Dr. Bird has joined the Young America’s Foundation team as academic director for the National Journalism Center where he works with interns from around the nation, training them in journalism and writing as well as placing them with national media outlets.
After pursuing a newspaper career for seven years, Dr. Bird returned to the academy, earning both a master’s and doctorate in communication with emphasis in journalism. He worked for the past 16 years in academia as a journalism fellow, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and adviser to student publications.
Dr. Bird pursued an active freelance writing career before taking his position as academic director, publishing articles with ESPN, Fox, CBS, NBC, The Baltimore Sun, The New York Times, and other national media through The Associated Press.
He also freelanced for publications in Washington D.C., Boston, Richmond, Roanoke, and a number of small-town newspapers. As an academic, Dr. Bird publishes journalism history, focusing on Civil War journalism and sports journalism.
March marked the 25th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s speech that launched the Strategic Defense Initiative program, one that hoped to create a defensive space shield from incoming nuclear missiles.
After months of lobbying and five months following an assassin’s attempt on his life, President Reagan headed for his beloved Rancho del Cielo where he signed the Economic Recovery Tax Act into law on August 13, 1981.
On this 20th anniversary of the day Ronald Reagan dared Mikhail Gorbachev to “Tear Down this Wall” while standing at the Brandenburg Gate, one needs only to read a few headlines from the week that followed to capture the angst of some in the Cold War press.