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
    • M.A., Journalism, Ohio State University
    • B.A., Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Curriculum Vitae:


Kris Kodrich teaches courses in communication and innovation, international mass communication, political economy of global media, 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 continues to write creative nonfiction and journalism, and his work has appeared in publications like Milwaukee Magazine, The Progressive Magazine, the GlobePost, the Colorado Sun, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Shepherd Express, RMParent, the Conversation, On Milwaukee, the Coloradoan, Colorado State Magazine, the Denver Post, and The Oregonian. 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. He also has taught on Semester at Sea. Dr. Kodrich has a Ph.D. in mass communication from Indiana University and an MA in journalism from Ohio State University.

Select Publications:

Creative nonfiction and journalism

Kodrich, Kris, 2023, “How to Summerfest Best: A Man with a Plan,” Milwaukee Magazine (June: Summer Guide), p. 18.

Kodrich, Kris, 2023, “Moving into Adulthood – Where Did the Babies Go?” RMParent, 27:2 (July), p. 36.

Kodrich, Kris, 2023, “Dear Daughter: Please Stay Safe at Final Weekend of Summerfest,” Shepherd Express (July 7),

Kodrich, Kris, 2022, "To a Lifelong Fan, Summerfest's New Format Still Rocks," Milwaukee Magazine. July 5. .

Kodrich, Kris, 2022, “Keeping an Eye on Teens' Risky Behavior,” RMParent, 27:5 (October).

Kodrich, Kris, 2021, “Hooray! My daughters can drive stick-shift cars,” RMParent, 26:6 (November).

Kodrich, Kris, 2020, “Biden Put Forward an Image of Decorum and Unity: Last Week’s Democratic National Convention Encouraged Viewers to Vote for Joe Biden, if only to Regain a Sense of Humanity,” The Progressive Magazine, August 24,

Kodrich, Kris, 2020, “A Road Trip Through Waves of Grain, COVID and Political Storms,” The Colorado Sun, November 12,

Kodrich, Kris, 2020, “Pandemic Road Trip to a Virtual Convention Reveals Personal Side of Politics,” Shepherd Express, August 17,

Kodrich, Kris, 2020, “Wisconsin’s Democrats Kinda Get a National Spotlight, Shepherd Express, August 24,

Communication research

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

Kodrich, Kris, 2017, Fitting Reality: How U.S. News Coverage of Brazil and Its Social Ills Changed During the 2014 World Cup, Contextualizaciones Latinoamericanas (Latin American Contextualizations, scholarly journal published by the University of Guadalajara in Mexico), No. 16 (January/February), 11 pages.

Eddington, Chelsea Morgan, and Kodrich, Kris, 2019, “No Holding Back: Twitter, Trump, and a New Era Of Journalism,” in Innocent Chiluwa, Gwen Bouvier, eds., Twitter: Global Perspectives, Uses and Research Techniques (New York: Nova Science Publishers).

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

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 Media's 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 Evolucion de las Actitudes Profesionales de los Periodistas Nicaraguenses (The Development of Nicaraguan Journalists'  Professional Attitudes), Comunicacion 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.