David L. Roberts
Associate Professor of
(660) 831- 4211
Ferguson Hall, Room 215/216
David L. Roberts is an assistant professor of Mass Communication. He teaches print media and other courses, such as Introduction to Media and Culture, Basic News Reporting, Newspaper, Media Law and Ethics, Photojournalism, and Magazine/Yearbook. In the past, he has instructed Literary Nonfiction, Nonfiction Book, Copy Editing, Advanced News Reporting, Senior Portfolio, and other courses.
Professor Roberts came to Missouri Valley College in August 2001. He was the recipient of the MVC John McCallum Excellence in Teaching Award and Convocation speaker in 2011. Besides instructing courses, Roberts has served as adviser for the Delta newspaper, Sabiduria yearbook (and evolving magazine project), Zoom photojournalism online magazine (started in 2010), and the Delta Online website (started in 2011). He also served as editor for the Missouri Almanac project. He taught the first digital photography course at MVC. He has served on the Faculty Senate, the HLC Self-Study Committee, and other committees. He enjoys his students very much.
Professor Roberts was born in Wyoming, and also resided in Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Nebraska, and Colorado. He lived in eight towns during his first 12 years of schooling. He has had work published every year since the day he became editor of his high school newspaper. He worked as a science reporter for the Daily Wildcat student newspaper at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He received his bachelor's degree in Journalism at the University of Arizona and his master's degree in Journalism at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln. His 228-page master's thesis was about NASA's Journalist-In-Space Project, for which he was an applicant, and he enjoyed interviewing CBS newsman Walter Cronkite for the thesis project.
After he earned his bachelor's degree, he returned to Wyoming to start a weekly newspaper called the Medicine Bow Post in Medicine Bow, Wyo. He served as editor and publisher of the community newspaper for 11 years, with the newspaper winning five National Newspaper Association awards, 43 Wyoming Press Association awards, five University of Wyoming editorial leadership awards, and other honors. He participated in a reporter exchange with the Washington Post, one of the nation's largest daily newspapers, and enjoyed meeting Katharine Graham, Margaret Engel, David Maraniss, Bob Woodward, and others at the Washington Post. In the town of Medicine Bow, he served as president of the chamber of commerce, helped start the town museum, and was named citizen of the year during its annual town festival. He also started the Hanna Herald newspaper in the nearby town of Hanna, Wyo., and sold it to friends two years later.
Professor Roberts taught journalism courses at the University of Wyoming and served as the Student Publications adviser for the university's student newspaper, literary magazine, general magazine, and yearbook. An annual award to the Branding Iron newspaper editor is named in Roberts' honor.
He served as general manager of the Student Media Corporation for the independent student newspaper at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. In that role, he advised students about newspaper production, managed an annual student-staff payroll of more than $120,000, and helped with the acquisition and organization of the newspaper's first off-campus office building.
Professor Roberts and his two brothers, Steve and Phil, are the co-authors of The Wyoming Almanac which is in its sixth printing. He is the author of "Sage Street" as well as three digital books through Amazon.com. His writing or photography has appeared in many newspapers and publications, such as the Washington Post, Wyoming History Journal, the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, the National Wool Grower Magazine, and others.
Professor Roberts has been interviewed on a Cairo, Egypt radio show; presented a festival lecture about Owen Wister's western novel "The Virginian"; was able to hold the lifetime Academy Award given to actress Barbara Stanwyck; visited the top of the world's most powerful wind turbine as well as an underground coal mine; attended a swine conference and wrote about kangaroo rats and other subjects for a University of Nebraska agricultural news service; suffered his only sports injury in breaking his wrist while playing soccer; and, despite never learning to swim, was soaked when his canoe overturned in Huzzah Creek on a Mass Comm canoe trip in central Missouri.
Professor Roberts enjoys reading, writing, and photography. In addition to many states in America, he has traveled to Canada, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Scotland, and Turkey.