Donald Allport Bird
Professor of Journalism
A.B., Rutgers UniversityM.A., Ph.D., Indiana University
Now in his 28th year at LIU, Dr. Bird has media experience that includes copy-desk editing, broadcast sports reporting and public relations. He worked at The Associated Press in New York City, reported on the Robert F. Kennedy primary presidential campaigns, and was associate editor of The African Press. Bird has been a consultant to the Smithsonian Institution and other organizations. He teaches mass media, new media, news writing, public relations, sensationalism and speech courses.
Dr. Bird graduated with distinction from Rutgers—The State University, where he was a Henry Rutgers Scholar, and earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University in Folklore and Mass Communication. LIU awarded him the David Newton Award for Teaching Excellence and he has held post-doctoral research appointments at Harvard University’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.
Dr. Bird has taught adults at NBC and Pfizer as well as graduate courses at military bases in five states. He has served as journalism department chair for 16 years and is a member of the George Polk Awards Committee. Among his scholarly publications are articles on Inside Media, WordPerfect: The Magazine, Hugh Hefner and Charles Collingwood. His current research includes 9/11 web communications and folklore, presentation of self on Facebook and tabloid journalism.
He consulted with Commersant, a Russian business publication, and helps host visiting journalists from the United States Department of State’s International Visitor Program. During his fourth trip to China in December 2007 he lectured on journalism topics at Renmin University of China in Beijing, Beijing Normal University and Nankai University in Tianjin. During March 2005 he lectured at Fudan University in Shanghai and Zhejiang University in Hangzhou.
American Folklore, Assassination and Mass Media, Metropolitan Daily Tabloid Journalism, Popular Culture, Rumor and Gossip