Professor of Mass Communications and General Manager of WEHC-FM; Mass Communications; WEHC;
Miller Hall, 216
Dr. Teresa Keller holds two statewide faculty awards: The Virginia Council on Higher Education’s Outstanding Faculty Award in 2010, and the 2003 Virginia Professor of the Year award presented by the Carnegie Foundation and CASE (Council on the Advancement and Support of Education). She is Professor of Mass Communications at Emory & Henry College and co-author of Television News: A handbook for writing, reporting, shooting, editing and producing, now available in its third edition from Holcomb Hathaway Publishers. Four of her broadcast students have won Emmys in television news.
In 2009, she directed a project to establish a 9,000 watt FM radio station that now serves both the college and a five-county area with a host of student and community programmers.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Virginia Association of Broadcasters and for Glenwood Corporation, along with its subsidiary Holston Valley Broadcasting Company that operates a variety of radio and television stations. In summer 2000, Dr. Keller worked at KCNC-TV in Denver through the RTNDA’s (Radio and Television News Directors’ Association) “Excellence in Journalism” program. In summer 2005, she worked in San Diego’s KGTV investigative unit. She served as a contributing reporter for WVTF public radio during summer 2009.
Prior to coming to Emory & Henry College, Keller worked for seven years at WCYB-TV, the NBC affiliate in Bristol, VA where she co-hosted a talk show and worked as a reporter, producer and noon news anchor. In addition to serving as General Manager for WEHC, she has continued her professional broadcasting involvement by producing independent videos, serving as consultant to area organizations about TV news, and conducting media campaigns and/or political buys for political candidates on a local and congressional level.
Dr. Keller also supervises production of “Emory & Henry Reports,” through EHC-TV, the department’s television operation that delivers programs to Comcast Cable subscribers in the area. In 2009, she received the James A. Davis Faculty Award. During her academic career, she has seen a graduate threatened with jail for refusing to reveal a confidential source. Local authorities subpoenaed one of her students to turn over video and to testify in a trial because of the information he gained in preparing a report for class. As a long-term advocate for open government, she testified before the Virginia Legislature in favor of cameras in courtrooms immediately prior to the state approval in 1992.
Her research and writing have focused on First Amendment, broadcast news, and curriculum issues. She has spearheaded the development of a broad-based program where students gain converged training in print, electronic media and design, in addition to the department’s theoretical examination of mass media and society. The department’s news web site ehcwired.com, one of the earliest in the country, grew from the necessity of communicating important news on September 11, 2001.
In keeping with the department’s mission of broad experience and training, she has taught a wide range of courses, including Mass Media and society, Electronic Media Production, Advanced Video Production, Advertising, Public Relations, Women and Media, Freedom of Expression in the United States, and Media Law.
Research: Co-author of Television News: A Handbook for writing, reporting, shooting, and editing and producing. 3rd Edition released in 2009.
Upcoming Research: Plan for regular updates of Television News.
B.A., King College. M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ph.D., University of Tennessee