James Mitchell

About James Mitchell

Mitchell, a former assistant professor of practice, came out of retirement to teach Press and the Law for the School of Journalism. He worked as an anchor and reporter at TV stations in Louisville and Los Angeles. Also served as a prosecuting attorney in Mohave County, Ariz. Author of several mystery novels.                                                                                                            


  • B.S., Regents College, University of the State of New York
  • J.D., University of Louisville School of Law

Course Taught at the UA

  • JOUR 208 Law of the Press

Past Courses Taught at the UA

  • JOUR 105 Principles of Journalism
  • JOUR 306 Advanced Reporting
  • JOUR 380 Television News Writing
  • JOUR 385 Beginning TV Reporting & Production
  • JOUR 490C Arizona Cat's Eye
  • JOUR 504 Freedom of Expression
  • JOUR 509 International and U.S. Media Law

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Publications and Research

  • James C. Mitchell, “Story Shows Lapse in Ethics,” Fort Collins Coloradoan, Sept. 10, 2008
  • James C. Mitchell, “Bad Word Prompts Worse Reaction,” Fort Collins Coloradoan, Sept. 25, 2007.

Past Academic Positions

  • Adjunct Instructor, University of Arizona, 1995 - 1999
  • Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, 2000 – 2005

Past Professional Positions

  • Anchor, WAVE-TV, Louisville, Kentucky, 1992 - 1993
  • Anchor, WDRB-TV, Louisvlle, Kentucky, 1990 - 1992
  • Anchor, WHAS-TV, Louisville, Kentucky, 1976 - 1988

Professional Organizations

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Awards & Honors

  • Hugh and Jan Harelson Excellence in Teaching Award, 2001, 2002

Research Summary

Broadcast journalism, media law

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Contact Information

James Mitchell
Adjunct Instructor
Telephone: 520-621-7556
Fax: 520-621-7557

Courses Taught

Law of the Press (JOUR 203)