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Julie R. Cryser

Julie R. Cryser

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Julie R. Cryser spent more than a decade in newsrooms throughout West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland before coming to the WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism in August 2001 as the Public Relations and Alumni Development Coordinator.

Cryser is a 1992 West Virginia University graduate, having earned a degree in journalism with a news-editorial emphasis, and a 2004 graduate from the WVU journalism master’s program. She started her career at the Parkersburg Sentinel as an education writer and moved to the Beckley Register Herald in 1994 as a business editor. In 1995, the Charleston Gazette hired her as a business reporter and then promoted her to business editor. At the Gazette, Cryser traveled to Taiwan and Japan with U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller and state representatives to cover West Virginia business development in those countries.

Cryser entered management at the Clarksburg Exponent and Clarksburg Telegram in 1997 as the city editor and assistant managing editor. She moved in 1999 to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, where she spent most of her time as the interim city editor and assistant city editor in charge of health, education, transportation and general assignment reporters. It was at the Tribune Review that Cryser coached and edited a nationally and regionally recognized series of stories on the struggles of a 5-year-old brain cancer patient and her family.

The WVU alumna graduated Summa Cum Laude and was honored as the Outstanding Journalism and News-Editorial Student of the Year. She has won numerous writing awards and has attended fellowships at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies and the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. She is also an experienced writing coach who has attended numerous Freedom Forum coaching programs in San Francisco and Maryland.