Dr. Kim Garris, Department Chair

Assoc. Prof, SUTV Adviser
Phone: (717) 477-1523
Office: Rowland Hall 127

"My hope is our students leave us understanding the magnitude of the responsibility the mass media have to our society. To ensure effective and respected democracy, those who choose a career in mass communication must be willing to accept that responsibility and promise to do all within their power to uphold and further the rights of all citizens."

Dr. Kim Garris brings 16 years of experience in television news to her position on the Communication/Journalism faculty. Dr. Garris' professional experience includes work as a news reporter at ABC, NBC and CBS television affiliates from Alabama to Maine. Along the way, she has worked for a large regional cable network in New England and even reported on the space and science industry through her work for the Sci-Fi Channel. Her most recent stop was a 10-year stint in Harrisburg at the ABC affiliate as a reporter and the morning anchor. She landed her first job in broadcast news in AM radio. Her professional career has not been limited to news reporting. She has been a producer, weather anchor, sports anchor and even videographer and editor.


Doctor of Philosophy in Mass Communications, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama

Courses Taught

Multimedia Journalism (TV Reporting), Electronic Media Producing and Performance, Electronic Media Basic Production, Radio and TV News, Media Sales, Introduction to Mass Communication, Senior Capstone, Entrepreneurial Journalism, Digital Storytelling & Press and Public Affairs


  • Garris, K., Guillory, J. & Sundar, S. S. (2010). Does Interactivity serve the Public Interest? The Role of Political Blogs in Deliberative Democracy. Accepted for publication in International Journal of Interactive Communications Systems and Technologies.
  • Hardin, M., Simpson, S., Whiteside, E. & Garris, K. (2006). The “gender war” in U.S. sport: Winners and losers in news coverage of Title IX, Mass Communication & Society 10(2), 211-233.


Dr. Garris has been recognized nationally as a Scripps Howard Entrepreneurship Institute Fellow in January of 2013 and as one of 3 nationwide Visiting Professors in Social Media in August of 2011. Her work with SUTV has garnered repeated Mid-Atlantic NATAS College Emmy nominations. She was recognized for her excellence in academics by being awarded the Doug and Claudia Anderson Scholarship and the Froke Scholarship by the College of Communications at The Pennsylvania State University in 2007. Her professional television work has been recognized for excellence by the Associated Press and by numerous community and government agencies.

Research Interest

Dr. Garris' completed her dissertation at the Pennsylvania State University in March of 2009. It and most of her current research focuses on the work structures of television newsrooms and how those structures impact the workers, particularly women and workers with family responsibilities.