I’ve taught journalism at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communications since 2014, but the title journalism instructor doesn’t quite encompass everything I do. I also develop curriculum, research engaged journalism and wrangle students. The latter is particularly rewarding.
I teach writing, reporting and sports journalism. Among the classes I’ve developed is one that covers all major track and field events at Hayward Field, including the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials; my students’ work has appeared in publications including The Miami Herald, the Arizona Republic and Runner’s World Online.
I’m co-founder and co-director, with Courtney Munther, of Writing Central, a peer-to-peer writing support program for SOJC students.
In addition, I’m the faculty adviser for student chapters of the Association for Women in Sports Media and the Society for Professional Journalists. I help organize students to cover everything from the Online News Association national convention to Elevate Engagement, a partnership between the SOJC’s Agora Journalism Center and Journalism that Matters that explored how engaged journalism can strengthen communities.
I moved into the classroom after more than 25 years as a full-time journalist specializing in sports, women’s issues and higher education. And because I don’t believe in teaching journalism without doing journalism, I’ve continued to write for publications including The Penn Stater alumni magazine, Runner’s World Online and MediaShift.
I’ve reported from Kenya, Cuba, 10 Final Fours (women’s and men’s) and four Olympic Games, and I’ve covered everything from Little League baseball to the World Series, from night cops to anti-war protests. I was also a copy editor, an assignment editor and a Sunday sports editor. I’ve eaten my share of election-night pizza.
If I’m not in the classroom or the press box, you can find me on the yoga mat, in the swimming pool or hiking on Oregon’s vast network of trails. Or reading a book.
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In the News
Reporting Roseburg and Mass Shooting Coverage
- “Reporting Roseburg: Journalists’ Perspectives on Covering a Mass Tragedy, featured on Around the O.
- “A year after Roseburg, journalists share lessons from covering a mass shooting,” featured on Poynter.org.
- “UO journalism project tells reporters’ stories,” interview with KLCC.
- “For these journalists, veterans of Aurora, Boston and Newtown, the shooting in Orlando felt familiar,” quoted on Poynter.org.
- “We have to be able to show our anger but also have a productive conversation: media and its reporting of outrages such as Orlando,” quoted in The Drum.
- “Advanced sports reporting: U.S. Olympic trials edition,” featured on Around the O.
- “In Oregon, journalism educators want to prepare students to cover mass shootings,” featured on Poynter.org.
- “4 lessons for teaching engagement,” quoted in MediaShift.