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Joel William Beeson

Joel William Beeson

Professor

Ph.D. (Union Institute and University)

304-293-6757

Joel William Beeson is an associate professor at the WVU Reed College of Media. Beeson’s current research in virtual reality (VR) is informed by two decades of research in race and representation, emerging media and documentary studies.

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Bob Britten

Bob Britten

Teaching Associate Professor

Ph.D. (University of Missouri-Columbia)

304-293-8710

Dr. Bob Britten is an associate professor at the WVU Reed College of Media. Britten has been working in journalism and news design since his junior year of college, when he was “promoted” from movie reviewer to managing editor of his campus newspaper.

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Dana Coester

Dana Coester

Associate Professor

M.A. (University of Missouri-Columbia)

304-293-6790

Dana Coester is an associate professor at the WVU Reed College of Media and creative director for the College’s Media Innovation Center. Coester also serves as executive editor for the collaborative media outlet 100 Days in Appalachia.

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Heather Cole

Heather Cole

Teaching Assistant Professor

M.F.A. (Goddard College)

304-293-6765

Heather Cole is a teaching assistant professor in the Interactive Design for Media program. As an interdisciplinary artist, Heather works and teaches in a variety of media. As of August 2019, she will be a member of the teaching faculty in the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University. Prior to that, she taught for Penn State University's Erie campus.n of the person. This will be pulled into the profile index page(s). Only enter a sentence or two in this region.

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Rita Colistra

Rita Colistra

Associate Professor

Ph.D. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

304-293-6793

Dr. Rita Colistra is an associate professor of public relations in the Reed College of Media. She returned to her home state in 2008, after earning her Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Roy H. Park Fellow. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University.

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Emily Hughes Corio

Emily Hughes Corio

Teaching Associate Professor

M.S.J. (West Virginia University)

304-293-7007

Emily Hughes Corio joined the WVU Reed College of Media in August 2011 and teaches courses in audio and video storytelling and special topical reporting courses. In 2018 and 2019, she co-led a collaborative reporting project that brought together faculty and students from WVU and George Washington University. In 2019, the team focused on in-depth and explanatory reporting on the opioid epidemic's impact to children in West Virginia.

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Gina Martino Dahlia

Gina Martino Dahlia

Teaching Professor, Journalism Program Chair

M.S.J. (West Virginia University)

304-293-5739

Gina Martino Dahlia is a Teaching Professor, the Managing Director of the Media Innovation Center, General Manager of 100 Days in Appalachia and the Journalism Program chair at the WVU Reed College of Media.

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Jasper Fessmann

Jasper Fessmann

Visiting Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (University of Florida)

304-293-6568

Dr. Jasper Fessmann is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Strategic Communications in the WVU Reed College of Media at West Virginia University and member of the WVU Public Interest Communications (PIC) Research Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of Florida in 2018. Prior, he earned a Master of Science degree in Public Relations from Boston University (1998), and a dual Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts & Philosophy from Georgia Southern University (1997). He also received professional certificates in University Pedagogy & Research Management from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany (2012).

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Julia Daisy Fraustino

Julia Daisy Fraustino

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (University of Maryland)

304-293-7005

Julia Daisy Fraustino is an assistant professor of strategic communications at the WVU Reed College of Media. She is founding co-director of the Public Interest Communication (PIC) Research Lab in the WVU Media Innovation Center and is a Sam Walton Fellow as Faculty Advisor for Enactus West Virginia University.

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Jennifer Harker

Jennifer Harker

Assistant Professor, Strategic Communication

Ph.D. (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

304-293-8609

Jennifer L. Harker, Ph.D. teaches public relations-related skills and conceptual courses in the Reed College of Media, including strategic advertising/public relations writing and advertising/public relations research methods. Dr. Harker also serves as co-advisor of the Martin Hall Agency, a student-run advertising and public relations agency housed in the Reed College of Media’s state-of-the-art Media Innovation Center. Dr. Harker’s courses and agency oversight matches community clients with Reed College of Media students for hands-on student learning to provide a real-world experience.

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Jim Iovino

Jim Iovino

Ogden Newspapers Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Innovation

B.A. (The Pennsylvania State University)

304-293-3078

Jim Iovino joined West Virginia University in July 2019 as the Ogden Newspapers Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Innovation. He is leading the NewStart Newspaper Ownership Initiative -- a program that is focusing on recruiting, training and supporting the next generation of community newspaper owners and publishers across the country. 

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Sang (Sammy) Lee

Sang (Sammy) Lee

Associate Professor, Research and International Curriculum Director

Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University)

304-293-6053

Dr. Lee is an associate professor and serves as the research and international curriculum director at the WVU Reed College of Media. He also serves as the Co-faculty Research Director for the Public Interest Communication (PIC) Research Lab in the Reed College of Media.

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Ashton Marra

Ashton Marra

Teaching Assistant Professor

M.S. (West Virginia University)

304-293-3505

Ashton Marra joined the Reed College of Media in August of 2018. She teaches a variety of journalism courses, including written and visual media with an emphasis in social media video production.

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Diana Martinelli

Diana Knott Martinelli

Dean, Widmeyer Professor in Public Relations

Ph.D. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Dr. Diana Knott Martinelli was named dean of the College of Media in 2019, after serving as the College's associate dean for eight years and as acting dean of the College of Media from 2015-2016.

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Mary Kay McFarland

Mary Kay McFarland

Teaching Associate Professor, West Virginia Uncovered Project Coordinator

M.A. (University of Missouri-Columbia)

304-293-6779

Mary Kay McFarland joined the WVU Reed College of Media in the summer of 2009. She teaches visual and multimedia journalism. Before coming to WVU, McFarland worked at The Charleston Gazette as a staff photographer and multimedia editor.

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Catherine Mezera

Catherine Mezera

Teaching Associate Professor

M.S. (West Virginia University)

304-293-5727

Catherine Mezera joined the WVU Reed College of Media in the fall of 2013. She teaches in the advertising/public relations program. Mezera has been an instructor for the College of Media, teaching classes in advertising, copywriting, graphic design, creative strategy and direct marketing for the past several years. She is also the faculty advisor for the WVU Ad Club, a local collegiate chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF).

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Jeffrey Moser

Jeffrey Moser

Teaching Assistant Professor

MFA (University of Delaware)

304-293-6765

Jeffrey Moser teaches interactive media design in a split position with the WVU School of Art and Design.

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Elizabeth Oppe

Elizabeth Oppe

Teaching Associate Professor

Ph.D. (Ohio University)

304-293-6773

Elizabeth Oppe, Ph.D., is a West Virginia native and a WVU alumna. She joined the College of Media’s faculty in Fall 2011 as a teaching assistant professor in the public relations program.

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Geah Pressgrove

Geah Pressgrove

Associate Professor, Advertising and Public Relations Program Chair

Ph.D. (University of South Carolina)

(304) 293-8868

Geah Pressgrove is an assistant professor at the Reed College of Media where she teaches introductory, skills and advanced courses in the advertising/public relations program. Pressgrove is also the faculty advisor for the award-winning WVU PRSSA chapter.

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Lois Raimondo

Lois Raimondo

Associate Professor

M.A. (University of Missouri-Columbia)

304-293-8708

Lois Raimondo is an international award-winning journalist. Before joining the College of Media faculty, Raimondo most recently worked as a staff photographer at The Washington Post. Prior to her 10 years at the Post, she worked as a freelance photographer and writer and spent four years as chief photographer for The Associated Press bureau in Hanoi, Vietnam. Raimondo’s work has appeared in such publications as National Geographic, The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Newsweek and Time.

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Chuck Scatterday

Shott Teaching Assistant Professor

M.S.J. (West Virginia University)

Chuck Scatterday is a creative leader with more than 30 years in the television production industry. During his career in producing network television live, remote and studio events, he mastered making split decisions under pressure, providing hard feedback, working collaboratively and deploying creative alternatives quickly and efficiently, with an appreciation for resources and budget.

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David Smith

David Smith

Teaching Assistant Professor

M.A. (West Virginia University)

304-293-6774

Clifton.Smith@mail.wvu.edu

David Smith joined the WVU Reed College of Media in August 2013. He teaches in the visual journalism program. Before coming to WVU, Smith worked as a freelance photographer in Columbus, Ohio, and Morgantown, W.Va. He also worked at the Fayetteville Observer in Fayetteville, N.C., where he was twice the North Carolina Press Photographers Association Clip Photographer of the Year; and The Gadsden Times in Gadsden, Ala., where he was the 2001 Associated Press Managing Editors Association Photographer of the Year.

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John Temple

John Temple

Professor

M.F.A. (University of Pittsburgh)

304-293-6116

Professor John Temple is a veteran investigative journalist whose books shed light on significant issues in American life.

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Steve Urbanski

Steve Urbanski

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

Ph.D. (Duquesne University)

304-293-6797

Dr. Steve Urbanski is an associate professor and director of graduate studies at WVU Reed College of Media. He has 28 years of experience in design, editing and reporting with newspapers such as the Post-Gazette in Pittsburgh; the Herald-Standard in Uniontown, Pa.; the former Sun-Tattler in Hollywood, Fla.; the Mountain-Statesman in Grafton, W.Va.; The Spirit in Punxsutawney, Pa., and the former Dallas Times Herald.

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Wright

Jesse Wright

Practitioner in Residence

B.S.J. (West Virginia University)

304-293-3505

jwrigh23@mail.wvu.edu

Jesse Wright joined West Virginia University in February 2020 as a Mellon Foundation funded practitioner in residence.

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