Keynote Addresses: Professor Michael Tracey

Professor of Communication, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA


'Murder, Media Mayhem and the Condition of Culture:

The Cases of JonBenet Ramsey and Madeleine McCann'


Michael Tracey has been Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Colorado at Boulder since 1988. He was formerly Head of the London-based Broadcasting Research Unit 1981-8, then Britain's leading think tank dealing with media issues. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Leicester Centre for Mass Communications Research 1975-81, a Trustee of the International Institute of Communications 1991-8, and Visiting Professor and Chair of International Communications at the University of Salford 1994-9.  His books include a biography of Sir Hugh Greene, former Director General of the BBC, A Variety of Lives: a Biography of Sir Hugh Greene (1983) and The Decline and Fall of Public Service Broadcasting (1998).


His 2008 Scholars and Rogues online book From Christmas to August: An Essay on Murder, Media Mayhem and the Condition of the Culture is about his decade-long involvement in the case of JonBenet Ramsey.  He is currently working on a book of essays, Lost in a Haunted Wood: Politics, Culture and the Question of Language in 21st Century America and writing the authorized biography of the life and times of the legendary British broadcaster Donald Baverstock. His work for television has included a series of documentaries, with his friend and colleague David Mills, which have appeared in the UK on Channel Four, ITV, and the American networks CBS, Court TV and A&E.