UT names lecturer, former New York Times editor as journalism school director

A former editor at the New York Times and senior lecturer at the School of Journalism at the University of Texas has been named the school’s new director.

Kathleen McElroy – whose nearly 30-year career in journalism includes stints in Texas at the Huntsville Item, the Bryan-College Station Eagle and the Austin American-Statesman – will start the job on June 1, UT officials announced Tuesday.

She will replace R.B. Brenner, who has been the UT journalism school’s director since 2014.

“The current challenge of journalism education is to train communicators to be technologically nimble but steadfast in seeking and reporting truth,” McElroy said in a statement from the university.

“My vision is to continue the important, innovative work of R.B. and faculty and staff members, while positioning the School of Journalism as a leader in outreach to our local and state communities and to journalists and the profession,” said McElroy, who taught news reporting and sports media at Oklahoma State University.

Brenner is returning to Stanford University to teach and lead projects in the journalism program.

While at the New York Times, McElroy was an associate managing editor, dining editor, deputy sports editor and deputy editor of the website.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree from New York University, with a focus on race and media, and a Ph.D. in December 2014 at UT’s School of Journalism. 

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