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Professor Emeritus

Pictured is Steve Hallock. Photo | Randall Coleman

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Journalism, Ohio University
  • M.A., Journalism, Point Park University
  • B.S., Journalism, University of Colorado

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Mass Communication
  • Copywriting and Editing
  • Basic News Writing Skills
  • Journalistic Style
  • Public Opinion and the News Media
  • Arts Criticism
  • Mass Communication History
  • Media Ethics
  • Applied Mass Communication Research Methods
  • Communication Theory
  • Opinion Writing


Steve Hallock, Ph.D., joined the faculty in the fall of 2007 following a two-year stint as an assistant professor of journalism at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

His newspaper experience of nearly 25 years includes national and regional award-winning editorial and column writing for daily newspapers in the West, supervisory positions as editor of two daily newspapers in Ohio and features editor at daily newspapers in Oklahoma and New Mexico, and reporting positions on beats ranging from local government and education to sports and features. He also has been a book reviewer, published short stories in literary magazines, and was a full-time jazz critic in Phoenix.

Hallock has published extensively during his academic career, with columns appearing on op-ed pages in newspapers that include The New York Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Philadelphia Inquirer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dayton Daily News and Denver Post. He also has published in scholarly newspaper journals.

He and his wife, Joanne, a paralegal at a downtown Pittsburgh law firm, live in Mount Lebanon.

Selected Publications

  • Black Lives Matter and the Press: How Major U.S. Newspapers Covered Police Brutality Against African Americans, from Rodney King to George Floyd
  • A History of the American Civil Rights Movement Through Newspaper Coverage: The Race Agenda, Volume I and II (Mediating American History)

  • Some of Doc's Blues
  • Lights Out, producer, staged by Pittsburgh Playwrights
  • Editorial and Opinion: The Dwindling Marketplace of Ideas in Today's News
  • Reporters Who Made History: Great American Journalists on the Issues and Crises of the Late 20th Century
  • The Press March to War: Newspapers Set the Stage for Military Intervention in Post-World War II America
  • In Cheesman Park
  • Justice Delayed: The Catherine Janet Walsh Story
  • The Silent Treatment

Research Interest

  • Media effects on politics and society

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