Biography: Debora Wenger
Interim Dean of the School of Journalism and New Media
Debora Wenger is Interim Dean and Professor in the School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi.
Prior to her academic appointments, Wenger worked as a reporter, producer and in newsroom leadership roles for multiple TV stations. She has worked for the U.S. State Department providing multimedia journalism training in the South Pacific and in Europe. She conducts multimedia workshops in newsrooms around the country for SPJ in association with its Google News Initiative Program and is co-executive editor of www.NewsLab.org. She is also co-author of two books, Advancing the Story: Journalism in a Digital World and Managing Today’s News Media: Audience First.
Wenger received her Ph.D. From Kingston University in London and was named as a top journalism educator by NewsPro magazine in 2017. She has made more than a dozen campus visits as a consultant, a member of site teams for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (ACEJMC) or as a state board program evaluator. Her 2018 research on news video and local television news was completed with support from the Knight Foundation. In 2018, AEJMC’s Electronic News Division also honored Wenger with the Larry Burkum Service Award for her service to journalism and journalism education.
Wenger has previously served as Assistant Dean for Partnerships and Innovation in the school and was Associate Professor for Media Convergence at Virginia Commonwealth University prior to her association with the University of Mississippi.