Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Cressman came to the U.S. via a swimming scholarship from BYU. After his continued education, his love for the University brought him back to BYU. He now provides engaging class discussion filled with animated detail and humor to teach BYU communications students.
Cressman has worked as a newspaper reporter in Saskatoon, as a television news producer in South Bend, Indiana; as an executive producer in Waco, Texas and Salt Lake City; as a managing editor in Green Bay, Wisconsin; and as a line up editor at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Cressman was an assistant teaching professor at Brigham Young University and news director of KBYU-TV and KBYU-FM between 1993 and 1996. He left BYU for a season to work on a PhD in communications at University of Utah, which he completed in 2003. He has also taught at Utah State University and Lyndon State College of Vermont.
Cressman has published articles in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journalism History, American Journalism, Electronic News, and the Journal of Children and Media. In addition, he has published book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews. In 2009, Dr. Cressman's research on the history of Times Square was highlighted in the Columbia Journalism Review. He is currently writing a biography of Elmer W. Lower, best known as President of ABC News.
He was a chief liaison for the Host Broadcaster during the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games. In 2008, he produced BYU-TV's worldwide coverage of President Hinckley's funeral. Cressman is a past division chair for the Broadcast Education Association and is currently the historian of the American Journalism Historians Association. In 2010 he was named the Broadcast Education Association's 2012 Convention Program Chair. He is a corresponding editor for Journalism History and on the editorial board for Electronic News.
In April 2010 Dr. Cressman was named Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies in the BYU Department of Communications.
According to Best Online Universities, Dr. Cressman placed in the top 100 Web Savvy Professors in the world in 2013. Also in 2013, Dr. Cressman was featured on BYU Radio's Classical 89. He discussed his latetst book, 1963: The Year that Changed America.
Works and Writings
- (2009) From Newspaper Row to Times Square: The dispersal and contested identity of an imagined journalistic community. Journalism history 34(4).
- With Mark Callister, Tom Robinson, and Chris Near (2009). Swearing in the cinema: An analysis of profanity in teen-oriented movies, 1980-2006. Journal of children and media 3(2).
- With Lisa Swenson (2007). The pigskin and the picture tube: The National Football League's first season on the CBS Television Network. Journal of broadcasting & electronic media 51(3).
- (2007). Fighting for access: ABC's 1965-66 feud with NASA. American journalism 24(3).
- Russia: Hidden Memory. Available through BYU Creative Works
- Cressman, Dale. Personal Interview. 4 Oct. 2007.
- Dale Cressman's web page
- "Outreach Program Video Collection." Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. 2007. Harvard University. 9 Nov. 2007. <http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~nrc/video.html>.