Ph.D., Communications, University of Washington, 1978.
M.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin Madison, 1974.
B.A., Communications, University of Washington, 1972.

Gerald Baldasty, Professor Emeritus, and UW Provost and Executive Vice President Emeritus, has focused his publications and teaching primarily in media economics, media organizations; media and politics, and media, gender and ethnicity. He is also taught courses in career development for students (both graduate and undergraduate) and he has developed a program to enhance leadership skills for faculty, staff and administrators in higher education.

Publications include:

  • Vigilante Newspapers:  A Tale of Sex, Religion & Murder in the Northwest (University of Washington Press, 2005).
  • W. Scripps and the Business of Newspapers (University of Illinois Press, 1999).
  • The Commercialization of News in the Nineteenth Century (University of Wisconsin Press, 1992)
  • “The Press and the African-American Community: The Role of the Northwest Enterprise in the 1930s,” Pacific Historical Quarterly, 94:1 (Winter 2002/3), 14-26, with Mark LaPointe.
  • “Race, Advertising and Prime-Time Television,” Howard Journal of Communication 14:3 (2003), 97-112, with Jennifer Jacobs Henderson.
  • “Market Structure and the American Newspaper Industry: The Scripps Newspaper Company, 1880-1912,” Proceedings of the European Business History Association, 2002 (Oslo).
  • “Connecting the Dots: Linking Academic Passion to Life and Profession.”  Provost Report Series: Trends and Issues Facing Higher Education, University of Washington, May 2015, with Marisa Nickle.
  • “Connecting the Dots: Helping Students Link Academics and Careers.”  Provost Report Series: Trends and Issues Facing Higher Education, University of Washington, January 2015, with Marisa Nickle.


Recipient, UW Distinguished Teaching Award, 2000.