My undergraduate experience initiated a lifelong dedication to all aspects of mass communication, but my first love is journalism.
I earned a BA in Communications from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where I later taught media writing and graphic design for communicators as an adjunct for several years. I later earned a master’s in journalism from the University of Memphis, focusing my research on public and private university administrators’ knowledge and perceptions of prior restraint of student media.
I have more than 20 years of experience in the journalism, PR, corporate and nonprofit communications, and marketing fields. In 2016, I took the plunge to obtain my Ph.D. and pursue a second career in the academy. My research interests tend to lie at the intersection of journalism practices, ethical decision-making, technology, and law/policy, with a broader focus on journalism’s role in American democracy.