B. William Silcock

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B. William Silcock received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in broadcast journalism.

He then received his master’s in local television news media ethics from BYU in 1989.

In 2001 he received his doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in global news theory.

Early Career

Silcock started his broadcast career in 1973 at KTVA (CBS) in Anchorage, Alaska. He worked as news and public affairs director for KBYU-TV in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the early 1980’s he was a senior producer at KTVX (ABC) in Salt Lake City, and worked at KIVI (ABC) in Boise, Idaho, and WPDE (ABC) in Myrtle Beach/Florence, South Carolina. He worked as the managing editor of the news at KOMU-TV (NBC) in Columbia, MO. while serving as a faculty member at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

His work in radio includes work for KSL in Salt Lake City, AP Radio and UPI Audio in New York and States News Service in Washington, D.C.

He has organized United States Information Agency and IREX/Pro-Media workshops for journalists from Croatia, Bosnia, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Romania, Hungary, and Bulgaria and has done consulting work for The International Center for Journalists.


Silcock has been selected twice as a Fulbright Scholar; Ireland, 1992, Sweden, 1997. The awards he has received for his professional journalism are the RTNDA Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his documentary “Back to the Garden,” the Silver Angel Award for his documentary called “Fortress of Faith” and UPI’s documentary award for “Space Senator: One Way Jake.”

He won a 2004 juried faculty Award of Excellence from the Broadcast Education Association and a Gold Award of Excellence from the Houston International Film Festival for his work, “Backstage At A Presidential debate: The Press, the Pundits and the People.”


Silcock has been published in Journalism Quarterly, Journalism Studies, The Journal of Mass Media Ethics, and the Southwestern Mass Communication Journal.

His first text book was published in 2005: “Managing Television News: A Handbook for Ethical and Effective Television News Producing.”


Currently Silcock is an Assistant Professor of broadcast journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

He has pioneered research on global television news culture and is an international media scholar.

In the spring of 2007 he co-taught a course called "Turning Points in Television News History" with Aaron Brown, the John J. Rhodes Professor Public Policy and American Institutions at ASU.


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