Lori Shontz has spent more than two decades as a writer and editor specializing in sports, women’s issues, and higher education. She has reported from Kenya, Cuba, 10 Final Fours (women’s and men’s), and four Olympic Games. She has also organized coverage of events including the Olympics and the BCS title game. She worked at The Miami Herald; the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; her hometown Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; and the Progress-Index in Petersburg, Virginia.
Shontz came to the School of Journalism and Communication directly from The Penn Stater alumni magazine, where she was part of a team that received awards for its in-depth and unflinching coverage of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Her magazine duties ranged from editing long-form features to live-tweeting board of trustees meetings. She also taught news writing, sports writing, and feature writing for Penn State’s College of Communications.
Shontz graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Penn State in 1991 with a BA in English writing and a minor in sports history, and she wrote her senior honors thesis on the development of women’s varsity sport. She completed her MEd in 2013 in adult education at Penn State, where she researched organizational change and professional development in journalism.
She is the faculty adviser for student chapters of the Society for Professional Journalists and the Association for Women in Sports Media.
Learn more on her website.
- MEd, Adult Education, Pennsylvania State University, 2013
- BA, English, Pennsylvania State University, 1991
Areas of Expertise
- Sports journalism
- History of women’s sport/Title IX
- Olympic history
- News writing and reporting
- Journalism education
- Higher education journalism
- Magazine journalism
Recent Citations, Publications, and Professional Work
“The Long Game,” historical piece about the 50th anniversary of varsity sports for women at Penn State, The Penn Stater alumni magazine, November/December 2014
“Data Driven,” profile of incoming Penn State president Eric Barron, The Penn Stater alumni magazine, May/June 2014
“Inside Cuba,” travel story from a people-to-people cultural exchange, The Penn Stater alumni magazine, July/August 2013
“The Visitors,” historical piece about the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, The Penn Stater alumni magazine, May/June 2013
- Reporting I
- Gateway to Media I and II
- Sports Media Workshop
- Legalize It (issue coverage of marijuana legalization)
- Sports Journalism