Brenda Witherspoon

Teaching Professor


Dept:Greenlee School Journalism/Communication
Office:204c Hamilton
613 Wallace Rd.
Ames IA
Office Hours:T: 10:45-11:30 a.m. (Zoom drop-in); Th: 11:15 a.m.-noon (office or Zoom drop-in). I'm flexible about phone, video or in-person appointment times outside of those blocks; email to schedule.

Topics of interest: daily & in-depth reporting, health-care journalism, news coverage of/across/within cultures, strength-based journalism

Education: M.A., sociology with journalism emphasis (with distinction), University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1992
B.S., news/editorial journalism and sociology, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, 1990
B.A., mathematics, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, 1990


Brenda Witherspoon has a background in daily journalism, including both reporting and editing. Her master's research looked at New Zealand newspapers' coverage of ethnic relations in that country, and she has an ongoing interest in how journalists depict their own and others' cultures. She is also learning more about strength-based journalism, which encompasses a variety of emerging schools of thought.