Andrea Wenzel is an assistant professor of journalism at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication. Her research focuses on how residents of changing multiethnic communities negotiate difference through media, culture, and everyday interaction.
As a Knight News Innovation Fellow, with support from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, she leads projects on local news, political polarization, rural-urban divides, and digital and offline community engagement. Previously, with the University of Southern California’s Metamorphosis project, she led research on community-based solutions journalism. She has also explored outreach initiatives that combine food and dialogue about racial justice.
Prior to academia, Andrea worked for 15 years as a public radio producer, editor, and media development consultant. She managed projects and trained media makers in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, and India for media development organizations such as BBC Media Action and Internews—and taught journalism as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana. Andrea produced global affairs series including WAMU’s Latitudes and WBEZ’s Worldview as well as features and documentaries for a range of US and international outlets.
She holds a PhD from the USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and a MA and BA from the University of Chicago.