A.Jay Wagner
Dr. A.Jay WagnerMarquette University

Johnston Hall, 339

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
414-288-4068Personal Website

Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies

Journalism and Media Studies


Ph.D., Indiana University, 2016
M.A., DePaul University, 2010
B.S., University of Dayton, 2006

Courses Taught

COMM 3800 Media Law
JOUR 4150 Investigative Reporting
JOUR 4600 Journalism History
COMM 4750 Media, Technology and Culture
JOUR 4932 Opinion Writing
JOUR 4997 Capstone in Journalism
COMM 6250 Communication as Ethical Practice
COMM 6825 Government Information
COMM 6924 The 21st Century First Amendment

Research Interests

Media law and policy
Access to government information
Freedom of Information Act
Political economy of information

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Bradley University, 2016-2018
  • Various roles for the Bloomington Herald Times, Bloom Magazine, Sun-Times Media Group and The Chicago Reporter, 2009-2015
  • Summer Associate, International Press Institute, 2012


Honors and Awards

Federal FOIA Advisory Committee, 2020-2022
Scholar of the Year, Diederich College of Communication, 2022
Third Place, National Freedom of Information Coalition Research Competition, 2021 & 2022
First Place, National Freedom of Information Coalition Research Competition, 2020
Robert M. O’Neil Top Paper Award, NCA, Freedom of Expression Division, 2017
Top Debut Faculty Paper, AEJMC, Law & Policy Division, 2017
Top Paper, NCA, Communication & Law Division, 2016
DePaul University Excellence in Journalism Scholarship, 2010

Why Marquette

Marquette’s university-wide focus on social justice aligns with my aims in teaching and practicing journalism.

The curricular emphasis on community journalism and investigative reporting both prepares students for success and represents the social value of the field.

The storied journalism program, faculty and facilities make this a remarkable home for a teacher and scholar of journalism.