Marc Anthony Thomas, Jr.

Ph.D. Student

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2020 Cohort

Marc Thomas earned an MA in Organizational Management with a focus on Media Management in 2019 and a BS in Journalism in 2017. Marc is interested in emerging trends such as the future of media and broadcast journalism. He is also interested in African American Vernacular English (AAVE) and its effect on the black community. While working on his undergraduate program, he worked for the NBC affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky as a digital content producer. Most notably, he became the weekend morning news anchor and weekday morning reporter/MMJ (Multimedia Journalist) for the CBS affiliate in Southeast Missouri in 2017. He covered local, and national stories picked up by CBS News, ABC News, and CNN.

An example of this was a 2018 deadly school shooting in eastern Kentucky. Marc went on to become the regional media relations officer for the USDA Forest Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Marc is a veteran of the United States Air Force and received an honorable discharge after six years of active-duty service, eventually earning the rank of Staff Sergeant. After leaving the Air Force in 2014, he was quickly promoted to assistant news editor of the student paper, the "Kentucky Kernel." He is part of the team awarded the prestigious Pacemaker Award by the National Scholastic Press Association in 2016. Marc was also recognized by the Kentucky Press Association's "Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers" as a finalist for "Best News Story" in 2015. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Kentucky’s award-winning newscast "UK Student News Network." One of his stories took the top award by the Associated Press for "Best News Story.” In his spare time, he's exploring Albuquerque with his rescue pups Jack-Jack and Trixie, writing, working out, and playing video games. Marc has taught in the department since 2019 and was admitted into the 2020 Ph.D. cohort.