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Chris Etheridge

Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Stauffer-Flint Hall, room 209A
University of Kansas
1435 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045


Chris Etheridge joined the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty in 2020 as an assistant professor. He researches media representations of crime and community storytelling. His current work focuses on information-seeking behaviors of community groups and the ability of media outlets to serve those information needs. He also studies digital adoption of technology in rural communities and related relationships between news organizations and their audiences. 

Etheridge previously served on the faculty of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Minnesota Duluth. He also has worked as a news reporter and in marketing and communications. He teaches courses on media and society, reporting and editing techniques, and media ethics. 


  • B.A. Chemistry, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois 
  • M.S. Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 
  • Ph.D. Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Selected Awards & Honors

  • 2018, Minnie S. & Eli A. Rubinstein Research Award 
  • 2017, Joseph L. Morrison Award for Excellence in Journalism History 
  • 2017, William Francis Clingman Jr. Ethics Award 
  • 2015, Roy H. Park Doctoral Fellowship 
  • 2005, Ida M. Tarbell Memorial Prize for Investigative Reporting 


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