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Professor and Chair, Department of Journalism, Boston University

William McKeen is the author of nine books and the editor of four more, including "Everybody Had an Ocean" (Chicago Review Press, 2017), "Homegrown in Florida" (University Press of Florida, 2012), "Mile Marker Zero" (Crown, 2011), "Outlaw Journalist" (W.W. Norton, 2008), "Highway 61" (W.W. Norton, 2003), "Tom Wolfe" (Twayne, 1995), and two anthologies, "Rock and Roll is Here to Stay" (W. W. Norton, 2000) and "Literary Journalism: A Reader" (Wadsworth, 2000).

Before beginning his teaching career, he worked for several newspapers and magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, The American Spectator, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.), The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post and The Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times.

His writing has appeared in Holiday, American History, Maxim, the Saturday Evening Post and many other newspapers and magazines. He has appeared on “The Today Show,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “The CBS Evening News” and many other news programs.

His major teaching areas are literary journalism, history of journalism, reporting, feature writing and history of rock’n’roll.


  • –present
    Chair, Department of Journalism, Boston University


  • 2017
    Everybody Had an Ocean, Chicago Review Press
  • 2015
    Too Old to Die Young, Dredger's Lane Press
  • 2012
    Homegrown in Florida, University Press of Florida
  • 2011
    Mile Marker Zero, Crown
  • 2008
    Outlaw Journalist, WW Norton
  • 2003
    Highway 61, WW Norton
  • 2000
    Literary Journalism: A Reader, Wadsworth
  • 2000
    Rock and Roll is Here to Stay, WW Norton
  • 1995
    Tom Wolfe, Twayne
  • 1993
    Bob Dylan: A Bio-Bibliography, Greenwood
  • 1991
    Hunter S. Thompson, Twayne
  • 1989
    The Beatles: A Bio-Bibliography, Greenwood
  • 1975
    The American Story (as assistant editor), Curtis