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 conversation.

  • MFA, writing and literature, Bennington College
  • BS, journalism, Stetson University


Andy Dehnart


Andy Dehnart's writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in The Washington Post, Vulture, Pacific Standard, The Los Angeles Times, GrubStreet, Playboy, The Daily Beast and other publications.

Andy publishes and writes reality blurred, which has, since 2000, offered his analysis and reporting on reality television. He's a member of the Television Critics Association, which represents about 250 U.S. and Canadian journalists and critics who write about television, and was elected to its board of directors in 2018.

Andy, 41, is the coordinator of the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an MFA in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College.

Andy regularly speaks at conferences and to the media, and works with groups to help them strengthen their teams, improve communication, and use social media effectively. he's a trained improviser who hosts shows and performs as a member of two ensembles at SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando, Fla.


More About Andy Dehnart

Areas of Expertise

  • Reality television
  • Television industry
  • Blogging and online publishing
  • Literary nonfiction and memoir

Course Sampling

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

  • "Would You Let a Reality Show Pick Your Home? Or Your Spouse?", Vulture, Nov. 2018
  • "Saving Critical Thinking, One Joke at a Time," Pacific Standard, Sept/Oct 2018.
  • "Can [Samin Nosrat's] Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat Revive the Instructional Cooking Show?", New York magazine's GrubStreet, Oct. 2018
  • "Can Food Network Survive in the Age of Netflix Cooking Shows?", New York magazine's GrubStreet, Aug. 2018
  • "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.
  • "What couples who stick together after starring on reality TV can teach us about enduring romance," Pacific Standard, March 2016
  • "Reality on the High Seas," Playboy, March 2012.
  • "Survivor Spy Exposed," The Daily Beast, January 2011.
  • "Ex-Sitcom Star Tony Danza Turns To Teaching," NPR's All Things Considered, Sept. 2010.