Ray Gamache is an assistant professor of journalism in the department of Mass Communications at King’s College. Ray received his Ph.D. from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland-College Park in 2008. Prior to coming to King’s, Ray taught at liberal arts colleges in Minnesota and New Hampshire for more than twenty years. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in English from West Virginia University. He began working in journalism for his hometown newspaper, the Nashua Telegraph, while in high school. He will represent the department in developing the Times-Leader online community news site.
Ray is the author of several books, including A History of Sports Highlights: Replayed Plays from Edison to ESPN, which was published in 2010 by McFarland Publishers, and The Water Is Wide: Notre Dame College’s Journey, 1976-2000, published by the Luceat Press. He has also edited two books, including Under the Bridge: Stories and Poems by Manchester’s Homeless and The Living Fire: Selected Poetry of Leo E. O’Neil, 1973-1997. Ray’s research interests include sports media and journalism history. He has two book chapters that will be published in the next year, including “Confronting the Canon: ESPN’s ‘Greatest Highlight with Chris Berman’ Contest and the Manufacturing of History,” which is being published in A Mirror of Our Culture: Sport and Society in America by the St. Norbert College Press, and “Sports as Spectacle: Early Athletes as Popular Cultural Icons,” in American History through American Sports: From Colonial Lacrosse to Extreme Sports, published by Praeger Press.
Ray has published journal articles in American Journalism, the Journal of Sports Media, Studies in Symbolic Interaction and West Virginia Philological Papers. He reviews manuscripts for American Journalism and the Sports Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication; he is also a member of the American Journalism Historians Association and the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.