Assistant Professor SARA SHIPLEY HILES teaches writing and online journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism. Her areas of interest include environmental, science and health reporting; using multimedia and social media; and investigative reporting.
Hiles started her journalism career at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans while still a student at Loyola University. For one story, she spent the night with homeless teenagers living in an abandoned building in the French Quarter. Later work uncovered an illegal gambling operation and exposed rampant underage drinking. She moved to the The Statesman-Journal in Salem, Ore., where she realized her dream of covering the environmental beat, including traveling to Iceland to cover “Keiko” the killer whale’s journey to freedom. At The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., she co-wrote investigative projects on mentally ill jail inmates and on railroad workers exposed to toxic solvents on the job. At the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, she reported on the endangered Ozark hellbender salamander, floodplain development, and the scourge of “popcorn lung” disease suffered by factory workers across the country.
Her freelance work has been published in The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, Mother Jones and other publications. She is co-author of a book on Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans.
Hiles has taught at Western Kentucky University and Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She has won awards and recognition for teaching, feature writing, digital journalism and investigative reporting.
She received her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She lives in Columbia with her husband and son and enjoys cycling, cooking and reading. Connect with Hiles at her personal website, sarashipleyhiles.com, or on Twitter or Facebook.
- May 5, 2017: Missouri Students, Faculty Win Fellowships to Health Journalism Conference
- Mar 27, 2017: Professional Journalists Pair Up Students in Missouri and India for Reporting Project
- Jan 5, 2017: New Partnership to Strengthen Science, Health, Environmental Journalism Announced
- Oct 25, 2016: Visiting Journalists to Discuss US-India Partnership Related to Covering Health
- Apr 18, 2016: Science, Environmental Journalism Group to Host National Geographic Speaker
- Apr 12, 2016: Journalism Students, Faculty Win Health Journalism 2016 Fellowships
- Feb 9, 2016: Missouri Journalism Students to Attend DC Global Science Conference
- Jan 27, 2016: Missouri School of Journalism Offers Nuclear Energy Workshop to Journalists
- Oct 26, 2015: Missouri Honor Medal Winners to Present Master Classes on Oct. 26
- Jul 24, 2015: Magazine Students, Vox Magazine Win 11 Awards in National Competition
- May 21, 2015: Vox Magazine Earns National SPJ Recognition
- May 20, 2015: Vox Reporters Travel More Than 3,000 Miles of Missouri's Back Roads
- Mar 20, 2015: Health Journalism Fellowships Awarded to 9 Missouri Students and Professionals
- Nov 3, 2014: Master's Student Publishes iBook Showcasing Photos, Writing of Jack and Dorothy Fields
- Oct 13, 2014: Vox Magazine Students Use Digital Tools to Catch Vibe of Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival
- Jul 29, 2014: Cleaner, Brighter, Easier to Navigate: Vox Magazine Website Redesign Culminates 3 Years of Work
- Apr 22, 2014: Students Immerse Themselves in Science Journalism at National Conference
- Apr 18, 2014: New Vox Magazine Design Offers Fresh New Look for Columbia Readers
- Aug 14, 2013: A Record Breaker: Missouri School of Journalism Faculty, Students and Alumni Present 114 Papers at International Conference; 11 Earn Top Paper Awards
- May 6, 2013: How Vox Magazine Prepares For and Covers the True/False Film Fest
- Dec 18, 2012: Five Missouri Journalism Classes Produce Multiplatform Package of Stories for Vox Magazine
- Sep 4, 2012: Five Missouri Journalism Faculty Receive Promotions, and the School Welcomes Six New Professors for the 2012-13 Academic Year