At disaster drill


North Carolina State University — 2003 – May 2012 | PhD in Public Administration Part-time studies and relevant coursework include organizational theory and statistics with some focus on mass communication and public administration. Qualitative dissertation looking at the relationship between agenda-setting effects between local media and local governments including in-depth data gathering/analysis of local government budgets and local media content analysis. Completed August 2012.

  • Papers presented or scheduled for presentation at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Southeast Colloquium, Western Political Science Association, College Media Association and Midwest Political Science Association
  • Research in mass media agenda setting for dissertation.
  • Other substantive research in agenda setting, the PATRIOT Act and Freedom of Information Act

Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs — 1996-1997 | Master of Public Administration, June 1997 Relevant coursework and projects:

  • Team paper/presentation on Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Governmental law, budgeting and finance
  • In-depth policy analysis of education reform
  • Multiple papers/presentations on organizational theory for the 21st century
  • Casework in public administration law, science/innovation management and economics

The University of Texas at Austin — 1983-1989 | Bachelor of Journalism, May 1989 Bachelor of Arts, Major in Biology/Chemistry, May 1988 Relevant coursework, projects, honors

  • Media relations, media law, covering governments, science reporting
  • Peer leadership/development
  • Friar Society (honor society)
  • Students’ Association, director of News and Information
  • Texas Student Publications, president of the Board of Directors

Westlake High School (Austin, Texas) — 1979-1983