Julia Wallace, Frank Russell Chair

Email: julia.wallace@asu.edu
Office: Room 363
Phone: 602.496.5169
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Curriculum Vitae

Business and Future of Journalism, JMC 473
Ethics of Journalism, MCO 530

Julia Wallace was a top media executive and high-ranking editor at four major newspapers. She spent more than 20 years as a top editor and was the first woman editor-in-chief of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She spent five years as the head of Cox Media Group Ohio, responsible for both the news and business operations.

As the Frank Russell Chair, Wallace teaches classes on the future of news, new business models and innovative ways of thinking about journalism at the Cronkite School.

For Cox Media Group Ohio, Wallace brought together three separate companies —TV, radio and newspaper — into a single converged operation. As a result of the changes, the TV station, WHIO, already the top CBS affiliate in the country, significantly grew its audience and revenue share. The three radio stations and three daily newspapers saw similar success under her leadership.

Previously, Wallace led the Atlanta Journal- Constitution newsroom from 2002-2010. During her tenure, the paper won two Pulitzer Prizes, and she was named Editor of the Year by Editor & Publisher magazine in 2004. Before joining Atlanta, she was managing editor of the Arizona Republic from 1998-2000.

Wallace began her career in Norfolk, Virginia, at the Ledger-Star, and then at the Dallas Times Herald. In 1982, she joined USA Today as a reporter just weeks after the newspaper’s launch and worked her way up to managing editor/special projects.

She joined the Chicago Sun-Times in 1992 as managing editor. She left in 1996 to lead the Salem Statesman Journal in Oregon as executive editor. In 1998, she became managing editor at the Arizona Republic before moving to Atlanta in 2001.

Originally from Rock Island, Illinois, Wallace graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with her bachelor’s degree. In 2006, she was inducted into the Medill School of Journalism Hall of Achievement and received the Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern.

She is married to veteran journalist and journalism educator Don Campbell and has two daughters and two step-daughters. She is a member of the national Alzheimer’s Association board.