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Kathryn Thier

Instructor and Snowden Internship Coordinator

129 Franklin Building

Kathryn Thier teaches public relations and journalism at the School of  Journalism and Communication, drawing on 10 years of experience as a daily newspaper reporter and communications professional. She also coordinates the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism, a statewide journalism internship program open to all college students in Oregon.

As a staff writer for The Charlotte Observer, Thier earned first-place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the North Carolina Press Association and wrote a reader-favorite column about local development. She also covered local news and high school sports at Newsday. After leaving journalism, she directed communications and public relations for an e-commerce startup and a North Carolina private school.


  • MS, Columbia University
  • BA, Brown University


  • David and Nancy Petrone Faculty Fellow, UO School of Journalism and Communication (2017-present)
  • Williams Council Instructional Grant, UO Tom and Carol Williams Fund for Undergraduate Education, (2017-2018)
  • Invited inaugural member, UO Teaching Academy (2016)
  • UO School of Journalism and Communication Outstanding Teaching by an Adjunct Instructor, 2014-15


  • Gateway to Media I, II, and III
  • Reporting I
  • Reporting II: Solutions Journalism
  • Strategic Writing and Media Relations
  • Strategic Public Relations Communication