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Kathleen Richardson

Dean & Professor, Media Law

Educational experience: undergraduate and master’s degrees from Drake’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication; doctor of jurisprudence from Drake Law School in spring 2002.

Kathleen Richardson worked at The Des Moines Register for 20 years in a variety of newsroom jobs: copy editor and copy desk chief, wire editor, news editor, features editor, book reviewer and columnist.

After leaving the Register to pursue advanced degrees, she also worked for several years with Dr. Herb Strentz on the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, a non-profit organization that promotes open government. She succeeded Strentz as executive director of the organization from 2000-2015. In that role, she produced educational materials on the state’s open meetings and records laws, conducted workshops and answered citizens’ and journalists’ inquiries. She was also a founding member of the Iowa Public Information Board, a state agency that helps enforce the open-government laws.

Richardson’s professional interests include media law, freedom of information issues and journalism ethics. She teaches communications law and ethics.