Matthew C. Ehrlich, journalism professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, is an associate director of the Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture (IJPC), a project of the Norman Lear Center at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California.
Ehrlich holds a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Missouri, a master's in journalism from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D in communications from Illinois. He worked as a journalist for public radio stations in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois before entering academia. Ehrlich assumed his current position at Illinois in 1992 after teaching for a year at the University of Oklahoma. He is a two-time winner of the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Illinois' College of Communications.
His newest book, Journalism in the Movies, was published in hardback in 2004 and in paperback in 2006 by the University of Illinois Press. The book was named an Outstanding Title by the Association of American University Presses. Ehrlich's research on journalism and popular culture has also appeared in Journalism & Communication Monographs, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, the Journal of Communication Inquiry, the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, American Journalism, the Journal of Radio Studies, and Mass Comm Review. Ehrlich also has appeared on many IJPC panels at AEJMC, ICA, Popular Culture Association and other international and national communication-journalism conferences.