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David Cuillier
Director, Associate Professor
Email: cuillier@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-9694
FAX: (520) 621-7557
Office: Marshall 334B

Researches citizen and press access to government information, including public attitudes toward freedom of information, the state of access, and strategies for increasing transparency. Also researches psychological effects in journalism (e.g., terror management theory – the effect of thinking...
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Tom Beal
Adjunct Instructor
Email: tbeal@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 347

Tom Beal is a senior reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, where he has worked since 1974.

A graduate of Rutgers University College of South Jersey in Camden, Beal has held numerous posts at the Star, including police reporter, assistant city editor, city editor, editorial page columnist,...
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Paloma Boykin
Academic Adviser
Email: boykin1@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-5712
Office: Marshall 325

Paloma Boykin is a 2008 UA Journalism graduate and earned her Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. She began her career in the UA Office of Admissions, where she enrolled thousands of Wildcats. Her passion lies with student success and the achievement of your...
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Fred Brock
Adjunct Instructor
Email: fbrock@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 347

Fred Brock is the author of the best-selling Retire on Less Than You Think: The New York Times Guide to Planning Your Financial Future (2nd Edition – Times Books/Henry Holt, 2008); Health Care on Less Than You Think: The New York Times Guide to Getting Affordable Coverage (Times Book/Henry Holt...
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Cathalena Burch
Adjunct Instructor
Email: cburch@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 347

 Cathalena Burch is a country and classical music critic and feature writer for the Arizona Daily Star.

Burch joined the Star in 1997 and spent two years on the city desk. She also has reported for the Mesa Tribune, the Sedona Red Rock News and the Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Gazette, where she...
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Ford Burkhart
Professor Emeritus
Email: burkhartf@gmail.com

Ford Burkhart taught in the journalism program from 1976 to 1996 and is currently a freelance writer based in Tucson.

He writes for AARP publications – here’s a piece on President Gene Sander, a lively tale on...
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Jim Calle
Adjunct Instructor
Email: jimcalle@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 347
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Don Carson
Professor Emeritus
Email: dcarson@u.arizona.edu

Taught in the journalism program from 1966 to 1967 and 1968-1997. Served as department head from 1978 to 1985.


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Celina Centeno
Administrative Assistant
TEL: 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall 334

Celina Centeno is the new administrative assistant at the School of Journalism. She started her duties July 27 and takes over the responsibilities that Crystal Bumpers had at the front desk. Celina graduated this spring from the UA with a bachelor’s in Gender and Women’s Studies. She was a...
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Mike Chesnick
Outreach Coordinator
Email: mchesnick1@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-626-3079
Office: Marshall 334

Mike Chesnick is the school's new program coordinator for outreach, heading up alumni relations and high school recruitment. He is a 1984 UA Journalism graduate, received his Masters in English Education in...
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Shannon Conner
Adjunct Instructor
Email: sconner@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 347

Shannon's aim as an editor is to be the boss she always wanted. 

She has worked at five newspapers across the country, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she was the night sports editor. She was also the sports editor at both the Santa Cruz Sentinel and the Arizona Daily...
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Debbie Cross
Graduate Program Coordinator / Program Coordinator
Email: debbiecross@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-9616
Office: Marshall Room 334
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Gawain Douglas
Adjunct Instructor
Email: gdouglas@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 347

Gawain Douglas is the design and production manager at Learning A-Z, an educational publishing company.

Douglas worked at the Tucson Citizen from 2003 until the paper ceased print publication in May 2009. He joined the staff of the Tucson Citizen as a page designer and in 2005 was...
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Shahira Fahmy, Ph.D.
Full Professor
Email: sfahmy@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 328

Dr. Shahira Fahmy is the first and only female Arab American tenured full journalism professor at a research university R1 in the United States. Her research focuses on global media, peace journalism and visual reporting. She specializes in issues that intersect these domains in the context of...
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Rogelio Garcia
Assistant Professor of Practice
Email: rgarcia3@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-9134
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 339

Rogelio Garcia joined the permanent faculty in a half-time position in 2014, having taught as an adjunct instructor since 2008. He has 17 years' experience in professional video production that includes video newsgathering, documentary production, cinematography, and commercial work. 

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Sarah Gassen
Adjunct Instructor
Email: sgassen@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 347

Sarah Garrecht Gassen is a columnist and editorial writer at the Arizona Daily Star, a contributor to the New York Times and has taught journalism at the School for more than a decade.

Her coverage of public education, health care, social services and government for the Star’s news,...
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Celeste González de Bustamante
Associate Professor
Email: celesteg@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-3189
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 336

Teaches courses on reporting in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and Latin America, and television news writing, reporting and production. Dr. González de Bustamante, an affiliated faculty member of the UA Center for Latin American Studies, conducts research on: the history and development of...
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Bruce Itule
Professor Emeritus
Email: bitule@email.arizona.edu

Bruce Itule retired from the School of Journalism in December 2012. His teaching and research areas focused on editing, reporting and Arizona history. He's also a past winner of the Freedom Forum National Journalism Teacher of the Year...
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James Johnson
Professor Emeritus
Email: jwjtucson@centurylink.net

Taught in the journalism program from 1979 to 2003.


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Andrea Kelly
Adjunct Instructor
Email: andreakelly@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 347

Andrea Kelly is a radio and television journalist at Arizona Public Media.

She covers local, state and federal government and politics. Her work airs on the daily radio newscasts on Tucson's NPR affiliate, and on a daily current events television show on the local PBS affiliate station....
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Susan Knight
Associate Professor of Practice
Email: smknight@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-3191
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 330

Teaching areas include reporting public affairs, feature writing, journalism ethics and the Principles of Journalism course taught to journalism pre-majors. She also serves as faculty mentor to new professors and adjunct instructors...
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Linda Lumsden
Associate Professor
Email: lumsden@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-626-3635
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 338

 Winner of both the 2016 AEJMC Senior Scholar Award and 2016 AEJMC-Peter Land Ltd.  Scholarsourcing Program, which earned a book contract for her work-in-progress, Journalism for Social Justice: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from Abolition to #yesallwomen. Her latest book...
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Michael McKisson
Assistant Professor of Practice
Email: mckisson@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 331

Michael McKisson is the chief technology nerd on the faculty. He is currently working with students on virtual reality and 360-degree-video storytelling, drone videography and sensor journalism. He recently earned his Part 107 FAA Certification allowing students to use drones in their reporting...
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Kim Newton
Associate Professor of Practice
Email: newtonk@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-5711
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 327

Research and teaching areas are multimedia journalism, visual journalism, photojournalism and international photojournalism. Newton has led multimedia Study Abroad courses in Orvieto, Italy, and served as picture editor for news agencies in Washington, D.C., and London and worked as a freelancer...
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James Nintzel
Adjunct Instructor
Email: jnintzel@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 347

Jim Nintzel, who covers politics for the Tucson Weekly and hosts the Political Roundtable on KUAT-TV's Arizona Illustrated on Friday nights, has won more than 30 journalism awards for reporting, commentary and featuring writing. He was named a journalist of the year in 2010 by the Arizona...
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Jim Patten
Professor Emeritus
Email: jimpatten712@gmail.com

Jim Patten taught in the journalism program from 1983 to 2000 and served as department head from 1991-2000.

He became the first UA journalism professor ever to earn a named professorship when he was named the Soldwedel Family Professor of Journalism in 1998. Patten was cited for...
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Jeannine Elisa Relly
Associate Professor
Email: jrelly@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-626-8680
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 326

Dr. Jeannine Relly's research focuses on global influences on news media systems, government information policy, press-state relations, and democratic institutions, including freedom of expression and access to public information in countries that often are in conflict or in political or...
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George Ridge
Professor Emeritus
Email: gwr@email.arizona.edu

Taught in the journalism program from 1968 to 1994 and served as department head from 1972 to 1978 and from 1985-1991.


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Lorraine Rivera
Adjunct Instructor
Email: lflorez@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557

Lorraine Rivera began teaching Jour 385 and Jour 490 in spring 2014. She graduated from the UA School of Journalism in 2004, with minors in English and Mexican-American Studies .

A self-proclaimed news junkie, Rivera has worked in the Yuma and Tucson television markets. She's the producer...
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Mort Rosenblum
Professor of Practice
Email: mortr@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-626-7609
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 360E

Mort Rosenblum, reporter, author, and educator, has covered stories on seven continents since the 1960s, from war in Biafra to tango dancing by the Seine. He was editor of the International Herald Tribune; special correspondent for The Associated Press; AP bureau chief in Africa, Southeast Asia...
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