Lecturer of Journalism
Kate H. Elliott coordinates the Department of Journalism’s Magazine Media concentration and advises Journalism Ambassadors — a team of student leaders driven to advance the department’s reach and reputation. She co-chairs the College of Communication, Information, and Media (CCIM) Engagement Task Force and serves several university committees and initiatives.
Since 2018, Elliott has supported Ball State’s historic partnership with Muncie Community Schools as faculty fellow to the MCS-Ball State Academic Innovation Council. Alongside teachers, administrators, and community partners, Elliott is working to realize a holistic educational system that nurtures student success and community wellbeing.
In the classroom, Elliott is driven to outfit the next generation of storytellers and strategists with the confidence, expertise and connections to lead in competitive, in-demand fields. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @_kahelliott, or check out her work and scholarly interests in media literacy, multiplatform storytelling and citizen journalism.
Facilitation of several immersive experiences reflects Elliott’s commitment to community-focused journalism. In fall 2017, she guided a team of student journalists to profile farmers, nonprofit leaders, residents in food deserts, and more as part of a storytelling movement to share the challenges and opportunities within Muncie’s food system. In spring 2016, she worked with marketing, public relations, and journalism graphics majors to advance the reach and reputation of ecoREHAB, a Muncie nonprofit that transforms abandoned properties into energy-efficient homes for residents in need.
Elliott earned a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism (minor in political science) from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Master of Higher Education Leadership from Valdosta State University. Prior to teaching, she served as a communications manager and alumni magazine editor for Ball State and Valdosta State universities. Before that, she reported global humanitarian news for Reuters in London and wrote features for various magazines and newspapers, including the Rural Missouri and Augsburg Now magazines, the Waco-Tribune Herald and Atlanta Journal Constitution. Check out Kate at the Gate on YouTube to see her 15 seconds of internet fame.
Elliott has earned a number of honors, including: Ball State University’s Immersive Learning Award (2018), CCIM’s Outstanding Teaching Award (2018), Muncie’s “20 Under 40” Award (2018), the National Residence Hall Honorary’s Faculty Excellence Award (2017, 2018), and Ball State’s Office of Institutional Diversity scholarship recognition (2018). Her professional work has garnered awards from the Advertising Federation of East Central Indiana, Cox Newspapers, Inc., and the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.