Dave Waddell knows he will have spent exactly 15.5 years working at Chico State when he retires in December 2011. However, he needs a calculator before stating his 39-year marriage to Karen Waddell.
Waddell is a professional in-residence, journalism professor and adviser to the student-newspaper, The Orion.
Waddell grew up reading newspapers. His father was
a printer for The Fresno Bee, and later his brother also
worked for The Bee.
In a span of five short years,
the number of Latinos in the predominately white news-editorial option of Chico State’s journalism
major has doubled. This increased
their presence to almost a quarter
of the option.
These figures are not merely coincidental.
Spring 2006 marked a turning point in the push for diversity in the Chico State journalism department. After a re-accreditation review, it was suggested that the department engage
in a focused recruitment effort in the nation’s most diverse state, said Dave Waddell....