Journalism Experts

Stuart Brotman

Stuart N. Brotman

Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law, Beaman Professor of Communication and Information

Stuart N. Brotman, Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and the Beaman Professor of Communication and Information, has served in four presidential administrations and is an expert in media law, digital economy, the media industry, and the US government.

Mark D. Harmon


Mark Harmon has been a Knox County Commissioner, candidate for Congress, TV news producer, and radio reporter and host.

Michael Palenchar

Associate Professor of Public Relations, Managing Director of the Risk, Health, & Crisis Communication Research Unit, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Michael Palenchar’s research interests include risk and crisis communication, issues management, community awareness of emergency response protocols and manufacturing risks, community right-to-know issues, front groups, and social media during risk situations.

Mark Littmann

Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media, Hill Chair of Excellence in Science Writing, CCI Board of Visitors Professor

The director of a planetarium before turning to academia, Mark Littmann is a journalism professor whose expertise is in science writing and astronomy.

Nick Geidner

Assistant Professor of Journalism

Nick Geidner is an assistant professor of journalism whose interests include social media, including how it is used in television and influences politics; new technologies in journalism; and military reporting, focusing on the Medal of Honor.