David McHam has been teaching journalism at Texas colleges since 1961. He was at Baylor (1961-1974), Southern Methodist University (1974-1997), the University of Texas at Arlington (1978-2001) and since the fall of 2001 at the University of Houston. He was chosen the outstanding teacher in the nation by the Society of Professional Journalists in 1994 and was given a president's award by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications in 2001. He is the author of Law and the Media in Texas, now in its seventh printing. He received an associate of arts degree at Gardner-Webb College, a bachelor's degree from Baylor University and a Master's degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. He also attended New York University. McHam began his journalism career at the age of 17 at The Spartanburg Herald. He later worked for the Waco News-Tribune and The Houston Post. He also spent a year as associate editor of Crusader, the news magazine of the American Baptist Convention. While teaching he also worked at the Waco News-Tribune, at the Dallas Times Herald and at the Associated Press. He also worked as an editor for Parkway, a Dallas magazine.