Associate Professor


  • Find Me On:

  • Office Hours:

    Varies by semester but always available by appointment
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Associate Professor
  • Concentration:

    • International Mass Communication
    • Communication &
    • Innovation
    • Print &
    • Multimedia Journalism
    • New Communication Technologies
    • Political Economy of Global Media
    • Media &
    • Society
    • Journalist Attitudes, Behaviors &
    • Ethics
  • Department:

    • Journalism & Media Communication
  • Education:

    • Ph.D., Mass Communication, Indiana University
  • Curriculum Vitae:


Kris Kodrich teaches courses in communication and innovation, international mass communication, political economy, media management, advanced reporting, and feature writing. He researches behaviors and attitudes of journalists both in the USA and in international settings, particularly in Latin America. His scholarly articles have appeared in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Newspaper Research Journal, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Journal of Media & Religion, Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, and the Bulletin of Latin American Research, among others. He is the author of a book about Nicaraguan journalism and has published articles about journalism for Columbia Journalism Review, American Journalism Review, Quill and elsewhere. He worked as a reporter and a city editor for daily newspapers in Florida and Wisconsin for more than a decade. He has been a Fulbright Fellow in both Spain and Chile, a Freedom Forum Asia Fellow at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, a Kiplinger Fellow at Ohio State University, and an American Society of Newspaper Editors Fellow at the Oregonian newspaper. Dr. Kodrich has a Ph.D. in mass communication from Indiana University and an MA in journalism from Ohio State University.

Select Publications:

Kodrich, Kris, 2013, In Colorado, a Small Paper Looks Forward; The Coloradoans New, Young Editor Has Been Trying to Reinvent the Publication for the Digital Age And Its Working, Columbia Journalism Review (, October 24.

Kodrich, Kris, 2002, Tradition and Change in the Nicaraguan Press: Newspapers and Journalists in a New Democratic Era, University Press of America, 211 pages.

Carter, Cathleen, and Kodrich, Kris, 2013, Challenges and Dangers of Reporting in a Tumultuous Border Region: How Journalists at the El Paso Times Deal with the Violence in Neighboring Ciudad Juarez, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Vol. 90, No. 2, pp. 331-346.

Carter, Cathleen, and Kodrich, Kris, 2012, Journalistic Ethics at the Border: How El Paso Times Journalists Balance Reporting the News and Protecting Their Sources, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 177-188.

Kodrich, Kris, and Laituri, Melinda, 2011, Making a Connection: Social Medias Key Role in the Haiti Earthquake, Journal of Communication and Computer, Vol. 8, No. 8, pp. 624-627.

Kodrich, Kris, 2008, The Role of State Advertising in Nicaragua: Was the Demise of Nicaraguas Barricada Newspaper Political Sabotage? Bulletin of Latin American Research, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 61-82.

Kodrich, Kris, 2005, Media, Religion and Politics in Nicaragua: How an Independent Press Threatened the Catholic Church, Journal of Media and Religion, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 117-136.

Kodrich, Kris and Laituri, Melinda, 2005, The Formation of a Disaster Community in Cyberspace: The Role of Online News Media after the 2001 Gujarat Earthquake. Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 40-56.

Kodrich, Kris, 2002, Finding a New Way: Nicaraguan Newspapers in a Globalized World, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Vol. 79, No. 1 (Spring), pp. 101-120.

Kodrich, Kris, 2001, Transforming a Nicaraguan Newspaper, American Journalism Review, Vol. 23, No. 10 (December), pp. 16-17.

Kodrich, Kris, 1999, La Evoluci_n de las Actitudes Profesionales de los Periodistas Nicaraguenses (The Development of Nicaraguan Journalists Professional Attitudes), Comunicaci_n y Sociedad , Vol. 12, No. 2 (December), pp. 69-92.

Kodrich, Kris, 1998, How Reporters React to Knight-Ridders 25/43 Project, Newspaper Research Journal, Summer, Vol. 19, No. 3, 77-94.