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Cara Kelly Adjunct Instructor SOC Faculty

Cara Kelly
SOC | Investigative Reporting Workshop (IRW)
McKinley Building 112
M.A. Journalism and Public Affairs, American University

B.A. Journalism, Appalachian State University

B.S. Political Science, Appalachian State University

Cara Kelly is the editor-at-large at the Investigative Reporting Workshop and
an adjunct journalism professor at American University’s School of Communications. She spent nearly five years on USA Today’s investigations team, where she published more than a dozen front-page articles exposing institutional sexual abuse and harassment. She also served as entertainment editor for the paper at the height of the Me Too movement. Kelly was previously a digital editor at The Washington Post and an inaugural member of the Emerging News Products team. Her work has been published in hundreds of newspapers across the country, including the Arizona Republic, Detroit Free Press, Indianapolis Star and Cincinnati Enquirer.
For the Media
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Spring 2024

  • COMM-320 Reporting