Vincent Duffy has been news director at Michigan Radio since May 2007. In his years leading the Michigan Radio news room, the news team has won scores of national, regional and state awards including Murrow Awards, Sigma Delta Chi awards and others.
Duffy is the past Chair of the Radio/Television/Digital News Association (RTDNA), the world's largest organization representing electronic journalists. He continues to sit on the board as an at-large director.
Duffy graduated from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio) with degrees in political science and telecommunications, and then toured the world as a radio journalist covering news in Australia, Switzerland and South Africa.
After returning stateside he earned a master's degree in mass media from Miami University of Ohio while working as a reporter at WMUB in Oxford.
Duffy then had his first taste of a Big Ten school when he joined the news team at WILL at the University of Illinois as a reporter, Morning Edition host, and eventually News Director. While at the University of Illinois he also completed his doctoral coursework in communication research.
In 1997 Duffy returned to Kent State University as news director of WKSU.
In addition to his work for WKSU and NPR in Ohio, Vince hosted the weekly television news program NewsNight Akron on PBS 45 & 49. His first television documentary, "Sharing Democracy: The Akron/Subotica Partnership", received the prestigious Telly Award and added Serbia to the growing list of destinations Vince has traveled to cover news. Vince also produced and hosted several PBS 45 & 49 specials, political debates and documentaries.
Duffy has won seven national Edward R. Murrow awards for his radio journalism, as well as a Sigma Delta Chi award, a National Headliner award, a national Unity award, and many others.
In 2008 he added Ghana to his list of countries visited when he covered a University of Michigan delegation led by U of M President Mary Sue Coleman.
Along with his obvious love of travel, Vince enjoys skiing and martial arts. He has second degree black belts in both Tae Kwon Do and Shotokan Karate.
You can follow Vince on Twitter @vincentduffy