Dr. Ralph Izard, founder of Media Diversity Forum, is professor emeritus, both at Ohio University and at Louisiana State University. Izard was on the faculty at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, where he served as director for 12 years, and at the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU, serving as interim dean for one year. He specializes in ethics, First Amendment and journalistic writing. He was a Freedom Forum fellow at the Media Studies Center in New York from 1998-99 and editor of the Newspaper Research Journal, 1988-2000.