Department of Broadcasting

Richard R. Ness, Ph.D.

313 Sallee Hall
(309) 298-1154

Richard Ness is Professor of film and media studies and co-director of Film Studies. He is the author of From Headline Hunter to Superman: A Journalism Filmography and Alan Rudolph: Romance and a Crazed World. His articles and reviews have appeared in Cinema Journal, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, the Hitchcock Annual, and the Cahiers du cinema anthology Print the Legend: Cinema and Journalism. Dr. Ness is also an Associate Director and Chief Film Researcher for the Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture project sponsored by the Norman Lear Center and USC/Annenberg and was a consultant for the “Newsfront” retrospective at the 2004 Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland. His most recent publication credits include articles in anthologies on Michael Moore, Robert Altman and Alfred Hitchcock.


Wayne State University, Communication/Film Studies, Ph.D.
Iowa State University, Journalism and Mass Communication, M.S.
Iowa State University, Communication/Telecommunicative Arts, B.A.

Areas of Interest

Film, television and radio history; film theory and criticism; documentary film and television; film music; silent cinema; portrayals of journalism in films

Professional Affiliations

Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Published Works:

Twayne's Filmmakers Series: Alan Rudolph

From Headline Hunter to Superman

Office Hours

M 12:30-1:50 p.m.; Tu 5:50-6:50 p.m.; W 4-5 p.m.; F 3-4 p.m.

Richard R. Ness, Ph.D.