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About A quasi-spontaneous photo taken in my office by my friend Nancy Barber.

Andy Dehnart’s writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, The Daily Beast, and other publications.

A member of the Television Critics Association, Andy publishes and writes reality blurred, which has, since 2000, offered his analysis and reporting on reality TV.

Andy, 35, directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College.

He is also an improviser who is a member of the Lab Rats and Gen S improv comedy ensembles at SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando, Fla.

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Okay, now that we’ve gotten that referring-to-myself-in-the-third-person part out of the way, here’s the (hopefully) less-pretentious version.

I watch a ridiculous amount of television, specifically reality TV, and will gladly engage you in conversation (or debate!) about any reality television show, whether it’s high art or shit. I’m honest and sarcastic and share what I think, both professionally and personally, but I secretly love it most when people disagree, or help me understand why I’m wrong.

Writing (nonfiction) and teaching (college) means I spend a considerable amount of time staring at my laptop, which is one reason I like adventures and, more importantly, spending time with people I care about.

I wish I could start or end every day on a roller coaster or thrill ride. I love browsing the Internet and wandering the aisles of Target; trying new things, like taking flying trapeze lessons; traveling to places I’ve never been, and where I don’t speak the language; learning how to cook by watching Ina Garten; working to become a better person; and running mud/obstacle races with friends.

I value honesty, rationality, commitment, sarcasm, introspection, and people who can make me laugh until I can’t breathe. I’m a fan of Chipotle, Calvin and Hobbes, long-form journalism, excessive amounts of salt, Diane Rehm, the Philips Phile on Real Radio 104.1, yoga, Target, Ikea, Hitchcock films, reality TV, craps, Jamba Juice, watching fireworks, running in races, travel, thunderstorms, Kimpton hotels, cold nights, good friends, and decent wine.