Journalism Staff

Theresa Thomas

Theresa Thomas

Undergraduate Academic Advisor
BMC 2.600
student appointments: 512-471-1553

Theresa Thomas is the undergraduate advisor for the School of Journalism. Thomas graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999 with a bachelor's in applied learning and development. She has worked at the university since 2001.

Thomas advises undergraduate students in all matters pertaining to journalism coursework, sequencing of classes, and other academic and nonacademic issues. Thomas is the co-vice president / co-program chair for the Academic Counselors Association for the 2004-05 academic year.

Janice Brandon Henderson

Janice Brandon Henderson

Executive Assistant

Janice is a 1976 B.F.A. graduate of the University of North Texas, where she majored in art history. She has been employed by the department since October 1990.




Sylvia Edwards

Graduate Coordinator II
BMC 3.340B

Sylvia Edwards is the graduate program coordinator for the School of Journalism. She holds a B.A. in history and an M.A. in American Studies from Baylor University. Her professional experience includes time as an undergraduate advisor, graduate program coordinator, assessment specialist, and college lecturer. 

Sylvia is involved in recruitment and admissions for all graduate programs in the School, coordinates registration for graduate students, and provides support for scholarship/fellowship decisions and for tracking assessment. She is a member of the Academic Counselors Association and Graduate Coordinator Network and serves as a mentor for new coordinators.

Steve Maedl

Steve Maedl

Technical Staff Assistant – Broadcast

With a degree in education and teacher certification in journalism, Steve Maedl has been working in professional film, television, and video for more than a quarter century.

From the European Broadcast Union's production of the World Cup Soccer Matches, and the Atlanta Committee for International Olympic Games, to the Glaciers of British Columbia for Discovery Channel's coverage of the Eco Challenge Races under the direction of producer Mark Burnett, Steve brings a diversified wealth of world-wide network experience to the University of Texas Journalism School.

Steve has also worked on over 450 national and international commercials, network TV shows, entertainment and sports programs, live teleconferences, music videos, industrial training and feature films.

He has worked for Court TV (Dallas, Austin, Houston), CNN, and on "Meet The Press" with Tim Russert. Feature film work includes Disney's "Blank Check," CBS’ Miniseries "Lonesome Dove," Scary Movie and others.

For the past 22 years Steve has, and continues to serve as crew leader and camera operator for the renowned PBS Music Show Austin City Limits. With well over 350 shows, Austin City Limits is an award-winning national and international television series. The 2003 recipient of The National Medal Of The Arts, this musical icon of more than 34 years is the first TV show to receive this award. An award he proudly shares with Austin's KLRU/PBS Staff and ACL's production crew.

As the technical advisor to School of Journalism classes since 1997, Steve is responsible for upgrading and installing broadcast radio and TV studio equipment. He also assists with instructing students in the proper usage of cameras, switchers, chroma-key, graphics, teleprompter, lighting, audio and digital video playback and recordings. Steve developed and produced the "Texas Newswatch" logo and photo ID press passes for the reporters and acts as production manager / technical engineer for their newscasts. He also is responsible for initiating & updating their website.

Steve also holds a current FCC operator license, and is a member of the Texas Association of Film & Tape Professionals.