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Journalism Faculty

The faculty in the School of Journalism work together to ensure SoJ students receive a top quality education and the advice and support they need to land a top job in their chosen field after they graduate.

SoJ is proud of its people.  Each and every faculty member is a highly dedicated professional who is deeply committed to educating and mentoring the next generation of journalists.

William Babcock, Professor

School of Journalism

Professor Babcock teaches media ethics and public policy reporting.



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William Babcock

Office: COMM 1236
Email: wbabcock@siu.edu

Anita (A.J.) Barrett, Assistant Professor of Practice

School of Journalism

Visiting Assistant Professor Barrett joined SIU's faculty in 2005.



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Anita (A.J.) Barrett

Office: COMM 1050H
Email: ajstoner@siu.edu
Website: rvoyager.com

Mark Dolan, Associate Professor

School of Journalism

Mark Dolan’s teaching, research and personal media practice reflects more than 25 years of visual and multimedia journalism, working as a staff photographer, picture editor and director of photography, at newspapers in Florida, Alaska and Rhode Island. As a multimedia artist he traveled throughout the country to pursue his own personal project, using still images and audio to document “The Heart and Art of Barbecue in America,” a project he continues to work on, some of which can be viewed on his project website (www.bbqpilgrim.com).



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Mark Dolan

Office: COMM 1236
Email: mjdolan@siu.edu

William Freivogel, Professor

School of Journalism

Professor Bill Freivogel became Director of the School of Journalism in 2006. Hebegan his journalism career with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1971. He was a member of the newspaper's Washington bureau for 12 years, where he served as assistant bureau chief, focused on the Supreme Court and reported on such historic events as the assassination attempt on President Reagan. He returned to St. Louis to become the deputy editorial page editor in 1997.



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William Freivogel

Office: COMM 1202C
Email: wfreivog@siu.edu
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Annie Hammock, Daily Egyptian Managing Editor

School of Journalism

Annie Hammock has been working in newsrooms, both professional and academic, for nearly four decades. She began at CNN, where she spent 26 years writing and producing coverage of historic global and national events, such as the Challenger disaster, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Columbine High School massacre, Hurricane Katrina, the siege at Waco, 9/11 and the resulting Gulf Wars. In the process, she shared an Emmy and two Peabody Awards with her colleagues.



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Annie Hammock

Phone: 618-536-3311
Office: COMM Room 1247
Email: annie.hammock@siu.edu

Dong Han, Associate Professor

School of Journalism

Dr. Han comes to SIU from Eastern New Mexico University, where he worked as an Assistant Professor. Before entering graduate school at the University of Illinois, he received a Bachelor of Law at Beijing University in 1997. His research has appeared in several journals, including Television and New Media, and Global Media and Communication.



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Dong Han

Office: COMM 1226
Email: donghan@siu.edu

Kavita Karan, Professor

School of Journalism

Before joining the Journalism faculty, Dr. Karan worked as an Assistant Professor at the WKW School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.



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Kavita Karan

Office: COMM 1226
Email: kavitak@siu.edu

Lindsay King, Assistant Lecturer

School of Journalism

With more than 18 years of experience as an award-winning news producer and manager, I use my skills to teach the next generation of journalists.



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Lindsay King

Phone: 618-536-3361
Office: COMM 1202
Email: lindsay.king@siu.edu
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Vicki Kreher, Senior Lecturer

School of Journalism

Ms. Kreher came to SIU after working as an Account Executive for WSIL-TV, Channel 3 in Carterville IL, and for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.



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Vicki Kreher

Office: COMM 1236A
Email: kreher@siu.edu

Bridget Lescelius, Lecturer

School of Journalism

Bridget Lescelius’ career spans over 30 years in advertising and marketing, including vice president and partner of Spark in Phoenix, Arizona; senior associate of marketing at the Institute for Supply Management in Tempe, Arizona; co-founder and principal at The Big Idea, Inc. in Alexandria, Virginia; senior account executive at The Washington Agency in Washington, D.C.



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Bridget Lescelius

Phone: 618-536-3361
Office: COMM 1221
Email: blescelius@siu.edu

Scott McClurg, Professor

School of Journalism

Professor McClurg (Ph.D., Washington University, 2000) joined SIU Carbondale in fall 2001. He holds a joint appointment with Political Science and Journalism. His general areas of research focus on political communications, interpersonal communication, public opinion and voting behavior, and American politics. He is most recognized for his application of social network analysis to the study of political communication, with a particular focus on social influence. His current research projects focuses on the different role of men and women in social networks, as well as the impact of friends and family on political decisions. He is available for comment on the subjects of media and politics, elections and voting, and partisan politics in the United States.



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Scott McClurg

Phone: (618) 536-3361
Office: COMM 1234
Email: mcclurg@siu.edu

Yuhosua "Josh" Ryoo, Assistant Professor

School of Journalism

Dr. Yuhosua (Joshua) Ryoo's research interests are at the intersection of digital advertising, medial psychology, and prosocial behavior. Specifically, his research focuses on individual, social, and situational factors of digital and social media and examines how these factors influence people's prosocial decision-making and behavior. In addition to various types of prosocial behavior, such as ethical consumption, environmental sustainability, donation, and corporate social responsibility, the roles of new media (e.g., Youtube) and technology (e.g., AI) are therefore in the scope of his research interests.



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Josh Ryoo

Office: COMM 1226
Email: ryooyuhosua@siu.edu

Lyn Sargent, Daily Egyptian Business Manager

School of Journalism

Lyn has 30 years of experience in the publishing business. A 1985 Honors grad from SIU’s School of Journalism, she began her career in Atlanta working in Account Service for Tucker Wayne/Luckie Advertising and in advertising at Georgia Trend magazine.



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Phone: 618-536-3309
Office: COMM Room B
Email: lynette.sargent@siu.edu
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Jan Thompson, Director - School of Journalism, Professor

Radio, Television, and Digital Media, Journalism

Professor Thompson is a 3-time Emmy award winning filmmaker and composer.



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Jan Thompson

Office: COMM 1050J
Email: janione@siu.edu