Stephen H. Goforth, M.A.

Professor of Journalism

Stephen Goforth teaches multimedia journalism, news writing, reporting, and digital newsgathering. To help students better grasp the move toward digital communication, he authored a textbook titled Media Shift: Journalism in a Connected World. He stepped into teaching after working more than seven years at CNN as an anchor, writer, and producer covering stories such as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He shared in the network’s Peabody Award for Hurricane Katrina coverage and DuPont Award for coverage of the tsunami disaster in South Asia, as well as an Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of the Middle East conflict. He contributed to the network’s Emmy award-winning coverage of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and CNN’s post 9/11 coverage, which earned an Overseas Press Club Award. He launched his media career in radio and went on to earn his master's degree in journalism from The American University in Washington, D.C. While in the nation’s capital, he anchored radio network news for Salem Radio Network and worked in a variety of TV positions covering Congress and the federal courts.


  • M.A., Journalism, The American University
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of South Alabama
  • B.A., Communication, University of South Alabama

Courses Taught

  • American Writers I – LIT 256
  • College Writing Composition – WRI 110
  • College Composition: Research – WRI 115
  • Yearbook – WRI 217
  • Introduction to Journalism, – WRI 250
  • Broadcast Writing – WRI 312
  • Media Law and Ethics – WRI 340
  • Public Relations Writing – WRI 355
  • Editing – WRI 345
  • Internships – WRI 470
  • Media Portfolio – WRI 490
  • Introduction to Media  – COM 150
  • Long–Form Broadcast News – COM 414

Experience in Field

  • CNN anchor, producer, reporter, writer
  • Associated Press, political editor
  • Goforth Solutions, data intelligence research
  • Salem Radio Network, anchor, reporter, editor
  • Voter News Service, state manager
  • America’s Voice, reporter, producer
  • Conus Communication, producer
  • Channel 21 TV News, writer, reporter
  • Lake City Educational Service, consultant
  • Goforth Media, VP programming

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Board Member, San Diego Society of Professional Journalists

Awards and Honors

  • Edward R. Murrow Award (for CNN's coverage of the Middle East conflict)
  • Peabody Award (for CNN’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath)
  • DuPont Award (for CNN’s coverage of the South Asia tsunami disaster)
  • Overseas Press Club Award (for CNN's post-9/11 coverage)
  • Emmy Award (for CNN's coverage of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks)

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Media Shift: Journalism in a Connected World, First Edition
  • Media Shift: Journalism in a Connected World, Second Edition
  • Media Shift: Journalism in a Connected World, Third Edition
  • Models for a Multimedia Curriculum