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Mark Siebert

Associate Professor of Multimedia Communications | 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 is in his sixth year at Simpson College, and 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