I teach reporting and writing, the History of American Journalism, Communications Law
and data journalism. I also serve as Graduate Director of the Journalism School.
I know learning is easier when you have an excellent teacher. That's what I strive to be.
Are you a beginner, expert, or somewhere in between? I offer a variety of instruction in data journalism using the methods of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) designed to prepare you for your next step.
My scholarship explores the intersection of journalism, law and civil rights. My book, In Sullivan's Shadow, was published by University of Massachusetts Press
in August 2019.
Journalism is in my blood - all I ever wanted to do was write and tell true stories. My grandfather owned the Terrebonne Press back home in Louisiana, and my uncle was a journalist. In the dozen years I worked in newsrooms around the country I've covered just about every beat - cops, courts, politics, education, poverty, special projects. I continue my journalism in my research and writing about media, and I take great pride in educating the next generation of truth tellers. When I'm not committing journalism or traveling to teach journalism, I'm working on my farm in the Appalachian foothills. A locovore wannabe, I'm interested in local food economies and sustainability. When we meet, ask me about my goats and my garden!
Delivering the commencement address at Ohio University as the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member in 2014.