Al Stavitsky

Graduate Faculty

The University of Nevada, Reno, is situated at the edge of the Sierra Nevada, 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe, spectacular desert, the Mount Rose Wilderness area and world class ski resorts.

We’re a campus of 15,000 students ranked in the top 250 of all campuses in the United States. The Reynolds School of Journalism is one of the oldest accredited journalism schools in the country and counts six Pulitzer prize winners among its alumni.

Further information about the program is available from Reynolds School Graduate Director Howard Goldbaum, 775-784-4434.

About the Program

The Interactive Journalism program started in the summer of 2006, the inspiration of Cole Campbell, then dean of the Reynolds School of Journalism. Cole’s vision for the program was about inventing forms of journalism that matter:

“Everything we do as journalists is informed by the way we think: how we think journalism works, how we think people use journalism, how we think the individuals and institutions that journalists cover operate. If the way we think no longer matches the changing world, our journalism will be off-kilter.”

Since that time, much has changed in the relationship between journalism and the public. The evolution of networked media communication requires new conceptions of journalism and new forms and practices. Our program prepares students to think about journalism as a way to solve public problems; as a form of communication that helps people with ‘jobs to be done’ as Clay Christensen describes it.

Faculty involved in the graduate program include:


Andrews, Caesar

Professor, Leonard Distinguished Professor in Ethics and Writing

Office Location: RSJ 303C Office Phone Number: (775) 784-4702 Caesar Andrews has served as executive editor of the Detroit Free Press and has led other newsrooms throughout the country, including the Gannett Co.’s Washington bureau, and newspapers in Florida, Pennsylvania and New York. He was an officer in both the American Society of News Editors and the Associated […]


Barber, Kari

Assistant Professor, Electronic Media

Office Location: RSJ 103D Office Phone Number: (775) 784-1791 Kari Barber is a journalist and an award-winning documentary filmmaker with a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking and Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C. and a BA in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. She worked internationally as a freelance journalist in Southeast […]

Ben Birkinbine

Birkinbine, Ben

Assistant Professor, Media Studies

Office Location: RSJ 209 Office Phone Number: (775) 784-4155 Ben Birkinbine comes to the Reynolds School from the University of Oregon where he earned a doctorate degree from the School of Journalism and Communication. Birkinbine approaches the study of communications from three intersecting perspectives: political economy, critical theory and, more recently, some aspects of science and technology studies . […]


Deutschman, Alan

Professor, Reynolds Chair of Business Journalism

Office Location: RSJ 215B Office Phone Number: (775) 784-4397 Alan Deutschman began serving as the Donald W. Reynolds Professor of Business Journalism in January 2011. At The Reynolds School, Deutschman has taught courses on business journalism, magazine writing, and multimedia reporting. He launched a new class on data journalism in Spring 2013. He also created a […]

Professor Todd Felts

Felts, Todd

Assistant Professor, Strategic Communication

Office Location: RSJ 215D Office Phone Number: (775) 784-4188 Todd Felts began as an assistant professor of strategic communications in 2008 after 20 years working in strategic communications at organizations along the East coast, including serving as speechwriter and press secretary for Gov. Jim Hunt of North Carolina. At Nevada, Felts received the Honors Program […]


Goldbaum, Howard

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Office Location: RSJ 303E Office Phone Number: (775) 784-4434 Howard Goldbaum has been a member of The Reynolds School faculty since 2003. He is currently serving as the Director of the Reynolds School Graduate Program. Howard enjoys the burgeoning sense of communications enrichment that students undergo when they understand that they’ve acquired fluency in a […]


Hepworth, Katherine

Assistant Professor, Visual Communication

Office Location: RSJ 204 Office Phone Number: (775) 784-4423 Katherine Hepworth joined the Reynolds School in 2013, bringing expertise in graphic design, information design and user experience.  She teaches basic graphic design, visual communication and user experience courses. Katherine’s interdisciplinary research combines traditional academic research skills with insights and techniques learned through professional graphic design […]


Mensing, Donica

Associate Dean and Associate Professor

Office Location: RSJ 303D Office Phone Number: (775) 784-4198 Donica Mensing is the Associate Dean for the Reynolds School. She is also an Associate Professor teaching a variety of courses, from the introductory class in journalism to a graduate seminar in interactive publishing. Recently her focus has been on networked journalism and what it means for […]

Stavitsky, Alan

Dean and Professor, Fred W. Smith Chair

Office Location: RSJ 301D Office Phone Number: (775) 784-6531 Alan Stavitsky became dean of the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno on April 1, 2012. A tenured full professor, he holds the Fred W. Smith Chair in Journalism at the Reynolds School and serves […]

Professor Patrick File

File, Patrick

Assistant Professor, Media Law

Office Location: RSJ 208 Office Phone Number: 775-784-4894 Patrick File’s research, public engagement, and teaching focus on helping us better understand how we define and regulate journalism at the intersection of law, technology, and professional practices. In the classroom, Patrick strives to help his students develop a critical curiosity about the evolving and dynamic legal, social, […]


Fogarty, Mignon

Professor, Reynolds Chair in Media Entrepreneurship

Office Location: RSJ 215C Office Phone Number: (775) 784-6946 Mignon Fogarty assumed the position as Donald W. Reynolds Chair in Media Entrepreneurship in 2014. Fogarty, also known as Grammar Girl, has extensive professional entrepreneurial experience, expertise teaching writing to a diverse audience and a passion for helping students realize and achieve their educational goals. Fogarty has written […]

Crosswell, Laura

Assistant Professor, Health Communications

Office Location: RSJ 103C Office Phone Number: 775-784-4191 Laura Crosswell holds a joint appointment between the Reynolds School and the Nevada School of Medicine. Prior to joining the Reynolds School she served on the communication faculty at Arizona State University Colleges. She also taught a variety of courses at Louisiana State University and the College of […]

Peuchaud, Sheila

Assistant Professor, Strategic Communication

Office Location: RSJ 215F Office Phone Number: 775-784-4183 Sheila Peuchaud joined the Reynolds School in 2015, bringing expertise in strategic communication and health communication, particularly as it relates to gender and ethnic identity in the international context. Sheila has lived and taught in Egypt, pursued research as a Fulbright Fellow in Japan, studied and worked in […]

Gi Woong Yun

Yun, Gi Woong

Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Media Studies

Office location: RSJ 205 Office Phone: (775) 784-4192 Gi Woong Yun joined the Reynolds School in 2016 from Bowling Green State University. His research focuses on internet as media. The topics of Yun’s publications range from social psychological theories of communication, internet research methodology, social media, and social network analysis to big social media data […]