Christopher Adams Adjunct Instructor

Chris Adams is director of training at the National Press Foundation, a Washington-based nonprofit that runs fellowships for working journalists. He joined the foundation in 2015 after 25 years as an

Mary Ann Akers Adjunct Instructor

Mary Ann Akers is an adjunct professor of journalism with more than 25 years' worth of expertise as a print and broadcast reporter. She was a correspondent for The Washington Post and NPR, and a colum

Paul Albergo Adjunct Associate Professor

Paul Albergo is an adjunct associate professor of journalism. He is executive editor for Bloomberg Industry Group, a subsidiary of Bloomberg L.P., which provides professionals with a unique combinatio

Richard Benedetto Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Richard Benedetto is an adjunct professor of Journalism. He is a retired White House correspondent and columnist for USA Today and political columnist for Gannett News Service. He began teaching at AU

Brianne Frazier Adjunct Instructor

Brianne (Brin) Frazier teaches Writing for Communication. She is also a visiting researcher at Georgetown University and currently working on a book project. Until April 2019, Brin was the directo

Cynthia Gierhart Adjunct Instructor

Cynthia A. "Cindy" Gierhart is a litigation attorney whose practice is focused on media, trademark, and entertainment law, with experience in general commercial litigation. Ms. Gierhart has represen

Matt Glassman Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Matt Glassman (SOC '92) is an adjunct professor of Journalism. He serves as Assistant News Director for NBC4 News, NBC's owned station in Washington, DC. Matt joined News4 as an Assignment Editor in J

Whitney Harris Adjunct Instructor

Whitney Harris is an adjunct professor of video journalism at American University. She’s an award-winning media professional with expertise shooting, writing, editing, reporting, and producing broadca

Douglas Hecox Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Doug Hecox is an adjunct professor of Journalism. From his work in Congress, the U.S. Departments of Justice, Transportation and the Treasury, and years of writing books, speeches, newspaper columns,

Christine Lawrence Assistant Prof Emerita

Christine C. Lawrence is a full-time professor of Journalism. She brings her experience covering politics and government to the SOC journalism division having worked for 10 years as a senior editor an

Donald Markus Adjunct Instructor

Don Markus is an adjunct professor of Journalism. He has been teaching in the SOC for the past seven years. A sportswriter for the Baltimore Sun since 1985, Markus has taught Sports Journalism since 2

Vandana Mathur Senior Adjunct Professorial Lecturer and Director of Writing Program

Vandana Mathur is a senior professorial lecturer and director of writing programs at AU. An alumni of American University's School of Communications, she has been a journalist in the Washington, D.C.

Mark McDonald Adjunct Instructor SOC - School of Communication

Mark is the Broadcast Journalist in Residence in the School of Communication, where for seven years he has taught reporting, management and multi-media skills to undergraduates and graduate students.

Ashley Messenger Adjunct Assistant Professor

Ashley Messenger is an adjunct professor of Journalism. She teaches Legal Aspects of Communication. She is currently in-house counsel for NPR, specializing in issues that affect news gathering and dis

William Miller Adjunct Instructor

Bill Miller is an adjunct professor of journalism, teaching Communication Law. He has spent most of his career as a reporter and editor, working for more than 30 years at the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer,

Gabriel Muller Adjunct Instructor

Gabriel Muller is an adjunct professor of journalism at American University. When he is not teaching, he works as a senior creative producer at Atlantic 57, the Atlantic's creative and consulting divi

Steve Piacente Adjunct Associate Professor

Steve Piacente, an adjunct professor of Journalism, is a media and presentation trainer at The Communication Center in Washington, D.C., and the owner of Next Phase Life Coaching. Previously, he serve

Dani Rizzo Adjunct Instructor

With a passion for purpose-driven communication and digital storytelling, Dani Rizzo currently serves as the digital director at the Humane Rescue Alliance, overseeing digital communication efforts, i

Robert Roberts Adjunct Instructor

Rob Roberts is the Director of Digital Strategy for the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to joining Energy, Rob worked in a number of digital roles throughout government, academia and journalism, incl

Cecilia Simon Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Cecilia Simon is an adjunct professor of Journalism. She has worked for magazines and newspapers for more than 20 years. She is a contributor to The New York Times Education Life section, and a former

Andrew Tran Adjunct Instructor

Andrew Ba Tran is an investigative data reporter for the Washington Post. He shared in winning the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 2018 for the coverage of candidate Roy Moore's alleged

Kathleen Tremmel Adjunct Instructor

Kathy Tremmel began her educational journey later in life, getting her AA at Iowa Western Community College in 2003. She was the Public Relations Officer of Phi Theta Kappa and also on the USA Today A

Brian Westley Adjunct Instructor

Brian Westley is an adjunct instructor at American University. He is also Senior Counsel, Standards & Practices, at Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) where he provides pre-broadcast counseling and leg

Brett Zongker Adjunct Instructor

Brett Zongker is a professional communicator and journalist. In addition to teaching at AU, Zongker oversees communications on exhibitions and public programs at the Library of Congress. He has also m