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William McKeen

Title: Professor and Chairman
Company: Department of Journalism, Boston University
Location: Cohasset, Massachusetts, United States

William McKeen, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Journalism at Boston University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in journalism education.

An accomplished educator with more than 50 years of professional journalistic experience to his credit, Dr. McKeen has excelled as a professor and the chairman of the department of journalism at Boston University since 2010. In this capacity, he is responsible for teaching the history, principles and literature of journalism. From 1998 to 2010, he was the chairman of the department of journalism at the University of Florida, additionally serving as a professor at the university from 1986 to 2010.

Dr. McKeen worked for the Capitol News Bureau as a newsroom manager and reporter from 1983 to 1986. He was an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma from 1982 to 1986 and Western Kentucky University from 1977 to 1982. From 1976 to 1977, he garnered experience as an associate instructor with the Indiana University School of Journalism, and from 1975 to 1976, he was an assistant editor for The Saturday Evening Post in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. McKeen began his career in 1970 as a reporter, weekend editor and copy editor of The Courier Tribune in Bloomington, Indiana.

In addition to his primary professional positions, Dr. McKeen has found success through his written work. He authored “Everybody Had an Ocean” in 2017, “Too Old to Die Young” in 2015, “Homegrown in Florida” in 2012, “Mile Marker Zero” in 2011, “Outlaw Journalist” in 2008 and “Highway 61” in 2003, among numerous further publications. Dr. McKeen additionally published “Bob Dylan: A Bio-Bibliography” in 1993, “Hunter S. Thompson” in 1991 and “The Beatles: A Bio-Bibliography” in 1989, among numerous articles in newspapers.

For his accomplishments, Dr. McKeen has been the recipient of a Gold Medal for Nonfiction from the Florida Book Awards in 2012 and a Gold Medallion for Service from the Florida Scholastic Press Association in 2009. The Florida State Legislature gave him a Teaching Incentive Award in 1994 and the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications named him Teacher of the Year in 1990. In 1987, Dr. McKeen received a National Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing from The Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He has been featured in the eighth edition of Who’s Who in American Education, the first edition of Who’s Who in the Media and Communication, and the 26th edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

Dr. McKeen maintains affiliation with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the World Technology Network, the Popular Culture Association and the Southern Book Critics Circle. He has contributed his time as a volunteer basketball coach, a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, a member of the Florida Magazine Association board of directors and a member of the Florida Society of News Editors board of directors. In his spare time, Dr. McKeen enjoys writing and traveling.

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