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Associate Professor

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Bob Wyss joined the University of Connecticut Journalism Department in 2002 and he is currently an Associate Professor.  His specialty is print journalism with an interest in environmental coverage.  He continues to be an active freelance writer and since arriving at the university he has written two books and more than 70 newspaper and magazine articles for national and regional publications.  Before coming to the university he was an editor and reporter for 28 years for the Providence Journal.

Wyss has taught environmental journalism courses which have been open to journalism and non-journalism majors who learn about how reporters cover a beat.  Sometimes the course is taught in the summer and includes extensive field trips.  Students produce print and multimedia reports and they can be found at Uconn EJ and Nutmeg. Wyss is the author of Covering the Environment (Routledge 2008), a journalism textbook about environmental journalism.

He has also worked with both journalism and science students in a variety of interdisciplinary efforts to promote science literacy among the journalists and improved communication with the scientists.  Other journalism courses he has taught include news writing, copy editing, feature writing and magazine writing.  Stories for these courses can be found at Only the Best and UConn Culture. Other university activities include serving on the editorial board of Wrack Lines, a publications of the Connecticut Sea Grant program, and working with the Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series.

In 2006 he produced Brimfield Rush (Commonwealth Editions), a narrative nonfiction account that followed several antique dealers in their quest to make a major discovery.  While many of his stories are on environmental subjects, he has writing on a range of issues for such publications as the New York Times, Smithsonian, Yankee, Rhode Island Monthly, Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe and others.   

While at the Providence Journal, Wyss covered municipal and state government, energy and the environment, and he was the assistant business editor for five years.   He also ran the Journal’s Writing Program that promoted journalism through a variety of offerings including the Power of Words website.  While running that program he was the editor of How I Wrote the Story (Providence Journal 1995), an anthology of some of the newspaper’s best stories with accounts on how they were produced. From 1980 to 2002 he was a part-time instructor of journalism at Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, and/or the University of Connecticut.  He spent the 1993 fall semester at Michigan State University helping develop the forerunner of the current environmental journalism program at the school.

He is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach (BA) and Kansas State University (MS).  He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Other resources:            

News about courses and publications         

Information about Brimfield Rush          

Information about Covering the Environment

Professional activities since coming to the university in 2002