ELIZABETH BRIXEY is a city editor overseeing education coverage at the Columbia Missourian and an associate professor on the Journalism Professions faculty in the Missouri School of Journalism. Brixey joined the school in August 2003 after 17 years at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison. Brixey was a fellow in two National Endowment for the Arts journalism institutes: in classical music and opera at Columbia University (2007) and dance at the American Dance Festival at Duke University (2009). In 2017, she won the O.O. McIntyre Professorship for Teaching Excellence awarded by the Journalism School and, in 2019, the Maxine Christopher Shutz Award and Lecture for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Missouri. Brixey has been recognized as a mentor to more than 50 students at MU’s Honors Convocations and as a mentor to nine Mizzou ’39 winners. She coordinates the annual Atwater Writing Contest in memory of former Journalism Dean and faculty member James Atwater and his wife, Patty. Brixey has two journalism degrees from the University of Missouri: a bachelor’s in 1985 and a master’s in 2013. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia and plays the horn in Show-Me Brass. She is obsessed with peonies.
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Updated: February 6, 2020