Prof. Timothy D. Smith joined the School of Journalism and Mass Communication faculty at Kent State University in 1986 after working for 19 years for the Akron Beacon Journal, leaving as managing editor. He has also worked for the Columbus Dispatch, the Painesville Telegraph and United Press International.
David LaBelle is a photographer, editor, teacher and author. He has worked for 20 newspapers and magazines, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he was assistant managing editor for photography. LaBelle directs the photojournalism program at Kent State University and has taught at Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky. In 1991, the National Press Photographers Association honored LaBelle with the Robin F. Garland Award for photojournalism education. LaBelle has written four books, including “The Great Picture Hunt.”
Traci is a native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She started her career in high school when she was selected to co-anchor the teen news program “2010 Taking you to the Future,” on the Fox network. Following graduation, Traci continued to work on “2010” as an assistant writer and producer. While as an undergraduate at Kent State University Traci worked in the casting department on the HBO films “Renegade Force” and “Proximity.” Upon graduation, Traci moved to Los Angeles and began to work on feature films with renowned Casting Director and Producer Rueben Cannon.
Coombs earned her Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Public Affairs from the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University in 2007.
I have worked at Kent State University since 1994. Previous to that, I spent 18 years working in the restaurant industry in northeast Ohio and also accummulating degrees from Kent State, an Assoiciate's in 1974 and a Bachelor of Science degree in 1982.
My first six years at Kent were spent with Dining Services for Auxiliary Operations, then six years as secretary for the School of Family and Consumer Studies, and since 2006, as senior secretary in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Thor Wasbotten has served as director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication since July 2012. Prior to arriving at Kent State, Wasbotten served as the assistant dean for student media and online operations at The Pennsylvania State University, where he also was a senior lecturer of journalism.
Davis served for many years as President of the multi-office public relations firm Edward Howard & Co. Today, he is a principle in the firm Meeker-Young LLC, providing executive communication training.
Carl Schierhorn joined the JMC faculty in 1985 after four years as managing editor of Gannett's Iowa City Press-Citizen. He has a bachelor's and master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. After graduation, he worked for the Rochester, N.Y., Times-Union, starting as a suburban reporter and ending as news editor.
Since joining the faculty, he has done consulting work with Gannett papers in four states. He coordinates the recruiting of outstanding high school seniors for the school and advises the student newspaper, the Daily Kent Stater.