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Reilly, Tom (1935-2002) | Special Collections & Archives

Name: Reilly, Tom (1935-2002)
Variant Name: Tom Reilly
Fuller Form: Dr. Thomas W. Reilly


Historical Note:

Dr. Thomas W. Reilly was a faculty member at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) from 1969-2001. He made numerous contributions to the growth and development of the University as the chairperson of the Journalism Department, founding editor of Journalism History, Acting Director of Public Affairs, and as Director of the Urban Archive Center, 1987-1990.

Prior to his career at CSUN, Reilly was a working journalist with the Van Nuys News (now the Daily News) for many years. He also spent some time as the public information officer for Los Angeles City Schools. Immediately preceding his tenure at CSUN he volunteered with the Peace Corps, spending a year in India.

Reilly received his master’s degree from the University of Oregon (1970) and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota (1975). Sabbatical leave included time in India, China, Thailand, and Burma. Reilly was respected among journalism historians, and was considered an expert on American journalism during the Mexican War period (1846-1848). He was co-founder of the West Coast Journalism Historians Association.






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