Wednesday 20 February 2019

Professor Dobbo: RTE news anchor gets three-year top job at University of Limerick

Bryan Dobson
Bryan Dobson

RTÉ News anchor Bryan Dobson is off to college.

Mr Dobson (53) has been appointed as Adjunct Professor of Public Service Broadcast Journalism at The University of Limerick (UL).

He will take up his appointment on September 1 for a three-year period.

As Adjunct Professor of Public Service Broadcast Journalism, Bryan Dobson will lecture in public service broadcast policy and broadcast journalism.

In a statement today, UL said: “This is an honorary position and Mr Dobson will continue to work for the State broadcaster RTÉ.”

UL’s Professor Margaret Harper said “University of Limerick journalism students will now be working alongside one of the most recognised names, and a trusted face, in Irish broadcasting.”

“Anyone considering a career in journalism will now have the opportunity to be trained by some of the best journalists in the country - including Bryan Dobson - at the University of Limerick.”

Professor Dobson will join former The Irish Times editor Geraldine Kennedy and Sunday Times columnist Justine McCarthy, who are also Adjunct Professors of Journalism at the University of Limerick.

He also joins the recently appointed Frank McCourt Chair of Creative Writing, award-winning novelist Joe O’Connor, who will lead the MA Creative Writing programme at the University of Limerick from September next.

During his career, Dobson has reported from around the world for RTÉ including the first free elections in South Africa in 1994; US presidential inaugurations since the mid-1990s; the 9/11 attacks in New York; the London Tube bombings; the Good Friday Agreement and ongoing Anglo Irish relations; as well as the most important Irish stories of the last 20 years.

He has also worked on a number of RTÉ documentary programmes including The Madness from Within, an account of the Irish Civil War; and more recently Witnesses to War, which featured interviews with Irish veterans of the Second World War.

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