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          102 Gregory Hall


  • Bachelor of Science, News-editorial Journalism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1972

Course Specialties

  • The Media and You, Journalism 360, lecture-discussion.


  • Thirteen years in daily print journalism as reporter, editor and columnist followed by 22+ years as PR professional for three U of Illinois presidents, other senior officers and Board of Trustees members. Specialities: executive speechwriting, statements/op-eds, reports, media relations, etc.

Research/Creative Endeavor

  • Book: An Illini Place: Building the University of Illinois Campus (with John Franch), U of I Press, 2017
  • Will launch a new journalism course on editorial cartoons in spring 2018

Tate CV