Who is Gary Kebbel?

I’m a professor working with mobile and social media at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (My blog.) For two years I was dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. During that time, I increased funding to the college, increased faculty and staff size and saw freshmen enrollment rise 30%. I helped create the nation’s first Drone Journalsim Lab, a mobile media collaboration lab, a student advertising agency and a state news reporting lab.

I’m working now to create a Center for Mobile Media, which would be a cross-campus multidisciplinary collaboration of students and faculty, research professors and professors of practice working to improve the communication of news and advertising on mobile devices.

Before becoming dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I was the Journalism Program Director at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami, Fla. In that role, I administered the Knight News Challenge, a $25 million contest to find digital news innovations that are used to inform and engage communities in a given geographic area. At Knight Foundation, I also helped create the Knight Citizen News Networkand the Knight Digital Media Center.

I was the director of AOL News, helping to make it one of the largest news sites on the Internet, with an audience of up to 24 million people each month. I am a founding editor of USA TODAY.com and Newsweek.com.

I am a Fulbright Senior Specialist in online journalism. In that role, I worked in Pretoria, South Africa, helping the Journalism Department at Tshwane University of Technology advance its digital media curriculum. (Here’s my blog about the trip.) I have been a trainer at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute, and have consulted on social networking at NORAD and for the U.S. Department of Defense. In May 2010, I lectured about digital news media at Moscow State University in Russia, and at various universities and news organizations in Taiwan, at the request of the U.S. Department of State. I also have lectured about news site creation and maintenance in Tunisia and Latvia.

At AOL I also was the director of the largest election and politics site on the Internet and the largest government consumer portal, Government Guide.

I was the front-page editor of Washingtonpost.com during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, including President Clinton’s impeachment in the House of Representatives and trial in the Senate.

I was deputy editor of USA TODAY.com and directed its political coverage during the 1996 presidential election – the first covered by Internet news sites.

Before moving to the online world, I was the graphics editor at USA TODAY during the Gulf War, the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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