Dr. Roger P. Mellen, Ph.D. is a tenured Associate Professor of Journalism at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He is responsible for teaching Video Production, Television Reporting, History of Mass Media, Mass Media Ethics, Radio & TV Scriptwriting and Performance, Mass Communication Law and other classes. With Mellen's broadcast news experience, he works with the students who produce News22 on the local public television station.
Mellen recently completed his doctoral work in the George Mason University History Department. His research focused on the historic origins of free press and colonial Virginia print culture. He wrote a book, The Origins of a Free Press in Revolutionary Virginia: Creating a Culture of Political Dissent. His dissertation was, "A Culture of Dissidence: The Emergence of Liberty of the Press in Pre-Revolutionary Virginia." (You may click on this link to see a brief abstract or download the entire dissertation.)
Before returning to school, Mellen was Visiting Assistant Professor in Journalism and Coordinator of the Electronic Journalism Minor at George Mason University. He came to GMU after 2 ½ years as an Assistant Professor at American University and more than 20 years as a professional journalist. More recently, Mellen was an adjunct instructor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland.
Mellen has worked in television news, online journalism and radio, including as: Senior Producer/Writer, WJLA-TV. Washington, DC; Assistant News Director, WHTM-TV, Harrisburg, PA; Newscast Producer, WCNC-TV, Charlotte, N;, Assignment Editor, WJBK-TV, Detroit; Newscast Producer/Assignment Editor, WKZO-TV (WWMT), Kalamazoo, MI; Newscast Producer, WVUE-TV, New Orleans; Tape Editor, Writer, Tape Operations Manager, Satellite News Channel, Stamford, CT; Tape Editor, Video Journalist, CNN, Atlanta; and Associate Producer (Reporter, Anchor, Photographer, Editor) WSKG-TV, Binghamton, NY. His work has won many awards, including Associated Press, UPI, and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Regional Emmy) best newscast.
His B.A. is in Broadcast Journalism from Hampshire College, his M.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Denver, his Ph.D. is in American History from George Mason University.
A few years ago, Mellen completed hiking the entire 2,150 miles of the Appalachian Trail in segments; a little each year. It took more than 30 years to complete!
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