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Hal Foster

Hal Foster

Media Writing Instructor


333 Administration Building

Mailing Address

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.

School of Journalism and Mass Media

Physical Address:
347 Administration Building

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

Phone: 208-885-6458


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