WSU Legend Glenn Johnson To Retire - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

WSU Legend Glenn Johnson To Retire

PULLMAN, Wash. - Broadcast professor Glenn Johnson will begin to phase into retirement after more than three decades of teaching at WSU beginning this summer.

"The schedule coming up this year is going to be rather busy at city hall," Johnson said. "And it's just the fact I've been doing it (for) 33 years I think it's time to take a break."  

Johnson said he knows that he cannot continue to balance his current city and university workload in the fall 2012 semester.  

"I figured I'd give (the university) a good 6 months notice and let them know that I'm planning to phase out but not completely finish teaching," he said. 

"Phasing out" means that he will only be working 50 percent of his current workload, he said. Beginning next fall he will still be on campus, but only teaching the broadcast management class and advising students. 

"I just won't be teaching like I'm doing right now, five days a week, and basically doing the news class which is every night of the week," Johnson said.  

Everything will stay the same from now until the end of summer session, he said. When he comes back in the fall he will only be teaching one class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Going from full-time to part-time teaching will be a nice transition, he said.

He has had so many great students that have gone through his class and are now great friends, he said. He enjoyed the numerous emails and Facebook messages wishing him happy birthday this week on Jan. 10.  

"I got, I think, close to over 400 greetings of happy birthday from former students, a lot of Cougar fans, the Pirates of the Palouse and all the other groups we're a part of," Johnson said. "So it was really nice (and) it was very special."  

The best advice Johnson gives to future broadcast journalism students is to always treat their sources fairly, he said. One of the biggest problems he has with the news outlets of today is they are too opinion oriented. 

"That is exactly what I want a journalist to do: treat their sources fairly (and) not with any particular motive behind them and do the best job they possibly can," Johnson said. "Journalism is not something you just sit back and do, it takes work, to do it right it takes work."

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