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College of Information and Communications

Mass Communication

Denetra Walker


B.F.A., Sam Houston State University
M.A., University of South Carolina


Before enrolling in graduate school, Denetra Walker worked in several behind-the-scenes roles in television news markets including Augusta, GA; New York, NY; Houston, TX; Columbia, SC; Las Vegas, NV—covering some of the nation's biggest stories.

Her experience working in and managing a newsroom inform her teaching and academic research. She is passionate about addressing issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in college classrooms and newsrooms. 

Research Interests

journalist experience in digital age; social justice and activism; police shootings; and maternal health


While at USC, Walker has taught reporting and editing, Intensive Writing and Mass Communication Theory. She was also the co-instructor for the Inaugural Digital Media Academy here at USC. She currently teaches Minorities, Women, and Media.


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.