LAURA KELLY | laura.ann.kelly@live.com

Internationally accomplished change agent in communications, the arts and higher education with robust experience in program creation and expansion; teaching and mentoring; and infusing organizations with realigned purpose, vision and fizz.

JOURNALISM PROFESSOR | American University of Central Asia | Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic | 2014

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT | Armenia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Kosovo, Burma, Mongolia, Hungary, Albania, Czech Republic, Macedonia | 1997-present

ARTS + CULTURE COLUMNIST Flag Live | 2012-present

PROJECT DIRECTOR | ArtBox Institute | Flagstaff Arts Council | Flagstaff, Arizona | 2012-13

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORFlagstaff Symphony Orchestra | Flagstaff, Arizona | 2008-12

FACULTY DIRECTOR | JOURNALISM PROFESSOREuropean Journalism Institute | Prague, Czech Republic | 2003-2011 | Student work

COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT HEADAmerican University in Bulgaria | Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria | 2002-04

JOURNALISM PROGRAM MANAGER | Academia Istropolitana Nova | Bratislava, Slovakia 1999-2002 

JOURNALISM PROFESSORFlorida International University | Miami, Florida | 1991-99

JOURNALIST | 1986 to present

  • Radio talk show host for live, call-in current affairs program  | 1984-85
  • Managing Editor, South Florida magazine | 1986-90
  • Award-winning cultural columnist for Islands magazine | 1992-95
  • Editing and writing projects for mainstream and academic press including The Washington Post, Education Week, Newsweek International, Glamour, GEO, The Miami Herald, International Journalist, Presstime | 1992-present

ESSAYIST | 1995-present

  • Small press literary magazines include Story, Press, Callaloo, Vox 
  • Sunday newspaper magazines include Tropic, Sunshine
  • Digital platforms include medium.com and cowbird.com

Books 

Dispatches from the Republic of Otherness published by Fretwater Press | 2011 radio review | Facebook page

a book reading

Education

  • The American University | Washington, D.C. | M.A. Journalism & Public Affairs
  • University of Florida | Gainesville, Florida | B.S. Magazine Journalism

Honors & Awards

  • American Society of Newspaper Editors Fellow | Long Beach, California | 1997
  • Fulbright Scholar Award | Tirana, Albania | 1998
  • Knight International Press Fellow | Bratislava, Slovakia | 1999-2001
  • Liberty Fund seminar scholar | Lausanne, Switzerland | 2005
  • Fulbright Scholar Award | Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan| 2014
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