Dale Maharidge has been teaching at the journalism school since 2001; he first taught here in the early 1990s. He was a visiting professor at Stanford University for 10 years and before that he spent 15 years as a newspaperman, writing for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Sacramento Bee, and others. He's written for Rolling Stone, George Magazine, The Nation, Mother Jones, The New York Times op-ed page, among others. Most of his books are illustrated with the work of photographer Michael Williamson.
Maharidge's first book, Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass (1985), later inspired Bruce Springsteen to write two songs; it was reissued in 1996 with an introduction by Springsteen. His second book, And Their Children After Them (1989), won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1990. Other books include Yosemite: A Landscape of Life (1990); The Last Great American Hobo (1993); and The Coming White Minority: California, Multiculturalism & the Nation's Future (1996, 1999); Homeland (2004); and Denison, Iowa: Searching for the Soul of America Through the Secrets of a Midwest Town (2005).
Maharidge attended Cleveland State University. He was a 1988 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. In 2004, Maharidge held a Yaddo artist's residency.