ST. PETERSBURG — Kelly McBride has been named vice president for academic programs at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.
McBride ''has the credibility, expertise, ideas and passion to help execute the new mission … to be a global thought leader and innovator in this time of transformational change in newsrooms and journalism education," said Poynter president Tim Franklin.
Poynter is a nonprofit school for journalists that also owns the Tampa Bay Times.
McBride, 47, joined the faculty in 2002 and has taught reporting, writing, editing and ethics. Before joining Poynter, she was a reporter for 14 years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash., where she gained a national reputation as a religion reporter, producing projects on the ethics of fertility treatments, pedophile priests and gay Christians.
McBride earned a bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Missouri and a master's in theology from Gonzaga University.