Journalism Program Faculty and Staff
Richard Campbell, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Professor
Richard Campbell was named Journalism Program director in 2004, following teaching roles at Middle Tennesee State, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Mount Mary College and the University of Michigan. He currently is interim director of the new Department of Communication, which encompasses Media and Culture, Journalism and Film Studies. Campbell is lead author of “Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication” (Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2008), the nation’s top media survey textbook. His other books include “60 Minutes and the News: A Mythology for Middle America” (1991) and “Cracked Coverage: Television News, the Anti-Cocaine Crusade and the Reagan Legacy” (1994). A journalism and media critic, Campbell has written for academic and popular trade journals, including Columbia Journalism Review, Journal of Communication and Media Studies Journal. He earned a Ph.D. in radio-television-film from Northwestern University, where he was a Danforth Fellow.
Office: 201 Williams Hall
Contact: (513) 529-7525; Email.
Assistant Program Director
Cheryl Gibbs joined Miami's Journalism faculty in 2004 after 11 years of teaching at Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. She was named assistant program director in 2008. During the 1990s, Gibbs spoke about and taught public journalism throughout the United States as well as in Bogotá and Medellín, Colombia. She is co-author of the textbook “Getting the Whole Story: Reporting and Writing the News” (Guilford Press, 2002). Earlier, Gibbs worked for 12 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, and a broadcast journalist, in California, Indiana and Ohio. She currently directs the Miami-Whitewater Valley Public Media Project. Gibbs earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; a master’s in journalism from Ball State University; and she is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Miami. She operates a guest house in Richmond with her husband, Mickey White.
Office: 145 Williams Hall
Contact: (513) 529-1923; Email.
Guest house: www.westsideguesthouse.com
Visiting Assistant Professor
Ed Arnone directs Miami’s summer journalism program in Kosovo and teaches a range of journalism courses, including Advanced Storytelling. He has been a writer or editor at seven daily newspapers during a 25-year journalism career that included covering desegregation in southern schools, manned space programs at Kennedy Space Center and nuclear plant fiascoes in the Pacific Northwest. Arnone won national writing awards for his work on race relations, special education, space and science, along with numerous regional awards. At the Wichita Eagle, he supervised its "public journalism" efforts, often cited as pioneering work in the industry. He did graduate work at the University of Denver.
Office: 225 Williams Hall
Contact: (513) 529-2205; Email.
Sacha DeVroomen Bellman
Sacha DeVroomen Bellman has spent more than 30 years as a journalist, working for newspapers and magazines, mostly in the Greater Cincinnati area. She earned a bachelor's in journalism at University of Kentucky, and a master's of technical and scientific communication at Miami. Bellman has worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers in Elizabethtown, Ky., Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, where she won numerous awards for her work and as a part of a team of reporters. She has free-lanced articles for magazines in Cincinnati and Cleveland, as well as equine and online publications. She is co-author of "The Insiders' Guide to Cincinnati" and "Daytrips from Cincinnati." A native of The Netherlands who moved to America at 14, Bellman and her husband, Tom, live in Colerain Township with sons Brett and Alex.
Office: 105 Williams Hall
Contact: (513) 529-6544 (o); Email.
Advisor to: The Miami Student newspaper; Recensio yearbook.
Annie Blair has worked at five daily newspapers - in Kansas City, Upstate New York, Boston and Cincinnati - and one news magazine. Her specialties are public affairs and environmental multimedia journalism. Blair joined Miami’s faculty in 2004 and regularly teaches News Reporting and Writing (print/web), plus a range of specialty courses. She is webmaster for the Journalism and affiliated programs. Reporting teams she led gleaned the 2002 Gannett Top Well Done Award, 2001 Gannett Freedom of Information Award and 1999 Gannett In-Depth Reporting Award; she won many regional journalism awards. Blair earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from University of Missouri-Columbia, and a master’s in journalism from Boston University. The U.S. Army veteran was a fellow at Arizona State's Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, and at USC's Institute for Justice and Journalism and Western Knight Center for Journalism.
Office: 152 Williams Hall
Contact: (513) 706-1142; Email. @professorblair
Advisor to: Up fashion magazine; GreenHawks Media.
Clinical Professor (Journalism, and Media and Culture)
Kathy Conkwright, a documentary filmmaker and broadcast journalist, has won many national and regional awards, and several of her films have been broadcast nationally on PBS. Her work focuses on social justice issues within the context of cultural and historical ideology and identity. She joined Miami in 2012. Conkwright founded Makewright Films, which produced the documentary "Southern Belle." Conkwright has also worked for NBC News/Dateline, ABC News/Turning Point, Frontline, and Public Affairs Television with Bill Moyers, She previously taught at Hunter College, Vanderbilt and Fisk. She is completing an MFA at Hunter. At Miami, Conkwright teaches digital video production and visual storytelling.
Office: 110 Williams Hall
Contact: (513) 529-4840; Email.
Associate Professor (English and Journalism)
Cheryl Heckler is the author of four books, including "An Accidental Journalist" (University of Missouri Press, 2007). A former writer for The New York Times Syndicate and specialist in religion in American culture, she has been published in more than 100 newspapers in North America, including The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Times and The Atlanta Journal & Constitution. For more than 10 years, Heckler wrote for Ecumenical News International, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Her ENI work, published in English and French, focused on social justice and inter-religious dialogue. She established the Reid-Heckler Scholarship for undergraduate journalists reporting from post-war or developing nations. Heckler earned a bachelor's degree from Miami University and a master's in religious education from United Theological Seminary.
Office: 208 Williams Hall
Contact: (513) 255-7433; Email.
Howard Kleiman, Ph.D.
Professor (Media and Culture)
Howard Kleiman joined the Miami faculty in 1983 after teaching at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His research and teaching interests are electronic media policy and regulation, First Amendment issues and broadcast journalism. Kleiman’s articles have appeared in Journalism Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Communication Law and Policy, and The Encyclopedia of Television. He directs Miami's Inside Washington program, which offers summer and semester coursework and internships in D.C. Kleiman, a 1994 faculty fellow at CNN, earlier worked in video production and was a VISTA volunteer in Alaska. He earned a doctoral degree from the University of Oregon.
Office: 150 Williams Hall
Contact: (513) 529-3545; Email.
Visiting Assistant Professor (Journalism, Media and Culture)
Bob Long has worked with students in Miami’s Mass Communication and Broadcast Journalism programs for 25 years. He currently teaches JRN 202 Reporting/Writing for Broadcast and COM 215 Electronic Media History. Bob spent 25 years in radio news, as news director of commercial radio stations in southwest and northeast Ohio, and as news director of two Ohio Public Radio stations – WKSU-FM in Kent and WMUB-FM in Oxford. In his 15 years at Miami’s public radio station, he supervised a staff of 25 students who covered stories in Ohio's Butler County and in Richmond, Ind. The station received more than 60 Ohio and Indiana Associated Press Awards and Ohio Public Broadcasting Awards, and the majority of these awards involved students. Bob received the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters’ Carl Day Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
Office: 147 Williams Hall
Contact: (513) 260-8425; Email.
Associate Professor (Emeritus)
John Lowery worked as a beat reporter, general assignment reporter, feature writer, news editor, copy editor and book critic at 10 daily newspapers across Georgia, Ohio, Virginia and New York. He was book critic for The Columbus Dispatch. At Miami, he developed and directed the university’s first journalism program, and its internship program. Since his retirement, Lowery occasionally teaches Advanced Storytelling and Critical Writing. He earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in English from Mercer University.
Office: 259 Bachelor Hall
Contact: (513) 529-5275; Email.
Patricia Gallagher Newberry
Patricia Gallagher Newberry joined the Miami faculty in 1997 and was appointed a lecturer in 2006. In addition to teaching an array of Journalism classes – from introductory to senior capstone courses – Newberry coordinates special events and internships for the program; chairs the Journalism Scholarship Committee; is a Lecture Series Committee member and heads the Committee on Student Media Organizations. She also teaches in Miami’s Inside Washington program. Earlier, Newberry spent 15 years in newspapers, working as reporter, editor and columnist for 10 papers in seven states. About half of those years were spent at The Cincinnati Enquirer, where she worked in business news and later wrote a biweekly column called "Married with Children." Newberry earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She and her family live in Cincinnati.
Office: 206 Williams Hall
Contact: (513) 529-5893; Email.
Advisor to: MQ magazine; Miami chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Clinical Professor (Journalism, Media and Culture)
I returned in fall 2013 to my alma mater following one year of teaching multimedia journalism at Washington State University. The 2013-14 academic year is my 12th of teaching Journalism and Media + Culture courses at Miami. From 2001-2012, my students won national and regional journalism awards for their work in and out of the classroom. Prior to teaching, I spent 12 years working in the Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, markets as a television news reporter, producer and manager. I also worked in radio and print journalism. I currently serve as multimedia producer for homefrontheroines.com and am working as a staff producer on a mobile journalism project on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Miami University in 1994 and a master’s degree in Humanities from Xavier University in 2005. My family – wife, Alison (a Miami grad), and our two children, Maggie and Andrew - lives in Cincinnati.
Office: 110 Williams Hall
Contact: (513) 529-3524; Email. @sampsonjoe
Advisor to: MUTV
Stephen Siff, Ph.D.
Steve Siff joined Miami's journalism faculty in 2008. He previously worked as a reporter at the Youngstown Vindicator, where he earned six regional awards for investigative and government reporting. Siff holds a Ph.D. in journalism and mass communication from Ohio University, a master’s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Swarthmore College. He is currently working on a book about coverage of the hallucinogenic drug LSD in popular magazines of the 1950s and 1960s. He and his family live in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Office: 234 Williams Hall
Contact: (513) 529-7311; Email.
Advisor to: WMSR radio.
James Tobin, Ph.D.
James Tobin specializes in literary journalism and narrative history. He joined the journalism faculty at Miami in 2006. Tobin’s first book, “Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II” (1997), won the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award for biography. In 2003, Tobin edited and provided commentary for “Reporting America at War: An Oral History” (Hyperion), the companion volume to a PBS documentary on 20th century war correspondents. Among his other books are "To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight” (2003). Tobin earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of Michigan. He worked for 12 years a reporter for The Detroit News, where his reporting was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Tobin is working on a book about Franklin Roosevelt and polio. The project was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2008.
Office: 108 Williams Hall
Contact: (513) 529-1404; Email.
David Wells spent 35 years as a reporter, editor and opinion writer at The Cincinnati Enquirer, and now is a principal at David Wells Communication. He joined Miami’s Journalism Program in 2011, teaching on the Oxford, Middletown and Hamilton campuses. For nine years Wells was editor of the Enquirer’s Editorial and Forum sections, and he led their conversion to energetic and reader-interactive forums online and in print. Wells has won numerous journalism awards from the Ohio Associated Press and from Gannett, parent company of the Enquirer. His work also has been published in Business Week, The Los Angeles Times and through the Reuters wire service. He earned a bachelor’s in journalism from Ohio University.
Contact: (513) 727-3234; Email.
Master Administrative Assistant
Susan Coffin joined Miami in 2003. She earned a bachelor's in economics from University of Delaware, and previously worked for Bank of New York and CIGNA Insurance. She and her husband, Doug, and their four sons live in Oxford.
Office: 202 Williams Hall
Contact: (513) 529-9303; Email.
Rob Daumeyer has been editor of the Cincinnati Business Courier since 1997. Before that he was an editor with business magazines in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Washington, D.C. In 2003-2004, he was a Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan, where he studied urban economics. A 1986 graduate of Miami University, he is married with two children and lives in Loveland, Ohio. He has taught at Miami since 2005.
Chris Graves, the managing editor/digital at WCPO in Cincinnati, has more than 25 years of journalistic experience in print and digital properties. She has been a reporter, assistant city editor and deputy managing editor at various Midwest newspapers, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Cincinnati Enquirer. After a short-lived stint in public relations, Graves joined Scripps in 2013 to work building a first-of-its kind digital initiative at WCPO. She leads a powerhouse team of local journalists who tell regional stories of impact and importance in our region. They are part of a larger digital team that includes web editors, digital sales executives, and digital operations at the station. In Spring 2014, Graves is teaching JRN 201 News Reporting and Writing at Miami.
Contact: Miami email. WCPO email.
Mike Horsley is the news operations manager at Local 12 WKRC-TV in Cincinnati. He has more than 30-years experience in television news and journalism. He graduated from Northern Kentucky University and began his television career in 1984 at WKRC-TV. Since then, he has held positions there as executive producer, producer, field producer, assignment editor, writer and, since 1990, as a newsroom manager. Earlier, Horsley worked as a reporter and anchor at WMHO radio. Horsley has earned numerous awards, including Regional Emmys, Ohio Associated Press Awards for Outstanding Newscast and Outstanding News Operation, and an Edward R. Morrow Award for breaking news coverage. He joined the Miami faculty in 2013.
Contact: (513) 763-5403; Email.
Mary McCarty was a prize-winning reporter and columnist for the Dayton Daily News for decades. The Miami University alumnae retired in 2013. She is teaching JRN 201 News Reporting and Writing in the Spring 2014 semester.