B.A. in Communication, with a concentration in Journalism and an English/Writing minor – Valparaiso University
Philip Potempa joined the faculty at Valparaiso University in 1996. He began his journalism career in 1992, writing for The South Bend Tribune and The Times of Northwest Indiana and Illinois as a features writer and daily entertainment newspaper columnist for more than two decades. In 2016, he joined the contributing writer ranks of The Chicago Tribune Media Company, with his stories now published in the Post-Tribune and the other newspapers in the Chicago Tribune’s chain of newspapers. He is the author of three published books chronicling stories, interviews, recipes, and memories from his personal and professional experiences. Released in May 2010, his third book, “Further From the Farm” (Pediment Press), continued the chronicle of his journalism journey and features favorite celebrated stories from his interviews, including Mary Tyler Moore, Lily Tomlin, Julia Child, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Dolly Parton, Betty White, Karl Malden, Phil Donahue, and Bea Arthur. In November 2015, Philip also joined Theatre at the Center in Munster as the organization’s full-time marketing director. He also is an adjunct instructor in communication at Purdue University North Central. When not lecturing in a classroom or in a theater seat, he divides his time between his family’s farm in Northwest Indiana and his home in Chicago.