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Associate professor emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University

I retired from full-time teaching in 2020 after 23 years at VCU. Before that, I spent more than two decades as a newspaper reporter and editor in Texas, Arizona and Virginia. My students won more than 65 awards for political reporting and other coverage. I received teaching awards from VCU and the Society of Professional Journalists, as well as Fulbright grants and other fellowships to teach and train journalists in China, Mongolia and Ukraine. I also have won several awards for my reporting. As both a journalist and a journalism educator, I have carved out a specialty in using technology to find, report and tell powerful news stories.


  • 2020–present
    Associate professor emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 1997–2020
    Associate professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 1989–1997
    State editor / Database editor, Austin (TX) American-Statesman


  • 1974 
    University of Texas at Austin, B.A., journalism


2016 Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists; Distinguished Teaching Award and Distinguished Mentor Award from VCU; Fulbright Scholar in China in 2014