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Mark Siebert

Department Chair of Multimedia Communication, Associate Professor of Multimedia Communication, and Director of Simpson Student Media
Mark Siebert brings his experience as a news reporter to the Multimedia Communication Department at Simpson and advises the various student media news outlets on campus.



Mark Siebert took a bit different path to academe than most. He spent the first half of his working life as a newspaper reporter – at small town weeklies, at metropolitan dailies and, most recently, as a general assignment reporter for The Des Moines Register. Now, he enjoys teaching writing, mentoring students and connecting them with the many media professionals in central Iowa and beyond.



  • Writing
  • News reporting
  • U.S. media law
  • College student media



  • 2017 ICMA College Media News Outlet of the Year, The Simpsonian

  • Two ICMA College Journalists of the Year
  • Scripps Howard 2000 National Distinguished Service to the First Amendment Award
  • Nominated for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize by The Des Moines Register for coverage of the death of Shelby Duis




  • M.S. in Journalism, 1989, University of Kansas
  • B.S. in English, 1985, Bethel College (Kan.)
  • Assistant Professor of Communication, Grand View University, Des Moines, 2004 - 2013
  • Adjunct instructor, Graceland University, Des Moines campus, 2003
  • Reporter, The Des Moines Register, 1991-2004
  • Reporter, The Cincinnati Enquirer, 1990-1991
  • Reporter, The Iowa City Press-Citizen, 1987-1990