New faculty and staff

Fall 2018 Edition


Chad Curtis, KUJH-TV news director
Curtis is the news director for KUJH-TV, where he works with the broadcast reporting students. His career in journalism includes TV news producing jobs in Las Vegas and Flint, Michigan. Curtis jumped up to the network news level in 1995 when he started working with NBC News Channel, the division of NBC News that works with affiliates across the country. His work at NBC News Channel took him to the Olympics, Super Bowls, Democratic and Republican National Conventions, and Ground Zero in New York City. Curtis has been a collegiate news director before, with his students consistently winning national awards at college journalism competitions. Curtis holds a master's degree in communications from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.


Terri Finneman, assistant professor
Finneman joined the J-School this fall after three years on the faculty at South Dakota State University.  She teaches multimedia reporting, social media, diversity and history classes. Her research focuses on gender, journalism history, oral history and ethics. She is the author of Press Portrayals of Women Politicians, 1870s-2000s, executive producer of the documentary Newspaper Pioneers: The Story of the North Dakota Press, and executive producer and co-host of the podcast Journalism History. She is vice chair of the AEJMC History Division and is leading an interdisciplinary committee across KU to begin planning events for the 100th anniversary of women having the right to vote. She received her master's degree and Ph.D. from the Missouri School of Journalism. 


Rob Karwath, University Daily Kansan general manager and news advisor 
Karwath is general manager and news advisor of the University Daily Kansan and teaches news courses in the J-School. Before coming to KU, Karwath was a reporter, editor and media business executive. He founded and served as CEO of North Coast Communications, a Minnesota-based strategic communications firm. Karwath began his career as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune and become business editor, political editor, Sunday editor, general manager, product development director and innovation editor. As business editor, he led a team of reporters whose series on the downfall of the Arthur Andersen accounting firm was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He also was executive editor of the Duluth News Tribune and a leader of the team that directed business of Knight Ridder Inc.’s six regional newspapers and magazines. He helped start the news operation of partner television station KQDS-TV and anchored a portion of the station’s nightly broadcast. Karwath is a 1986 graduate of the J-School and was editor of the Kansan. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.


Patricia E. (Weems) Gaston, Lacy C. Haynes Professor of Journalism
Gaston comes to KU from The Washington Post, where she was an editor who worked on several desks including National, Foreign and Editorial. Before going to the Post in 1997, Gaston worked at the Dallas Morning News, where she was an assistant foreign editor and was co-editor of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winning series on violence against women. She grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas in 1981. She has a master's degree in sports management from The George Washington University. In 2013, she was a Leadership Institute Fellow with the Center for American Progress, a progressive public policy program. In her spare time, Gaston has worked as a kitchen, case management and advocacy volunteer at Miriam's Kitchen and served on the agency's Volunteer Advocacy Advisory Committee. She twice served two-year terms as the co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of the American Association of University Women.

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Maryls Shulda, KU Endowment associate development director 
Shulda is the associate development director with KU Endowment Association for the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She is a proud 1992 KU graduate. She spent the first 15 years of her career as a juvenile probation officer in Olathe, Kansas. She took a break in 2007 to stay home and raise two children, her favorite job ever. In 2012, she ran for the Kansas Legislature, which fueled her transition into fundraising. She has worked on both local and national campaigns for the last six years and served as the development coordinator for American Public Square, a Kansas City-based nonprofit with a mission to create civil and fact-based dialogue in the community. She has many interests, not the least of which is a deep and abiding love for the University of Kansas. She is thrilled to have the opportunity and privilege of traveling the nation and meeting with KU journalism graduates and helping them navigate their gifts to the university.