Pam Fine

Knight Chair in News, Leadership and Community
Primary office:
Stauffer-Flint Hall
Room 207C
University of Kansas
1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7515


Pam Fine, Knight Chair for News, Leadership and Community and a professor of journalism at the University of Kansas, has extensive experience as an industry and newsroom leader.

The Knight Chair professorship, which is endowed by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is committed to promoting the study and advancement of journalism and journalism education. Fine teaches reporting and other classes and works with media organizations and community groups on projects to improve news coverage and the flow of information in communities.

Before joining the university in 2008, Fine served as managing editor of the Indianapolis Star; managing editor and vice president of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis; and assistant managing editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

She is past president of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and a current member of the Board of Directors and ASNE Foundation board. Fine is also a member of the Online News Association, the Bar-Media Committee of the Kansas Bar Association, serves on the University of Kansas Faculty Executive Committee and is the chapter advisor to the University’s Evans Scholars. She has been a board member of the Associated Press Managing Editors (APME), an Ethics Fellow at the Poynter Institute and a Pulitzer Prize juror four times.

Fine has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts in Media Management from the University of Missouri. She is a frequent speaker at journalism seminars and public forums.

Academic Degrees

  • B.S., News Editing, University of Florida
  • M.A., Media Management, University of Missouri


  • I’m currently exploring how young adults relate to U.S. news media and social media and the impact of those relationships on journalism and Democratic practices and values.

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