Dr. Edmondson is an associate professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication. Building on 12 years of reporting experience, she teaches computer-assisted reporting and media law.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University (1990), her masters from the University of Memphis (1999) and her doctorate in journalism from the University of Missouri (2008). She covered politics, poverty and education mostly while reporting for the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee, and the Augusta Chronicle in Georgia.
Now she researches and writes about changes in state sunshine laws and the evolution of libel law during the U.S. civil rights movement. She works to bridge the gap between professional journalists and academics and is an international CAR trainer, most recently working with journalists in East Africa and India.
Education: Ph.D., Journalism, University of Missouri, 2008; M.A., Journalism, University of Memphis, 1999; B.A., Journalism, Louisiana State University, 1990.
Experience: Newspaper Reporter for 12 years: The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tn., 1998-2006; The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, 1993-1996; suburban Atlanta newspapers, 1990-1993.
Awards/Recognition: National reporting awards include Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists; Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism; also received 10 Best of Scripps awards for work at the Commercial Appeal; state reporting awards include Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors, first place, non-deadline reporting and Malcolm Law Investigative reporting award; multiple Georgia Associated Press awards.
Has published in: Communication Law & Policy, Journal of Media Law and Ethics, Newspaper Research Journal, Journalism History, First Amendment Law Review, American Journalism, Journalism Studies, and other peer-reviewed scholarly publications.
Teaching areas: Media law; computer-assisted reporting; race, class and gender in the media.
Research areas: The use of libel during the Civil Rights Movement, coverage of desegregation issues, the evolution of state sunshine laws and the Freedom of Information Act.