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Edmund Lambeth

Professor Emeritus
School of Journalism
The Center on Religion and the Professions

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Lambeth, Edmund

Edmund B. Lambeth established and directed several of the Missouri School of Journalism’s stalwart programs. He was the founding director of the Washington Reporting Program in 1968, where he supervised students’ reporting projects for newspapers, magazines and other media for 10 years. Lambeth left the School in 1978 to serve as a professor of journalism at Indiana University and subsequently as the director of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism. In 1987, Lambeth returned to Missouri as associate dean for graduate studies and research. While in this post, he oversaw the growing work of the Stephenson Research Center and Media Research Bureau. During the two and one-half years he served as director of MU’s Center on Religion and the Professions (2004-2006), the Center was awarded a $1.5 million renewal grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts to advance religious literacy in the professions and to conduct research to enhance the news media’s coverage of religion and public life. The Center is one of the Pew Trusts’ 10 Centers of Excellence. CORP also is an affiliate of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri.

His books, Committed Journalism: An Ethic for the Profession (1986, 1992) and Assessing Public Journalism (edited with Phil Meyer and Esther Thorson) reflect his career interests in public affairs reporting, ethics, media criticism and the history of journalism.

Lambeth has received the highest recognitions for his many contributions to journalism. He was named Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and Harvard University Fellow of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism as well as the Thomas Jefferson Award from the University of Missouri. The significant international dimensions of his career are reflected in his having served Fulbright Fellowships at the University of Haifa in Israel (1997-1998) and in Hungary as an endowed chair at the University of Szeged (2001-2002).

Lambeth was presented the Scholarly Excellence Award by the Board of Curators for the best faculty book produced by the University of Missouri Press in 1998. His book, Assessing Public Journalism, combined methods of social science and the humanities to explore a new movement in American journalism.

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