Faculty & Staff

Karl Nestvold

Karl Nestvold

Professor Emeritus


Karl Nestvold spent 12 years in professional media—daily newspaper reporting, photography and editing in Wyoming; radio news reporting and newscasting in Alaska, Oregon and California; television studio production in Texas; and public relations in Oregon as general manager of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters. He joined the UO School of Journalism faculty in 1961 for a 36-year teaching and administrative career at the J-School. He headed the broadcast news sequence, served also in several SOJC administrative positions, and completed his J-School tenure as the first KEZI Distinguished Professor of Broadcast Journalism.


PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 1972
MS, University of Oregon, 1960
BS, University of Wyoming, 1954

Research Summary

Nestvold’s research interests include the Federal Communications Commission’s theory of broadcast station news diversity, the external/overseas information programs and outlets of Russia , and television coverage of American political campaigns. He is a co-author of  News Verdicts, the Debates, and Presidential Campaigns , a book examining network television coverage of the U.S. 1988 Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates.