Olatunji Dare

Professor, Journalism

Caterpillar Global Communication Center 329
309-677-2367
ohdee@bradley.edu

Biography

Olatunji Dare was born in Nigeria, and studied mass communication at the University of Lagos, graduating with First Class Honors. He subsequently earned a Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York, and a doctorate in communication research from Indiana University, Bloomington, with specializations in international communication and public policy analysis. Dr Dare taught at the University of Lagos from 1984 until 1988, when he was appointed a columnist and editorial page editor of Nigeria’s most influential newspaper The Guardian. Two years later he became chair of the Editorial Board. As a correspondent for The Guardian, Dr Dare filed stories from more than a dozen countries on three continents, including reporting from The White House. He joined the Bradley faculty in 1997. He has served as an editorial writer for The Seattle Times, on a fellowship from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He has also served as a consultant to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department for International Development of the U.K. Foreign Office. His weekly column for the Nigerian daily, The Nation, enjoys a wide and appreciative readership. Dr Dare’s awards includes The Robert A. Curry Prize in Editorial Writing from Columbia University, The Nieman Foundation’s Louis M. Lyons Prize for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism,and the Faculty Achievement Award in Teaching Excellence from the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts at Bradley.