri

Affiliations

  • Professor of Journalism
  • Professor, Institute of Communications Research
     

Course Specialties

  • Audio Journalism
  • Journalism Proseminar
  • Current Issues in Journalism
  • Freedom of Expression

Background
Ehrlich is a winner of the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the University of Illinois’ highest teaching honor. Previously he was an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma. He is also a former reporter, producer, editor and anchor for WILL-AM, Urbana; KANU-FM, Lawrence, Kan.; KCUR-FM, Kansas City; KBIA-FM, Columbia, Mo.; and KOPN-FM, Columbia, Mo. Ehrlich has earned honors from the Ohio State Awards, Society of Professional Journalists, Illinois Broadcasters Association, Indiana Associated Press and Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

Research/Creative Endeavor
Ehrlich's research focuses on historical and cultural studies of journalism. He is the author of three books-- "Radio Utopia: Postwar Audio Documentary in the Public Interest," which won the 2012 James W. Tankard Book Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication; "Journalism in the Movies," which was named an Outstanding Title by the Association of American University Presses; and "Heroes and Scoundrels: The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture," which was coauthored with Joe Saltzman. Ehrlich also has written several scholarly articles on broadcast news, audio documentary, journalism history and cinematic portrayals of the press, and he has won top paper honors from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and from the International Communication Association.

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