Elaine worked as a broadcast journalist for more than a dozen years at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque. She anchored NPR’s flagship national morning news magazine show, Morning Edition, locally for six years. She hosted and produced the station’s one-hour live call in show for several years and trained and mentored staff and students as the station’s news director for another six years. She has been teaching in the Communication and Journalism Department as an adjunct instructor since she was a teaching assistant earning her master’s degree in Communication at UNM. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Columbia University in New York City.
Elaine creates a professional newsroom environment in her classes featuring peer critique, collaboration, and editorial feedback sessions. She aims for students to get experience that will help prepare them for careers in journalism or public affairs. Her academic work on issues of race, gender, socioeconomic status and media representation provides a foundation for her incorporation of critical perspectives in her teaching.