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2012 BEA Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship Presented to Professor Dale Kunkel


2012 BEA Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship Presented to Professor Dale Kunkel

Washington, D.C. – Dale Kunkel Ph.D., University of Arizona, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship (formerly called the Distinguished Scholar Award).

Dale Kunkel (Ph.D., Annenberg School, University of Southern California, 1984) is Professor of Communication at the University of Arizona. Kunkel has studied children and media issues for more than 25 years. He is a former Congressional Science Fellow, and has testified as an expert witness at more than a dozen hearings before the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission. His research has examined such topics as children’s educational programming, the effects of televised violence, media and sexual socialization, and the effects of advertising on children. In 2006, Dr. Kunkel served on a National Academy of Sciences committee that issued a major report on the issue of food marketing to children and its contribution to childhood obesity.

Over his career, Kunkel has received research grants totaling more than $5 million from a diverse range of sources, including government agencies, the media industry, and public health philanthropies such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. He was recently named a Fellow of the Morris Udall Center for Public Policy Studies, and also received the International Communication Association’s career award for Outstanding Public Policy Research.

BEA’s Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship (LAS) recognizes significant contributions to research and scholarship involving broadcast and electronic media. Recipients are evidenced by related extensive publication in books and leading journals, for at least twenty years. The LAS will be awarded to Professor Dale Kunkel at BEA's annual convention in Las Vegas during a ceremony and reception on the evening of Sunday, April 15th at the Las Vegas Hotel. He will be giving a formal presentation, Linking Children and Media Research to Public Policy Debates, to convention attendees the morning of Monday, April 16th.