Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Dale Cressman came to the U.S. via a swimming scholarship from BYU. After his continued education, his love for the University brought him back to BYU. In the classroom, he provides engaging class discussion filled with animated detail and humor to teach BYU communications students. He served as Associate Chair of the Communications Department from 2010 until 2015; he was named Associate Director when the department became the School of Communications in 2015.
Dr. Cressman has worked as a television news producer in South Bend, Indiana; as an executive producer in Waco, Texas, and Salt Lake City; as a managing editor in Green Bay, Wisconsin; and as a line-up editor at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In 1995, he produced the Emmy Award winning documentary “Russia: Hidden Memory.” He was a chief liaison for the Host Broadcaster during the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games. In 2008, he produced BYU-TV’s worldwide coverage of President Hinckley’s funeral.
Dr. Cressman serves on editorial boards for three academic journals and has published articles in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journalism History, American Journalism, and the Journal of Children and Media. In 2009, his research on the history of Times Square was highlighted in the Columbia Journalism Review. He has also published book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews. Dr. Cressman served as program chair of the 2012 convention of the Broadcast Education Association. He is a past divisional chair for BEA and is currently the historian of the American Journalism Historians Association.
Before coming to BYU in 1993, he was an assistant professor and television news director at Lyndon State College in Vermont. He was an assistant teaching professor at BYU and news director of KBYU-TV and FM between 1993 and 1996. He earned a Ph.D. at the University of Utah in 2003. Before returning to BYU in 2000, he taught at Utah State University for three years.
He is married to Rebecca Cressman, a Salt Lake City broadcaster. They have three adult sons and a golden doodle.