Editorial Staff

Ford Risley, Editor

Ford Risley is a professor in the College of Communications at Penn State University.  He is the author of three books, including Abolition and the Press: The Moral Struggle Against Slavery (Northwestern University Press, 2008). He also has published articles, essays, and book reviews in numerous publications, including American Journalism, Civil War History, Georgia Historical Quarterly, and Journalism History. He holds a B.A. from Auburn University, a M.A. from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

Vanessa Murphree, Associate Editor

Vanessa Murphree is an associate professor in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is the author of The Selling of Civil Rights: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Use of Public Relations (Routledge, 2006). She has also published articles, book chapters, and book reviews in a variety of publications, including American Journalism and Journalism History. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Reed Smith, Book Review Editor

Reed Smith is a professor in the Department of Communication Arts at Georgia Southern University. He is the author of Samuel Medary & the Crisis: Testing the Limits of Press Freedom (Ohio State University Press, 1995). He also has published articles, essays, and book reviews in numerous publications, including American Journalism, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Radio & Audio Media, Journalism History, and Journalism & Mass Communication Monographs. He holds a B.S. from Ohio University, a M.A. from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. from Ohio University.

James Mueller, Digital Media Review Editor

James Mueller is a professor in the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. He is the author of three books, including Shooting Arrows and Slinging Mud: Custer, the Press and the Little Bighorn (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013). He also has published articles, essays, and book chapters in a variety of publications, including American Journalism, Mass Communication Review, and Journal of Media Economics. He holds a B.J. and M.A. from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas.

Virginia Harrison, Editorial Assistant

Virginia Harrison is a Ph.D. student in the College of Communications at Penn State University.

Sally Heffentreyer, Editorial Assistant

Sally Heffentreyer is a freelance editor in State College, Pa.