Rich Hanley (B.A., 1978, University of New Haven; M.A., 1993, Wesleyan University) joined the Quinnipiac University School of Communications faculty in 2001 after a 23-year career as a journalist, including a stint at Time magazine. He is presently a tenured associate professor of Journalism and mentor in Health Communications at Quinnipiac's Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. In addition to his faculty role, Hanley, has served as director of the graduate Interactive Communications (now Interactive Media) and graduate Journalism programs. He also founded the graduate program in Sports Journalism.
Hanley is a frequent contributor of opinion pieces in national and global media and is widely sought for his comments on the news media, the internet, popular culture and sports, appearing on many national news programs. He served for six years as a panelist on the weekly WNPR political discussion program titled Politics, Burgers & Beer. In 2017, Hanley became the first Netter School of Medicine mentor of the year as selected by medical school faculty, students and administrators for his work with a medical student on distributing concussion treatment protocols to youth hockey coaches.
Hanley also is a frequent guest on national panel discussions, appearing on C-Span as part of coverage of his National Press Club presentation on Journalism and Social Media. He also has served as an official contest entry screener for the Online News Association's annual awards. He has been a judge for the National Association of Opinion Page Editors annual contest, among others.
He is a seven-time Emmy nominee for his television documentaries, including national PBS works such as The 1964 World's Fair and Dreams Go By, a film about the 1965 Little League World Series that earned Hanley an AP award. Among the graduate and undergraduate courses Hanley teaches are the Story of Football, Sports Literature, Disinformation & Truth Decay, Writing the News Documentary, Storytelling and a variety of other writing and reporting courses across the journalism and sports journalism programs and sports studies academic minor.
Students advised and taught by Hanley are pursuing professional careers with news media organizations throughout the world, including the Associated Press, ESPN, CNN and dozens of broadcast network affiliates throughout the United States.
Significant Administrative Duties
2008-Present: Chair, University Athletics Council;
2003-2015: Graduate Journalism Program Director, School of Communications; Founding director, Graduate Sports Journalism Program (2014-2015)
2003-2015: Chair, Graduate Committee, School of Communications
2003-2009: Graduate Program Director, School of Communications
JRN 572 - Researching & Writing the News Documentary; JRN 573 - Sports Literature; JRN 575 - Critical Issues in Journalism; JRN 580 - Investigative Reporting; JRN 601 - Master's Project; JRN 602 - Master's Thesis; COM 140 - Storytelling; JRN 260 - Newswriting; JRN/SPS 362 - Story of Football; JRN 450 - Senior Seminar: Disinformation & Truth Decay; JRN 495 - Advanced Reporting