Jared Johnson is an assistant professor at BYU in the department of Communications. He teaches sections of television news producing, media and their audiences, international media systems and the introductory communications course.
He is also researching the demand for local TV programming in Latin America. Early results of his work show that local programming enhances people’s sense of local identity and that they prefer local programs to foreign shows.
When he was a child, his parents were hall advisers of a BYU girls’ dorm, and he’s bled Cougar Blue ever since.
Johnson graduated from Weber State in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communication and political science. He went on to earn a master’s degree from Ohio University in 1997 and is completing his dissertation for a Ph.D. in public communication from Georgia State University.
Johnson looks forward to building on the department’s history of involving alumni in speaking and working with students. Alumni who work in the communications field can become invaluable resources for students.
“Nothing can replace that experience in the eyes of the students,” he said.
Outside the classroom, Johnson enjoys playing and coaching sports. His own 12-year-old son is an avid Cougar fan. Johnson is a native of Sandy, Utah, and he and his wife, Elisa, are the parents of one son and three daughters.