Professor David McHam
Office: Communications Building Room 221
A Biographical Sketch
David McHam has been teaching journalism at Texas colleges since 1961. He was at Baylor (1961-1974), Southern Methodist University (1974-1997), the University of Texas at Arlington (1998-2001) and since the fall of 2001 at the University of Houston.
He was chosen the outstanding journalism teacher in the nation by the Society of Professional Journalists in 1994 and was given a president's award by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications in 2001. At SMU he was named one of the outstanding teachers in the Meadows School of the Arts in 1995.
He is the author of Law and the Media in Texas. The handbook, first published in 1972, is a cooperative undertaking by the Texas Association of Broadcasters, the Texas Daily Newspaper Association and the Texas Press Association.
McHam was born in South Carolina and was brought up in North Carolina. He received an associate of arts degree at Gardner-Webb College, a bachelor's degree from Baylor University and a master's degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. He also attended New York University.
McHam began his journalism career at the age of 17 at The Spartanburg Herald. He later worked for The Waco News-Tribune and The Houston Post. While teaching he also worked at The Waco News-Tribune, the Dallas Times Herald, the Associated Press and Parkway, a Dallas magazine.
He was in the United States Marine Corps from 1953 to 1956.