Vicki Michaelis

John Huland Carmical Chair in Sports Journalism & Society, Journalism

About: Professor Michaelis teaches sports reporting and writing and social media as it relates to sports. She is director of GradySports, the college’s new sports media initiative.

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M.S., Journalism, Northwestern University
B.S., Journalism, Northwestern University

Research Interests and Activities

Professor Michaelis is creating a GradySports bureau that will give students real-world experience in covering high school, college, professional and Olympic sports. Through GradySports, she will bring together industry experts to examine issues related to sports media and its role in society.

Teaching Specialties

Sports media skills. Also topics involving the interplay of sports and media in society.


Vicki Michaelis joined the Grady College faculty in Aug. 2012 after 21 years as a sports journalist, the last 12 as the lead Olympics reporter for USA Today. She also covered the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, NHL and major college sports as USA Today’s Denver bureau sports writer. She was part of the newspaper’s transformation in the digital age, expanding her skills as USA Today established itself on digital, mobile and video platforms. Prior to joining USA Today, she spent five years at The Denver Post, where her beats included University of Colorado football and the Denver Nuggets. She began her career at The Palm Beach Post, gaining beat experience in high school sports, major college sports, tennis and the NBA.  From 1997-2001, she taught sports reporting as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado. She is a past president and chairperson of the Association for Women in Sports Media.

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