Brett Oppegaard

Washington State University Vancouver

Brett Oppegaard, PhD, assistant professor of communication at Washington State University Vancouver, has taught a wide range of classes related to journalism and communication while developing a research expertise in net locality, or mobile place-based media. For more than a decade, he served as a staff writer for daily newspapers, earning several national, regional and state awards in the process. He also advised college newspapers during that time and developed industry initiatives into various new forms of journalism, including experimenting with digital delivery methods. He was chosen for a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship as a journalist and later earned a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Start-Up Grant as a scholar for his innovative mobile media partnership with the National Park Service. He now works in The Creative Media and Digital Culture program at WSU Vancouver, in partnership with The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU Pullman, and his research specialty of mobile media has led him to explore ways in which journalism and mediated interpretation can expand into scholarly place-based forms, through locative media, augmented reality and mixed reality.