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Elizabeth Hansen

Elizabeth Hansen

2014

Champion of community journalism and media ethics through research and teaching at Eastern Kentucky University, 1987-2014. Named a Foundation Professor in 2008, the highest recognition awarded by the university. She has prepared hundreds of journalism students for careers through courses that include real-world experiences and evaluation and research for numerous Kentucky community newspapers. EKU's student newspaper, The Progress, won numerous awards under her advising leadership. She has been active in the Society of Professional Journalists (regional director on national board), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (head of Community Journalism Interest Group), Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues (chair of Steering Committee), International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors, Kentucky Press Association, National Newspaper Association and Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media at Kansas State University. She earned degrees from University of Arkansas (B.A., journalism), Iowa State University (M.S., journalism and mass communication), and University of Kentucky (Ph.D., communication).