Communication's Igoe speaks to WBEN about Grand Island school's free speech debate

Wednesday March 19, 2014Michael Barone
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Communication's Mike Igoe was a recent guest on WBEN's "Hardline" in Buffalo. Dr. Igoe, a former journalist and an attorney, was invited to speak about the debate happening within the Grand Island (N.Y.) School District, in which a student was suspended after refusing to remove a t-shirt which displayed the logo of the National Rifle Association. The debate surrounds the issues of free speech, the extent of K-12 student rights, and the increasing sensitivities and scrutiny, regionally and nationally, surrounding fire arms.

You can hear the entire interview here.

Igoe joined Fredonia as assistant professor of Journalism this past fall, after spending the previous three years teaching journalism at United International College in Zhuhai, China. He previously taught journalism for five years as an adjunct professor at SUNY Buffalo State.

For 30 years, he was a television consumer reporter at network affiliated stations in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa.; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; and, Buffalo, N.Y. At WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, he was well known for his "2 On Your Side" feature that solved problems for viewers. His areas of expertise are broadcast journalism, convergent journalism, and media law. In addition, he is also the author of two books published by McGraw Hill: “Blending East and West: Understanding the Changing Chinese Society” and “Painless Presenting Made Easy."

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