School of Communication & Media

About Us: Faculty & Staff

Carolyn Carlson

Associate Professor of Communication

Contact Information

Office: Social Sciences (SO 402), Room 5090
Phone: 470-578-2417
Fax: 470-578-9153


Carolyn S. Carlson is an Associate Professor of Communication in the Journalism and Emerging Media concentration at KSU. She has been researching the relationship between reporters and government public relations professionals. Reports on her research have received widespread attention during national Sunshine Week in March of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. She teaches the reporting and writing classes, advanced media writing, the capstone course and media law.

Before entering academia, Dr. Carlson worked as a political press secretary and as a longtime reporter and editor for The Associated Press. She was also a reporter for 5 years on The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle and the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel. While at the AP, she served as national president of the Society of Professional Journalists, which is the oldest and largest professional organization serving the news media. She is a former chair of the SPJ Ethics Committee and is currently a member of the SPJ Freedom of Information Committee. She is also adviser to the SPJ chapter at Kennesaw State.

Dr. Carlson is the recipient of many awards, including SPJ’s highest honor for a member, the Wells Key, which she received in 1993, and the SPJ First Amendment Award, which she received in 1998 for founding the multi-organizational Campus Courts Task Force for its success in changing federal law to increase public access to college disciplinary records involving serious crime.

Faculty and Staff

Allison, Audrey
Anderson, Kami
Aust, Chuck
Aust, Philip
Azriel, Josh
Barton, Kris
Beach, Donna
Bell, Tenisha
Brooks, John
Carlson, Carolyn
Clemons, Jason
Connelly, Nicole
Crotts, Rick
Davenport, Angela
Daws, Laura Beth
Del Sordo, Joe
Dudenhoeffer, Teresa
Duffy, Matt
Ellison, Soyia
Gainey, Barbara
Gao, May
Gibson, Chad
Gillman, Tim
Gray, Thomas
Gregory, David
Grindel, Tricia
Hale, Matthew
Hand, Lindsey
Harr-Lagin, Kelsey
Heflin, Kristen
Holler, Emily
Holman, Karen
Howes, Pauline
Hutcheson, Peggy
Hutchins, Amber
Jackson, Gala
Jendzurski, Michael
Jersey, Valerie
Jinks, Kenneth
Johnson, Sarah
Johnson, Desirae
Jones, Jeannine
Jordan, Jeannette
Kelly, Bert
Kim, Heeman
Kim, Ted
Kperogi, Farooq
Latino, Pete
Leifheit-Little, Jennifer
Mathis, Robin Smith
Matthews, Jennifer
Mayo, Buddy
McDonald, Jim
McNeill, Jake
Milligan, Cindy
Pettigrew, Justin
Phillips, Jan
Redd, Amy
Rothery, Susanne
Russell, Lisa
Ryan, Erin
Schill, Vanessa
Weatherspoon, Lynsey
Weaver, Melissa
Wertz, Emma
Williamson, Shannon
Witt, Len
Womack, Deanna
Wood, Vallorie
Yandle, Christopher
York, Misty