Meet the Team

Celeste González de Bustamante
Center for Border & Global Journalism director

Dr. González de Bustamante teaches courses on reporting in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and Latin America, and television news writing, reporting and production. She is an affiliated faculty member of the UA Center for Latin American Studies, conducts research on the history and development of television news and media in Latin America (mainly Mexico, the U.S-Mexico borderlands and Brazil); and violence against journalists in Mexico.
    • Email: celesteg@email.arizona.edu

Jeannine Relly
Center for Border & Global Journalism director of global initiatives

Dr. Relly's research focuses on global influences on news media systems, government information policy, press-state relations, democratic institutions, freedom of expression and access to information in countries that often are in conflict and political transition. She also has a line of research focused on formal and informal institutions related to the policy issue of public corruption. Dr. Relly holds a courtesy appointment with the School of Government and Public Policy and is an affiliated faculty member with the university's Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Center for Border & Global Journalism. She also is the outgoing head of the International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She is a former research fellow of The Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and has served on the advisory board of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute at UA. Dr. Relly received a Fulbright-Nehru grant to conduct research for five months in India (2016-2017). Before joining the faculty, Dr. Relly worked for more than a dozen years as a journalist reporting in a number states, the Caribbean and the Mexico-U.S. borderlands. She teaches courses focused on theory and practice, news reporting and research methods.
    • Email: jrelly@email.arizona.edu

Geoff Ellwand
Affiliated faculty

A veteran broadcast journalist and former criminal defense lawyer, his main research interests include, the media, the law and history. His scholarly writing includes exploring how handwritten wills, including a will scratched into the fender of a tractor, have been dealt with by courts around the world.
     • Email: gellwand@email.arizona.edu

Kim Newton
Affiliated faculty

Newton's research and teaching areas are multimedia journalism, visual journalism, photojournalism and international photojournalism. He has led multimedia Study Abroad courses in Orvieto, Italy, and served as photo editor for news agencies in Washington, D.C., and London and worked as a freelancer in Spain, Japan and other parts of the world.
     • Email: newtonk@email.arizona.edu

Jessica Retis
Affiliated faculty

Retis, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the School of Journalism. She's director of the Master’s in Bilingual Journalism and affiliated faculty with the UA Center for Latin American Studies and the Human Rights Practice Program. Her areas of research include Latin America, international migration, diasporas and transnational communities; cultural industries; ethnic media; diversity and the media; Latino media in Europe, North America and Asia; bilingual journalism, journalism studies, and journalism education.
     • Email: jessicaretis@email.arizona.edu

Carol Schwalbe
Affiliated faculty

Schwalbe's research focuses on the role of images in shaping ideas and public opinion during the early years of the Cold War, ethical concerns about publishing violent images and the visual framing of the Iraq War on the Internet. A professor and former director of the UA School of Jounalism, she launched a science journalism curriculum for the school in 2011. Schwalbe teaches science journalism and editing. 
     • Email: cschwalbe@email.arizona.edu

Maggy Zanger
Affiliated faculty
 
Zanger's research focuses on international journalism, media, conflict and humanitarian crises; community journalism; Iraq and Kurdistan; and Kurdish media development. She spent two years as the Iraq country director for the Institute for War & Peace Reporting in Baghdad. 

    • Email: zanger@email.arizona.edu
 

Debbie Cross
Program coordinator

Cross coordinates the school's graduate studies and the Center for Border & Global Journalism. She managed Antigone Books for two decades and also did fundraising for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She has a master's in creative writing from the UA and a bachelor's in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College in Ohio.
    • Email: debbiecross@email.arizona.edu

 
 
 
 
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