Media Writing Instructor
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3178
Moscow, ID 83844-3178
B.A. Journalism, Ohio State University
M.A. Journalism, Ohio State University
Ph.D. Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hal Foster is a veteran international journalist and journalism professor who was a business writer and editor at the Los Angeles Times and covered the War in Ukraine as a special correspondent for USA Today.
He spent nine years in Japan, first as executive editor of Pacific Stars & Stripes, the daily paper for U.S. military and Embassy people in Asia, and later as assistant managing editor of Asahi Evening News, the English-language edition of Asahi Shimbun, the world’s second-largest newspaper.
He has taught journalism or international relations at San Jose State University, the University of Southern California, Sam Houston State University, Auburn University, the University of Alaska, the American University in Moldova, two universities in Kazakhstan and two universities in Ukraine, where he was a Fullbright professor.
Hal has helped several journalists in developing countries who were under duress for their work, including arranging eye treatment in Dallas for a Ukrainian journalist who had acid thrown in her face for writing about corruption in her city. He has co-founded anti-fake-news centers in Romania and Moldova.
His bachelor’s degree is from the University of Nebraska, his master’s from Ohio State and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina — all in journalism. He earned his doctorate under the Freedom Forum Ph.D. Program at North Carolina.