Katie O'Toole


Katie O'Toole


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  • Bachelor's: Penn State
  • Master's: Penn State
  • Ph.D.: Penn State




Katie O’Toole is an instructor and lecturer in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. She teaches radio reporting, television field production, podcasting, and media history. O’Toole has assisted in the International Reporting program, accompanying students to Hong Kong, Panama, and Israel, and will take the lead in the program beginning in the Fall 2018 semester. O'Toole's area of academic interest includes early radio history, sports broadcasting history, and the commercialization of college sports in the 1920s and 30s. 

Before beginning her teaching career, O’Toole previously worked for 24 years at Penn State Public Broadcasting where she won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy and multiple National Educational Television awards for her work as a producer, writer, and on-air host for a children’s current events series. In addition, she produced and hosted political affairs programming, call-in programs on topical issues, and a high school quiz show. She has also worked in newspapers and radio.

O’Toole is the president of the Board of Governors of the Centre County Historical Society. 


“John L. Griffith and the Commercialization of College Radio in the 1930s.” Journal of Sport History, 40.2 (2013). 

Review of Democratic Sports: Men’s and Women’s College Athletics during the Great Depression, by Brad Austin, The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 115.4 (2017). 

Review of Legendary Sports Writers of the Golden Age, by Lee Congdon, American Journalism: A Journal of Media History, 35 (2018).  


Katie O'Toole
4C Willard Building (Bellisario Media Center)
University Park, PA 16802