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Gina Martino Dahlia

M.S.J. (West Virginia University) Teaching Associate Professor, Journalism Program Chair

Gina Martino Dahlia is a teaching associate professor and the Journalism program chair at the WVU Reed College of Media.

Dahlia is the executive producer of the award-winning “ WVU News” program, a student-produced newscast that airs statewide on PBS and cable. The show has garnered more than 75 regional, national and international awards in the last several years. In April 2015, “ WVU News” made history, winning a first-place national college Emmy Award for best college newscast in the country.

Dahlia is also the recipient of the WVU Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching, the highest award for teaching given at West Virginia University.

In 2014, Dahlia spearheaded a high-profile partnership with ABC News in New York City. Three WVU Reed College of Media students interned for ABC News’ social media department during the 2014 midterm elections. Dahlia served as the liaison and advisor between ABC News and the WVU Reed College of Media. Dahlia accompanied the students to NYC as they worked alongside professionals during the election coverage.

Also under her leadership, Dahlia established a relationship with ESPNU in a program called “Campus Connection,” which allows young journalists to work with broadcast news sports’ professionals and to showcase their work on various platforms associated with ESPNU. This partnership has been ongoing in the college for more than a decade.

Dahlia served as a researcher for a PBS documentary, “The Mosque in Morgantown,” which aired to a national audience on PBS. Through unfolding scenes and intimate interviews, “The Mosque in Morgantown,” frames this local conflict as a means to explore the larger dilemmas facing American Islam. It tells a story of competing paths to social change, American identity and the nature of religion itself.

Dahlia is an award-winning filmmaker. Her documentary, “The Monongah Heroine,” aired statewide on PBS in December 2007 and received worldwide media attention. The film focuses on the widows left behind from the December 6, 1907, Monongah (W.Va.) mine disaster, still dubbed the worst disaster in American history. Dahlia produced, filmed and narrated the historical film. “The Monongah Heroine” has won several awards, including the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts Best Short Documentary Film, two Accolade Awards for short documentary and historical videography, a Gold MarCom Award, an Ava Award, a Telly award and a Silver Communicator Award for documentary filmmaking. In addition, in 2008, WV Gov. Joe Manchin presented Dahlia the “Distinguished Mountaineer Award” for significant contributions to her students and state.

Dahlia is also proud to be a former West Virginia Women’s Commissioner. 

Dahlia has a background in television news as an anchor, reporter and producer at WDTV News Channel Five in Bridgeport, W.Va. She also served as former Governor Joe Manchin’s campaign manager and press secretary during his run for WV Secretary of State. Dahlia has also freelanced for newspapers throughout the state as a columnist, feature and business writer and restaurant critic.

Dahlia received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at West Virginia University.