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Adam Pitluk, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Communication, Media, & Culture

Phone: 843-349-2342 Email: apitluk@coastal.edu BRTH 317 (Clay D. Brittain, Jr. Hall) Office Hours:

Fall 2024 TBA


Dr. Adam Pitluk is an award-winning journalist and the author of Damned To Eternity and Standing Eight, both books critically acclaimed as studies of the human condition. He was the Contributors Network Editor at the Dallas Morning News. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of American Way magazine and Editorial Director of Celebrated Living and Nexos magazines, the first class and Spanish/Portuguese language magazines of American Airlines, respectively. Prior to joining American Airlines Publishing full-time, Adam was a reporter for Time magazine for seven years, where he was twice embedded with the Army. He was also a reporter for People magazine from his days in New York, where he covered celebrity news. Adam is the former senior editor of Southwest magazine, the in-flight magazine of Southwest Airlines, and the former features editor of Boys’ Life magazine. He was a reporter for Court TV and a former staff writer for Village Voice Media. Adam was an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of North Texas, where he taught senior and graduate-level reporting and editing, and he also taught magazine writing and production at the University of Oklahoma. Adam’s work has appeared in a host of publications, including Smithsonian Air & SpacePopular MechanicsNew York Daily NewsD magazine and Fort Worth magazine. He is the founder of Groom Lake Media and Midwest Luxury Publishing.


  • Ph.D., Journalism/Mass Communication, University of Oklahoma (2019)
  • M.S., Magazine Reporting and Production, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (2004)
  • B.J., Journalism, University of Missouri (1999)


  • 2021-2022 Edwards College Distinguished Scholarship or Creative Endeavors
  • 2021-2022 Department's Chair Award for Teaching

Interesting Facts

  • Adam won national and international writing and reporting awards for his celebrity profiles of Neil Young, Michael J. Fox, Michael Stipe, Angelina Jolie and Dave Grohl, and he shared in a team National Magazine Award for his reporting on Hurricane Katrina for Time magazine.
  • He also received the Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of Oklahoma.

Program Affiliations

  • Graduate Studies

Teaching Areas

  • Journalism
  • Mass communication
  • Media
  • Culture
  • Communication leadership

Research Areas

  • Journalism
  • Media interconnectivity
  • Communications and media academic administration