Patrick Walters

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Assistant Professor, Journalism

MFA (Creative Nonfiction), Goucher College
BA (English/American Studies), University of Virginia

Professor Patrick Walters is a former reporter and editor for the Associated Press. who spent 15 years working in daily journalism – covering law enforcement, local and national politics, the gambling industry and breaking news – before transitioning into academia in 2014. He teaches courses in journalism, literary journalism and mass communication at KU. His research interests include studying the coverage of breaking news, journalism ethics and literary journalism. His article “Changing Objective: Re-examining The Journalist and the Murderer” is forthcoming this winter in the Newspaper Research Journal. His piece, “Ted Conover and the Origins of Immersion in Literary Journalism” appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of Literary Journalism Studies. His research about teaching breaking news, “Beyond the Inverted Pyramid: Teaching Breaking News,” appeared in Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication in Fall 2017.  Professor Walters serves as the Teaching Chair for Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Newspaper and Online News Division and the Webmaster and Board Member for the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU). At KU, he serves as the Associate Advisor for The Keystone, the university’s student newspaper.