Dr. Fellow has served on the Board of Directors since 1991 and has served as the Upper District’s representative on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
Dr. Fellow is past Chair of the Department of Communications at California State University, Fullerton. It is one of the nation’s largest departments and includes concentrations in journalism, advertising, public relations, photo-communications and entertainment studies. The department has approximately 100 faculty and 3,000 students.
In addition, he has been an Adjunct Professor of Journalism in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. Dr. Fellow teaches courses in History and Philosophy of American Mass Communications, Communications Law, and graduate courses in International Communications, American Media History, Media and Politics, and Communications and Governance.
He has written three books: American Media History, The Copy Editors’ Handbook for Newspapers, and News Writing in a Multimedia World and numerous journal articles on health communications. He has presented his health research at international conferences. He is currently working on a book regarding the history of the motion picture industry.
Before entering university teaching, he was a reporter, political columnist, and city editor for 10 years with the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. He continues to write newspaper columns on politics and water issues. In addition, he serves as L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina’s appointee to the Water Appeals Board, and on the Executive Board of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.
Dr. Fellow was elected in November 2009 to the Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees, Area 7, representing Arcadia and parts of Temple City. He served seven years as Vice Mayor and Councilman in the City of El Monte.
Dr. Fellow received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, where he was a Walter H. Annenberg Fellow. He holds an M.A. in Communications from California State University, Fullerton and a B.A. in Journalism and History from California State University, Los Angeles. He also has done extensive graduate work in political science in the areas of Soviet and Latin American politics. He holds a lifetime California Standard Secondary Teaching Credential.
Dr. Fellow’s distinguished career includes being named a 2007 Fulbright Scholar by the U. S. Presidential Commission in Washington, D.C. Dr. Fellow received Italy’s highest Fulbright honor, the Vercelli Chair of Twentieth Century Music History, at the University of Piemonte. He also teaches in Florence, Italy each summer.
He is married to Clara Potes-Fellow, a former award-winning journalist who served as Bill Clinton’s press secretary for Hispanic media in California during his first run for the White House. She is currently Chancellor Charles Reed’s Press Secretary and Director of Media for the California State University System.