Kathryn Thier teaches public relations and journalism at the School of Journalism and Communication, drawing on 10 years of experience as a daily newspaper reporter and communications professional. She also coordinates the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism, a statewide journalism internship program open to all college students in Oregon.
As a staff writer for The Charlotte Observer, Thier earned first-place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the North Carolina Press Association and wrote a reader-favorite column about local development. She also covered local news and high school sports at Newsday. After leaving journalism, she directed communications and public relations for an e-commerce startup and a North Carolina private school.