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Liz Hansen is the retired chair of the Department of Communication and Foundation Professor Emerita at Eastern Kentucky University where she taught journalism from 1987 to 2014. Before going to Eastern, she taught at Iowa State University, the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Kentucky.

Hansen has worked as a reporter and feature writer for daily newspapers in Arkansas and Louisiana and as a freelance writer, frequently taking her own photographs. She has won numerous awards for writing, editing and photography and is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

At Eastern, Hansen conducted 14 semester-long community journalism projects with students. In addition to community journalism, her research interests included media ethics and libel. She is former head of the Community Journalism Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and chairs the Steering Committee of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues. She has served on the national board and the ethics committee of the Society of Professional Journalists and is past president of the Bluegrass Pro chapter.

Hansen received a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Kentucky (2000), a master’s degree from Iowa State University (1976), and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas (1972).