Teaching Professor, Journalism Program Chair
M.S.J. (West Virginia University)
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.
Dahlia is also the executive producer of “ WVU News” a student-produced weekly newscast. This newscast has received almost 100 National, International and Regional juried awards since 2013. That includes a Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence national finalist award in 2019, a Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts national ‘Award of Excellence’ in 2019 and a national Emmy top-three finalist award in 2017 and 2012 and an Emmy first place national award in 2015.
Dahlia also oversees eight partnerships affiliated with “ WVU News,” including a 14-year partnership with ESPNU, which allows student journalists to showcase their work on various platforms associated with ESPN.
In 2018, Dahlia was also named one of America's top 20 digital media innovators in America by MediaShift for her work on 100 Days in Appalachia. MediaShift is the premier destination for insight and analysis at the intersection of media and technology. Under Dahlia’s direction, Mediashift also awarded 100 Days in Appalachia one of the top six Journalism Collaborations of 2017.
Prior to being promoted to a Teaching Professor in May 2019, Dahlia’s career at WVU spans 18 years. She has taught thousands of students at WVU in all areas of journalism including television news producing, sports reporting, the history of mass communications, broadcast writing and reporting and journalism law and ethics.
Dahlia is also the recipient of the WVU Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching, the highest award for teaching at West Virginia University.
Dahlia's journalism career spans 20 years where she has held many roles in the field. First as a TV news anchor and reporter at a CBS affiliate and later as a weekly newspaper columnist, feature and business writer and restaurant critic. She’s an award-winning documentarian, for her documentary The Monongah Heroine. This film focused on the widows left behind from the December 6, 1907, Monongah, W.Va. mine disaster. Dahlia was also a researcher for a national PBS documentary, The Mosque in Morgantown, which explored the larger dilemmas facing American Islam.
Dahlia spearheaded the campaign of current U.S. Senator Joe Manchin when he ran and won the office of West Virginia Secretary of State back in 2001. She’s also a proud former West Virginia Women’s Commissioner.