Two SMU professors made a lasting impact on me.
When I began my study at SMU, I thought I was going to become a correspondent on National Public Radio. But Prof. Charles Davis, who was my advisor, steered me in the direction of print journalism. He lifted my confidence, telling me I was a good writer and suggested I write for the Daily Campus. Well, I loved it! The next thing I knew I was an intern at The Associated Press, which began my career as a journalist.
Prof. Kenneth Hamilton ignited my interest in African American history. His classes formed the foundation that I would use in writing articles on race and ethnicity. That foundation also proved helpful when I returned to graduate school and got my master’s degree in History at the University of Nevada, Reno.