Department of Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations

Wilson Hall, Room 316
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
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(248) 370-4120

General Department Questions:
Crystal Bell

Brian Hlavaty

 A headshot of Brian Hlavaty.

Visiting Instructor of Journalism
Director of the Internship Program
Office: 107A East Vandenberg Hall
Phone: (248) 370-4331

Brian Hlavaty is a visiting instructor and director of the Journalism Department Internship Program. He joined the department in 2009 after spending more than three decades as a newspaperman, most of it at The Saginaw News where he was news editor in charge of the copy desk.

During his early years in the business, he was a reporter at Mount Pleasant, Cadillac and Kalispell, a small town tucked in the northwest corner of Montana next to Glacier National Park. It was there on winding mountain roads that he learned to ride bikes faster than bears could run. 

When he's not attending to OU students, he serves as adviser for Saginaw Valley State University's student newspaper, The Valley Vanguard. 

Over the years, Hlavaty's been a jogger, a sailor, a backpacker and, most recently, a pre-dawn golfer. He says teeing off 10 minutes before dawn is a great way to beat the crowds. 

The Warren native graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in journalism after obtaining his two-year degree from Macomb Community College. 

He resides in Saginaw with his wife, Diane, who oversees the English as a Second Language program in Carrollton Public Schools and is an ESL specialist at SVSU. They have two daughters, Kelan, who is working on her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and Emma, who is headed to Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti for a degree in business.