Cheryl Kushner, an assistant professor in News, brings to Kent State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication more than 35 years experience as a reporter and editor at newspapers such as The Plain Dealer (entertainment editor), Newsday (entertainment editor), The East Valley Tribune (AME/Features), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Houston Chronicle and the Orlando Sentinel.
While at Newsday, she directed coverage that resulted in a 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for classical music critic Justin Davidson. At The Plain Dealer, she coordinated coverage of the 1995 opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and oversaw creation of a separate daily entertainment section.
Also while at The Plain Dealer, she received a 1996-97 fellowship from the National Arts Journalism Program and spent a year studying theater and creative writing at Northwestern University.
She is co-author of "Refereeing the Muses," a textbook on theater and theater criticism that is scheduled to be published by Peter Lang Publishing in July 2013.
Kushner also writes fiction, and is the author of four romance/women's fiction novels. Her 2005 Harlequin Flipside novel, "She Said, He Said," was nominated for the 2006 Romantic Times award for best romantic comedy.
Kushner, a Kent State graduate, received her Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication in December 2011 and her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism/News in 1973.
OFFICESchool of Journalism and Mass Communication
305-E Franklin Hall
CONTACT INFOPhone: 330-672-8725
COURSES TEACHINGSpring 2015
- JMC 26001 - 009 Multimedia Newswriting
- JMC 26007 - 001 Print Beat Reporting
- JMC 40010 - 003 Ethics And Issues - Mass Comm
- JMC 60195 - 002 St : Master ' S Professional Proj
- JMC 60199 - 004 Thesis I
- JMC 60299 - 002 Thesis Ii