Kris Wilson rejoined the School of Journalism as a senior lecturer and head of the broadcast news sequence in fall 2009. He spent more than a decade working in television as an award-winning news director, executive producer, anchor, reporter, and weather anchor. In addition to his professional experience, he holds a doctorate in geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder (1993) and a master's degree from Ohio State University (1986), where he was a Kiplinger Fellow and specialized in environmental journalism. Before returning to UT, he at taught at Emory University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. He's won numerous teaching awards in addition to recognition for his TV reporting and producing work.
His scholarly research analyzes press coverage of climate change, factors that influence global warming reporting, and public (mis)understanding of mediated science. His peer-reviewed work has been published in Science Communication, Mass Communication Review, The Journal of Geography, Public Understanding of Science, National Weather Digest, The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) and in the book Environmental Risks and the Media.
He is considered an international expert in the communication of climate change science and has presented his research in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, Great Britain, France, Wales and Mexico. His most recent article, "Opportunities and Obstacles for Television Weathercasters to Report on Climate Change" appears in the October 2009 issue of BAMS and serves as the foundation for a new NSF grant that continues to examine the potentially prominent role that TV weathercasters play as science communicators in US society.
J353D Television Reporting
J372D Television Producing
J331K Supervising Internships
J395 Reporting on the Environment
J322D Broadcast News Writing and Radio Reporting