Assistant Professor

Degrees: A.B., Bryn Mawr College; M.J. and Ph.D., Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Expertise: Journalism

Carrie Buchanan joined the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts in September 2009 and achieved tenure in 2014. 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.

The geography of news at both the local and the global level is the focus Professor Buchanan’s research. Her publications, many of which can be downloaded on her site here, explore the sense of place in local news as well as international issues such as the UNESCO debate over the New World Information and Communication Order and the movement to establish a right to communicate for all the world’s people.

In 2013, Professor Buchanan won the Advisor of the Year award for her work as faulty advisor to the Environmental Issues Group. She is also advisor to the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, as well as serving on the board of the Cleveland Pro chapter of SPJ. She is a member of John Carroll’s Health Professions Advisory Committee and has particular expertise in health and environmental writing. She serves as co-convenor for the Cleveland chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

For more information, visit her website at where you will find links to her blogs and social media, samples of her journalistic and academic articles, a complete CV, and her teaching philosophy.