Todd Felts is an assistant professor of strategic communications and former director of the interactive journalism graduate program at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. Felts received the University’s Nevada Semenza Christian Award for Excellence in Teaching and is a graduate of the Scripps-Howard Leadership Academy.
In addition to teaching, Felts consults with businesses across the United States on building traditional and online public relations and advertising. He is a sought after speaker regarding social media, political communications and open leadership. In recent years, Felts has trained Algerian Youth in building social media programs through the Northern Nevada International Center and the U.S. Department of State. He also was a co-recipient of a National Science Foundation Grant to create a community engagement campaign to increase the number of student who major in science. He is the advisor for Public Relations Student Society of America.
Originally from North Carolina, Felts served as press secretary and speechwriter for Governor Jim Hunt of North Carolina, and director of community relations for the Special Olympics World Summer Games. He spent 8 years working in Washington, DC as director of Levick Strategic Communications, where he consulted to leading Fortune 50 companies in marketing during crisis. Felts was the national director of business development for Ogletree Deakins, one of the nation’s largest law firms and the director of media relations of RMR & Associates. In his early years, Felts served as the public information officer for the North Carolina Zoological Park.
Felts has won awards for developing initiatives that secured unprecedented media coverage for clients, and is an author of articles on social media published regularly in national trade publications.
Felts is currently completing a doctorate degree in management at Drexel University. He holds a master of arts in liberal studies degree in international communications from Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s in communications and political science from Lenoir-Rhyne University.