Christopher Burnett is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Colorado State University in 2003. His specialties are environmental reporting, political reporting, media law and ethics, and media history. He came to CSULB in 2001 after a career that spanned more than two decades of experience in Washington, D.C., as a congressional and U.S. Supreme Court reporter, and as a local reporter and editor in Colorado, Michigan and New York. He also worked several years in public and government relations for political candidates in Ohio, for Colorado State University, and for the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver, Colorado.
He is a co-author of Newswriter’s Handbook, Second Edition (2006), and has published scholarly articles on use of state ballot initiatives. His research is focused on the relationship between politics and the media. In 2010, he devoted a sabbatical traveling the country gathering information on the use of ballot initiatives in the same-sex marriage debate for a book on the state role in the debate.
His dissertation was on wildlife ballot initiatives and policy change at the state level. His 2009 book, Policy Change and Wildlife Policy in the American States: How Breaking the Policy Monopoly Through use of Ballot Initiatives Makes aDifference (2009) discussed how ballot initiatives thwart or promote policy initiatives on wildlife issues.
He has three sons, Drew, Brett and Kirk, and in his spare time enjoys traveling and the outdoors. He is an avid devotee of political journalism and national politics.
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JOUR 430 – LAW OF MASS COMMUNICATIONS – ONLINE-ONLY
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