Gene Burd

Gene Burd
Gene Burd has for 40 years taught and done research in urban communication at Texas, Minnesota and Marquette, where he served in the Center for Study of the American Press, after his Ph.D. (1964) at Northwestern, where he worked in the Center for Metropolitan Studies, after pursuing degrees in political science and journalism at Iowa and UCLA (BA, MS), where he studied on a fellowship from the Los Angeles Times, after leaving the rural Missouri Ozarks in the mid-1940s to live in East Los Angeles.

Dr. Burd was a journalist for the Kansas City Star, Houston Chronicle, Albuquerque Journal and suburban newspapers in Los Angeles and Chicago. He was an adviser to Milwaukee Mayor Henry Maier, a consultant to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Council and Denver Urban Observatory, and on the city planning information staff of Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago in the early l960s, when he was one of the last residents of Jane Addams’ Hull-House before the immigrant settlement was demolished by urban renewal.

His research on cities and media has appeared in the Journal of Urban Affairs, Nation’s Cities, National Civic Review, Urban Affairs Annual Reviews, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Mass Comm Review, Journalism Quarterly, Journalism History, and American National Biography. He has led numerous urban communication initiatives and presented research to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the National Communication Association, the International Communication Association, as well as to scholarly groups in sociology, political and social science, cultural and minority studies.