Russ Eshleman


Russ Eshleman

Associate Teaching Professor, Head of the Department of Journalism

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  • Public Affairs Journalism
  • Pennsylvania Government and Politics


  • Bachelor's: West Virginia University



Russell Eshleman teaches basic reporting methods, opinion writing, news media ethics and in-depth reporting. Prior to his arrival at Penn State, he spent 15 years with The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he was Harrisburg bureau chief and state political writer.

In 1992, he won a distinguished writing award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Two articles honored by that award were reproduced in a 2006 book titled “America’s Best Newspaper Writing: A Collection of ASNE Prize Winners.” After leaving the Inquirer, Eshleman wrote a column on Pennsylvania government and politics that appeared in a handful of newspapers across the state. In 2007, his column was awarded a first place in the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association’s annual Keystone Press Awards for newspapers.

He has been a frequent commentator on Pennsylvania government and politics for radio and television public affairs programs. Eshleman is a graduate of West Virginia University, has worked as managing editor of and as an editor and reporter at the Lancaster (Pa.) New Era and Gettysburg (Pa.) Times.

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Russ Eshleman
20 Carnegie Building
University Park, PA 16802