Dr. John Fisher is a faculty member in the Emergency Management bachelor's program at Utah Valley University. Before coming to UVU, he taught management and communications at Northwest Missouri State University, Boise State, Athabasca University, and the University of Alberta. John began his career as a newspaper reporter/photographer, reporting the court and police beats and covering emergency services. For eight years he was a public administrator in the Alberta government, working in policy analysis, public information, and legislative affairs. He has a BA and an MA from Brigham Young University and a PhD from the University of Alberta. His principal areas of research are mass media coverage of public policy, disaster preparation and mitigation, and applied learning among adult learners.