Veteran public media journalist named 2012-13 Reynolds Chair

Veteran public media journalist named 2012-13 Reynolds Chair

Award-winning journalist, manager and champion of strong local news, Michael V. Marcotte is the 2012-2013 Donald W. Reynolds Chair for the Ethics of Entrepreneurial and Innovative Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Marcotte’s career spans 30 years and includes work in newspaper, radio, television and online. He has managed top-rated NPR member station news departments in San Diego (KPBS, 1995-2007) and Seattle-Tacoma (KPLU, 1987-1995), worked for NPR and taught journalism at four previous universities.

He was selected for the Class of 2011 Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University — a prestigious journalism program — where he focused on social entrepreneurism, non-profit management, public media leadership, ethics and innovation, data visualization and social network theory. Through the fellowship, Marcotte developed a proposal for “innovation labs” to spur change in public media stations.

“As a working newsman, I always acted on the need to push journalism higher,” Marcotte said. “And as a longtime news manager, I always acted on the opportunity to help journalists serve the public better. Now, as a member of this great school and this great faculty, I can do both those things — not only at a vital time for journalism — but at a vital moment in the maturation of our future professionals.”

Reynolds School Dean Al Stavitsky said: “We're fortunate to have Mike come on board this year, He brings rich professional and teaching experience, as well as deep connections to the public media world that will help us strengthen our partnership with KUNR.”

Marcotte is the owner of MVM Consulting, targeting public media news needs. Clients have included NPR, KQED, OPB, KERA, Iowa Public Radio, Capital Public Radio and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

He is a former president of PRNDI — Public Radio News Directors, Inc. He also served as PRNDI’s senior news trainer and authored their online news directors guidebook.

Marcotte has published numerous articles on issues in public media and shares his work via several websites,,, and

He is a second-generation broadcast journalist. His father, Henry J. Marcotte Jr., worked in radio and television from 1956 to 2002. Mike is a military veteran and father of three boys. He is married to Dr. Denise Lin of Albuquerque, N.M.

Marcotte earned a master’s in telecommunications (1984) and a bachelor’s in journalism (1982) from the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia. He taught journalism there and at Ohio State University, Pacific Lutheran University, and San Diego State University.