Bryan Reber addresses an audience during a CCC event.

Dr. Bryan H. Reber

Dr. Bryan H. Reber currently serves as the C. Richard Yarbrough Professor in Crisis Communication Leadership and as Department Head of Advertising and Public Relations at the Grady College. Dr. Reber’s research focuses on crisis communication, public relations theory, practice and pedagogy. His primary teaching interests are crisis communication, public relations administration, public relations communication and public relations campaigns. Reber has also taught persuasion, campaign research and public opinion management on the graduate level.

Dr. Reber has been published in Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, International Journal of Strategic Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly and Journal of Communication Management among others. In addition, Dr. Reber has presented his research at numerous national and international academic conferences.

Prior to joining the Grady College, Dr. Reber worked in public relations at Bethel College, Kansas. He taught at the University of Alabama immediately before joining the Grady faculty.

C. Richard "Dick" Yarbrough

C. Richard “Dick” Yarbrough has enjoyed a distinguished career in public relations. Following his retirement from BellSouth Corporation in 1993, he joined the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games as managing director. Yarbrough is the author of the 2002 memoir, “And They Call Them Games,” which provides an insider’s view of the 1996 Games. For more than two decades, he has written a syndicated newspaper column reaching 600,000 households and more than 1.3 million readers each week.

His honors are many: University of Georgia Distinguished Alumnus, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication Fellow, one of PRWeek’s 100 most influential PR practitioners of the 20th century, one of Georgia’s 100 most powerful and influential people, and a member of the Public Relations Society of America Georgia Chapter Hall of Fame. He also is past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association.

Yarbrough makes his home in Atlanta. His continued generosity enables the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication to fund numerous student internships each semester.


Dick Yarbrough (ABJ '59) became an industry expert on crisis communication throughout his illustrious career.