Dale Cressman

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Dr. Dale Cressman is an Associate Professor in the School of Communications at Brigham Young University. He was the Associate Chair of the School from 2010 to 2015.

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Cressman came to the U.S. via a swimming scholarship from BYU. After his continued education, his love for the University brought him back to BYU. He now provides engaging class discussion filled with animated detail and humor to teach BYU communications students.

Cressman has worked as a newspaper reporter in Saskatoon, as a television news producer in South Bend, Indiana; as an executive producer in Waco, Texas and Salt Lake City; as a managing editor in Green Bay, Wisconsin; and as a line up editor at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Cressman was an assistant teaching professor at Brigham Young University and news director of KBYU-TV and KBYU-FM between 1993 and 1996. He left BYU for a season to work on a PhD in communications at University of Utah, which he completed in 2003. He has also taught at Utah State University and Lyndon State College of Vermont.

Cressman has published articles in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journalism History, American Journalism, Electronic News, and the Journal of Children and Media. In addition, he has published book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews. In 2009, Dr. Cressman's research on the history of Times Square was highlighted in the Columbia Journalism Review. He is currently writing a biography of Elmer W. Lower, best known as President of ABC News.

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Dr. Cressman also produced an Emmy award-winning television documentary, Russia: Hidden Memory, in 1995. The documentary followed the story of folklorists Galina Syseova and Deirdre Paulsen's travels to remote villages of Voronezh in southern Russia. The production crew recorded the songs, rituals, celebrations, dances, and stories that have endured despite decades of persecution by the Soviet government. The documentary also focused on the roles of women, religion, and agricultural cycles.

He was a chief liaison for the Host Broadcaster during the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games. In 2008, he produced BYU-TV's worldwide coverage of President Hinckley's funeral. Cressman is a past division chair for the Broadcast Education Association and is currently the historian of the American Journalism Historians Association. In 2010 he was named the Broadcast Education Association's 2012 Convention Program Chair. He is a corresponding editor for Journalism History and on the editorial board for Electronic News.

In April 2010 Dr. Cressman was named Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies in the BYU Department of Communications.

According to Best Online Universities, Dr. Cressman placed in the top 100 Web Savvy Professors in the world in 2013. Also in 2013, Dr. Cressman was featured on BYU Radio's Classical 89. He discussed his latetst book, 1963: The Year that Changed America.

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