Dr. Erwin Thomas

Erwin K. Thomas, PhD
Website: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6738786.Erwin_Thomas

In 2010, Guyanese-born Erwin K. Thomas, PhD - served as Vice President of the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) Old Dominion University, Virginia Beach, VA. After 28 years he retired as a Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in the Department of Mass Communications & Journalism at Norfolk State University, VA. He formerly taught at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (1978-79), SUNY – Oswego (1972-74), and the University of Guyana, Georgetown (Summers 1981 & 1988).

He specialized in International Journalism and Broadcasting with a concentration on the English-speaking nations of the Caribbean. He did research at the University of Guyana, University of the West Indies - Cave Hill, Barbados, Port of Spain, Trinidad, and Mona, Jamaica. Thomas graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia – PhD International Journalism & Broadcasting (1978), Brooklyn College of CUNY – MS Television (1972), and University of Oregon, Eugene – BS Radio-TV & Film (1970). His doctoral dissertation was entitled, “The Beginnings Of Broadcasting In The West Indies, 1920 – 1949 (Barbados, British Guiana, Jamaica, And Trinidad And Tobago).”

He was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship (1975-78), awarded a Gannett Foundation Scholarship (1975-76), named by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), a Fulbright Senior Specialists Candidate (2002-07), and was for many years a consultant to the Ministry of Information, Georgetown, Guyana.

He was a radio newscaster at KWAX-FM, Eugene, OR (1968-70), producer-director BCTV, Brooklyn, NY (1970-71), Desk Assistant CBS Radio Network News, NYC (1972), producer-director OSUTV, Oswego, NY (1972-74), News Writer Columbia Missourian (1974), Reporter KBIA-FM (1975) and KOMU-TV Columbia, MO (1976-77). His six “Plain Talk” series were aired on WSLJ-TV, Watertown, NY (1973-74). Some 20 shows on which he worked in various crew positions while at BCTV, were aired on WNET-TV and WNYC-TV - NYC (1970-72). While at Norfolk State University he also served as News Director of WNSB-FM (1980-85). He presently volunteers as Social Media Coordinator at the Church of the Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach, VA.

He has authored Make Better Videos with Your Camcorder (TAB Books 1991); co-edited a Handbook on Mass Media in the United States and Mass Media in 2025, Greenwood Press (1994 & 2001) respectively; A Weekly Encounter: Fifty-Two Meditations of Hope (2015), CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; and Keys of Faith: Fifty-Two Meditations for Living (2016) will also be through CreateSpace. For many years he has been a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) - where he held positions in the International Division, and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). His research interests are: International Media Systems, Social Media, Ethics, Broadcasting History, and Issues on Christian Living.

He is a lifelong member of the Church of the Holy Apostles, an ecumenical community of Episcopalians and Roman Catholics. Thomas is married to Mary Barta Thomas - a retired librarian from Tidewater Community College, Chesapeake - and they are the parents of Matthew J. Thomas - a Genetic Counselor in Cardiology at University of Virginia, and he lives with his wife Shannon in Charlottesville, VA.

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