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Joe Foote

Professor, Edward L. Gaylord Chair


Office: 3000C
Phone: (405) 325-5997


  • University of Oklahoma (BA, MA)
  • University of Texas (PhD)
  • Post-graduate Rotary Fellow at Bristol University, England


Joe Foote is Dean and Edward L. Gaylord Chair in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. Previously, he was Director of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and was the first Dean of the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University. He has also taught at Cornell University. Before entering university teaching, Foote served as Press Secretary to Speaker Carl Albert and Administrative Assistant to Congressman Dave McCurdy. He was a journalist at the Voice of America, KTOK Radio, and the Oklahoma News Network.

Foote is author of "Live from the Trenches: The Changing Role of the Television News Correspondent and Television Access and Political Power: The Networks, the President, and the Loyal Opposition."

Foote has served as President of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the Broadcast Education Association (BEA).  He has been a member of the Accreditation Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) since 1996. Foote is the founding chair of the World Journalism Education Council, a network of 32 journalism education associations representing six continents that holds international congresses every three years.

He serves on the board of the Washington Center for Politics and Journalism and the advisory boards for the International News Safety Institute, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and the Carl Albert Congressional Studies Center. He has been honored by BEA with its Distinguished Education Service Award, by the International Radio and Television Society with its Frank Stanton Award for distinguished contribution to broadcast education and by the Mass Communication and Society Division of AEJMC with its Distinguished Educator award.

Internationally, Foote has received Fulbright grants for Bangladesh and Germany and has worked on communication projects in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. For the past 25 years he has led projects targeted to the South Asian countries of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Foote is a native of Durant, Oklahoma. He is married to Jody Bales Foote. They have three children — Jackson, Jan and Joey.