The Journalists
Phylissa Mitchell

Phylissa Mitchell

Broadcast Editor

Phylissa Mitchell served as broadcast editor of the Katrina Project during Fall 2005. Mitchell is a former assistant professor in the Broadcast Sequence of the WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism, where she taught media law, critical race and gender theory and advanced broadcast courses.

Mitchell worked in broadcast news as a public affairs reporter/producer (KCTS-TV, Seattle, W.A.), producer/writer (NBC Newschannel, Charlotte, N.C., and ABC News, New York, N.Y.) and producer/writer/editor (CBS News, New York, N.Y.). She also reported for Media General-owned newspapers in central Virginia.

Mitchell is a native of Charlottesville; V.A. Her professional career preceded her formal education. She returned to the University of Virginia in 1995 to complete her B.A. in Religious Studies that she began twenty years earlier. In 2001, she graduated from the Washington & Lee University School of Law where she was a Mock Trial semi-finalist, editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and an editor and case writer for the Race & Ethnic Ancestry Law Journal, the Souths only scholarly publication devoted to racial and ethnic legal issues.

At P.I. Reed, Mitchell was awarded grants in 2003 and 2005 to study and teach diversity issues. In 2004, she was a participant in the Knight Chair Ethics Institute at Washington & Lee and a Poynter Institute seminar, Diversity Across Curricula in St. Petersburg, F.L. At WVU, Mitchell helped develop an online version of the media law course. Mitchell's research interests include privacy and media, access and critical theory in media.