Son of Irish immigrants, Peter K. Fallon was born on Long Island (NY) in 1954. Through grammar and high schools, he was educated by Dominican sisters and spent ten years teaching at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY, an independent college founded by the Amityville Dominican sisters.
Winner of the 2007 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology for his book Printing, Literacy, and Education in Eighteenth Century Ireland: Why the Irish Speak English, Fallon's second book, The Metaphysics of Media: Toward an end to Postmodern Cynicism and the Construction of a Virtuous Reality, won the Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics for 2010. He served as editor of the journal of the Media Ecology Association, EME: Explorations in Media Ecology from 2009 through 2010.
A veteran of 23 years in television, 17 of those years at NBC's TODAY program, Peter K. Fallon spent several of those years either working full-time while pursuing his Doctorate (studying under Neil Postman in New York University's "Media Ecology" program), working full time and teaching as an adjunct, or working full time and writing his dissertation -- or some combination of all three.
Fallon teaches media theory, media ethics, and critical media studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He moved to Chicago after meeting his wife, Mary Pat, at a summer study program on Dominican history in 2002 in Fanjeaux, France where St. Dominic founded the Order of Preachers. They were married in October 2003, six weeks after Fallon began his first class at Roosevelt.