Stephen D. Reese has been on the journalism faculty of the University of Texas since 1982, following graduate study at the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees. His bachelor’s degree is from the University of Tennessee.
At Texas he has taught a wide range of subjects, from broadcast news to critical thinking for journalists. He was director of the School of Journalism for seven years. His research has focused on a wide range of issues concerning media effects and press performance–and been published in numerous book chapters and articles in, among others, Journalism& Mass Communication Quarterly, Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Public Opinion Quarterly, Harvard Journal of Press-Politics, Journalism Studies, and Critical Studies in mass Communication. He is co-author, along with Pamela Shoemaker, of Mediating the Message: Theories of Influence on Mass Media Content (Longman, 1991/1996), selected as one of the most significant books of the 20th Century in the field of mass communication by Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. He is editor of the volume Framing public life: Perspectives on media and our understanding of the social world. He has been book review editor, associate editor, and is now on the editorial board of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, and on the boards of Journalism & Communication Monographs, Political Communication, Journal of Communication, and Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism.
His professional media work was in public and commercial radio, in Knoxville, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Madison, Wisconsin. He headed the Radio-TV Journalism division as well as the Communication Theory & Methodology division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the Political Communication Division of the International Communication Association (ICA). He was a recipient of the Krieghbaum Under-40 Award for teaching, research, and service from AEJMC; his 1994 article (co-authored with August Grant and Lucig Danielian), “The Structure of News Sources on Television: A Network Analysis of CBS News, Nightline, MacNeil/Lehrer, and This Week with David Brinkley,” in the Journal of Communication won ICA’s Political Communication Division’s Distinguished Essay Award. He was named a distinguished alumnus of the College of Communication, University of Tennessee.
Reese has lectured internationally at universities in Mexico, Spain, Germany and Finland, and was the Kurt Baschwitz Professor at the University of Amsterdam in 2004.