The Missouri School of Journalism Welcomes Nine New Faculty Members

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Columbia, Mo. (Sept. 4, 2003) — The Missouri School of Journalism welcomes nine new faculty members.

Four will join the staff of the Columbia Missourian, the community’s daily morning newspaper:

  • Elizabeth Brixey, BJ ’85, worked at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, Wis., for 17 years before joining the Missourian, as city editor and assistant professor.
  • Scott Swafford has worked at Missouri newspapers for 19 years, including a 13-year stint at the Columbia Daily Tribune. He will serve as a news editor and an assistant professor.
  • Brian Wallstin was a features writer for the Waterbury Republican-American and, for nine years, an investigative and enterprise reporter for the weekly Houston Press before joining the Missourian as a city editor and assistant professor.
  • Margaret Walter will serve as a news editor and an assistant professor after serving as features editor at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.

A husband-wife team will provide new leadership at KOMU, the only university-owned commercial television station in the United States:

  • The station’s new executive producer and assistant professor, Jennifer Reeves, is teaching the producing class. She has produced newscasts for KBAK-TV in Bakersfield, Calif., KSBW in Salinas, Calif., and WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Randy Reeves joins KOMU as managing editor and will teach classes in broadcast reporting. Previously, he produced newscasts for KSBW-TV in Salinas, Calif. and for WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Shelly Rodgers, PhD ’00, is the School’s new assistant professor of advertising. Her research examining the effects of interactive communications has been published in numerous journals, including the Journal of Advertising, Journal of Communication, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Interactive Advertising and Journal of Health Communication. Rodgers earned her doctoral degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The editorial department welcomes two new faculty members:

Updated: April 2, 2020

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