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SFSU experts in broadcast, electronic media available to comment to press



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SFSU Office of Public Affairs & Publications
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Expertise includes news, media effects on society, ethics, law, pop culture, political debates

SAN FRANCISCO, February 16, 2006 — Faculty members in the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) Department at San Francisco State University are available to comment to the media on topics ranging from broadcast media ethics and law to trends and issues in popular culture.

For additional assistance locating an expert, contact the SFSU Office of Public Affairs and Publications at (415) 338-1665 or or visit:

Professor Betsy Blosser is an expert on the effects of television on society and educational television/media. Blosser is writing a book on television and social change, to be published by Sage Publications. She earned her doctorate in children and television from Stanford University.

Blosser can be reached at (415) 338-2456 (office) or She is available for interviews in Spanish in addition to English.

Assistant Professor Melissa Camacho is an expert on feminist issues, cultural studies and mass media (with special expertise in television). Camacho, whose dissertation focused on feminist narratives in the popular television drama Law and Order," earned a doctorate in communication arts and sciences from Michigan State University.

Camacho can be reached at (415) 338-6526 (office) or She is available for interviews in Spanish in addition to English.

Professor Rick Houlberg is an expert on television and radio, documentaries, on-air performance, general broadcast radio, broadcast issues, and veteran's issues in the media. Houlberg serves as faculty adviser to the student-run radio station, KSFS. He earned his doctorate in mass communications from Ohio State University.

Houlberg can be reached at (415) 338-7080 (office) or

Assistant Professor Dina Ibrahim is an expert on Middle Eastern politics and media. Her research focuses on media framing of Arab and American broadcast and satellite media. A former reporter for BBC World Service Radio who has worked in Saudi Arabia, London and Cairo, Ibrahim holds a doctorate in journalism from University of Texas, Austin.

Ibrahim can be reached at (415) 338-1528 (office) or She is available for interviews in Arabic in addition to English.

Professor and Department Chair Phil Kipper is an expert on news in the electronic media, televised political debates, television drama and dramatic writing, interactive media, and visual information processing. He worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and was a news contributor for National Public Radio before entering academia. He earned his doctorate in communication from University of Utah.

Kipper can be reached at (415) 338-1788 (office), or

Assistant Professor Brent Malin is an expert on cultural studies, popular culture, and media theory and criticism. His book, American Masculinity Under Clinton: Popular Media and the Nineties ‘Crisis of Masculinity,'" was published by Peter Lang Publishing Group in late 2005. He earned his doctorate in communication studies from University of Iowa.

Malin can be reached at (415) 338-1626 (office) or

Associate Professor Miriam Smith is an expert on business, management and ethical aspects of the electronic media as well as Internet and intellectual property law. She earned her master's degree in communications management from University of Southern California and her doctor of jurisprudence from Brigham Young University. Before joining SFSU, she practiced entertainment and business law in Los Angeles.

Smith can be reached at (415) 338-1611 (office) or

Professor Michelle Wolf is an expert on social effects of mass media and self-concept and sexual identity in the mass media. Her research on body image in the mass media is the subject of a forthcoming book and a documentary that has aired on KQED-Channel 9. She is co-founder and president of the National Center on Disability and Journalism, a nonprofit that strives to foster fairness, accuracy and diversity in news reporting about the disabled and disability issues. Wolf earned her doctorate in communication/mass communication theory from University of Texas, Austin.

Wolf can be reached at (415) 338-1334 (office) or

Associate Professor Lena Zhang is an expert on Chinese and Chinese American media, media aesthetics, international and intercultural communication and new media. As director of the SFSU Institute of International Media Communication, Zhang helps coordinate study-abroad programs and visiting professional and academic visitors and delegations from foreign countries. Zhang earned her doctorate in mass communication from University of Georgia, Athens.

Zhang can be reached at (415) 338-1780 (office) or She is available for interviews in Mandarin in addition to English.

About BECA
The largest and most influential program of its kind in the West, BECA has graduated some of the top names in broadcast journalism, entertainment television and new media, including Bay Area news anchors Ken Bastida and Frank Somerville, Frasier" producer Peter Casey and CNN Headline News anchor Mike Galanos.

BECA faculty members are authors of the most widely used textbooks on radio and television performance, broadcast news writing, television production, electronic field production, and media aesthetics. They have created respected dramatic works and documentaries, edited national academic journals, and contributed to scholarly publications. The department celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.



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