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Craig LaMay

Craig LaMay


Craig LaMay is a journalist, professor at Medill and former acting dean at Northwestern University in Qatar.

He began his career as a newspaper reporter in North Carolina. For several years, he was the editorial director of the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University and editor of the Media Studies Journal. He has worked a reporter and editor in Southeast and Central Europe, Central America and Southeast Asia. He is a long-time practitioner in the field of international media development and is an advisory board member of the Center for International Media Assistance in Washington, D.C.

LaMay's essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, US News and World Report, Federal Communications Law Journal, Health Policy, Communications and the Law, and many other publications.

At Medill, LaMay teaches courses on communications law and sports media, and he has taught communications law at Northwestern Law School. At the Qatar campus he teaches courses in sports media, sports diplomacy, sport and human rights, and comparative media law. He is a member of the International Society of Sports Sciences in the Arab World, and Middle East editor of the International Journal of Sports History.

LaMay is also a faculty associate at Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research.

Authored Works

LaMay is s author, co-author or editor of several books, among them:

  • Measures of Press Freedom and Media Contributions to Development: Evaluating the Evaluators, with Monroe Price and Susan Abbott (Peter Lang, 2011)
  • Institutional Failures: Duke Lacrosse, Universities, the News Media and the Legal System, with Howard Wasserman (Ashgate, 2011)
  • Inside the Presidential Debates, with Newton Minow (University of Chicago, 2008)
  • Exporting Press Freedom: Economic and Editorial Dilemmas in International Media Assistance (Transaction, 2006)
  • Journalism and the Problem of Privacy (Erlbaum, 2003)
  • Democracy on the Air, with Ellen Mickiewicz, Donald Browne and Charles Firestone (Duke, 2000)
  • To Profit or Not to Profit: The Commercial Transformation of the Nonprofit Sector, with Burton Weisbrod (Cambridge, 1998)
  • Abandoned in the Wasteland: Children, Television and the First Amendment, with Newton Minow (Hill & Wang, 1995)


LaMay has a B.A. in political economy from Brown University and an M.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.