Jayhawk Journalist
The William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Kansas
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New faculty and staff

New faculty and staff


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Gerri Berendzen became the editorial advisor of the University Daily Kansan and Kansan.com in August 2016. She previously was a Knight visiting news editor at the Columbia Missourian and a visiting assistant professor on the Print and Digital News faculty at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. During her 30-plus-year career in newspapers, she worked as a copy editor, page designer, digital editor and reporter for newspapers in Missouri and Illinois, most recently directing the print/digital/design desk at the Quincy (Ill.) Herald-Whig. She has been on the national board of the American Copy Editors Society since 2006 and serves as the organization’s director of communications. Berendzen received a master’s degree in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism in 1986 and an honors bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University in 1980. Read about Berendzen's goals for the Kansan.


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Vicky Reyes is the recruiter for the School of Journalism. She recently earned a bachelor of arts degree in applied behavioral science from KU. During her time as an undergraduate, she had extensive leadership positions across the university. She served as a resident assistant in McCollum Hall, a mentor for the Harvest of Hope Leadership Academy, President of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc., and a Hawk Link Guide in the Office of Multicultural Affairs.


Barbara Warner is a lecturer in the School of Journalism, teaching Strategic Communication and Media Writing. She has a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Arkansas, an MA in government from Johns Hopkins University, an MS in journalism from KU and a BA in English from the University of Hawaii. She has worked for The Associated Press and the Topeka Capital-Journal. She was a Knight Fellow in politics at the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. She was also a political columnist for the Benton County (Arkansas) Daily Record, the Northwest Arkansas Times and the Siloam Springs (Arkansas) Herald-Leader. She has won 45 writing awards. She won a Congressional Fellowship for Journalists from the American Political Science Association and has worked as a legislative aide/press secretary/communications director for five members of Congress, as well as for the U.S. House Small Business Committee and the Women’s Caucus. President Bill Clinton appointed her to the U.S. Commerce Department, where she was senior adviser for communications to the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs. Her academic career has included being a visiting assistant professor and an assistant professor in the political science department at Arkansas State University, where she taught in the master of public administration program and was an affiliated faculty member with the environmental studies program.