Ray Fanning

Associate Professor

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Associate Professor Ray Fanning joined the University of Montana faculty in 2007 after a career in local broadcast news and stint at teaching broadcast journalism courses at Chicago’s Columbia College.

Besides serving as chairman of the Radio-TV Department, Fanning teaches a variety of broadcast journalism course and the school’s popular News Literacy course for non-majors.

Fanning worked for almost 20 years in local broadcast news, most recently as a special project manager at KGW in Portland, Ore. He’s also worked for TV stations in Salt Lake City; Spokane, Wash., and Boise, Idaho.

A native of Idaho Falls, Fanning received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho, master of fine arts from Brandeis University and master’s in journalism from Northwestern University. 

His series of radio reports for Montana Public Radio on wrongful convictions in Montana won a international ‘Best of Festival-News’ award from the Broadcast Education Association, a regional Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio- Television Digital News Association and a Non-Commercial Radio Program of the Year award from the Montana Broadcasters Association.