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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 Universiy in 2011. 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...
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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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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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Mike Chesnick
Outreach Coordinator
Email: mchesnick1@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-626-3079
Office: Marshall 334

Mike Chesnick is the school's program coordinator for outreach, heading up alumni relations, event coordination, social media and high school recruitment. He is a 1984 UA Journalism graduate, received his Masters in English Education in 1988 from UA and has taught feature writing and advanced...
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Michael Chihak
Adjunct Instructor
Email: mchihak@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557

With a distinguished career in journalism, Chihak retired as news director at Arizona Public Media in June 2017. He is the former editor and publisher of the Tucson Citizen and held editorial positions at The Californian in Salinas, USA Today and The Associated Press. A member of the Arizona...
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Mike Christy
Adjunct Instructor
Email: mchristy24@gmail.com
TEL: 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557

Christy is an award-winning photographer at the Arizona Daily Star and former photo editor at the Arizona Daily Wildcat. He is a 2011 graduate of the UA School of Journalism.


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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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Christopher Conover
Adjunct Instructor
Email: cconover@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7556, 520-621-1233
FAX: 520-621-7557

Conover is a reporter and producer for Arizona Public Media. His main beats are politics, the military and the environment. He spent 13 years covering the Florida legislature for both television and radio. Conover has won a national Edward R. Murrow Award, a National Society of Professional...
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Debbie Cross
Graduate Program Coordinator / Program Coordinator
Email: debbiecross@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-9616
Office: Marshall 334

Debbie Cross coordinates the school's graduate studies and the Center for Border & Global Journalism. She managed Antigone Books for two decades and also did fundraising for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She has an MFA in creative writing from the UA and a bachelor's in East...
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Andres Dominguez
Administrative Assistant
Email: dad4@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall 334

Andres Dominguez is the school's administrative assistant. A Tucson native, he graduated from Tucson High Magnet School and is an alumnus of the School of Journalism. He majored in journalism and political science and graduated in 2013. His favorite subject is the Arizona Legislature, where he...
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Geoff Ellwand
Associate Professor of Practice
Email: gellwand@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557
Office: 323C

A veteran broadcast journalist and former criminal defense lawyer, his main research interests include, the media, the law and history. His scholarly writing includes exploring how handwritten wills, including a will scratched into the fender of a tractor, have been dealt with by courts around...
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Shahira Fahmy, Ph.D.
Full Professor
Email: sfahmy@email.arizona.edu
Office: Geronimo Room 125

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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Brett Fera
Adjunct Instructor
Email: bfera@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-3408, 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557

Fera is director of Arizona Student Media, which oversees the Arizona Daily Wildcat, UATV-3, KAMP Student Radio and and UA specialty publications. The 2005 UA School of Journalism alum held editing positions at the East Valley Tribune, Maricopa Monitor and Ahwatukee News after graduation. The...
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Joe Ferguson
Adjunct Instructor
Email: jferguso@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7556, 520-573-4197
FAX: 520-621-7557

Ferguson covers city government and politics for the Arizona Daily Star, where he has won several Freedom of Information and reporting awards. The 2006 graduate of the UA School of Journalism is president of the Arizona Press Club.


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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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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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Irene McKisson
Adjunct Instructor
Email: irenemckisson@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557

She is editor of #ThisIsTucson at the Arizona Daily Star, where she held previous positions as social and audience engagement editor, social media editor and night sports editor. McKisson is a 2003 graduate of the UA School of Journalism.


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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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James Mitchell
Adjunct Instructor
Email: mitchell@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7556
FAX: 520-621-7557

Mitchell, a former assistant professor of practice, came out of retirement to teach Press and the Law for the School of Journalism. He worked as an anchor and reporter at TV stations in Louisville and Los Angeles. Also served as a prosecuting attorney in Mohave County, Ariz. Author of several...
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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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