Terry Wimmer

About Terry Wimmer

Teaches reporting classes and works with students on Arizona-Sonora News Service, which offers readers and media outlets the best journalism being produced by students in the UA School of Journalism. He was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize while working as an editor at the Orange County Register.                                                 


  • B.A., West Virginia University;
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Courses Taught at the UA

  • J 306 Advanced Reporting
  • J 490A/590A Tombstone Epitaph
  • J 506 Intro & Advanced Reporting

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Publications and Research

  • "Correct This! A Content Analysis of 2003 Corrections Claimed by The New York Times," Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2004.
  • "Teaching Freedom of Information," Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2004.
  • "Sustained Outrage: Ned Chilton's Philosophy for Social Change and Responsibility that Graced an Era in West Virginia Journalism," American Journalism Historians Association, 1999.
  • "Killing Physicians with Fighting Words: A Free-Speech Challenge to Internet Community Building," Communication Technology and Policy Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 1999.
  • "Captured Conversations: The Media's Romanticized Version of the Telephone Party Line," History Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 1999.

Past Academic Positions

  • Shott Chair in Journalism, West Virginia University, 2000 - 2006
  • Atwood Professor of Journalism, University of Alaska, 1996 - 1997
  • Visiting Professor, Federal University of Espirito Santo, Vitoria, Brazil, 1984

Past Professional Positions

  • Online Editor, Orange County Register, 1997 - 1998
  • Health/Technology Editor, Orange County Register, 1994 - 1996
  • Night Editor, Orange County Register, 1989 - 1994
  • Assigning Editor, Orange County Register, 1986 - 1989
  • Executive Sports Editor, Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette, 1984 - 1986
  • Assistant City Editor, Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette, 1980 - 1984
  • Reporter, Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette, 1976 - 1980


  • Hugh and Jan Harelson Excellence in Teaching Award, UA School of Journalism, 2012
  • Roger Peabody Prize by the American Civil Liberties Union for championing First Amendment rights, 2003
  • Induction into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni, West Virginia University, 1998
  • West Virginia University School of Journalism Alumnus of the Year, 1997
  • Mercer County Schools Academic Hall of Fame, 1997
  • Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting (led a team that uncovered abuses at a fertility clinic), Orange County Register, 1996
  • Investigative Reporters Best of Best Award, 1996
  • National Headliners Award, 1996
  • George Polk Award for Outstanding Medical Reporting, 1996
  • Roy Howard Award for Public Service Journalism, 1996
  • Freedom Communications Associate of the Year, 1996
  • Society of Professional Journalists, first place, deadline reporting, 1994
  • Freedom Communications Associate of the Year, 1994
  • Orange County Register Editor of the Year, 1989

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Contact Information

Terry Wimmer
Professor of Practice
Telephone: 520-626-6575
Fax: 520-621-7557
Office: Marshall Room 324