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The University and Public Interest


12:20 p.m.


The Tennessee public is highly invested and interested in the activities of its flagship university. The news media are often a direct connection between our work and Tennesseans, translating the wide scope of what we do for broader understanding. Join Joel Christopher, executive editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel, as he provides his perspective on the community’s interests in the university and the role communicators can play in providing information that meets those interests.

Guest Speaker

Joel Christopher
Executive Editor
Knoxville News Sentinel

Joel Christopher has been the editor at Knox News and the Knoxville News Sentinel since February 2019, and a professional journalist since 1995. He worked as a reporter and editor in Wisconsin, where he created the USA TODAY Network’s first statewide network of newsrooms in 2014, and was the editor of the Courier Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, before moving with his family to Knoxville.