Andy Dehnart

Andy Dehnart

Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism

As a writer and critic, I'm fascinated with learning about what happens where entertainment and real life intersect, and then exploring that in my writing. In my classes, I love the insight that emerges when we all read the same book or watch the same film, analyze it together, share our perspectives and examine our reactions together in energetic conversation.

  • M.F.A., writing and literature, Bennington College
  • B.S., journalism, Stetson University

Contact

Course Sampling

  • Fundamentals and Craft of Journalism
  • Nonfiction Workshop
  • Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in the Media
  • Magazine Writing
  • Writers Read
  • Journalism Studio

Areas of Expertise

  • Reality television
  • Television industry
  • Media
  • Popular culture
  • Blogging
  • Improvisational theatre

Biography

Andy Dehnart teaches writing and journalism at Stetson, where he directs the journalism program. His writing and criticism about television, culture and media has appeared on NPR and in the Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, Playboy, HitFix, Buzzfeed, The Daily Beast and other publications. 

A member of the Television Critics Association, Andy publishes and writes reality blurred, which has, since 2000, offered his analysis and reporting on reality TV. He regularly speaks at conferences and works with groups to help them strengthen their teams, improve communication and use social media effectively.

He's also a trained improviser who has hosted shows and performed as a member of comedy ensembles at SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando, Fla.

Publications

  • "After facing some big challenges, Marc Summers is back for the 30th anniversary of Double Dare," The Los Angeles Times, Nov. 22, 2016.
  • "Why There is Less Reality T.V. on Television this Fall," The Los Angeles Times, Oct. 6, 2016.
  • "'Married at First Sight,' Now in a Lasting Relatonship," Pacific Standard, March 2016.
  • "Will Shark Week Get Back to Reality This Year?", New York Magazine's Vulture, July 2015.
  • "The Quest and ABC's summer reality problem", HitFix, Sept. 2014.
  • "Reality on the High Seas," Playboy, March 2012.
  • Winner, Society for Professional Journalists Sunshine State Award for feature reporting/magazine.
  • "Survivor Spy Exposed," The Daily Beast, January 2011.
  • "Ex-Sitcom Star Tony Danza Turns To Teaching," NPR's All Things Considered, Sept. 2010.
  • "Why Animal Shows Are More About People Lately," NPR's Weekend Edition, April 2010.