Department of Communication
John Bakke
bakkeJohn Bakke is Professor Emeritus at the University of Memphis, and a respected and successful political communication consultant and media political analyst in the Mid-South. He has served as Communication and Research Director for numerous Tennessee campaigns including those for Congressmen Harold Ford, Sr. & Jr., Governor Don Sundquist, and Mayors Bill Morris, AC Wharton, and Mark Luttrell. He was a member of the Department of Communication from 1967 to 1999, serving 9 years as Chair. Bakke founded courses in Political and Interracial Communication and designed the original university-wide requirement in Oral Communication and the Department's Ph.D. Program. He received a Tennessee Speech Communication Award in 1990 for Communication Educator of the Year and in 1993 as Communicator of the Year. In 2006, Bakke received the University of Memphis' Martin Luther King Human Rights Award. He earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Address from The University of Iowa in 1966.

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