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Ivy Smith Guiler


Graduate Coordinator


Ivy Smith Guiler is a graduate student at the P.I. Reed School of Journalism concentrating in broadcast news and documentary film. This Keyser, W.Va. native completed her Bachelor of Science in Journalism, with a concentration in news-editorial journalism, in May 2004 at West Virginia University.

In April 2004, Guiler was awarded the Frank Kearns Fellowship. The award offers a student from the P.I. Reed School of Journalism the opportunity to cover an international story each year. Guiler was sent to Vietnam for the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. In addition to print and radio stories, she shot footage for the Associated Press.

Guiler was named a 2003 Scripps Howard Foundation Top Ten Scholar, an award given to only ten journalism students in the country. In the fall of 2003, Guiler interned at the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, a branch of the Scripps Howard News Service, in Washington, D.C. In addition to covering the presidential election, she covered events at the Pentagon and Capitol Hill and wrote for the HGTV Web site.

While at WVU, Guiler was a writer for the documentary book “Cancer Stories: Lessons in Love, Loss and Hope,” wrote for the Charleston Gazette, produced for KDKA-TV News in Pittsburgh, Pa., and interned at the Dominion Post in Morgantown.

Before coming to WVU, Guiler attended Potomac State College in Keyser and earned her Associate of Science in Journalism in 2001. She served as the editor-in-chief of the college newspaper, The Pasquino. She was also staff writer for the Cumberland Times-News, in Cumberland, Md., and the Mineral Daily News Tribune, in Keyser.

In addition to serving as a graduate coordinator for the Katrina Project, Guiler is the teaching assistant of Dr. George Esper and a freelance field producer for CNN, ABC News, and Good Morning America. In the summer of 2006, she attended the Poynter Institute Summer Fellowship for Young Journalists in St. Petersburg, Fla.