Dave Umhoefer
Mr. Dave UmhoeferMarquette University

Johnston Hall, Room 102

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
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Director, O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism


B.A., Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983

Courses Taught

JOUR 4150 Investigative Reporting
JOUR 4932 Advanced Topics in Journalism
JOUR 4953 Seminar in Journalism
JOUR 4310 Communication of Urban Issues

Research Interests

Political Rhetoric
Hyperlocal News
Civic leadership
Media Literacy
Fact Checking
Press and Politics

Professional Experience

Investigative reporter, editor and political reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Milwaukee Journal, 1985 to present

Professional Affiliations

Investigative Reporters and Editors member
Milwaukee Press Club member

Honors and Awards

  • Pulitzer Prize winner, 2008, Local Reporting
  • 2014 Distinguished Wisconsin Watchdog Award, from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council and Madison Professional Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists
  • American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) Award finalist, deadline work by team, Brookfield church shooting, 2006
  • Distinguished Service to Journalism Award, UW-Madison, 2009
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Annual Staff Excellence Award, 2007
  • Best Beat Reporter, Milwaukee Magazine. 2005
  • Outstanding U.S. media Award for “Broken Promises” series on deinstitutionalization, National Alliance for Mentally Ill, 2001
  • Freedom of Information Award, Society of Professional Journalists, Milwaukee Chapter, 1999
  • Milwaukee Press Club and Wisconsin Newspaper Association awards; various

Why Marquette

Marquette’s mission to educate and train students to live as community-minded, public-service oriented citizens coincides with my professional interest in deep-dive journalism that points out inequities while seeking to identify best practices.