Ronald Bettig was an associate professor of media studies at the Penn State College of Communications. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses on the political economy of communications.
Ronald is author of "Copyrighting Culture: The Political Economy of Intellectual Property" (1996, Westview Press) and co-author, with Jeanne Lynn Hall, of "Big Media, Big Money: Cultural Texts and Political Economics" (2002, Roman & Littlefield).
He also has published a number of book chapters and journal articles and presented many conference papers on political economy, intellectual property, and media industries.
He is a longtime member of the Union for Democratic Communications and has served as a member of the organization's steering committee since 1993.
He won the Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Communications Alumni Society in 1996 and has been named Faculty Marshal five times.
He also has chaired and served on dozens of scholar, master's and doctoral thesis committees.
On August 12, 2016 Ronald Bettig was murdered by George Ishler and Danelle Geier who pushing him off a cliff at a quarry.
They committed the murder and staged it as an accident since Ronald Bettig had just signed his will and they believed they would benefit financially from his death.
They both face charges of first- and third-degree murder, aggravated assault and tampering with evidence.
Danelle is also faces a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.
The pair told Ronald Bettig to come with them to the Blackhawk Quarry in Potter Township, Pennsylvania since they believed they could grow marijuana there.
While there George Ishler pushed Ronald Bettig off a cliff in the quarry killing him.
After hearing a "crunch" and believing he was dead the pair left the scene.
They later came back with possessions from Ronald's house used them to stage his death as an accident.
The three days after the killing the pair reported him missing saying that they believe Ronald had gone missing.