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Maryanne Reed

M.S. (Northwestern University) Dean, Professor

Maryanne Reed has been Dean of the West Virginia University Reed College of Media since 2004. She is also a professor in the Journalism program and has been a member of the faculty since 1993.

Before coming to WVU, Reed was a broadcast reporter and producer, and she has produced several award-winning documentaries and long-form stories for regional and national television.

Since Reed’s tenure as dean, the college has experienced record enrollment in its graduate and undergraduate programs, including its master’s degree program in Integrated Marketing Communications, the nation’s first online IMC graduate program.

Reed has led major curriculum and programmatic changes, including merging advertising and public relations into an integrated major; re-visioning the journalism major to be digital-first and student-centered; creating nine academic minors for non-majors that has resulted in a new revenue stream; and transforming the program from a school to a college. She also led the development of a new Media Innovation Center, which opened in January 2016.

Under Reed’s leadership, the college recently created an Innovator-In-Residence program that engages high-level journalists and newsroom “change-agents” in virtual residencies that result in real-world projects and curricula at the intersection of media, technology and audience. Recent innovators have come from such publications as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, CNN, Vox and the Huffington Post.

Reed has been recognized both regionally and nationally for her achievements. She was named the national 2016 “Scripps Howard Administrator of the Year” award.  She served as President of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2016-2017.  She was named a “West Virginia Wonder Woman” in 2016 by WV Living Magazine, and she is a past recipient of the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association’s “Significant Achievement in Service to the State” award.

Reed has an M.S. in journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and a B.A. in history from University of Massachusetts.