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Communication professor earns award for opinion pieces 

Richard M. Perloff, Ph.D., Cleveland State University professor of communication and political science, earned statewide recognition from the Press Club of Cleveland for three essays he wrote. The Press Club praised Dr. Perloff’s opinion pieces, which were published in The Plain Dealer in 2019, and presented him a Best in Ohio Essay Writing award at its recent All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards event. 

Dr. Perloff is a 40-year member of the communication faculty at CSU. His award-winning essays were titled: “Despite the naysaying, school busing worked”; “In an everything-goes online world, we need old-fashioned, bootstrap journalists more than ever”; and “The border wall stalemate is nothing compared to Brexit crisis, and what it reveals about western democracies’ populist revolts.” Of the latter essay, the Press Club awards judges called the piece “…so thought-provoking and well stated. Challenges the reader in unexpected, searing ways.” 

“What I find most gratifying about the pieces that I write is the ability to take people outside their own issues in their own lives and into the issues that we face as a country,” said Dr. Perloff. 

“And academics like me get the chance to do that—to make people think outside the box and to open people’s eyes to what was once obscured from their view. I am honored to be given this award primarily because it is an award for getting people to think. 

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