John W. Wright

John W. Wright, II, Ph.D.

Professor - Department of Telecommunication
Director - Center for Sports Journalism and Communications

Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1977
M.A., University of Central Florida, 1973
B.A., University of Central Florida, 1971

Office: 3200 Weimer
Phone: 352-294-1975


Dr. John Wright is Professor in the Department of Telecommunication and Director of Sports Journalism and Communications in the College of Journalism and Communications. He was dean of the college, 2006-2013.  Dr. Wright also served as executive associate dean and associate dean for graduate studies in the college.  Dr. Wright received his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Ohio State University and his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Wright has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including courses in telecommunication research and regulatory policy and mass communication law, mass communication and society, mass communication theory, research methods, audience research, and electronic news and sports. The college and the university have recognized him for excellence in teaching five times, including three “Teacher of the Year” awards. He has several years experience in broadcast media, having worked as disc jockey, production manager, music director, news and sports reporter, news director, and program director. He has coauthored three books and has published in scholarly journals in the field of mass communication. Much of his research focuses on credibility of witnesses in courtroom proceedings. Born in Greenville, S.C., Dr. Wright moved to Florida at age 12 and is a graduate of Avon Park High School.




Communication law, media law and policy

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