Journalist on Call, Society of Professional Journalists
Rod Hicks works for the Society of Professional Journalists in a position created to address the issue of dwindling trust in the news media. As Journalist on Call, Rod spends time in communities listening to people who distrust the news and relays their concerns to journalists. He recently completed a six-month project in Casper, Wyoming, where he met regularly with a group of people skeptical about the news they receive to better understand the root of their distrust. Rod has held editing and leadership positions at numerous news organizations across the country, including The Associated Press, The Detroit Free Press and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. While in St. Louis, he was among the staffers who pulled together several breaking stories and follow-ups about a gunman who went to a suburban city council meeting and killed the mayor, two city council members, a police officer and two other people. The coverage was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. Rod holds a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama.
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