- A.B.J., (Journalism) University of Georgia
- M.A., (Speech Communications and Theatre Arts) Wake Forest University
Areas of Interest
Investigative/Environmental/Public policy/Social problems/Justice and Advocacy Journalism; Multimedia journalism with a special interest in video/digital journalism
Cheryl Spainhour is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies. She has taught at UNC Charlotte since 1998. She currently teaches undergraduate courses in the Journalism minor, including Advanced News Reporting and Writing, Feature Writing, and Introduction to Journalism, as well as Special Topics courses. She also teaches public speaking. In the spring of 2017, she led a Study Abroad course to London, “British Media and Culture” and students created a multimedia website chronicling their visit [https://unccharlottebritishmediaandculturespring2017london.wordpress.com/]. In the fall of 2014, she taught a special topics journalism course, “Covering Poverty in America,” and the multimedia website produced by the students won a 2014 Regional Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists. She is a Student Advisor for students in the Department. She has previously worked as a newspaper and radio journalist and she has also freelanced for various publications. She continues her own journalism education and studies under Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists through the Poynter Institute. She is currently studying Digital Journalism with an Emmy award-winning journalist through the Knight Foundation. She chairs the Journalism Curriculum Committee and is the editor of the Department’s annual EZine [https://issuu.com/communicationstudies/docs/finalezine18]. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.