Ph.D. Student/Roy H. Park Fellow | Degree Anticipated May 2020
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hussman School of Journalism and Media
Advisor: Daniel Riffe, Ph.D., UNC

Unpublishing the News: American perspectives on seeking truth versus minimizing harm, the impermanence of digital news, and journalism’s authority as “the first draft of history”

Dissertation Committee
Tori Ekstrand, Ph.D., UNC (Chair)
Spencer Barnes, Ed.D., UNC
Matt Carlson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Rhonda Gibson, Ph.D., UNC
Philip M. Napoli, Ph.D., Duke University

MA, Journalism | 2008
The University of Memphis
Thesis: Prior Restraint on the College and University Campus: An Exploratory Study of Administrators’ Knowledge and Attitudes
Chair: Joseph R. Hayden, Ph.D.
Committee: Rick Fischer, Ph.D. | Elinor K. Grusin, Ph.D.

BA, Mass Communications, Cum Laude | 1995
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Ethics Mentorship Program | 2017 – Present
AEJMC Media Ethics Division
Mentor: Chad Painter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication, The University of Dayton

Nonprofit Management Series Certificate | 2011
United Way’s Center for Nonprofits, Chattanooga, TN

Leadership Chattanooga Graduate | 2010
Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce