Sue Ellen Christian

WMU Journalism Professor, Author

As a journalist and an educator, Sue Ellen has sought to inform both careers with a focus on inclusion and telling untold stories. Her career in the newsrooms of the Detroit News, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune honed her critical eye for people, culture, and the world around us. The constant need to refresh her style as a teacher keeps her connected to the needs of both the journalism students of today and the future of journalism in an ever-digital world. Her skills aren’t confined to one field, however, as her work with the Society for History and Racial Equality (SHARE) and other community organizations seeks to promote Kalamazoo’s diversity and inclusivity.

Sue Ellen is a professor of communications at Western Michigan University, where she teaches journalism and media literacy, and is currently working on a new book, Everyday Media Literacy: An Analog Guide to Your Digital Life. She was named the 2016 Michigan Professor of the Year by the Michigan Association of State Universities. She was a reporter for the Chicago Tribune for a decade and is the author of Overcoming Bias: A Journalist’s Guide to Culture and Context.

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