Southwest District Director
Marcus Ashlock, Ph.D., purchased The Syracuse Journal in the fall of 2010 after leaving Kansas State University as an assistant professor of Agricultural Communications & Journalism, as well as a member of the graduate faculty of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism & Mass Communication.
He recently sold the newspaper and now is serving as editor emeritus of the Leader&Times in Liberal.
At K-State, he created courses on Crisis Communications and New Media Technology. He also taught an upper level graduate course on Scientific Communication, designed to teach scholars how to disseminate their research to lay audiences.
His publishing career began early on as he served as editor of both his high school and college publications. He holds a B.S. in Ag Economics from Arkansas State University, a M.A. in Interpersonal and organizational Communication from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Communications from Oklahoma State University.
His dissertation focused on agroterrorism and the media source preferences and source trust during an agricultural industry related crisis. In addition to three refereed journal articles on media related issues to agroterrorism, he as also authored a media framing analysis on the first U.S. Mad Cow incident.
Prior to entering print media, he spent four years at K-State, three years of graduate school at Oklahoma State as a Homeland Security research assistant, and 8.5 years at Tyson Foods, Inc., leaving in 2003 as a corporate trainer for leadership and management development training.