Former MU professor, KOMU news director Rod Gelatt dies

3 weeks 12 hours 41 minutes ago Tuesday, January 28 2020 Jan 28, 2020 Tuesday, January 28, 2020 11:48:00 AM CST January 28, 2020 in News
By: Steve Lambson, KOMU 8 News Content Manager
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COLUMBIA - Missouri School of Journalism Professor Emeritus Rod Gelatt died January 19 at the age of 93.

Gelatt joined the MU faculty in 1963, and for much of his time served as news director of both KBIA and KOMU.

Gelatt played a key role in implementing students into the major work of the newscasts, creating the foundation for the Missouri Method the School is known for today. 

He produced and moderated KOMU's Missouri Forum, and created KBIA's Views of the News in 1994, which still runs today. 

Gelatt also guided KOMU 8 through the switch from black and white to color broadcasting.

In 2016, the Missouri School of Journalism honored Gelatt with an endowment to offer support to KBIA.

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