Alfred Lawrence Lorenz

Professor of Mass Communications, Emeritus

Office Location
312 Communications/Music Complex
Mailing Address
Loyola University New Orleans
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 201
New Orleans, LA 70118
Direct Phone
(504) 865-2012
Fax Number
(504) 865-2333
E-mail Address
Personal Website


Ph.D., Southern Illinois University; M.A., Southern Illinois University; B.A., Marquette University

Short Bio

Dr. Lorenz has taught at Loyola since 1981. He was chair of the former Department of Communications and founding dean of the College of Social Sciences.  He also taught at Southern Illinois University, Marquette University, and New Mexico State University. His teaching specialties are reporting and writing, communication ethics and history of American journalism.

Dr. Lorenz has a bachelor's in English from Marquette University and a master's and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University.  He was a broadcast news writer and editor with United Press International from 1962 to 1964. He was also a reporter and newscaster for WISN radio, Milwaukee, and host of Milwaukee: Behind the Headlines on that city's public television station WMVS-TV. For a program in the latter series, “Anatomy of a Newscast,” he was given a Clarion Award by Women in Communications, Inc. in 1980. Since 1987, he has hosted the  public affairs program, Informed Sources on WYES-TV, New Orleans. He was a public affairs officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Dr. Lorenz is the author of the textbook News: Reporting and Writingwith John Vivian) and Hugh Gaine: A Colonial Printer-Editor’s Odyssey to Loyalism. He has written many articles for both academic and popular publications. He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Press Club of New Orleans in 2001.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Mass Communication
  • Communications Writing
  • Ethics of Mass Communication
  • History of Journalism