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Paul Martin Lester (born March 21, 1953) is a tenured, full professor of Communications at California State University, Fullerton.
Lester was born in Flushing, Queens. After an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and employment as a photojournalist for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Lester received a Master's from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in mass communications. He co-wrote a monthly column, "Ethics Matters" for News Photographer magazine for the National Press Photographers Association. From 2006, Lester was the editor of the Visual Communication Quarterly until 2011 when he was named editor of Journalism & Communication Monographs sponsored by the AEJMC and published by Sage. His research interests include mass media ethics, new communications technologies, and visual communications.
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