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WilliamRainboltWilliam  Rainbolt

College of Arts and Sciences
Department: English
Journalism Program

Expertise: Journalism; media ethics; media history; film; documentary studies; historical fiction

Campus phone: (518) 442-4087
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William Rainbolt has extensive professional experience in daily journalism, freelance writing/editing, and media consulting, and has published one novel of historical fiction. He has taught at the college and university levels for more than three decades, including 21 years at the University at Albany, and has been UAlbany's Director of Journalism from 1984 to 1987, and 1999 to present. His doctorate in history concentrates on American culture, and his dissertation examined images of journalism in American films from 1946 to 1979.