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Ralph Engelman

Ralph Engelman

Chair, Journalism DepartmentSenior Professor of Journalism & Communication StudiesFaculty Coordinator, George Polk Awards; Faculty Athletics Representative; Administrator, Theodore E. Kruglak Fellowship in International Reporting.

B.A., Earlham CollegeM.A., Washington UniversityPh.D., Washington University


Dr. Ralph Engelman is Senior Professor and Chair of Journalism & Communication Studies at LIU Brooklyn, where he has received the top awards given by LIU for scholarship and teaching: the Abraham Krasnoff Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement and the David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching.  He is faculty coordinator of LIU’s George Polk Awards.

He serves as journalism consultant and member of the academic advisory board for the Archive of American Television, a digital history project of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. In this capacity he has conducted long-form interviews with Morley Safer, Sidney Lumet and Geraldo Rivera, among others.  Since 1980, he has been a participant in the Summer Fulbright Institute on the Civilization of the United States, Multinational Institute of American Studies, New York University.         
Dr. Engelman is a former member of the board of directors of the Pacifica Foundation, which operates five community radio stations.  He is also a former moderator of  Reporter Roundtable, BCAT, carried on Time Warner, Cablevision and RCN in the New York metropolitan area.  


Journalism and media history; communication law; public broadcasting; critical communication and cultural studies.


  • Professor Engelman is the author of  “Friendlyvision: Fred Friendly and the Rise and Fall of Television Journalism,” with an Introduction by Morley Safer (NY: Columbia University Press, 2009) and  “Public Radio and Television in America: A Political History” (Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1996).  His “The Origins of Public Access Cable Television,” Journalism Monographs (No. 123, October 1990), has been translated into Japanese and Portuguese.

  • Dr. Engelman is a media historian who has published widely in American and foreign scholarly journals.  His articles and reviews have appeared in The Yale Review, American Journalism, Journalism History, The Dictionary of Literary Biography, Television Quarterly, Journalism Quarterly, Current, Javnost/The Public (Slovenia) and Publizistik: Viertelsjahrhefte fuer Kommunikationsforschung (Germany).

Lectures and Presentations

Professor Engelman has presented papers at conferences of  the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC),  the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA) and the International Communications Association (ICA), among others.