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  • Tom Hodson, J.D., Associate Professor and Joe Berman Professor of Communication in the Scripps College of Communication

Biography

EDUCATION: Juris Doctorate, The Ohio State University, June 1973; Bachelor of Science in Journalism with honors in general studies, Ohio University, June 1970

HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION: Director, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, July 2003 to present; Chair, Mass Media Department, Marietta College, June 2001 - June 2003; Assistant to the President for Special Projects, Ohio University, 1999 - June 2003; Chair, Ohio University Board of Trustees, 1994-1995. Member, Board of Trustees of Ohio University, 1989-1998

HIGHER EDUCATION TEACHING: Associate Professor, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University; Associate Professor, Mass Media Department, Marietta College, June 2001-June 2003; Adjunct Faculty, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, 1980-2001; Adjunct Faculty, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University, 1998-2000. Faculty, National Judicial College, University of Nevada-Reno about Media Relations, 2003

LEGAL EXPERIENCE: Visiting Trial Judge, The Supreme Court of Ohio, 2002-present; Judicial Fellow, The Supreme Court of the United States, 1986-1987; Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Athens County, Ohio, 1984-1986; Judge, Athens County Municipal Court, Athens, Ohio 1980-1984; Trial lawyer, 1987-2001, 1973-1979

CONSULTANT: On the topics of Court/Media Relations and Court/Community Relations (public relations,) 1985-present; Been a consultant to National Center for Courts and the Media, University of Nevada-Reno, National Association of Court Managers, Conference of Court Public Information Officers, National Center for State Courts, American Bar Association Central and Eastern European Law Initiative (ABACEELI), State Justice Institute, American Judicature Society, Institute of Court Management, Ohio Judicial College, Ohio Judicial Conference, Ohio Association of Court Administrators

COMMISSIONS: The Ohio Coalition for Open Government, Trustee, 2003-present, Steering Committee, ASNE Sunshine Week, 2006; Privacy and Public Access Subcommittee of the Supreme Court of Ohio Committee on Technology and the Courts, 2002-2004; Ohio Courts Futures Commission, The Supreme Court, 1997-2000; Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education, 1994-1997; Ohio University Foundation Board, 1995-1997; Ohio Bar Foundation, 1994-present

PUBLICATIONS/RESERACH: Core Competencies for Media Relations and Community Relations, National Association of Court Managers; numerous sports stories for The Athens Messenger and The Logan Daily News, 2001-present; Editorial Board, Judicature, American Judicature Society, 1999-2001; author and editor of three chapters of the Law Handbook for Ohio Journalists, 1995 (updated and re-edited, 2006); consultant to the American Bar Association, Guide to Educating the Public About Courts; Board of Contributors, Guest Columnist, The Athens Messenger, 1994-1998; author, "The Judge: Justice in Prime Time," The Media Studies Journal, The Freedom Forum Media Studies Journal, The Freedom Forum Media Studies Center, Columbia University, 1992; author, "Courts, The Public and The News Media," The Court Manager, a publication of the National Association for Court Management, 1992; editorial consultant, You and the Law, a publication of the American Bar Association, 1990; author, "Court and Community Relations," Court Review, 1989; Author, "Court and Community Relations," Colleague, a publication of the Michigan Judicial Institute; op-ed columnist The Columbus Dispatch, October 1987; author, "Fourth Estate Watches Over Third Branch," The Docket Sheet, a publication of the Supreme Court of the United States; co-author, The Journalists’ Handbook to Ohio Courts, The Harrison Publishing Co., Norcross, Georgia, December 1982

OTHER: Play-by-Play, Ohio University’s Women’s Basketball, Ohio Sports Network 2006-07, Play-by-Play, Southern Ohio Cooperheads Baseball, 2002-present; Executive Producer, Marietta College football,basketball and baseball, WMRT-FM 88.3 and streamed over mariettaonline.com; play-by-play sportscaster, WXTQ-FM 105.5, 970 WATH, WMRT-FM 88.3, football, basketball, baseball; producer/editor, "The Costs of Aging," a two part radio documentary, 2003; legal expert for WOSU, Columbus and WOUB, Athens, 2000; writer and talent, "Legal Reminders," daily radio spots about the legal system, produced by WOUB, Athens, Ohio 1982-1984; C-Span Program Moderator in "The Courts and the News Media," Washington, D.C., 1996; host, "Forum," public affairs television programming, WOUB-TV 1982-1986, 1993-1996; host and narrator, "The Ohio Court System," an education video distributed by the Ohio Judicial College, 1993.