John R. Irby
Who is John R. Irby?
He returned to newspapers in June 2007 after spending eight years as a clinical associate professor at the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University. While there he was named national journalism teacher of the year by the newspaper division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He received a journalism degree from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles.
Before he taught at WSU, he worked in newspapers for more than 25 years. He began his career in community journalism as a reporter and photographer at a 4,000-circulation weekly and later worked as an editor at a 450,000-circulation daily. He also held the publisher's job at small and medium-sized daily newspapers and was editor of two newspaper groups with more than 100,000 circulation.