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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Stephen Wolgast

Professor of Practice, JDM sequence
Office: Kedzie 103 | 785-370-6350 | wolgast@ksu.edu

Steve Wolgast comes from a professional background, having worked at six newspapers in the U.S. and abroad before coming to Kansas State in 2009. As a professional he covered the final withdrawal of Russian troops in Lithuania and was detained by the Russian navy on a nuclear submarine base in Estonia. He has awards from Pictures of the Year, the Society of News Design, and was on the staff of The New York Times when it won a Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of 9/11 and its aftermath.
At the Miller School he teaches news reporting, and has taught convergence, photojournalism and copy editing.
Wolgast also serves as director of Collegian Media Group, the private business that publishes the work of the longest-running student activities on campus, the Collegian (founded 1896) and Royal Purple (founded 1909).
His academic interests include visual communication and free speech. The Kansas Humanities Council named him a Humanities Scholar for his speaking about the First Amendment in Kansas as part of the centenary for the Pulitzer Prizes. He writes about photojournalism for News Photographer magazine, and writes about the history of academic dress, for which he was made a fellow of The Burgon Society. He was appointed the editor of Transactions of the Burgon Society in 2012.
B.A. Kansas State, political science. M.S. Columbia University, journalism.
The New York Times, news design editor, 2000-09.
Akron Beacon Journal, executive news editor, 1997-2000.
The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, page one designer, 1996-97.
Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, wire editor, 1993-96.
The (Tallinn, Estonia) Baltic Independent, reporter, 1992-93.
Topeka Capital-Journal, photographer, 1990-91.