Carrie Buchanan joined the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts in September 2009 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Her doctorate in Mass Communication was awarded in 2010 by Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She finished her Master of Journalism degree, also from Carleton, in 1991, while working for the Ottawa Citizen, the major newspaper in Canada’s capital city. Her undergraduate degree, awarded in 1974, is an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, where she double-majored in Biology and Psychology.
Professor Buchanan teaches most of the department’s journalism-related courses, which are enriched by her own 15-year career in newspapers. This began in 1975 in Montreal, where she was born and raised, and continued in Ottawa, interrupted by several years as a full-time mother. She joined the Ottawa Citizen in 1988 and worked there for 12 years, leaving in 2000 to pursue an academic career. She taught for seven years at Carleton’s respected School of Journalism and Communication while pursuing her doctorate. During her time in newspapers, Buchanan covered a wide range of topics and beats and worked as a copy editor.