Walden University
Ph.D. in Education Program

Steven R. Van Hook, PhD



Steven R. Van Hook has worked in news media, international management, economic development, marketing, public relations, social services, and education for more than twenty years, including positions in Washington, D.C.; Moscow, Russia; and Kiev, Ukraine.

Steven has been a television producer, a newspaper features writer and columnist, a radio newscaster and reporter, a weekly radio talk-show host, a television news anchor, an NBC affiliate news division manager, and directed a nationwide television and radio public information program in Kiev, Ukraine. He managed a Washington-based television news service, and served as bureau chief in its Moscow office during the final months of the Soviet Union in 1990-91. He was the American representative in Moscow for a US-Soviet newspaper joint venture between the Literaturnaya Gazeta and the Sun World Corporation.

Steven has worked with other international media and corporate clients including CBS, BBC, Krieble Institute, New York Stock Exchange, Transcom Communications, Hill & Knowlton, Gavin Anderson, The PBN Company, East-West Films, About Inc. and Primedia. He has worked with social and economic reform programs including VISTA, Head Start, and the United States Agency for International Development.

Steven attended college in his native Santa Barbara, California before earning a B.A. in Journalism at the University of Oregon. He received an M.A. in Business Communications from Jones International University, achieved certification in New Business Communication Technologies, and completed coursework through UCLA and Stanford. He is currently a doctoral student with Walden University, completing a PhD in Education with a specialty in transcultural distance learning. 

Steven has PhD in Education with a specialty in transcultural learning, an MA in Business Communications, and a BA in Journalism. He teaches online MBA courses in Managerial Marketing and Global Business for Ellis College of New York Institute of Technology. He has taught courses in Global Issues, International Advertising, Cross-Cultural Marketing Communications, and Global Economics for the International Program at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and courses in Marketing and Global Economics for Antioch University. He also is a credentialed online instructor in courses for Global Management and Business Communications at Cardean University. 

Steven is the founder of Worldwide Media Relations based in Santa Barbara, and produces the About Public Relations website.

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