Before joining the Communications Department as an assistant professor, Joel Campbell was a reporter and editor at the Deseret News in Salt Lake City and manager of corporate communications at Management and Training Corp. in Centerville, Utah. He holds a master’s degree from Ohio State University and bachelor’s degree from BYU.

Campbell is active in many First Amendment and Freedom of Information causes and is past president of the National Freedom of Information Coalition and chairman of Society of Professional Journalists’ national Freedom of Information Committee.

He is legislative monitor for the Utah Press Association and vice president of the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He serves on the Utah Information Technology Commission.

He is the recipient of the Roy B. Gibson Freedom of Information Award and Clifford P. Cheney Service to Journalism Award from the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.