Dr. William A. Hachten is professor of emeritus at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He formerly was a copy editor at the Los Angeles Examiner and at the Minneapolis Star, a reporter for the Long Beach Press Telegram and for the Santa Monica Outlook, served as director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and was a Fulbright professor at the University of Ghana, where he helped to establish the School of Journalism.
A graduate of Stanford University, he received a master’s degree at the University of California at Los Angeles and a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. His area of special concern is mass communications in developing nations, especially in Africa. He received in 1994 the Distinguished Service Award of the International Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and in 1968 the Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for Research about Journalism.
He has been associate editor of Journalism Quarterly, served on the Freedom of Information Committee of Sigma Delta Chi, and on numerous other committees and board of professional organizations.
Dr. Hachten has been a guest professor at Berlin Institute for Mass Communication in Developing Countries in 1964, did field research on the press and broadcasting in tropical Africa in 1965, had a Fulbright-Hays Research Fellowship for studies in Africa in 1968, taught at the University of Ghana in 1972-73, and researched at the International Press Institute in Zurich in 1970.
He has participated in UNESCO meetings in Strasbourg, France; in Montreal; in Konstanz; in London, Nairobi, Helsinki, Munich, and Leipzig, and has been an external examiner at the Institute of Mass Communications at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He also has taught an intensive journalism course for black journalists in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has conducted workshops and lectured in such places at Khartoum, Sudan; Singapore, Hong Kong, India, and Malaysia.
His publications include these books: The Troubles of Journalism: A Critical Look at What’s Right and Wrong with the Press; The Growth of Media in the Third World: African Failures, Asian Successes; The World News Prism: Changing Media of International Communication; The Press and Apartheid: Repression and Propaganda in South Africa; Muffled Drums: The News Media in Africa; and Mass Communication in Africa: An Annotated Bibliography. He also has written many articles for professional journals on the media in Africa.