Brenda Witherspoon


Dept:Greenlee School Journalism/Communication
Office:204c Hamilton
613 Wallace Rd.
Ames IA

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

Office Hours: T: 1 to 2 p.m., R: 11 a.m. to noon, recurring online office hours (Webex, scheduled through Canvas). I'm flexible about appointment times outside of those blocks; email to schedule.

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.