Stephen J. Simurda
STEPHEN J. SIMURDA is a lecturer in Journalism and a freelance magazine writer. Simurda earned a bachelor?s degree from Hampshire College and a master?s degree from the School of Journalism at Columbia University (1983). He has worked for newspapers in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and California. He also worked in the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press from 1984?86. Since then he has worked as a freelance journalist for dozens of newspapers and magazines, including: The Washington Post, Boston Globe and Globe Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, Columbia Journalism Review, Lingua Franca, Mother Jones, Worldbusiness, and Yankee. He has served as associate director of the United States Gambling Research Institute, and was a candidate for president of the National Writers Union. He served as a Fulbright professor in the Slovak Republic. He has been teaching at UMass since 1993. Simurda teaches magazine article writing, media criticism, and courses on the literature of journalism.
 
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