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Jay Shelledy

Jay Shelledy

Fred Jones Greer Professor
Manship School of Mass Communication

What was your previous position and where?

I was editor of several daily newspapers in the western U.S. for 30 years. The 10 years prior to that, I was a state government or investigative reporter for two newspapers and The Associated Press. I have written or co-authored three books — the latest, "We Were Merchants" published by the LSU Press, recounts the story of the Sternberg family and Gauchaux's Department Store — and a fourth is nearing completion. I have been a deputy sheriff, high school teacher/coach, railroad brakeman, ran a U.S. Senate campaign and served as a lottery commissioner.

What brought you to LSU?

I had been on the Manship School Board of Visitors for 12 years when then-dean Jack Hamilton — now provost — asked me in 2005 to teach at the school and to direct the Office of Student Media. A desire to give back to the profession in which I spent most of my adult life and the national reputation of the Manship School clinched the deal. Truth be known, Jack can be quite persuasive. I originally intended to stay two years. I currently am finishing my sixth year. I said I am pulling the plug at the end of next year, but I have said that so many times even I don't believe myself anymore.

What is your research interest?

Research to a person who has operated on a 24-hour cycle most of his life is like giving Lady Gaga a show on the Food Channel.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

I hope to send bright, energetic, passionate, socially responsible seniors into the brave new world of journalism, grounded in effective writing skills and professional ethics. Oh, and land them a job in the process.

What do you enjoy most about LSU?

The students.

What are your major accomplishments?

At my age? Staying vertical.


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