Contact & Location


School of Journalism
and Mass Media

Physical Address:
Administration Bldg. 347
PHONE: (208) 885-6458
FAX: (208) 885-6450
E-MAIL: jamm@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
School of Journalism
and Mass Media
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3178
Moscow, ID 83844-3178

Kenton Bird

Kenton Bird

Office: 347 Administration Building
Phone: (208) 885-4947
Email: kbird@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: JAMM - University of Idaho
MS 3178 875 Perimeter Dr.
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3178

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
School of Journalism and Mass Media
Director and Associate Professor

Home Town: Kellogg, Idaho
Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1999

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Political reporting: Media history
    • Civic journalism
    • American politics: The relationship between public opinion and public policy
  • Biography
    Kenton Bird has been director of the School of Journalism and Mass Media since 2003. Kenton holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho, where he was editor of the student newspaper, the Argonaut. He attended University College, Cardiff, Wales, on a Rotary fellowship, earning a master’s degree in journalism history, and Washington State University, earning a Ph.D. in American Studies. His dissertation was a study of the political career of Thomas Foley, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

    During his 15-year career as a reporter and editor, Kenton worked for newspapers in Moscow, Lewiston, Sandpoint and Kellogg, Idaho, and spent a summer working at the Washington Post. In 1989, he was chosen as a congressional fellow of the American Political Science Association, working as a congressional staff member in Washington, D.C. Kenton spent three years on the faculty at Colorado State University before returning to the UI in 1999 as a full-time faculty member.

    In 2002, Kenton was one of three UI faculty members chosen to be a Humanities Fellow of the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences. He was on sabbatical in New Zealand during the spring and summer of 2010.
  • Selected Publications


    • Reporting That Matters: A Look at Public Affairs Coverage From a New But Grounded Perspective, textbook, with John Irby, Susan English and David Cuillier, Allyn & Bacon, 2007.

    Book Chapter

    • Brandon Rottinghaus, Kenton Bird, Rebecca Self and Travis Ridout. “It’s Better than Being Informed’: College Aged Viewers of the Daily Show and the Effects of Humor on News Seeking, Consumption and Retention.” In Laughing Matters: Humor and American Politics in the Media Age, edited by Jonathan Morris and Jody Baumgartner, Routledge, 2007.

    Journal Article 

    • "Sarah Palin's a journalist, too," British Journal Review, December 2008, Vol. 19, Issue 4.
  • Outreach Projects
    • Community newspapers
    • Civic engagement
    • Public involvement