Dr. Gretchen Hoak is an Assistant Professor of Journalism in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University. She spent 10 years as a television reporter and anchor and teaches beginning and upper level broadcast reporting courses as well as media ethics.
Her research agenda focuses on the psychological effects that covering news can have on journalists, such as compassion fatigue, post-traumatic stress and depression. Her work has been published in several academic journals including Journalism, Journalism Practice, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator and Journal of Media Education.
Before coming to Kent State in 2015, Hoak spent nine years on faculty at Ashland University, serving as Internship Coordinator and Chair of the Department of Journalism and Digital Media.
Hoak received her B.A. in broadcasting from Ashland University in 1998. She earned an M.A. in mass communication from The University of Akron in 2004, and finished her Ph.D. in media effects from Kent State University in 2008.