Christopher Etheridge

Chris Etheridge
  • Assistant Professor

Contact Info

Stauffer-Flint Hall, room 209A
1435 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045


Chris Etheridge joined the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty in 2020 as an assistant professor. He researches media representations of crime and community storytelling. His current work focuses on information-seeking behaviors of community groups and the ability of media outlets to serve those information needs. He also studies digital adoption of technology in rural communities and related relationships between news organizations and their audiences. 

Etheridge previously served on the faculty of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Minnesota Duluth. He also has worked as a news reporter and in marketing and communications. He teaches courses on media and society, reporting and editing techniques, and media ethics.


B.A. in Chemistry, Knox College
M.S. in Journalism, Northwestern University
Ph.D. in Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Awards & Honors

Minnie S. & Eli A. Rubinstein Research Award, 2018

Joseph L. Morrison Award for Excellence in Journalism History, 2017

William Francis Clingman Jr. Ethics Award, 2017

Roy H. Park Doctoral Fellowship, 2015

Ida M. Tarbell Memorial Prize for Investigative Reporting, 2005


Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Southeast Colloquium chair, Newspaper and Online News Division, 2020