Robert Buckman is professor of communication at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, teaching reporting, feature writing, editing, and a graduate seminar in Media and Democracy. He holds a BA in journalism and political science and a MA in political science from Texas Christian University and a doctorate in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
A veteran of the free-wheeling days of Texas journalism of the 1960s, ’70s, and ‘80s, he was a reporter for the Arlington Citizen-Journal and the Fort Worth Press and covered the Texas Legislature in the ‘80s for the weekly Fort Worth News-Tribune. He was an editor for the Foreign Broadcast Information Service from 1974-80, including three months in Panama and 29 months in Paraguay.
He joined the UL Lafayette faculty in 1989, and served a one-semester Fulbright Fellowship teaching public affairs reporting at Catholic University of Chile in 1991. From 1989-2009, he covered elections in Latin America and Louisiana as a freelancer for several different newspapers, and he has written about threats to press freedom in Latin America for Quill.
He has dedicated his declining years to upholding the standards of quality journalism.