Dr. Richard (Rick) Vogel was born in the Northern parts of New York State, about 200 miles from New York City. He moved to Yonkers, right next to NYC at the age of 6 and lived there until going to college in Northern parts of New York. He graduated with a BA in Communication from the State University of New York. After working in television, he began graduate school in Southern Illinois University, about 250 miles south of Chicago. While in graduate school, he studied broadcasting and psychology. While going to graduate school and throughout his academic career, he has been an independent writer, producer and director of corporate videos, commercials and public service announcements and has written speeches for political candidates. He received his PhD from the University of Tennessee in Communication with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Psychology.