Monday, March 28, 2016
An Ohio native (and great Cleveland Indians fan), Baughman received his BA in history at Harvard University in 1974. He earned his MA, M.Phil. and Ph.D. in history at Columbia.
Baughman's scholarly work includes four books: Television’s Guardians: The Federal Communications Commission and the Politics of Programming, 1958-1967 (1985); Henry R. Luce and the Rise of the Modern American News Media (1987; rev. ed., 2001); The Republic of Mass Culture: Journalism, Filmmaking and Broadcasting in America since 1941 (1992; 3rd ed. 2006); and Same Time, Same Station: Creating American Television, 1948-1961 (2007). At the time of his death, he was working on a history of journalism and presidential politics since 1960.
Baughman was a much-loved and highly respected teacher, as the tributes from colleagues and students attest. For a sampling, see the postings from the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism; the Milwaukee Journal- Sentinal; the Wisconsin State Journal; and comments from the many students and friends who took to Twitter to express their feelings.