Ed Simpson received his doctorate in journalism from Ohio University in 2012. His dissertation, “Rise of the Audience: News, public affairs, and the public sphere in a digital nation,” focused on the intersection of First Amendment principles, traditional media, and digital media.
He received his master’s degree in journalism from OU in 2009, and his bachelor’s degree from Marshall University in 1986.
He has 20 years’ experience in the news industry, including stints as reporter and then bureau chief for United Press International in West Virginia, managing editor-content for the Tribune-Chronicle in Warren, Ohio, and editor of the Joplin (Mo.) Globe. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for spearheading an investigation into a local coroner that resulted in a murder indictment and 26 death rulings being changed.
He has made 11 presentations at regional, national, and international academic conferences. His research has been published in the Newspaper Research Journal and Journalism History.
He remains most passionate about the role of daily professional journalism in representative democracy, which encompasses both his teaching and research interests.