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Pride of Grady


The Grady College prides itself as a professional college on a faculty that combines strong academic achievement with significant workplace experience amongst its faculty.

The Grady College faculty is renowned for its research and teaching. They have been honored with the highest teaching awards at UGA. Four faculty have been chosen for the Meigs Award, which recognizes ongoing commitment to excellence in instruction, and six have received the Russell Award, which recognizes excellence in their early academic careers. In addition a number of faculty are Lilly Teaching Fellows, Teaching Academy members, and Senior Teaching Fellow Faculty members.

Over 70% of the faculty bring professional experience to their teaching and research. Several are veteran professionals including a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a former media relation’s director for the CDC, a USA Today Olympic sports writer, a newspaper publisher, two movie producers, and an NBC international news correspondent.

The Grady College advertising faculty is number one in research productivity. The public relations faculty is number one in research on online public relations.


The Grady College’s undergraduate education prepares students for careers in the media. The more than 1400 students currently in the Grady College are among the best and brightest in the country. On the graduate level, over 100 Grady College students are pursing master’s or doctoral degrees. Grady graduated its 20,000th student in 2012.

Endowed Professors, Chairs and Writers in Residence

Generous donors have funded a number of endowed chairs and professorships at Grady. These include:

Valerie Boyd, Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence

David Hazinski, Jim Kennedy New Media Professor

Ann Hollifield, Dowden Professor of Media Research

Janice Hume, Carter Professorship for Excellence in Journalism

Jeffrey P. Jones, Lambdin Kay Chair for the Peabody Awards

Karen King, Jim Kennedy New Media Professor

Vicki Michaelis, John Huland Carmical Chair in Sports Journalism & Society

Kent Middleton, William S. Morris Chair of Newspaper Strategy and Management

Bryan Reber, C. Richard Yarbrough Professor in Crisis Communication Leadership

Tom Reichert, Georgia Athletic Association Professor

Karen Russell, Jim Kennedy New Media Professor

Patricia Thomas, Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism


In one of the few independent nation-wide rankings of programs in communications, Grady graduate programs were highly ranked with public relations at 4th in the nation’s public relations programs, advertising ranked 5th among their programs, entertainment & media studies (at that time radio/tv) ranked 12th, and journalism ranked 17th. (US News and World Report, 1996).

During our most recent professional accreditation review in 2012, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) stated the "The Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia is one of the pre-eminent programs in the nation."

In December 2014, and the Radio Television Digital News Association named Grady one of top two journalism programs in the country


The college computer and production laboratories provide the access students need to master the skills of the industry and produce professional results. Filled with the best equipment, software and technology, our labs offer systems and software for writing, design, photojournalism, video and audio production, and new media design and evaluation.

Our computer laboratories include the following:

Room 130 Frank E. Gannett Photojournalism Laboratory

Room 132 Digital Journalism Laboratory

Room 136 Digital Video Production Laboratory

Room 204 J. Thomas Russell Media Management Laboratory

Room 239 Richard Yarbrough Public Relations Laboratory

Room 241 Millard B. Grimes Lab for Excellence in Print Journalism

Room 242 Magazine Association of Georgia Writing and Editing Lab

Room 243 Georgia Press Association Laboratory

Room 311 Advertising/Graphics Lab

Room 401 New Media Institute Digital Laboratory

Room 403B/C New Media Institute Laboratories

Room 418 Open Lab

Multiple conference and seminar rooms allow for small classes and group interaction:

Rooms 117,118 Michael J. Faherty Broadcast Management Laboratory

Room 128 William J. Holland Conference Room

Room 142 B,C Himan Brown Audio Production Center

Room 203 Aronstam Advertising Seminar Conference Room

Room 205 Dean's Conference Room

Our video and production facilities include:

2 Television and 2 audio studios as well as external production equipment

Our research complex on the first floor includes:

the Gaming and Virtual Realities Lab in Suite 135, as well as the Center for Health and Risk Communication in the 134 Suite.


The Grady College is home to the prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards. First presented in 1941, the Peabody Award for excellence in broadcast, cable and web media has recognized the industry's best including Dan Rather, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope, Barbara Walters, Jon Stewart and Grant Tinker. The awards program is administered by the Grady College and selection is made by the Peabody Board following review by special screening committees of faculty, students and staff. The Peabody programs include the Peabody Center for Media and Society, promoting deliberation on the connections linking media and social topics and issues.

Centers & Institutes

The Grady College's James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research works to encourage development of a free and independent press throughout the world. No other journalism and mass communication program has a center devoted solely to international research and outreach.

The Grady College works to educate students at the high school level through its Georgia Scholastic Press Association, and it has hosted the Georgia Journalism Academy since 1928.

Not only does the Grady College train professionals for newsrooms around the world, it also trains students from other colleges in a one-of-a-kind seminar for college newspaper editors. The Grady College's hosts the only annual Management Seminar for College Newspaper Editors.

The Grady College's New Media Institute is a real-world research test-bed for building prototype mobile media systems, experimenting with new devices, and investigating what people want to do with powerful new technology.

The Center for Health and Risk Communication is a research body that investigates topics such as how target audiences make health-related decisions and then uses these findings to create messaging that will capture an audience's attention and produce results.


Grady College alumni are working in all aspects of the media and include Pulitzer Prize, Emmy and Peabody Award winners.

Some prominent alumni include:

David Adelman (ABJ '86) U.S. Ambassador to Singapore

Brooke Anderson (ABJ '00) correspondent, Entertainment Tonight

Bonnie Arnold (ABJ '77) producer, How to Train Your Dragon, Tarzan, Toy Story

Jack Avrett (ABJ '50, deceased) Chairman of Avrett, Free, and Ginsberg, New York. Former Chairman of the American Advertising Federation.

Joel Babbit (ABJ '76) co-founder and CEO, Mother Nature Network

Dennis Berry (ABJ '66) President and COO, Cox Enterprises

Deborah Blum (ABJ '77) Pulitzer Prize winning science writer

Ernest Camp, Jr. (ABJ '27, deceased) Founder of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Chip Caray (ABJ '87) sports broadcaster, Foxs Sports South

Harry Chapman (ABJ '67) retired broadcaster

Maxine Kasselman Clark (ABJ '71) CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop

Cathy Cox (ABJ '80) former Secretary of State of Georgia, current President, Young Harris College

Jackie Crosby (ABJ '83) and Randall Savage (ABJ '72) Winners of a 1985 Pulitzer Prize for their examination of academics and athletics

Donald A. Davis (ABJ '62) Former UPI reporter and White House correspondent. New York Times bestselling author

Tom Dowden (ABJ '62, MA '64), founder and CEO of Dowden Communications

Lee Duffey, Jr., and Jenny Neal Duffey - (ABJ '76) Founders of Atlanta-based Duffey Communications

Justin Gillis (ABJ '82) climate change science reporter, New York Times

Amy Glennon (ABJ '90), publisher of the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Lewis Grizzard ('84, deceased) Best-selling author, humorist and syndicated newspaper columnist

Brenda Hampton (ABJ '72) creator and executive producer, "7th Heaven" and "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Krista Harden (ABJ '81), deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture

John Holliman (ABJ '70, deceased) war correspondent, CNN

Betty Hudson (ABJ '71) Senior vice president of communications at National Geographic Society. Former senior vice president of NBC.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault (ABJ '63) Peabody Award winning journalist for PBS, CNN & NPR, one of two students to integrate UGA in 1961

Josh Jackson (ABJ '94) Co-founder/editor of "Paste" music magazine.

Tom Johnson (ABJ '63) retired chairman of CNN

Ernie Johnson, Jr. (ABJ '78) host, The NBA on TNT

Jeanetta Jones (ABJ '82) meteorologist, The Weather Channel

Randy Jones (ABJ '77) CEO of Capital Publishing Inc. and founder of "Worth" magazine.

John Kasay (ABJ '94) retired NFL player, Carolina Panthers

Tom Lasseter (ABJ '99) Award-winning correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers.

Earl Leonard (ABJ '58) Former senior vice president for public affairs for the Coca-Cola Company.

Tim Mapes (ABJ ’86), senior vice president of marketing for Delta Airlines

Eric McClam (ABJ '99) Associated Press reporter in New York

Dan Magill (ABJ '42, deceased) Sports information director, head tennis coach at UGA, retired

Gene Methvin (ABJ '55) former senior editor, Reader's Digest

Hala Moddelmog (ABJ '81) CEO, Arby's Restaurant Group

Julie Moran (ABJ '84) host, Mission Makeover (Lifetime)

Powell Moore (ABJ '59) Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs

William S. (Billy) Morris III (ABJ '56) Chairman and CEO, Morris Communications Company

Dink NeSmith (ABJ '70) president of Community Newspapers, chairman of the Georgia Board of Regents

Deborah Norville (ABJ '79) host, Inside Edition

Steve Oney (ABJ '79) Los Angeles-based writer/author

Eugene Patterson (ABJ '43, deceased) Editor Washington Post, St. Petersburg Times, Pulitzer Prize 1967

Don Perry (ABJ '74, deceased) Vice-president of public relations, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Deborah Roberts (ABJ '82) ABC News

Mark Schlabach (ABJ '96) reporter and correspondent, ESPN and New York Times best-selling author

Loran Smith (ABJ ’62), columnist and broadcaster for the Georgia Bulldogs

Gloria Ricks Taylor (ABJ '66), consultant, Hearst Management Institute, retired executive, Hearst Corporation

Amy Robach (ABJ ’95), news anchor for Good Morning America

Carolyn Tieger (ABJ '69) retired partner and managing director, Porter Novelli

Lamar Trotti (ABJ '21, deceased) Academy Award winning screenwriter

Tommy Tomlinson (ABJ '94) award-winning sports writer,

Alex Wallace (ABJ '04) meteorologist and week anchor, The Weather Channel

C. Richard Yarbrough (ABJ '62) managing director of communications, 1996 Olympic Games