Indiana University
Michael McGregor

Michael McGregor

The Media School

Radio-TV Center, Room 352
(812) 855-6295

mcgregom 'at'

Michael A. McGregor, Professor of Telecommunications and Adjunct Professor of Law at Indiana University, received his B.A. in history from Purdue University and his J.D. from Georgetown University. He worked as staff attorney at the Cable Television Information Center of The Urban Institute and as Attorney/Advisor in the Mass Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. His teaching interests include electronic media law and policy courses and introductory telecommunications courses. He is lead author of Broadcasting in America, the most popular introductory electronic media text in the country. His research focuses on telecommunications policy making, the effects of policy decisions, and e-government. Michael's research has been published in Journalism and Communication Monographs, Federal Communications Law Journal, COMM/ENT Law Journal, Journalism Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Government Information Quarterly, Telecommunications Policy, and Communication Law & Policy. Mike's hobbies include acting, singing, playing his guitar, and snorkeling.


  • Juris Doctor, Georgetown University, 1977
  • B.A., Purdue University, history, 1973
  • Foreign Study Harlaxton College, Grantham, Lincolnshire, England

Teaching Interests:

  • Undergraduate- and graduate-level media law and policy courses
  • Introductory courses in telecommunications industry and management


  • COAS E104 Freedom of Speech in the United States
  • TEL. T207 Introduction to Telecommunications Industry and Management
  • TEL. T424 Telecommunications and the Constitution
  • TEL. T530 Survey of Contemporary Telecommunications Policy in the U.S.

Work experience:

Senior attorney, Mass Media Bureau, FCC,1980-1983 (worked on a variety of policy initiatives including television deregulation, modification of the financial interest and syndication rules, and the establishment of the Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service)

Regional director and staff attorney, Cable Television Information Center, Urban Institute 1977-1980 (assisted cities and counties across the country in establishing cable television policies and selecting franchisees)

Academic service:

  • Member of the Board of Directors of Broadcast Education Association, 1994-9
  • Member of the Editorial Board for Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media
  • Manuscript Review for BEA, ICA, AEJMC

Selected Publications:

In Federal Communications Law Journal, COMM/ENT Law Journal, Journalism Quarterly, Telecommunication Policy, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, and Communication Monographs.

For a complete list of articles see my vitae.

I am also co-author on the 9th edition of Broadcasting in America: A Survey of Electronic Media by Head, Spann, and me!

My favorite show as a kid was "Garfield Goose and Friends" with Frasier Thomas. This is the Garfield Goose exhibit at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. Anybody else remember "Clutch Cargo"?