Reynolds Center selects Schieffer School professor as fellow


Fort Worth, TX

Melita M. Garza, assistant professor of journalism at the Schieffer School of Journalism at TCU, is one of 15 journalism educators fellows selected as a fellow by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism for four days of intensive study in business journalism. Fellows will attend all-expenses-paid seminars Jan. 2-5 at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix. Prospective business journalism professors will receive training in how to teach a university-level course in business journalism.


“The professionalism of the applicants for this seventh year of our annual business journalism seminars has been impressive,” said Andrew Leckey, president of the Reynolds Center and the Reynolds Chair in Business Journalism at the Cronkite School. “The demand for quality coverage of business and economic issues continues to grow, with news organizations and universities rising to the occasion.”


Garza, an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years professional experience in national and international media, joined the Schieffer School in 2012 after completing her doctoral work at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She is a 20th century media historian whose research focuses on English- and Spanish-language news and the social construction of reality. Other research interests include business and economics reporting, the media and civil rights, literary journalism and digital media.


At the Chicago Tribune, Garza was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for her work on an investigative series into the Ford/Firestone tire failures. In addition to the Tribune, where she spent most of her career, she also worked at Bloomberg News in New York, the McKinsey Quarterly, and the Milwaukee Journal. She earned her M.B.A. at the University of Chicago’s London, England, campus while working full-time as an associate editor of the McKinsey Quarterly in the United Kingdom. She holds an undergraduate degree in government and a certificate in Latin American studies from Harvard University.


Dr. Garza will teach two business-related journalism courses at the Schieffer School as it works to develop an emphasis on business journalism in its program.  “The Reynolds fellowship will build on Dr. Garza’s exceptional educational and professional background in business coverage,” said John Lumpkin, director of the Schieffer School.