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Thomas Berner

Professor Emeritus, Journalism

Biography

Although officially retired, R. Thomas Berner remains an active and important part of the College of Communications by teaching an online communications course. He started his journalism career right out of high school in 1961 and taught editing, newswriting, depth reporting, public affairs reporting, magazine writing, feature writing, editorial writing, literature of journalism, technology and culture, research and writing for the mass media.

He has authored six books, including "The Literature of Journalism: Text and Context." He also authored invited essays on C.D.B. Bryan and Calvin Trillin in the "Dictionary of Literary Biography: American Literary Journalism, 1945-1995." He was a 1994 and 2005 Fulbright lecturer in China and has published op-ed pieces on China in, among others, the Christian Science Monitor and The Los Angeles Times. He continues to do freelance writing and editing.