Alison Boggs is a scholarly assistant professor in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. Boggs teaches four sections of Reporting Across Platforms (ComJour 333), which is the college’s foundational news reporting class.
In this class, students learn every step of the news reporting process and deliver content suitable for a variety of platforms.
Boggs also oversees the college’s Backpack Journalism program, which sends several students abroad every year to report stories in international locales. A report produced from the most recent program, in 2019, received a national Society of Professional Journalists award for best student broadcast report. In recent years, the BPJ program has sent students to report stories in locations including Argentina, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Guatemala.
Boggs worked for The (Spokane, Washington) Spokesman-Review for 22 years, as a reporter, editor and online producer. She covered topics ranging from business to social services to education and spent two years managing reporters and another five as online producer. Boggs is an award-winning writer whose work has been recognized at the local, state and national level.
Boggs focuses her class on hands-on experiences, encouraging students to report meaningful, substantive stories and striving to publish them when possible. Students in her class practice the skills they’ll need to report stories delivered for print, online and broadcast platforms.
Boggs graduated from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, with a bachelor’s degree in history and French and went on to receive her master’s degree in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri/Columbia.
Boggs is originally from upstate New York. She lives in Spokane with her partner, Tim, and their two border collies. She enjoys skiing, hiking, biking and kayaking in her free time.