Geoffrey Baym (Ph.D., University of Utah, 2001) is an associate professor interested in the intersections among news media, public affairs, politics, and popular culture. His classes and research explore the nature of the media, and the ways in which different kinds of media influence how we know about, talk about, and act within the world. In the Department of Media Studies, he teaches courses such as Media Theory, News Analysis, and Video Journalism. In his scholarship, Baym writes about the changing styles and standards of news media and American political discourse. He is the author of From Cronkite to Colbert: The Evolution of Broadcast News (Paradigm, 2009) and numerous journal articles and book chapters on The Daily Show and other hybrid forms of public affairs media.