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Prof Kevin Rafter

School of Communications

Name: Prof Kevin Rafter
Department: School of Communications
Role: Head of School
Phone Number: 01 700 5082
Email Address:
Room: GLA. C172
Campus: DCU Glasnevin Campus

Biographical Details

Kevin Rafter is Full Professor of Political Communication and Head of the School of Communications. He is Chairperson of the Expert Advisory Committee of Culture Ireland, Chairperson of the Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and a board member of the Galway International Arts Festival. He was previously a non-executive director at Oxfam Ireland and Dublin Bus. He was appointed Chair of a major independent review panel on civil service reform by the government in 2015 and was the Independent Rapporteur to the talks that led to the formation of Ireland’s minority coalition in 2016. He is the author/editor of over a dozen books and has published over 40 book chapters and academic journal articles with a specific focus on Irish media and politics. His research has been published in journals such as Press/Politics, European Journal of Communication, Journalism, Journalism Studies, Media History and Irish Political Studies. His most recent book publication is the co-authored, Resilient Reporting: Media Coverage of Irish Elections Since 1969 (Manchester University Press, 2019). Since joining DCU in 2010, Kevin has served as Associate Dean for Research (2012-16) and as Chairperson of the MA Political Communication programme (2010-19). From 2008 to 2010 he was Head of the Department of Film and Media at the National Film School, IADT, Dun Laoghaire. Prior to 2008, he held senior editorial positions with the Irish Times (political reporter), the Sunday Times (political correspondent), Sunday Tribune (political editor/assistant editor), Magill magazine (editor) and RTÉ, the Irish national broadcaster. He primarily presented the This Week radio programme for RTÉ as well as presenting Morning Ireland and the News at One, and working as a correspondent for Prime Time. As well as Irish national politics - covering general elections in 1997, 2002 and 2007 - Kevin reported on the peace process in Northern Ireland, elections in the United Kingdom and Germany as well as foreign news events in Malawi, Tanzania, the Beslan School massacre and the death of Pope John Paul II.

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