Faculty Bio: Michael Lear-Olimpi

Michael Lear-Olimpi

Assistant Professor


  • Introduction to Human Communication (COM 101)
  • Digital Photography and Image Editing (COM 125)
  • Media Writing (COM 140) • Journalism I (COM 220)
  • Writing for Public Relations (COM 225)
  • Media Ethics (COM 215)
  • Communications Law (COM 340)
  • Feature Writing (COM 320)
  • Public Affairs Reporting (COM 390)
  • Photojournalism (COM 395)

Teaching Philosophy

I will help you examine, question, comprehend, test and use skills in school, at work and in everyday life that you hone or acquire while working with me at Central Penn College. I'll also help you learn how to consider and decide whether you're using those skills ethically, or not. I’m your guide and sounding board, your coach and your resource, on your learning journey. Your time at Central Penn isn’t a journey on your own, though: We journey together; welcome, friend of learning – let’s go!


Before Lear-Olimpi joined the Central Penn faculty to teach communications, he was a journalist with a range of media outlets, and later an independent journalist, across three decades. The Philadelphia Inquirer is among outlets for which he reported, covering some of Philadelphia’s South Jersey suburbs. His journalism career began not far from Central Penn, in Lebanon, with The Daily News. He has taught journalism at Temple University, Philadelphia; at Temple’s Ambler Campus; and at Penn State Harrisburg; and English composition at several colleges and universities. Lear-Olimpi is president of the Keystone Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is a media ethicist and a member of SPJ’s national Professional Standards and Ethics Committee, and is a member of SPJ’s national Bylaws Committee. He is co-advisor of The Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College, and is editor of its blog, Central Penn’s online student newspaper (www.cpcknightlynews.com). Born in Pottsville, and raised in Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County – widely believed to be the birthplace of cable television – he is proud of his Anthracite Region roots. He loves working with students, reading, movies, the woods and music. He lives in suburban Harrisburg, close to what many scientists believe is the world’s oldest river.


  • Master of Journalism, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Bachelor of Arts in English (Writing Option), The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.


  • I am Safe Zone trained (through Central Penn College) •
  • I am trained as a Campus Security Authority (mandatory reporter of crime or strongly suspected crime) (through Central Penn College)

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