David Boardman
David Boardman
Department: Dean’s Office
Annenberg Hall, Room 334


David Boardman is dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple University. He has academic and financial responsibility for one of the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in the world, with more than 3,000 students and 250 faculty members. In his three years as dean, he has raised nearly $7 million for the school and has led major strategic initiatives that have raised its profile and its standing.

Previously, Boardman was executive editor and senior vice president of The Seattle Times, the largest news organization in the Pacific Northwest. Under his leadership, The Times won four Pulitzer Prizes and produced 10 Pulitzer finalists.

Boardman personally has been the recipient of numerous other major national awards, including the National Ethics Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Goldsmith Prize in Investigative Reporting from Harvard University, the Worth Bingham Prize in Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and the Associated Press Managing Editors Public Service Award.

He is chair of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the incoming president of the American Society of News Editors Foundation. He also serves on the boards of the Institute for Journalism in New Media, the Solutions Journalism Network, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, and on the advisory boards of ProPublica, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and Investigative Reporting Denmark. He also serves on the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and is its immediate past president.

Boardman also is a past president and board member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the American Society of News Editors, and served as chair of the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He is a Poynter Ethics Fellow and a former member of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Board and has served four times as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes.

Boardman has conducted seminars for journalists in Belgium, Bosnia, Denmark, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Turkey and.Ukraine.

He is a member of the Temple University Press Board of Review.

Before joining The Times in 1983, Boardman was a reporter and editor at several papers in the Northwest, and worked on a construction project in Liberia, West Africa. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and has a graduate degree from the University of Washington. He is an inductee of both the Medill Alumni Hall of Achievement and the University of Washington Communications Hall of Fame.

He has volunteered as a youth basketball coach and has served on advisory boards supporting music and journalism programs in public schools.

He is married to Barbara Winslow Boardman, a writer and editor, and they have two daughters. He enjoys cooking, hiking, kayaking, music, reading, wine, travel, yoga and cheering on the Temple Owls. He also hopes Northwestern will make it into the NCAA basketball tournament before he dies.