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Lee Wilkins

Co-Host, Thinking Out Loud

Lee Wilkins, co-host of Thinking Out Loud, is a professor emerita of journalism at the University of Missouri. She taught at MU from 1990 through 2013 where she earned a Kemper Award for teaching and was later named a Curator’s Distinguished Teaching Professor. Her research focuses on media ethics and media coverage of hazards and disasters; she is the co-author—along with MU grad Chad Painter (now at the University of Dayton) and Professor Philip Patterson (Oklahoma Christian University)—of Media Ethics: Issues and Cases, now in its 9th edition (published by Rowman and Littlefield). She is the author, co-author and editor of additional books, among them The Moral Media: How Journalists Reason about Ethics (with MU alum Professor Renita Coleman, now at the University of Texas-Austin) and the Handbook of Mass Media Ethics, edited with Clifford Christians, University of Illinois. Her scholarship has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and most recently the World Health Organization. She retired from MU in 2013 to become the chair of the Department of Communication at Wayne State University in Detroit. She holds emeritus status from Wayne State as well. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Oregon, a masters in journalism from that institution, and a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of journalism from MU. KBIA listeners may recognize her voice from her 15 years of work as a panelist on Views of the News. She and her husband David Black, a retired Columbia Public School teacher, live in Boone County near Rocheport along with their three border terriers and their bee hives. Lee’s beats for Thinking Out Loud include the arts, politics, and anything else she finds might be of community-wide interest. She may be reached at: wilkinsl@missouri.edu.

Ways to Connect

Rep. Chris Kelly
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KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks to mayoral candidate Chris Kelly ahead of Columbia's municipal election April 2nd. 

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KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Columbia mayor, Brian Treece, who is running for re-election in the April 2nd elections. 

University of Missouri School of Music

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with choir director Emily Edgington Andrews about choral music and its place in the idea of community music, it's role in musical education for children, and the Unity concert. 


KBIA's Lee Wilkins visits with Angela Speck, Chair of Physics Department at University of Missouri, about news in the world of space exploration. They talk about the New Horizons program, and a recent space landing by China. 

Missouri School of Journalism

Lee Wilkins leads a panel conversation about how the climate for reporters in the world and U.S. is affecting how we get our news in Mid-Missouri. Guests include Rudi Keller of the Columbia Daily Tribune, Randy Reeves of KOMU-FM, and Ruby Bailey of the Columbia Missourian.