Updated February 16, 2021
Ph.D. in journalism and public communication, University of Maryland, 2007. Dissertation: “Paradigm Disguise: Systemic Influences on Newspaper Plagiarism.” Adviser: Dean Thomas Kunkel.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, Eastern Illinois University, 1979. Graduated cum laude. Minor in history, emphasis in computer programming.
University of Florida, associate professor, August 2007 to present. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses, advise graduate students, chair doctoral committees, and conduct research published in peer-reviewed journals. Promoted to associate professor in June 2013. Named Cox/Palm Beach Post professor in New Media in November 2018.
Fulbright Scholar, August 2018 to June 2019. Awarded a 10-month grant to teach and conduct research while based at Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait.
Graduate teaching assistant, University of Maryland, August 2004 to June 2007. Taught classes autonomously (including one assigned the week before the semester began when a professor became ill) and assisted Professor Gene Roberts.
Copy editor, Washington Post financial desk, June 2005 to April 2009. Worked in the home office for two years while a doctoral student at the University of Maryland and worked one day a week from my Gainesville home.
Editor, Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash., April 1998 to August 2004. Newspaper named best daily of its size in the region five of my six years. Created Sunday edition in 1999.
Publisher and editor, (Butte) Montana Standard, January 1994 to April 1998. Promoted to publisher after one year. Converted previously all-male leadership team into majority-female team. Readership measured at 94 percent.
Editor, Corvallis (Ore.) Gazette-Times, May 1989 to January 1994. Newspaper placed first or second all five years in general excellence contest. Paper broke national story on capture of nation’s longest-running fugitive.
City editor, La Crosse (Wis.) Tribune, August 1986 to May 1989. Oversaw several investigative projects, including misspending by high school principal and property tax inequities. Promoted to oversee features and state staffs.
Assistant city editor, Decatur (Ill.) Herald & Review, August 1980 to August 1986. Started and managed first regional bureau, then moved to home office to oversee all bureaus. Initiated several investigative reporting projects.
Reporter, Springfield, Ill., State Journal-Register, May 1979 to August 1980. Regional reporter for three counties. Broke investigative story about the sheriff appointing cronies and a felon as special deputies.