Josh Letner joined the Department of Communication in the fall of 2012. He teaches undergraduate courses in advertising , public relations, mass communication, as well as research procedures in communication. A native of Southeast Kansas, Josh lives in Pittsburg with his wife Jennifer.
Mr. Letner’s professional experience includes work as a general assignment reporter for the Joplin Globe in Joplin, Missouri. Josh covered the community’s recovery from the May 22, 2011 tornado that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and claimed 161 lives. He was awarded by the Southern Newspaper Publishers’ Association and the Missouri Press Association for his work in the aftermath of the storm. Josh also has professional experience in both radio and television broadcasting and newswriting.
Josh is a life-long fan of Gorilla football and attends every game he can. He and Jennifer enjoy backpacking, canoeing, and mountain biking. Josh also enjoys cooking and watching as much football as possible.
Mr. Letner’s research interests include the study and preservation of PSU’s collection of The Appeal to Reason. The Appeal was a Socialist newspaper printed in Girard, Kansas in the first two decades of the 20th century. At one point, the Appeal had more subscribers nationwide than the New York Times. The physical copies stored within the Axe Library Special Collections are deteriorating due to age and the composition of the paper on which they were printed. The history of the American Socialist movement is often overlooked, but it is a part of the colorful heritage of Southeast Kansas and is worthy of both preservation and study. It is Mr. Letner’s hope to involve students and university archivists in the preservation of these unique historical artifacts.
Emphases and Certifications
Advertising, Public Relations, Mass Media Research
B.S., Communication, Pittsburg State University, 2009; M.A., Communication, Pittsburg State University, 2010.