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June 22, 2018

Mike Kittross: A tribute by Tom Cooper

Filed under: Blogroll, News, ethical space editors blog, Headlines, journalism — news_editor @ 9:45 am

It is with sadness and appreciation that I report that Dr John Michael (Mike) Kittross has passed away in Seattle. Although ‘Mike’ has been retired for many years, he continued as editor of Media Ethics magazine until his final days and was a prolific writer of scholarly books, journal articles, and commentaries. Many considered him one of the top scholars about the history of broadcasting and his book, Stay tuned, with Chris Sterling, was a classroom text adopted coast to coast. Professor Kittross received his Bachelor’s degree from Antioch, his Master’s from Boston University and his Doctorate from the University of Illinois.

At Emerson, Dr Kittross served on the faculty of Mass Communication from 1985 until 1993 and served as Provost from 1985 to 1987. He was known as a sharp editor with an eagle eye. So it was no surprise whenever President Jackie Liebergott reported that she had passed along a new college document to Mike and said: ‘Here’s a red pen. You know what to do with it.’ As a top editor, Mike was also in demand throughout his field and he served from 1960-1972 as the editor of the Journal of Broadcasting before editing Media Ethics and continuing on many editorial boards. He was active in numerous professional organisations and one of the catalysts for the Media Ethics summit hosted by Emerson College in 1987.

Although the Kittross family will be honouring him later in the summer, there will be no public ceremony. Dr Kittross is survived by his son, David, and his daughter, Julia.

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