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The goal of this class is to teach you how to produce, gather and report news for a top 25 TV market-TV Station-KDKA-TV, airs on a statewide broadcast network-West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB), streams on HD Media- HD Media is the publisher of the following seven newspapers in the state: Charleston Gazette-Mail, Herald-Dispatch, Wayne County News, Logan Banner, Williamson Daily News, Coal Valley News and The Pineville Independent Herald, the City of Morgantown’s Public Access Channel, a statewide broadcast news service(Nexstar Broadcasting), and a national sports network (ESPNU).
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‘WVU News’ can also be viewed on our website here:

This classroom will be run as an actual “newsroom.” You will all be assigned beats, we will have regular news meetings and you will report to us as your “news directors.” You will learn every aspect of what it takes to put together a newscast. From choosing stories in your beat, to shooting, editing, writing and producing those stories and finally, you will all serve as the talent and/or technical crew during the actual taping of the newscast. You will also have a professional Twitter account and learn to use social media to promote your work.



Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
Executive Producer
Gina Dahlia

Twitter ID: @ginadahlia 
Fun Fact: When I graduated from college, my gift from my parents was a three month trip exploring Europe. My mother is from Italy and bought me a Eurorail pass and gave me an itinerary. I visited more than a dozen cities and met relatives I never knew I had!

Gina Martino Dahlia knew she was a teacher in September of 2001, after watching a student’s TV story on the dangerous threat of anthrax in U.S. mail. She saw how much her student had learned and how the quality of her work had improved. She saw how her own belief, passion and refusal to accept mediocrity put students on paths that improved their lives.

Known as an exceedingly assertive and demanding professor who will push her students to create the best work they can, Dahlia is also beloved by students for the time she invests in their TV productions and for her accessibility.

And these are just a few of the reasons Dahlia was named a recipient of the 2012 WVU Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching. This prestigious award is the highest recognition of excellence in teaching at the University.

Dahlia’s former students now work at television stations across the country – often with the help of her persuasive reference letters and phone calls- and when they decide that’s not where life is taking them, she’s just as supportive.

“They know they can call or text me any time of the day or night with interview questions, camera help in the field or editing support in the newsroom,” said Dahlia, Television Journalism Program Chair and teaching associate professor in the WVU Reed College of Media.

One of her main roles is as executive producer of “WVU News,” an award-winning newscast filmed by TVJ students that airs on PBS and cable TV in West Virginia. “WVU News,” recently won a national first place college Emmy from The Television Academy and was named the best college newscast in America.

Dahlia is also an award-winning filmmaker. Her documentary, “The Monongah Heroine,” aired on PBS in December 2007 and received worldwide press and media attention. The film focuses on the widows left behind from the December 6, 1907, Monongah (W.Va.) mine disaster.

She joined WVU’s College of Media in 2001 and became the head of the television journalism program in 2007. Dahlia obtained both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree (2007) from WVU, majoring in journalism and minoring in political science. 

Yo u can reach her with story ideas via twitter @ginadahlia and through her e-mail at .


Teaching Assistant Professor
Executive Producer

Twitter ID:  @ashtonmarra

Ashton Marra

Ashton Marra joined the college’s faculty in August of 2018, where she teaches news writing, video storytelling and community-focused journalism. 

Ashton is the co-founder and co-director of Reporting on Addiction, a collaboration of addiction science experts, professional journalists and journalism educators who share a passion to decrease stigma and improve the way journalists cover addiction and recovery. Reporting on Addiction trains professional and student newsrooms and addiction science experts, creates research-based reporting resources, and has built a network of journalism professionals nationwide who are committed to improving reporting in the space.

Ashton came to the college with a decade of professional experience in both public and commercial media newsrooms in New York City, Ohio and West Virginia, and her reporting has appeared nationally on NPR and PBS, as well as “Good Morning America,” where she worked with correspondents across the country to produce video news stories in the field and in the studio.

She served as the assistant news director for the statewide public television and radio network West Virginia Public Broadcasting and as its lead political reporter, hosting and producing the network's flagship television program “The Legislature Today.” While working in public media, Ashton was also the producer and host of a number of radio programs as well as original podcasts. She was twice named the Associated Press of the Virginias Best Reporter.

Ashton received two degrees from West Virginia University, a B.S. in journalism and M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications.

News Anchors

Kathryn Bruch
Education/Consumer Reporter 
Kathryn Bruch
Claudia Di Lima
Westover/Star City Community Reporter
Claudia Di Lima

News Reporters

Legislative/Government Anchor/ReporterLegislative/Government Anchor/Reporter

Jhanvee PatelHealth/Medical Reporter
Jhanvee Patel

Drew SoltWVU Campus 
Downtown/Evansdale Reporter
Drew Solt

Noah Boylen Non-Profit  Reporter
Noah Boylen
Hannah HeiskellPolice/Fire/Court/Crimes Reporter
Hannah Heiskell

Sports Anchor/ Reporters

Lifestyle Anchor

Sterling GibsonLifestyle/Entertainment Anchor

Assistant Producer

Web Producer

Kara Vaughan
TV Journalism Graduate Assistant Web Producer

Graduate Assistant


Jake Held

Teaching Assistant