Len O’Kelly, visiting professor in the School of Communications, was inducted into the Michigan State University chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha (KTA), an honor society for journalism and mass communication scholars. KTA is one of the oldest such honor societies in the nation, founded in 1910. There are 95 journalism schools with KTA chapters, and Michigan State is the only one in the state of Michigan. Most chapters are at schools accredited by the Accrediting Council on Journalism and Mass Communication Education.
To be eligible for membership, Doctoral students must have received no more than two course grades of B in their Ph.D. program, with A grades in all other courses, and must have completed all requirements for the degree but dissertation (ABD).
For the last three years O’Kelly has been completing doctoral study while teaching at GVSU. He plans to defend his dissertation in March of 2016. His area of study is broadcasting history, and is writing about the influence that top 40 radio stations in large cities had over the programming in smaller cities where those stations could be heard. Before teaching at Grand Valley O’Kelly spent 27 years in radio, and is still heard as a news anchor in Northern Michigan and Merced, California.