A Year of Teaching Journalism at NCSU

Go Pack! In many ways 2016 brought my career and education full circle. I taught journalism at my undergraduate alma mater – N.C. State University.

From surprising class discussions, visits from professional reporters and communicators, and a special stop at a local television station, it was a year to remember.

During the Spring and Fall semesters I instructed students in three classes of News and Article Writing and one class of Copy Editing each semester.

Yes, that’s eight classes in one year, and each class was filled with bright and energetic students. I am optimistic about the future of journalism. For those students who are still willing to enter the career, it was a great help to have professionals visit our class. My students and I are grateful to:

  • Joseph Neff, N&O Investigative Reporter
  • Rick Willis, News14 News Director
  • Amanda Lamb, WRAL-TV Crime Reporter
  • Thea Neal – Hallmark Cards Social Media Lead
  • Jessie Ammons – Walter Magazine Asst. Editor
  • Jodi Leese-Glusco, WRAL-TV Digital Director
  • Mary Cornatzer, N&O Editor
  • Alan Wolf, Rex Media Relations Manager
  • Jim Sughrue, Raleigh Police PIO
  • Mandy Locke, N&O Investigative Reporter
  • Rob Christensen, N&O Political Columnist


We were happy to teach WRAL’s Amanda Lamb (a Duke Blue Devil) how to do the Wolf Pack victory sign. The professionals in Wake County and my students made it a great year!

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I am a former television news journalist and current part-time Duke University Graduate student (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies). Reading, writing and traveling bring joy to my life. My time in grad school has reaffirmed my belief that we are always learning and we are at our best when we are open to words and ideas. For a bit more: My favorite place in the world is Hawksnest Beach on the island of St. John, USVI. Some of my favorite reads include Caribbean, Song of Soloman, Tale of Two Cities, Pudd'n Head Wilson and Wide Sargasso Sea. I'm a native North Carolinian and graduate of N.C. State University

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