Status: Emeritus from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (since 2008).
Career: First half was in newspaper journalism, starting with the Clay Center (Kansas) Dispatch and ending at corporate headquarters of Knight Ridder Newspapers. Second half, starting 1981, was teaching, research, and service based at Chapel Hill.
Books: Most recent is a memoir, Paper Route: Finding My Way to Precision Journalism, self-published in 2012. Most cited is Precision Journalism: A Reporter’s Introduction to Social Science Methods (1973, 1979, 1991, 2002). Its premise, unusual for the time, was that reporters should understand scientific method, not just to write about, but to apply in their own work. The idea spread more swiftly than expected because of its usefulness in covering the social turmoil of the times. I tell that story in the memoir.
Current musings: My blog.