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Ted Spiker

Professor and Chair - Department of Journalism

Office: 2070 Weimer Phone: 352-392-0500 Email: Twitter: @ProfSpiker

Bio

Ted Spiker, the chair of the department of journalism, primarily teaches Sports Media & Society (#SportsMediaUF). He has also taught Advanced Magazine Writing, Sports Reporting, Health and Science Writing, Humor Writing, Professional Writing, Applied Magazines, Magazine Management, Finding Your Voice, Journalism as Literature, Magazine & Feature Writing, and others. He came to the University of Florida in 2001, was awarded tenure in 2007, and promoted to full professor and chair in 2015. Spiker was named the University of Florida Teacher of the Year for 2016-17.

In summer 2019, Spiker delivered commencement addresses for the UF bachelor’s/master’s ceremony, as well as the doctoral ceremony. He was also the keynote speaker for the UF new student convocation.

He has moderated public interviews with soccer star Abby Wambach, baseball star Alex Rodriguez, sportscaster Erin Andrews, celebrity chef Guy Fieri, musician Pitbull, Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, actor Terry Crews, The Office’s Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, and B.J. Novak, comedian John Mulaney, actor Josh Peck, and UF football coaches Steve Spurrier and Dan Mullen.

Spiker’s book and magazine work is focused on health and fitness. His work has been published in The Washington PostTIME.comEsquire.comOutsideO, The Oprah MagazineFortuneMen’s Health; Men’s FitnessWomen’s HealthRunner’s WorldAARP The MagazineReader’s DigestParentingPrevention; and many others. For more than five years, Spiker wrote the Big Guy Blog for RunnersWorld.com (formerly he wrote The Marathon Virgin blog). See tedspiker.com for more.

Spiker is author of DOWN SIZE (Hudson Street Press), a book about the science and soul of weight loss and dieting. He is co-author of more than 25 other books, including New York Times bestsellers, such as Food Can Fix It , the YOU: The Owner’s Manual series, AgeProofThis is Your Do-Over, and The Abs Diet series.

In 2012, Spiker was named one of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness by greatist.com. In 2013, he (barely!) completed the Florida Ironman under the 17-hour limit (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run). He is also founder of the popular running group, the Sub-30 Club.

Before coming to UF, he was the articles editor of Men’s Health. He also served as a senior editor and associate editor. He was editor and assistant editor of Delaware Today magazine and has taught as an adjunct instructor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and at the University of Delaware. He earned the master of science degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor of arts, with a double major in communication and English-journalism, from the University of Delaware. He has won several teaching awards, and his paper on how magazine covers portrayed the events of September 11 was published in the Journal of Magazine and New Media Research. Spiker served as the 2009-10 and 2018-19 head of the Magazine Division for AEJMC.

Education

M.S., Columbia University
B.A., University of Delaware

News

Fall 2021 Office Hours

In-person: Tuesday 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Zoom: Wednesday 1 to 2 p.m.

Research

Professor Spiker’s creative activities focus on mainstream magazine writing, with an emphasis on health, fitness, and nutrition. He researches, reports, and writes stories for various national magazines, and also has worked and is working as a co-author on several health-related books.

He also has a strong interest in other forms of writing, including narrative, profiles, essays, humor, and many other genres, as well as research/teaching interests in magazine writing, magazine covers, the magazine industry, and magazine design.

Research Keywords

Magazines, Health, Journalism, Narrative journalism, Literary journalism, Magazine writing, Magazine covers

Research Areas

  • Literary Journalism

Courses

Syllabi from the current and three previous semesters: