Experts in the Field of Journalism


Barney McCoy teaches multimedia, broadcast news, journalism and depth reporting courses at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, before arriving at UNL in 2006, McCoy was a full-time journalist for 27 years. His television documentary “Black Jack Pershing: Love and War” was a 2018 recipient of a national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, an Award of Excellence, Special Mention from the Accolade Global Film Competition, an Award of Excellence from the Impact DOCS Global Documentary Competition, an Award of Excellence from the Broadcast Education Association, and an Eric Sevareid Award from the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association. Another McCoy documentary, “They Could Really Play the Game: Reloaded,” was a 2015 Canada International Film Festival Award winner. McCoy has been honored with six Emmy awards and numerous other citations for journalistic excellence. McCoy has co-authored a book chapter on mixed methods research in documentary filmmaking. He has produced and advised on five award-winning documentaries at UNL.


Chris Graves is an assistant professor of practice and a Deepe Family Chair in Depth Reporting at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, teaching reporting and writing. She is also a 1987 graduate of the college, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree.

She’s been a reporter, line editor, assistant city editor and managing editor and newspaper columnist. She’s worked in print, TV and public radio newsrooms. She documented Minneapolis’ most murderous years in the early 1990s. While a reporter at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, she covered spree killer Andrew Cunanan, who killed fashion designer Gianni Versace in 1997. Her coverage of the child protection system was a catalyst for the state of Minnesota changing its law, allowing for certain juvenile court records to be open to the media for inspection.

Her crime and justice work has been featured in documentaries, television shows, National Public Radio and referenced in numerous books and cited by former Attorney General Janet Reno as well as used by Harvard researchers.

While the metro columnist at the Cincinnati Enquirer, she was a member of the team awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for “Seven Days of Heroin.”

In 2020, while working at Minnesota Public Radio, she helped direct the online coverage of the killing of George Floyd, who died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer and the worldwide aftermath and calls for policing reforms.

She is continuing her research into the 2016 deaths of eight members of a rural Ohio family allegedly at the hands of four members of another family in the foothills of Appalachia.


Maria B. Marron is a professor of journalism and mass communications and former dean of the CoJMC whose research interests are international media; the effects of social, cultural, political, economic and legal norms on the media; gender and the media; investigative journalism, law and ethics.

A former journalist and public relations practitioner, she has had a career in teaching and academic leadership/administration in the United States and overseas. She has served as president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication and as editor of Journalism and Mass Communication Educator.

She published a book in 2019 titled “Misogyny and the Media in the Age of Trump” (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Publishers, Inc.). She holds a bachelors degree in English, French and Latin from University College Dublin, Ireland; a masters degree in journalism from The Ohio State University; and a doctoral degree in journalism and mass communications from Ohio University.


Shoun Hill is an assistant professor of practice in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications and teaches courses in photojournalism. He’s been a photographer for over 15 years and has worked at newspapers in Louisville, K.Y., Minneapolis, Jackson, Tenn., Memphis and Orlando before landing at The Associated Press in New York. Professor Hill has worked on several longterm photojournalism and documentary film projects. He has won the Peoples Choice Award at the Denton Black Film Festival, Award in Docs Without Borders Film Festival and The Impact DOCS Award.