David Ryfe is an associate professor, academic chair and senior research scholar in the Reynolds School of Journalism. He began teaching at the Reynolds School in 2006.
As a researcher, he studies journalism. His most recent book, Can Journalism Survive: An Inside Look at American Newsrooms, an ethnographic study based on five years of fieldwork in newsrooms, was released in September, 2012. Together with Donica Mensing, associate professor of journalism, he has also studied the Bay Area news system and presented their findings at the International Symposium on Online Journalism, which was held in Austin, Texas in April, 2012.
Ryfe earned a bachelor’s in political science and literature/creative writing, a masters in political science, a master’s in communication, and a doctorate in communication, all from the University of California, San Diego. He previously held a professorship at Middle Tennessee State University, and teaching positions at the University of California, Berkeley; and the University of California, San Diego.