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Elizabeth Atwood

Elizabeth Atwood

Associate Professor of Journalism

Tel: 301-696-3231
Office: Rosenstock Hall, Room 208
Office hours: Monday, Wednesday 2-3 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
  • M.A., University of Virginia
  • B.S., West Virginia University

Courses taught

  • CMA 201: Introduction to Newswriting
  • CMA 303: Advanced Reporting
  • CMA 304: Online Journalism


I spent nearly 30 years in the newspaper business as a reporter and editor before coming to Hood College to teach journalism.

I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and my love of journalism began while I was still in high school. I received my bachelor's of science degree in journalism from West Virginia University, but took a brief detour from the news business to pursue a master of arts degree in history from the University of Virginia.

I earned a Ph.D. in public communications from the University of Maryland where my studies focused on international journalism. The topic of my dissertation was the Russian press and the many pressures it faced in the early 1990s.

During my many years at newspapers in Virginia and Maryland, I covered crime, local government, business and growth and development. I spent 22 years at the Baltimore Sun as a reporter and editor. My positions there included food editor, lifestyles editor, home editor, and eventually general assignment editor for the newspaper's print and online editions.

Research and teaching interests

I am fascinated by the radical changes that have occurred at traditional news media operations as a result of the migration of audiences and information to the Web. I hope to explore the impact such changes in media consumption have on society as a whole.