Overby Fellows

SENIOR OVERBY FELLOW

Will Norton, Jr.

Dr. Will Norton, Jr. has been a visiting lecturer at Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He was a board member of the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communication, Pristina, Kosovo. He served as president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2000–01) and as president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communications (1989–90). He was vice president of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and is chair of the Accrediting Committee of ACEJMC.

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He has made more than 90 campus visits as a consultant, a member or chair of site teams of ACEJMC or as a state board program evaluator. Norton is a partner in ownership of The South Reporter, Inc., Holly Springs, Miss., a corporation that publishes two newspapers and a total market publication. He was publisher of The Daily Iowan. He previously was on the staff of the Chicago Tribune and was sports editor of The Daily Journal, Wheaton, Ill. Norton is a trustee of the Freedom Forum, the Diversity Institute and the Newseum. He was dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1990–2009) and interim chair and chair of the Department of Journalism at The University of Mississippi (1977–1990) and was recently Dean of the school. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in history from Wheaton College, a Master of Arts degree in mass communications from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in mass communications from the University of Iowa.

OVERBY FELLOW

Randall Pinkston

Randall Pinkston was a correspondent/anchor for Al Jazeera America. Previously he was with CBS News. After a stint as a White House Correspondent in CBS’s Washington Bureau, Pinkston became a general assignment reporter, contributing to CBS broadcasts, including CBS Evening News, Morning News, Weekend News, CBS News Sunday Morning and 48 Hours. Pinkston also contributed to the CBS Reports documentary, Legacy of Shame with Correspondent Dan Rather. Pinkston has filled in as anchor on the CBS Evening News-Weekend Edition, Up to the Minute and CBS Morning News.

INAUGURAL OVERBY FELLOW AND RELIGION COLUMNIST

Terry Mattingly

Terry Mattingly (tmatt.net) writes the nationally syndicated “On Religion” column for the Universal Uclick Syndicate and is a Senior Fellow at the Overby Center at the University of Mississippi. For 20 years he was the leader of the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Mattingly’s father was a pastor and his mother a language arts teacher. Thus, it’s no surprise that Mattingly is a journalist and teacher who focuses on religion and that he continues to study both writing and religion.

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He double-majored in journalism and history at Baylor University and then earned an M.A. at Baylor in Church-State Studies and an M.S. in communications at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Mattingly has worked as a reporter and religion columnist at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver and the Charlotte Observer and the Charlotte News. In 1991, Mattingly began teaching at Denver Seminary. While teaching, he has – for three decades – continued writing his weekly “On Religion” column, sent to about 300 newsrooms in North America. He is the founder and editor of GetReligion.org, a weblog that — since 2004 — has critiqued the good and the bad in mainstream coverage of religion news.

In addition to his online duties, Mattingly has lectured at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass., the Torreys Honors Program at Biola University, the School of Journalism at the University of Nebraska, Baylor University, the University of Mississippi, Brigham Young University, Yeshiva University in New York City and in many other academic settings across the nation and around the world.

Mattingly is a prodigal Texan who has never met a mountain that he did not love. He is a music fanatic whose interests range from Celtic guitar (12-fret guitars, especially) to Russian chant. His wife, Debra Bridges Mattingly, is a public librarian. They have two grown children, Sarah Jeanne Wagner, and Frye Lewis Mattingly. The Mattinglys are members of St. Anne’s Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Follow him on Twitter: <a href=”https://twitter.com/tweetmattingly/”>@tweetmattingly</a>

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