July 27, 2022

The editors of American Journalism, the peer-reviewed quarterly journal of the American Journalism Historians Association, have announced Madeleine Liseblad of California State University Long Beach as the winner of the 2022 Rising Scholar Award.

Liseblad receives this honor and $2,000 award in recognition of her research on radio and television broadcaster Clete Roberts. She will receive the award during the AJHA’s 41st annual convention, Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Memphis.

“I want to show that media history research can and should go beyond print-based journalism and big names and big events in broadcasting,” Liseblad said. “There are so many fantastic regional broadcasters who have accomplished great things but whose stories have not yet been told. It is wonderful that American Journalism and AJHA see value in my kind of research. I deeply appreciate the support.”

Nicholas Hirshon, associate editor of American Journalism, said he is excited that Liseblad plans to examine the life of a lesser-known regional journalist, a welcome foray into broadcast journalism history.

“I hope this award helps her toward the tenure that her record of teaching, research, and service clearly demonstrates that she deserves,” Hirshon said.
The Rising Scholar Award winner is chosen annually by the editors of American Journalism. The award is designed for scholars who show promise in extending their research agendas.

Founded in 1981, the American Journalism Historians Association seeks to advance education and research in mass communication history. Members work to raise historical standards and ensure that all scholars and students recognize the vast importance of media history and apply this knowledge to the advancement of society. For more information on AJHA, visit

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