Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Our faculty are experts in their fields of research and study, thought-leaders in the industries they serve and dedicated to inspiring our students through critical thinking, ethical reasoning and skills building. They are frequently called on by media to apply their knowledge to what is going on in the world today.

Carolina Acosta-Alzuru

Professor

About: Carolina Acosta-Alzuru teaches public relations, cultural studies and qualitative methods. Scholarship foci: melodramas (telenovelas and Turkish dramas), culture and society. View Curriculum Vitae Education Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of […]

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Keith Adams

Facilities Coordinator

Keith Adams is a facilities manager at Grady College.

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Laetitia Adelson

Grady College Career Consultant

Laetitia, a senior career consultant for the UGA Career Center, serves as Grady College’s career consultant. To schedule an in-person or virtual/online appointment with Laetitia Adelson, please do so through […]

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Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn

Director of the CACHE Lab; Professor

About: Dr. Ahn teaches undergraduate-level research methods, graduate-level user experience research, communication theory, and advertising and society. Her research examines how social media, video/internet games, and immersive virtual environments influence […]

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Emuel Aldridge

Senior Lecturer

About: Emuel Aldridge is a graduate of UGA and has worked in the NMI since 2006. He currently teaches three courses at the NMI: New Media Production, teaching students how […]

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Thomas (TJ) Alexander

Administrative Associate I, Dean’s Office

Since July 2016, Thomas (TJ) Alexander has been the first point of contact for visitors and callers to Grady College.  As the dean’s office administrative associate, he provides secretarial support […]

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Beth Allinger

Director of Finance and Administration

Beth Allinger is director of finance and administration at Grady College.

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Karen Andrews

Director of Special Events and Student Leadership

Karen Andrews is director of special events and student leadership at Grady College.

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Laurie Anglin

Administrative Specialist I, Peabody Awards Program

Laurie Anglin has worked at Grady College since May 2010. Prior to UGA, Laurie held positions such as controller, senior accountant, auditor and teller in the accounting field for various […]

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Karin Assmann

Assistant Professor

About: Dr. Karin Assmann teaches video journalism, multimedia production, reporting and storytelling, as well as graduate courses on journalism and mass communication theory. She studies the sociology and business of news […]

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Sophie Barnes

Administrative Associate, Journalism Department

Sophie Barnes is an administrative associated for the Department of Journalism.

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Mary Ellen Barto

Talking Dog Agency Manager

Mary Ellen Barto has more than 30 years experience working in advertising and media agencies, client marketing organizations, and as an industry consultant.  Prior to joining UGA, Mary Ellen worked […]

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Moni Basu

Charlayne Hunter Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence; Director of the MFA Narrative Nonfiction Program

About: Moni Basu, otherwise known as Prof B, teaches feature and narrative nonfiction writing. She is the director of the low-residency MFA in Narrative Nonfiction and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault writer […]

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Joshua Bell

Systems Administrator

Joshua Bell has worked in IT for more than 22 years, the past nine as a systems administrator at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UGA.  Joshua and […]

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Laurena Bernabo

Assistant Professor

About: Dr. Bernabo teaches undergrad courses in global and domestic media industries and representations. Her primary research focus is global television flows, with an emphasis on translation. View Curriculum Vitae […]

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James Biddle

Principal Lecturer

About: James Biddle is an award winning filmmaker and editor who specializes in the teaching of post production workflow and management, audio design, Steadicam operation, visual efx, and the artistic […]

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Matthew Binford

PhD student

Matt Binford is a first year PhD student specializing in journalism and political communications. His research interests typically focus around knowledge gain and retention from nontraditional news sources. Matt’s secondary […]

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Jim Black

Instructional Resources Coordinator

After graduating Grady College in 1986, Jim Black worked in the television production industry for 30 years as a lighting cameraman for field and studio shows. Jim worked in TV news, […]

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Barbara Bond

Administrative Fiscal Specialist

Prior to Grady College, Barbara Bond spent the last ten years in the health care industry – nine years as a lead certified pharmacy technician and one year as a […]

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Darlene Bradley

Fiscal Specialist

Prior to Grady College, Darlene Bradley worked with UGA Finance and Administration since 1994, starting in the accounts payable department then moving to the budget office. She was born in […]

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Amanda Bright

Senior Academic Professional; Director, Cox Institute Journalism Innovation Lab

ABOUT Amanda Bright teaches capstone journalism and news literacy classes and digital design. She serves as the managing editor for Newsource’s digital products and is the instructor and assistant editor for The Oglethorpe […]

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Rebecca Burns

Part-time faculty

About: Burns serves as publisher of The Red & Black Publishing Company, Inc., an independent student media nonprofit that publishes the largest student newspaper in Georgia, provides journalism training, produces […]

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Michael Cacciatore

Co-Director, Center for Health & Risk Communication; Associate Professor; Assistant Department Head

About: Dr. Cacciatore teaches research methodology and introduction to public relations in the Department of Advertising & Public Relations. His research focuses on science and risk communication with an emphasis […]

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Dodie Cantrell-Bickley

Senior Lecturer

About: Thirty+ years in various television news positions including anchor, investigative reporter, executive producer and News Director. As News Director launched one of the first local news websites in the […]

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Olivia Carino

Part-time Instructor

Olivia Carino (AB ’18, MA ’21) graduated in December 2018 with a degree in Communication Studies and a Minor in Sociology. In July 2019, she discovered her passion for web […]

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Glen Caruso

Part-time faculty

About: Glen Caruso thrives in the world of Generative AI, modern marketing, and marketing technology. With a distinguished career spanning leadership roles at industry giants like Adobe, Oracle, and Microsoft […]

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Shira Chess

Associate Professor

About: Shira Chess teaches courses in media studies and media writing. Her research focuses on digital media studies with an emphasis on gender and gaming. View Curriculum Vitae Education Ph.D., […]

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Nick Chiles

Writer in Residence

About: Nick Chiles is a writer in residence teaching Feature Writing courses. Previously he was the writing coach at the Grady Writing Lab for journalism students and an industry fellow […]

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Sung In Choi

PhD student

Sung In Choi is a Ph.D. student at Grady College.

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Cheryl Christopher

Administrative Associate, Entertainment & Media Studies Department

Cheryl Christopher is an administrative assistant for the Department of Entertainment and Media Studies.

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David Clementson

Assistant Professor

About: Dr. Clementson teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level public relations. His research examines the effects of public figures and politicians dodging questions. When he isn’t on campus teaching, running experiments, and […]

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Tracy Coley

Part-time Instructor

Tracy Coley (ABJ ’90, MFA ’19) worked for nearly 30 years as a writer, editor, graphic designer, and student mentor in marketing and communications for the University of Georgia. She […]

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Sara Cook

Senior Director of Development

Sara Cook grew up in Athens and has more than 20 years’ experience in fundraising and foundation experience.  Prior to Grady College, Sara held positions as the Senior Director of […]

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Maria Cooper

Academic Advisor III, Journalism Majors

Maria Cooper is an academic advisor at Grady College.

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Tom Cullen

Lecturer

About Originally from the United Kingdom, Tom Cullen specializes in teaching public relations writing and communication. Cullen also serves as Program Manager to the Crisis Communication Coalition (CCC). View Curriculum […]

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Charles N. Davis

Grady College Dean, Professor

About: Charles N. Davis is the Dean of the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. He was appointed in 2013, after a […]

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Sabrena Deal

Senior Lecturer

About: Deal teaches Graphic Communication and Advertising Message Strategy. She works with undergraduate students to develop an understanding of basic design concepts, common design challenges, idea generation, brainstorming, and content […]

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Ben Deutsch

Part-time Instructor

Ben Deutsch retired from The Coca-Cola Company in December 2017 after a 25-year career, the last 11 years of which he served as Vice President, Corporate Communications. In this global […]

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Christine Drayer

Associate Director for Programming Peabody Awards

Christine Drayer is the associate director for programming for the Peabody Awards.

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Jeffrey Duncan

PhD student

Jeffrey Duncan is a third-year Ph.D. student focusing on entertainment media law. His research examines the social and physical effects of entertainment media using mixed methods, including traditional legal analysis, […]

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Nicholas Eng

Assistant Professor

About: Dr. Eng teaches public relations foundation and ethics. His research investigates the interplay between message features and audience factors in shaping psychological and behavioral responses to messages about health, […]

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Sara Ervin

PhD student

Sara Ervin is a third-year PhD student in Grady College at the University of Georgia, concentrating in crisis communication. Her research interests are in emergency preparedness and disaster management. Specifically, […]

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Nathaniel J. Evans

Associate Professor

About: Dr. Evans teaches advertising and society, advertising management, and graduate level advertising foundations courses. His research interests examine consumers’ processing and evaluation of immersive and non-traditional advertising formats that […]

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Matthew Nolte Evans

Assistant Professor

About: Matthew Nolte Evans is an award-winning writer and Assistant Professor of Screenwriting in the Department of Entertainment and Media Studies at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. […]

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Abu Mohammad “Sakil” Faizullah

Ph.D. Student

Sakil Faizullah is a seasoned communication specialist and doctoral candidate at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, Atlanta. With a rich professional background spanning over […]

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Carlo Finlay

Senior Academic Professional, Assistant Director of Carmical Sports Media Institute

Carolo Finlay is the associate director for the Carmical Sports Media Institute.

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Sarah Freeman

Director of Communication

Sarah Freeman (MA ’20) has more than 25 years experience in marketing and public relations. She has worked at Grady College since October 2013 following a brief time at the […]

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Melissa Garber

Director of Undergraduate Services

Melissa Garber is the director for undergraduate services at Grady College.

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Marcella Genut

Academic Advisor, Prospective Students

Marcella Genut (AB ’18) joined the academic advising team in January 2022. Prior to serving Grady College as the prospective student academic advisor, she worked for the CDC and nonprofit […]

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Chris Gerlach

Academic Professional

About: With an educational background in integrated marketing communications, a passion in technology, and experience in interactive digital media, Chris Gerlach brings an unorthodox background and unique perspective to the […]

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Jennifer Griffith

Principal Lecturer

About: Dr. Griffith teaches Advertising Message Strategy and the capstone campaigns course for advertising majors. She is the advisor to Grady’s student-run advertising agency. View Curriculum Vitae Education Ph.D., English, […]

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Neila Grimsley

Program Coordinator, Virtual Fitness Buddy (VFB) Ecosystem Project; and the Center for Children’s Health Assessment, Research Translation, and Combating Environmental Racism

Neila Grimsley works with Dr. Grace Ahn across multiple federally-funded projects. She is currently the program coordinator for the Translation Core of the Center for Children’s Health Assessment, Research Translation, […]

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Sarah Elizabeth Grizzle

PhD student

Sarah Grizzle is a specialist in environmental communication, media and cultural studies, as well as television and film production. Her research focuses on the protection of the environment using mass […]

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Hallie Grose

Administrative Associate

Hallie Grose has worked at UGA since July 2018. Before Grady College, she worked in University Housing as an assignments specialist. Hallie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from […]

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Jay Hamilton

Department Head; Professor; Jim Kennedy New Media Professor

About: Dr. Hamilton teaches cultural, critical, and historical approaches to media studies. His research addresses alternative media and democratic communication. View Curriculum Vitae Education Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of Iowa […]

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Jeong-Yeob Han

Associate Professor; Director of Strategic Health & Risk Communication Program; Director of Analytics, Insights, & Measurement (AIM) Club

About: Dr. Han teaches undergraduate Health Communication and Health & Risk Communication Campaigns courses and graduate Mass Communication Research Method and Technology and Health courses. Research foci include health communication […]

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Benjamin Min Han

Associate Professor

About: Dr. Han’s research focuses on global media, race and ethnicity, Korean popular culture, and the cultural intersections between East Asia and Latin America. View Curriculum Vitae Education Ph.D., Cinema […]

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Taejah Harper

Development Associate

Taejah Harper (ABJ ’20) serves as development associate for Grady College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Grady, as well as a minor in sociology from Franklin College. […]

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Bryan Harris

Part-time faculty

About Harris is the Founder and CEO of 25 Hits, a strategic communications consulting firm. He a 20+ year veteran in the communications field who has led complex and high-profile […]

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Haley R. Hatfield

PhD Student

About: Haley R. Hatfield is a PhD student in Mass Communication concentrating in Advertising at the University of Georgia. Haley’s research explores race-related media effects with an emphasis on Whiteness and […]

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Keith Herndon

William S. Morris Chair in News Strategy and Management; Executive Director, James M. Cox Jr. Institute and Professor of Practice in Journalism

About: Dr. Herndon teaches the introductory course Media, News and Consumers, Business of News, Financial Journalism and Food Journalism as a special topics course and as independent study. He holds […]

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Missy Hill

Director of Programming and Development, Department of Advertising and Public Relations

Missy Hill has more than 18 years of experience in marketing, advertising and corporate communications. She has worked at Grady College since 2015. Prior to working at the University of […]

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Itai Himelboim

Thomas C. Dowden Professor of Media Analytics; Director of the SEE Suite: Social media Engagement & Evaluation; Associate Professor

About: Dr. Himelboim, the Thomas C. Dowden Professor of Media Analytics and director of the SEE Suite, studies the role social media plays in news, politics and international communication. Through […]

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Andrea Hudson

Lecturer

About Andrea Hudson teaches a variety of journalism classes, including photojournalism and reporting and writing across platforms. Her research is grounded in women’s studies and visual communication. View Curriculum Vitae […]

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Janice Hume

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Carolyn McKenzie and Don E. Carter Chair for Excellence in Journalism, Professor

About: Dr. Janice Hume teaches media history, ethics & diversity, and media credibility. Her research concerns American journalism history, public memory and media coverage of death. View Curriculum Vitae Education […]

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Anne Hurne

Student Affairs Professional III, Graduate Studies Office

Anne Hurne is a student affairs professional at Grady College.

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Brown James

PhD student

Brown James is a second-year Ph.D. student and lecturer at Grady. Using primarily qualitative methods, his research focuses on the intersection of news media and the American political and legal […]

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Yan Jin

C. Richard Yarbrough Professor in Crisis Communication Leadership; Professor of Public Relations; Director of Crisis Communication Think Tank; Associate Director of Center for Health & Risk Communication

About Dr. Yan Jin currently teaches undergraduate Crisis Communication course and graduate Crisis Communication and Strategic Conflict Management, ADPR Theory, and Mass Communication Theory courses. Her primary research programs are […]

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Mark Johnson

Principal Lecturer

About: Mark E. Johnson teaches photojournalism, multimedia journalism, video journalism and graphic design courses, serves as the college’s Chief Technology Officer and is director of the National Press Photographers Association […]

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Andy Johnston

Editor in Residence

Johnston has covered sporting events on every level in his 33 years as a writer and editor for daily newspapers and websites. He was recognized as one of the country’s […]

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Lori Johnston

Lecturer; Director, Cox Institute Journalism Writing Lab

About: Lori Johnston teaches a variety of journalism classes, including reporting and writing across platforms, religion reporting, home and garden reporting, critical writing, feature writing and investigative reporting. View Curriculum Vitae […]

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Jeffrey P. Jones

Executive Director Peabody Awards, Lambdin Kay Professor

About: Dr. Jones directs the George Foster Peabody Awards, and is Lambdin Kay Professor in the Entertainment and Media Studies Department.  His research specialty is television studies, with a focus […]

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Sam Jones

Part-time Instructor

Sam Jones received his master’s degree in journalism from UGA in 2020. Upon graduation, he began writing a daily newsletter and regular features for MLSsoccer.com, the official site of Major […]

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Thomas E. Kadri

Assistant Professor, courtesy appointment from University of Georgia School of Law

Education Ph.D., Yale Law School J.D., University of Michigan Law School M.A., University of St. Andrews View Curriculum Vitae About Thomas E. Kadri joined the University of Georgia School of […]

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Anandam Kavoori

Professor

About: Dr. Kavoori is currently engaged in a program of autoethnographic and narrative writing. View Curriculum Vitae Education MFA, Narrative Non-Fiction writing, University of Georgia (currently enrolled). Study in A […]

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Diana Keough

Part-time Instructor

Diana Keough (MFA ’21) is an award-winning veteran multimedia journalist who covered a broad range of health and science topics on the medical beat for news outlets including The (Cleveland) […]

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Ted T. Kim

CAM Program and Research Manager

About Dr. Ted Kim manages and coordinates the programming and administrative aspects of the Communication and Media (CAM) Fellows Program at the Cox International Center. His duties include providing instructional, […]

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Jooyoung Kim

Director, James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research; Dan Magill Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Sports Communications; Professor

About Dr. Kim is the director of the Cox International Center and the executive director of the Cox Center CAM Fellows Program. His research focuses on the interaction between advertising […]

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Teressa King

Executive Assistant to the Dean

Teressa King is the executive assistant to the dean at Grady College.

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Leslie Klein

PhD student

Leslie Klein is a Ph.D. student in Grady College concentrating in Journalism. Her research explores the intersection of media law and scholastic journalism. She aims to use her research to […]

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Nathaniel H. Kohn

Professor

About: Dr. Kohn teaches advanced screenwriting, producing for film/television, documentary film, and qualitative methods; directs the Cannes Film Festival and Cannes Lions Study Abroad Programs; directs Roger Ebert’s Film Festival; […]

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Neil Landau

Associate Professor; MFA in Film, Television and Digital Media

About: Neil Landau is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, author and screenwriting professor. View Curriculum Vitae Education Master of Fine Arts, Screenwriting, University of Georgia Bachelor of Arts, Film/Television, University of […]

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Kim Landrum

Senior Lecturer

About: Landrum teaches Graphic Communication and Advertising Message Strategy. She works with undergraduate students to develop an understanding of basic design concepts, common design challenges, idea generation, brainstorming, and content […]

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David Lawson

Lecturer, Sports Media

David Lawson in a lecturer at Grady College.

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Darryl Ledbetter

Part-time faculty

About:: His professional background includes work in both the print and broadcast media. He’s currently the award-winning Atlanta Falcons Beat Writer for The Atlanta Journal Constitution. He has appeared on […]

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Sanghoon Lee

Clinical Associate Professor, MFA Film

About: Sanghoon Lee teaches in our MFA Film, Television and Digital Media program. When he is not teaching, he is a director, producer, writer and cinematographer for independent film projects. […]

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Krysten Lewis

Academic Advisor

Krysten Lewis joined the academic advising team in July 2019.  Prior to serving Grady College as an advisor, she worked as an academic advisor in the UGA Honors Program.  Krysten […]

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Lexie Little

PhD Student

About: Alexia (Lexie) Little is a first-year PhD student specializing in journalism. Her research interests center around media history, specifically how media have constructed conceptions of collective memory, culture, and […]

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Kyser Lough

Assistant Professor

About: Dr. Lough studies visual communication and solutions journalism, with an emphasis on photojournalism. He teaches graduate-level visual communication method & theory, as well as undergraduate photography and journalism ethics […]

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Ana Mackenzie

Peabody Awards and Events Support Manager

Ana Mackenzie brings nearly two decades of experience as an actor and filmmaker to her position with the Peabody Awards. After working with top talent on popular television series and […]

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Helen Mahany

Academic Advisor, Double Dawgs

Helen Mahany joined the academic advising team in July 2019. She is a proud UGA alumna of 2016. After graduation, she moved to Nashville to work at Vanderbilt University Medical […]

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Booker T. Mattison

Associate Professor

About Booker T. Mattison teaches Screenwriting and Directing for the Screen courses, in addition to creative jobs as an author and filmmaker. View Curriculum Vitae Education Master of Fine Arts, […]

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Tyler Mazurek

New Media Certificate Faculty Advisor

Tyler was first acquainted with the New Media Institute as an Entertainment and Media Studies student. In order to explore his growing interest in user experience design, development, and all […]

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Don McClain

Application Programmer Specialist

Don McClain is an application programmer specialist at Grady College.

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Juan Meng

UGA Athletic Association Endowed Professor; Department Head; Professor

About: Dr. Juan (pronounced as “Dren”) Meng is the Head of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of […]

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Samantha Meyer

Director of Experiential Learning

Samantha Meyer (ABJ ’13, MA ’14) graduated from the University of Georgia majoring in public relations and women’s studies during her undergraduate studies, and Grady’s 4+1 program for her master’s […]

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Vicki Michaelis

John Huland Carmical Chair in Sports Journalism & Society

About: Vicki Michaelis is the director of the John Huland Carmical Sports Media Institute at UGA. She teaches classes in the institute’s undergraduate Sports Media Certificate program. View Curriculum Vitae […]

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Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed

Assistant Professor

About: Dr. Mohammed teaches courses in global media industries and entertainment. Her research focuses on Global South media industries, feminisms, decolonization and social movements.   Personal website: wunpini.com  Other Affiliations: African Studies […]

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Stephanie Moreno

Scholastic Outreach Coordinator

Stephanie Moreno (ABJ ’06, BA ’06, MA ’20) is the director of the Georgia Scholastic Press Association, a 95-year-old organization housed at Grady College that supports middle and high school […]

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Joann Morgan

Administrative Associate

Joann Morgan was born into a Marine Corps family and grew up on the east coast of the US. She is excited to join Grady and feels her experience from […]

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Leah Moss

Instructor

Leah Moss serves as the Emerging Media faculty advisor in the New Media Institute. An alumna of the first cohort of the Emerging Media Master’s concentration, Moss now leads the […]

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Diane Murray

Director of Alumni Relations and Outreach

Diane Murray serves as Director of Alumni Relations and Outreach for the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Prior to joining Grady, she served […]

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Lauren Musgrove

Assistant Professor

ABOUT Professor Musgrove is an 8-time Southeast Emmy winning filmmaker. Her work explores places of vulnerability and inspiration in the human condition, often involving scientific research and fantastical imagery. She […]

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Rongting Niu

PhD Student

Rongting Niu is a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Grady College. Her research focuses on psychological processing in crisis and risk communication. Educational […]

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Ramsey Nix

Part-time faculty

About: Part-time instructor Ramsey Nix previously worked as Assistant Professor of Mass Communications at Piedmont College, where she taught journalism courses and advised the student newspaper. Previously, she served as […]

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Eric Novotny

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Eric Novotny (PhD – Communication, Michigan State University, 2020) is a postdoctoral research associate in the Games and Virtual Environments Lab (GAVEL) within the Grady College of Mass Communication and […]

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Glen Nowak

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Co-Director of Center for Health & Risk Communication, Professor

About: Nowak is responsible for developing and managing the College’s new Center for Health and Risk Communication, which seeks to foster an interdisciplinary approach to health and risk-related Communication projects, […]

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Kajal Patel

Academic Advisor, AdPR

Kajal (pronounced Kah-juhl) Patel graduated from the University of Georgia in 2020 with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in human development and family sciences. She previously served as […]

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Ashley Patterson

Part-time Instructor

Ashley Patterson is an Atlanta-based script supervisor who has worked on a wide range of film productions: from independent films such as “Whistleblower” and “Devil’s Knot,” to visual-effect driven films […]

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Jonathan Peters

Department Head, Associate Professor

ABOUT Dr. Jonathan Peters is the head of the Department of Journalism and holds a faculty appointment in the School of Law. He teaches and researches media law and policy. […]

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Ivanka Pjesivac

Associate Professor

About: Dr. Pjesivac teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in digital storytelling, public opinion, and international communication. She studies international and cross-cultural communication, media trust and credibility, and effects of digital […]

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Marilyn Primovic

Ph.D. Student

Marilyn Primovic seeks to understand the ways media influences consumer decision making. Completing both her B.A. in journalism and M.A. in advertising and public relations from the Grady College in four years, […]

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Glenna Read

Associate Professor of Advertising

About: Dr. Read teaches Media Strategy and Insights and Analytics. Research interests are media psychology/effects, identity and representation, and psychophysiology. View Curriculum Vitae Education: Ph.D., Mass Communication, Indiana University M.A., […]

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Emeritus and Retired Faculty

Grady College builds on the legacy of its outstanding faculty, many of whom grace us with their presence for years following their retirements. If you’re looking for a beloved Grady […]

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Karen Miller Russell

Jim Kennedy New Media Professor, Professor

About: Karen Miller Russell is Jim Kennedy Professor of New Media and Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, teaching public relations and media history and advising the college’s Integrated ADPR master’s […]

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Karen Andrea Robayo Sanchez

PhD Student

Karen Andrea Robayo Sanchez is a Ph.D. student in Mass Communication and Public Relations Studies at the University of Georgia. Her research interests are international communication, leadership, gender equality and […]

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Jackson Schroeder

PR Specialist

Jackson Schroeder is the public relations specialist for Grady College’s external relations team. He graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism with a bachelor’s degree in journalism news […]

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Rebekah Seabolt

Global Studies Program Manager

Rebekah Seabolt has been global studies coordinator since 2021. She earned a bachelor of arts in public health from Georgia College and State University in 2011 ad a master of […]

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Ja Kyung Seo

PhD student

Ja Kyung Seo is a doctoral student in the Department of Advertising & Public Relations at UGA. Her research interests lie in understanding the effects of interactive media technologies such as […]

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Brittany Shivers

PhD Student

Brittany Shivers’ research focuses on the psychological processing of disinformation and conspiracy theories, as well as the societal implications of information disorder exacerbated by social media. She is also interested […]

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Chris Shumway

Senior Lecturer

About: Chris Shumway teaches classes in Video Journalism and manages Grady’s video production facilities, which include a digital newsroom, TV studio and field equipment supply room. View Curriculum Vitae Education […]

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Jennifer T. Smith

Academic Advisor, EMST and Journalism

Jennifer Smith graduated from Georgia Gwinnett College with her BBA in Marketing in 2011. She has been with UGA for the past 11 years working with the UGA Graduate School, […]

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Kristen Smith

Principal Lecturer

About: Ms. Smith teaches Graphic Communication, Advanced Graphic Communication and the History of Graphic Communication. She is a faculty adviser to Talking Dog, the student-led advertising and PR agency. View […]

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Jeff Springston

Director, Master of Fine Arts Programs, Professor

About Dr. Springston teaches public relations, media and health, and research methods. Research foci include health and risk communications. View Curriculum Vitae Education Ph.D., Organizational Communication, The Ohio State University […]

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Nandita Sridhar

PhD student

Biographical Statement Nandita Sridhar is a PhD student at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Department of Entertainment and Media Studies. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Nandita spent […]

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Maggie Stephens

Awards Coordinator

Peabody is happy to announce that Maggie Stephens has joined our team in the newly created position of Awards Coordinator. Maggie will oversee the administration of the awards process, events […]

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Kyla Sterling

Instructor

Kyla Sterling began her New Media Institute journey in 2018 as an Emerging Media Master’s student. Now, as faculty advisor for the New Media Certificate program, she oversees students’ journeys […]

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Kirsten Strausbaugh

Senior Lecturer

About: Dr. Strausbaugh teaches advertising message strategy, campaigns, and graphic communications. Service areas include acting as Faculty Advisor to the UGA AdClub. View Curriculum Vitae Education Ph.D., Mass Communication, University […]

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Jonathon Streetman

IT Manager

Jonathon Streetman is the IT Manager at Grady College.

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Welch Suggs

Associate Professor

About: David Welch Suggs, Jr., is an associate professor at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. in July 2011 after careers as a journalist, as a policy advocate, […]

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Ruoyu Sun

Assistant Professor

About: Dr. Sun teaches Public Relations Management and Crisis Communication. Her research specialization focuses on corporate communication, stakeholder engagement, and relationship management. View Curriculum Vitae Education Ph.D. in Communication, University […]

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Christopher Thompson

IT Professional Associate

Chris Thompson graduated from Athens Technical College with an associate’s degree focused on applied science in emerging technologies. He comes from a long background in the service industry as well […]

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Kayla Timmons

Payroll Specialist

Kayla Timmons is the payroll specialist at Grady College.

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Andrew Todd

Broadcast Engineer

Andrew Todd is a broadcast engineer at Grady College.

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Bryan Trude

Lecturer

Dr. Trude earned his PhD in May 2022. His research interest is on the utilization and evolution of new and emergent forms of media, and how the changing uses of […]

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Wes Unruh

CACHE Lab Administrator

Wes Unruh is the CACHE Lab administrator at Grady College.

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Charlotte Norsworthy Varnum

Part-time Instructor; program coordinator, News Literacy Certificate

Charlotte Norsworthy Varnum (ABJ ’19, MA ’20) is a part-time instructor at Grady College and serves as program coordinator for the Cox Institute’s News Literacy Certificate. Varnum is also executive […]

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Ralitsa Vassileva

Lecturer

About: Ralitsa Vassileva teaches undergraduate Newsource and Multiplatform Newsroom Projects courses. Her Newsource class learns how to report, produce, and present newscasts that go live on local cable. Her Multiplatform […]

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Tudor Vlad

Executive Director of the Cox International Center, Senior Research Scientist

About: Dr. Vlad’s research focuses on media challenges in emerging democracies and impact of midcareer training programs for journalists. He conducted workshops for journalists around the world. Education Ph.D. Philology, […]

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Denetra Walker

Assistant Professor

About Dr. Walker’s teaching specialties focus on how social justice and race issues are covered in journalism. View Curriculum Vitae Education Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of South Carolina M.A., Mass […]

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Megan Ward

Administrative Director

About: Originally from Jupiter, Florida, Megan Ward fled the gator state to be a double-dawg, earning both her Bachelors and Masters in Public Relations from Grady College. An NMI alumna herself, […]

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Joseph Watson

Carolyn Caudell Tieger Professor of Public Affairs Communications

Joseph Watson, Jr. is the inaugural Carolyn Caudell Tieger Professor of Public Affairs Communications at Grady College. In this role, Watson oversees the first program in the nation to provide […]

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John Weatherford

Senior Lecturer

About: View Curriculum Vitae Experience John Weatherford serves on the faculty of the New Media Institute in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. […]

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Sonja R. West

Otis Brumby Distinguished Professorship in First Amendment Law

About Sonja West is a faculty member in the School of Law and was recently named the inaugural holder of the Otis Brumby Distinguished Professorship in First Amendment Law, a […]

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Danna L. Williams

Business Manager, Business Office

Danna Williams is the business manager at Grady College.

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Keith Wilson

Assistant Professor

ABOUT Keith Wilson is a director, creative producer, and visual artist whose work has been exhibited at Sundance, Berlinale, South by Southwest, Hot Docs, the U.S. National Gallery of Art, […]

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Bartosz Wojdynski

Jim Kennedy New Media Professor; Director of the Digital Media Attention and Cognition (DMAC) Lab; Associate Professor

About: Dr. Wojdynski teaches courses in multimedia journalism, interactive media, and psychological effects of communication technology. He researches the effects of design and presentation characteristics in digital media on attention, […]

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Jiyoung Yeon

PhD Student

Jiyoung Yeon is a first-year Ph.D. student fascinated by the impact of humor and entertainment media on citizen attitudes. Exploring online humor, memes, and uncivil content using psychology and quantitative […]

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Hye Jin Yoon

Associate Professor, Advertising

About: Hye Jin Yoon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Georgia. Her research expertise is in humor advertising and humor […]

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Aarum Youn-Heil

PhD Student

Aarum Youn-Heil is a PhD student in Mass Communication and Entertainment Media Studies at the University of Georgia. Her research interest is interracial communication and how it relates to media. […]

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Dayne Young

Program Coordinator

Dayne Young (ABJ ’11) is the program coordinator for the Carmical Sports Media Institute and the New Media Institute, a role he began in 2022. He graduated from the University […]

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Wenqing Zhao

PhD student

Wenqing Zhao is a doctoral student in the Department of Advertising & Public Relations at UGA. Her research revolves around health, crisis, and conflict communication. She is a lab manager […]

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Sihao “Max” Zhou

PhD student

Sihao Zhou is a Ph.D. student concentrating in public relations at the University of Georgia. His research interests are health and science communication, social media data analytics, and the frames […]

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Keith Wilson and former student Nate Sizemore reconnect in the film field

In late November, Keith Wilson, an assistant professor in the Entertainment and Media Studies Department at Grady College and an active director, producer and visual artist, was on a Zoom […]

Profiles of Tenacity: Timi Meade

Third-year EMST student Timi Meade values the friends and connections she’s made during her time at Grady and encourages students to get involved and meet people in the industry. Why […]

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Jonathan Peters elected president of Georgia First Amendment Foundation

Jonathan Peters, the head of the Department of Journalism, has been elected president of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation, or GFAF, for 2024. “Free expression and information access are at […]

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Profiles of Tenacity: Ireland Ashburn

Fourth-year advertising student Ireland Ashburn is passionate about fashion and creativity. She enjoys the community she has cultivated through campus organizations and Grady College programming. Why did you choose your […]

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Giving Voice to the Voiceless celebrates past grants; seeks future projects to support

When Charlayne Hunter-Gault (ABJ ’63) and Ron Gault created the Giving Voice to the Voiceless fund in 2017, they sought to impact not only local communities but also projects with […]

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Inside Booker T. Mattison’s filmmaking and teaching processes

Listen to the full episode on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Booker T. Mattison, an associate professor in the Department of Entertainment and Media Studies at Grady College, teaches screenwriting and directing for the […]

Faculty in the news

Booker T. Mattison

Booker T. Mattison, associate professor in our Department of Entertainment and Media Studies, talks with WABE about his roles directing films and teaching filmmaking. His interview starts around the 10 minute mark. (Jan. 16, 2024)

Jonathan Peters

Jonathan Peters, head of the Department of Journalism, talks with AP about incidents of governments suing journalists and residents for making records requests becoming more common  (Dec. 19, 2023.)

David Clementson

David Clementson, asst. professor in AdPR, talks about George Santos and his recent expulsion from Congress. Clementson’s research specializes in experiments testing how politicians dodge reporters’ questions. (Dec. 4, 2023)

Nick Chiles

Congratulations to Nick Chiles, our Writer in Residence in our Dept. of Journalism, on having “Disruptive Thinking,” a book he co-wrote with T.D. Jakes, on the New York Times bestseller list. The book spent four weeks on the Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous list.

Sanghoon Lee

Congratulations to Sanghoon Lee of our UGA MFA Film faculty, on the availability of the film “Art & Pep” on Peacock June 1. Lee was director of photography for this LGBTQ+ documentary. (June 1, 2023)

Charles Davis

Dean Charles Davis was interviewed for an article published in Atlanta Magazine titled, “Journalism is struggling. In Atlanta, new indie outlets are finding ways to make it work-and brining in important voices.

David Clementson

David Clementson, asst. professor in public relations, writes a feature picked up widely about politicians and their health, Politicians’ health problems are important information for voters – but reporters and candidates often conceal them (March 6, 2023).

Mark E. Johnson

Congratulations to Mark E. Johnson, senior lecture and chief technology officer, on being named the 2023 NPPA Educator of the Year. (March 7, 2023)

Carolina Acosta-Alzuru

Professor in Public Relations, talks with Kera News about how fans of Turkish dramas are refocusing social media efforts on helping victims of the earthquakes. (Feb. 16, 2023)

Joseph Watson, Jr.

Talks with Fox News about the controversial angle some media have taken in reporting about Georgia’s new election law. (Feb. 10, 2023)