Professor John Horgan was appointed Ireland's first Press Ombudsman in August 2007.
Professor Horgan, who started his journalistic career on the Evening Press in 1962 and subsequently worked as a staff journalist on the Catholic Herald and The Irish Times, has been a frequent contributor to a wide range of print and electronic media in Ireland and abroad. He became a member of Seanad Eireann in 1969 and subsequently served in Dail Eireann and in the European Parliament.
He joined the staff of Dublin City University (then the National Institute of Higher Education) in 1983 and was appointed Profesor of Journalism at DCU in 1999. He has been a member of the Interim Radio Commission, of the Commission on the Newspaper Industry, and of the Forum on Broadcasting. He is the author of a number of books on Irish media, and of a number of political biographies.