Kris Kodrich is an associate professor of Journalism and Media Communication at Colorado State University. As a longtime journalist, he enjoys exploring the cultural aspects of a society and what makes people unique. He loves traveling “like a local,” having visited more than two dozen countries. In the classroom, he challenges students to think critically about international mass communication while exploring diverse cultural identities. He is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, so he enjoys beer, bratwurst, bowling, and – of course – the Green Bay Packers. He’s also attended Milwaukee’s Summerfest, “the world’s largest music festival,” nearly every summer since he was 8 years old.
At CSU, Dr. Kodrich teaches classes in international mass communication, communication technology, reporting, and writing. He relishes helping students improve their writing skills. He has extensive journalism experience as both a reporter and editor for daily newspapers in Florida, Wisconsin, and Oregon. He discovered during his early years as a feature writer for the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison that readers connect best with interesting stories filled with colorful details. Besides publishing in academic journals, he continues to write for general-interest newspapers, magazines, and online publications. In 2016, he was named Colorado Journalism Educator of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Dr. Kodrich’s Ph.D. in mass communication is from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!). His master’s degree in journalism is from Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!). Dr. Kodrich also has been a Fulbright Fellow in Spain, a Kiplinger Fellow at Ohio State University, a Freedom Forum Asia Fellow at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, and a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Universidad de Concepción in Chile. He also has been a participant in a U.S. Department of Education-sponsored cultural exchange in Egypt and Jordan and a participant in a Fulbright-Hays cultural exchange in India. His main academic research interests include journalists’ attitudes and behaviors, international news media coverage, and political communication. He has worked extensively with journalists in Latin America, particularly Nicaragua, resulting in his book Tradition and Change in the Nicaraguan Press: Newspapers and Journalists in a New Democratic Era.
As a first-generation college graduate, Dr. Kodrich enjoys working with students from all backgrounds. His wife, Yadira, is from Nicaragua. And they have two children, Kalia and Bianka. The family enjoys traveling, hiking, bicycling, and listening to a wide variety of musical genres.