In an exciting new podcast series, Department of Communication Chair David Domke holds fun, probing, unscripted conversations with faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are doing new and outstanding things. Chats are about 10 to 15 minutes in length, and can be watched via video or downloaded as audio.

1/11/2018: Alumna Rachel Lynn Solomon Discusses her Debut Novel and Writing Tips

Rachel Lynn Solomon is a Seattle native and UW Communication alumna (B.A., 2011) who loves rainy days, her tiny dog, tap dancing, old movies, red lipstick, and books with flawed, complicated characters. She has written for newspapers, produced a radio show that aired in the middle of the night, and worked for NPR. Currently she works in the education field. Hear more about her career and her debut novel, “You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone,” published on Jan. 2, 2018.


10/11/2017: 2017 Alumni of Distinction

In the Chats with the Chair series, Department of Communication Chair David Domke holds fun, probing, unscripted conversations with faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are doing outstanding things. In this episode, Domke sits down with Scott B. Wilson, a champion of community journalism and one of our 2017 Communication Hall of Fame inductees. During his decades-long career, Wilson served in the roles of investigative reporter, editor, publisher, marketer, delivery boy and sidewalk sweeper. He won three dozen community media awards for journalism, photography, editorials, marketing and community service, and sustained the Leader as one of Washington’s best independent community media companies.

In the Chats with the Chair series, Department of Communication Chair David Domke holds fun, probing, unscripted conversations with faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are doing outstanding things. In this episode, Domke sits down with Dolores Eyler, an avid supporter of the department and one of our 2017 Communication Hall of Fame inductees. Eyler has an extensive background in feature reporting, including working on the Seattle Post Intelligencer, the Santa Monica Evening Outlook, The Oregon Journal, and the Rocky Mountain News. She also helped start a community newspaper in Winnetka, Illinois, and was the founding editor/publisher of The Rye Record in Rye, New York. As a result of having moved so often due to family business opportunities, Eyler says she has discovered “that every single person, in every single place, has a story to tell.”

In the Chats with the Chair series, Department of Communication Chair David Domke holds fun, probing, unscripted conversations with faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are doing outstanding things. In this episode, Domke sits down with Kaci Aitchison, Emmy-nominated host and reporter for Q13 News This Morning and the recipient of the 2017 Alumni Award for Excellence in Mentoring. Aitchison credits her early success to the support she received from her mentors, who ultimately became close friends. “Working with them was such a positive experience for me. As a mentor, I’ve always strived to treat others the same way they treated me. This industry is competitive, there is no doubt, but I’ve found that when you get to know others and help them do their best work, it makes the final product better.”

10/4/2016: Alumni Hall of Fame, Class of 2016

Some of the new Alumni Hall of Fame inductees sat down with David Domke before the ceremony to talk about their careers and important work within the community.

W J Mullineaux (B.A., 1982): Philanthropic wizard tirelessly committed to progressive social change

Pamela L. Banks (B.A., 1981): Community organizer and pioneer dedicated to social and racial justice

Tinamarie Feil (B.A., 1984 ): Successful financial-service alumna committed to supporting students

Heather Brooke (B.A., 1992): Fearless investigative journalist focused on information transparency

Brooke was teaching a class in London, UK at the time of the event and so she recorded this video expressing her gratitude and demonstrating how her degree at the UW played a role in her success.

5/23/2016: Richard Kielbowicz receives Annual Covert Award in Mass Communication History

For the second time in his career, Associate Professor Richard B. Kielbowicz received the 32nd Annual Covert Award in Mass Communication History for his article “Regulating Timeliness: Technologies, Laws, and the News, 1840-1970,” Journalism and Communication Monographs, 17 (Spring 2015): 5-83.

The History Division of AEJMC presents the Covert Award. The award is presented to the author of the best mass communication history article, essay or book chapters in edited collections published each year. The award is named for the late Catherine L. Covert, professor of public communications at Syracuse University and former head of the History Division.

4/9/2016: Alixandra Nozzolillo awarded Outstanding Early Career Award

At the 2016 Open House, in conjunction with UW’s first Parent & Family Weekend, Alixandra Nozzolillo was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Early Career Award from the Department of Communication. She sat down with Chair David Domke, who she took her first UW Communication class from, to chat about her experience at the UW and what she is doing now. Watch the video below, listen to the audio, and/or read more here.

10/1/2015: Professor Phil Howard discusses new book ‘Pax Technica’, motivation for writing it

Professor Phil Howard wrote a new book titled “Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up.” In this chat with Chair David Domke, Howard defines the Internet of Things, while explaining his motivation for writing the book.

10/1/2015: Alumni Hall of Fame, Class of 2015

The new Alumni Hall of Fame inductees sat down with David Domke before the ceremony to talk about their jobs and work within the community.

Colleen Fukui-Sketchley (B.A., 1994): Business leader who represents and advocates for diversity

Lauren Kessler (Ph.D., 1980): Literary nonfiction writer who combines lively narrative with deep research

Ross Reynolds (M.C. 2011): Radio innovator who brings life to hot topics

George Walker (B.A., 1951): Selfless volunteer committed to local and statewide charities

5/21/2015: Ralina Joseph shares research passion in preparation for CCDE opening

Associate Professor Ralina Joseph came to the UW nearly 10 years ago after receiving her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies. Her research has revolved around race and the media, and she is now, along with writing her second book, heading up the new Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity (CCDE).

Hear more about this unique venture that brings together research, community, and leadership development – and find out how you can get involved.

2/4/2015: LeiLani Nishime pairs research and teaching with community project

Associate Professor LeiLani Nishime’s focus of research and teaching is on mainstream representations of Asian Americans. When teaching the widespread stereotypes and misrepresentations of Asian Americans in the media, Nishime is often asked about the solutions. She has recently turned her research toward subcultural media productions (work produced by Asian Americans), which goes hand-in-hand with her community work at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) – which aims to be part of the solution.

1/6/2015: Kathleen Fearn-Banks Reflects on the Second Edition of her book

Professor Kathleen Fearn-Banks talks about the second edition of her “Historical Dictionary of African American Television” and how 20 years in the television industry advanced her knowledge and helped her create personal connections with media stars.

12/2/2014: Andrea Otanez details the Olympia Legislative Reporting Internship Program

Journalism lecturer Andrea Otanez talks about the ins and outs of the Olympia Legislative Reporting Internship Program – a program that the Department of Communication has offered annually for more than four decades. Otanez is going into her second year leading the program this winter quarter.

11/4/2014: Michael Souders reinstitutes debate program, rapidly gaining momentum

Lecturer Michael Souders joined the UW Department of Communication in Fall 2013 with a goal (among others) to revive the debate program. The Debate Union was created, putting on several events a year and traveling across the country to compete. He shares how debate has been “the most transformational activity” in his life and how seeing that happen in other kids’ lives makes teaching and coaching enjoyable.

10/8/2014: Alumni Hall of Fame, Class of 2014

Three of the five 2014 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees talked with Chair David Domke about how their degrees in Communication aided their successful careers and what they have brought to their communities.

Jeff Barr (M.C., 2013): Innovative technology evangelist and software designer with a commitment to social justice

Ron Elgin (B.A., 1965): Advertising visionary and author with a humanitarian mindset

Sharon Carey LeeMaster (B.A., 1957): Fundraising expert with journalistic roots and a champion of the arts

2/26/2014: David Sherman Leaves Behind an Advising Legacy

After more than two decades of exemplary service to the Department of Communication, Director of Academic Services David Sherman is retiring.

To commemorate his time here, Sherman sat down with Chair David Domke for an unscripted chat about his beginnings at the Department, his love for helping students and the quality time he’ll soon be spending with his kayak.

12/5/2013: Celebrating Gerry Philipsen

Professor Gerry Philipsen is retiring after 35 years at the University of Washington. He has held numerous positions, including Chair of Speech Communication, Secretary of Faculty, Departmental Graduate Program Coordinator, and more. Last month, he received a 2013 Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association in Washington D.C. to add to a long list of honors. In this Chat with the Chair, Philipsen takes a look back at his long career, pinpointing life-changing moments – and predicts a lot of walking in his new lifestyle.

8/6/2013: Suicide: leading cause of death and central to Randy Beam’s research

Nearly 40,000 people commit suicide annually in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and suicide leads to about twice as many deaths as motor vehicle accidents in Washington State each year. Professor Randy Beam received $34,985 from the Royalty Research Fund to study news coverage of suicide with Social Work Assistant Jennifer Stuber. Hear about their progress and why this issue is important to Beam.

7/17/2013: Three Weeks In: Matt McGarrity Inspires MOOC Discussions From Around the World

Seattle Times higher education reporter Katherine Long caught up with Professor Matt McGarrity to see how his MOOC is progressing as he enters week four of his massive online public speaking course. With enrollment climbing to more than 112,000 people from all around the world, McGarrity is finding students making the experience their own and actually uploading their speeches for peer feedback. McGarrity is receiving some constructive responses as well, as he learned that his talking speed is a little too fast for some students. McGarrity told Long that the forum platform is useful, but difficult to navigate through the Coursera website.

As the MOOC movement continues to gain attention, McGarrity has been the subject of many e-learning blogs and personal discussions – just Google Matt McGarrity’s MOOC and you’ll find out. And he now has nearly 4,000 followers on Twitter after creating an account only a month ago. To follow up on his preliminary chat a few weeks ago, Department of Communication Chair David Domke sees for himself as he sits down with McGarrity to discuss how his MOOC has been received by a classroom of global students.

6/12/2013: Anita Verna Crofts takes off as Flight Instructor
Lecturer and Communication Leadership Associate Director Anita Verna Crofts has created an unprecedented position on the UW campus: Flight Instructor. What???? Hear about this new role, how she got her pilot’s license, and what are the substantial, tangible benefits for students, faculty, and staff in a “Chats with the Chair” podcast.

6/5/2013: Matt McGarrity and MOOCs: Should We Be Afraid? UWCOMM Chair Launches Podcast Series
David Domke grills Professor Matt McGarrity about his decision to teach a Massive Open Online Course — which currently has 30,000+ people enrolled and begins June 24. Find out why McGarrity is taking on this challenge, what students will learn, and what it means for higher education and the Department.