I am an associate professor of multimedia journalism and the director of graduate studies in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University.

My professional background: My international and interdisciplinary research focuses on journalism processes and effects. More specifically, I primarily study socially responsible forms of journalism, such as constructive journalism and solutions journalism — emerging approaches that aim to create more productive news stories that contribute to society’s well being. I also study press freedom and journalism practice in East Africa and served as a Fulbright scholar in Rwanda during the 2018-19 academic year. Prior to becoming a professor, I worked in journalism, mostly digital and print. I have worked for various daily newspapers as well as online media outlets in California and abroad. I received my Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, my master’s from University of California, Berkeley, and my bachelor’s from California State University, Chico. I have traveled to more than 40 countries and am originally from Lake Tahoe, California.

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