Melita Garza

Assistant Professor
MOUS 222 | 817-257-7453


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

A.B., Harvard University

Courses Taught

JOUR 20003 – Diversity and the Media
JOUR 30853 – Hist Dev of Mass Media
JOUR 40453 – Business Journalism

Areas of Focus

Journalism history. Diversity. Businesses and economics news. English- and Spanish-language news. The media and civil rights. Literary journalism.

  1. Journalism History, “Sword & Cross in San Antonio: Reviving the Spanish Conquest in Depression Era News Coverage”
  2. American Journalism, “Pine Straw in an Evil Wind: A study of James Boyd, The Pilot of Southern Pines, N.C., 1941-1944
  3. “Immigrants and Immigration: Reporting the New America,” in eds. Maria-Len Rios, and Earnest Perry, Cross Cultural Journalism: Communicating Strategically About Diversity
  4. American Journalism.“Framing Mexicans in Great Depression Editorials: Riff-Raff to Heroes” (In press)
  5. Howard Journal of Communications, “Legacy Media as Twitter Sheriff: Reframing Reaction to Sebastien De La Cruz’s Anthem Singing at the 2013 NBA Finals” (In press)
  6. “Hola, America! Newsstand 2000,” in eds. Everette E. Dennis, and Edward C. Pease, The Media in Black & White
  7. “The 1890 Census,” in ed. Stevenson Swanson, Chicago Days: 150 Defining Moments in the Life of a Great City

Award-winning journalist with more than 20 years professional experience in national and international media. Reporter at the Chicago Tribune. Worked at Bloomberg News in New York, the McKinsey Quarterly, London, UK, and the Milwaukee Journal. Started as a reporter trainee at the Los Angeles Times.

  1. Fellow, Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University
  2. Margaret Blanchard Prize for the outstanding dissertation in mass media history
  3. Pulitzer Prize nominee
  4. Latino/Latin American Research (LARA) Award, AEJMC and Florida International University
  5. Joseph McKerns Research Award (AJHA)
  6. Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business Journalism Grant
  7. Fellow, Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication, AEJMC and Florida International University
  8. Chicago Headline Club, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Peter Lisagor Award for the business story “Jobs in Manufacturing No Longer Build Futures”
  9. Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), First Place Award Spot Enterprise Reporting for “Problems at Tire Plant Alleged”
  10. Archdiocese of Chicago, Cardinal’s Communication Award for Professional Excellence
  11. Presstime, publication of the Newspaper Association of America, profiled as one of “20 under 40” top journalists in the U.S. newspaper industry
  1. Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
  2. American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA)
  3. Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW)
  4. Immigration and Ethnic History Society (IEHS)
  5. Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS)
  6. National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)
  7. Texas State Historical Society (TSHA)
  8. Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA)