Associate Professor Emeritus-in-Service
Office: Fisk 205
Roger Boye joined the ranks of Northwestern University’s emeritus faculty in 2005. He continues to direct the Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute (previously called the Journalism Division of the National High School Institute), serves as faculty chair of Northwestern’s Communications Residential College, and is a member of various University and Medill School of Journalism committees.
He became a full-time faculty member at Medill in 1986 after 15 years of part-time teaching. For 18 years, he was assistant dean and director of undergraduate studies at Medill. Earlier in his career, he worked as an editor and general manager of Quill magazine, published by the Society of Professional Journalists. For nearly two decades he wrote a weekly Chicago Tribune column on numismatics as well as entries on that subject for the Encyclopaedia Britannica Book of the Year. He has taught in the Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute since 1971 and has been director since 1985.
He is a contributing editor of The Numismatist magazine and judges writing competitions, on and off campus. He also has served on the Steering Committee of the Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program.
He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s degree from Medill. While in school, he wrote for the Omaha (NE) World-Herald and Lincoln (NE) Journal, and was editor of the Daily Nebraskan at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
In April 2007, he was inducted into the Medill Hall of Achievement.
In 2009, he received the Medill Merit Award from the Northwestern Alumni Association, which is given annually to a Medill graduate for lifetime professional achievement.