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Office: Capin Hall

Phone: 5704084165

Email: loran.lewis@wilkes.edu

Dr. Loran E. Lewis

Assistant Professor

Communication Studies


Dr. Loran Lewis has been an Assistant Professor of Communications Studies at Wilkes University since 2010.  He brings more than two decades of experience to Wilkes, having worked as a journalist, on-line publisher. He also brings years of experience in educating journalism students.  Currently, he serves as faculty adviser to both the campus newspaper, The Beacon, and to the Wilkes chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

Lewis earned his Ph.D in Mass Communications, with an emphasis in journalism history and law from Southern Illinois University in 2005. He earned his M.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois in 1983 and his B.S in journalism from Southern Illinois University in 1974.

Professional Experience

Dr. Lewis worked for several organizations as a publisher, reporter, city editor and copy editor, including the Canton Daily Ledger, Canton, IL; the DeKalb Chronicle, DeKalb, IL; the Aurora Beacon News, Aurora, IL; the Pensacola News-Journal, Pensacola, FL, and the Hueneme Pilot, Hueneme, CA.

Previously, Dr. Lewis taught at the California State University at Fresno, California Lutheran University and the University of South Alabama. He is a member of the College Media Advisers (CMA), the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ).


Conference Presentation and Documentary Film Producer:

  • Panelist, “Advisers’ Guide to law and Ethics,” College Media Advisers’ (CMA) Spring National Convention, New York City, March 2013.
  • Paper, Using Multi-Media Technology in Newswriting,” Roundtable participant at the National Communication Association’s annual meeting, Orlando, Florida, November 2012.
  • Wyoming Valley History Project, writer and producer for a documentary on the history of farming in the Wyoming Valley (with R. Wood and T. Oravic), 2011-present.
  • Lewis’s other research interests include the history of online journalism, The First Amendment and freedom of speech, the media coverage of presidential campaigns, the comparison of presidential, media, and public interests, the history of journalism education, and the Journalistic writing style in the American Psychological Association format (APA).


The Wilkes Beacon has been honored by both national and regional organizations. In 2011 The Beacon received two awards from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association (PNA)—1st Place in Layout and Design for a Sports Page and 2nd Place in News Coverage. In 2011, former editor-in-chief Michael Cignoli was nominated for “Story of the Year” by the Associated College Press (ACP). The paper also won the PNA’s 1st Place Award in Editorial/Opinion Writing in 2010.

In each of these categories, The Beacon was up against larger institutional papers from across the United States, such as Kansas State University, Penn State University, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University and Villanova University.

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