Rick Sykes


* B.S. Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, Central Michigan University, 1973
* M.A. Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, Central Michigan University, 1980

Teaching Profile:

* News writing
* News producing

Administrative and Advising:

* Assistant Director (BCA)​
* News Division Manager (News Central)
Advisor to Radio Television News Directors Association (RTNDA

Research Interests:

  • Student media
  • Social media & local news
  • Sports broadcasting
  • International news comparisons to local media

  • Theories
  • Gatekeeping

  • Methods
  • Qualitative & Quantitative (minus statistics)

Brief Biography:

Rick Sykes joined the BCA faculty after spending nearly 24 years in the communications business, including 17 years in broadcast news. He has held a number of news positions including reporter, anchor, news producer, assignment editor and news manager. He has worked at both mid-size and major market television stations. After leaving the news business, he spent more than six years as a senior executive with a public relations firm.​