Lecturer of Journalism
Kate Elliott is a writer, editor and strategist with more than 15 years of marketing and communications experience in journalism, higher education and the private sector. In 2014, she joined Ball State’s faculty as a part-time instructor of journalism before accepting a full-time position in the news concentration in fall 2017.
Elliott teaches strategic writing and journalism courses that prepare students to craft compelling, purposeful content across platforms. Her immersive learning courses reflect Elliott’s commitment to community-focused journalism. In fall 2017, she kicked off a yearlong project to capture stories (and cherished recipes) that celebrate the flavors of Muncie. She is guiding a team of journalism students to profile producers, 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. The students developed a comprehensive marketing plan, logo, tagline, two annual reports, case statement, website and style guide.
As a mentor, 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. She routinely supports student organizations and agencies through her interests in media literacy, multiplatform storytelling and editorial analytics.
Elliott serves the department as a member of the University Policies Committee, the Diversity Committee and the Magazine Advisory Council. At the college level, she is part of committees focused on mobile communications, diversity and marketing. She previously served the university as a United Way Team Captain and on the smoking ban taskforce and Crisis Communications Team.
Elliott earned degrees in magazine journalism and political science from the University of Missouri—Columbia. She reported global humanitarian news for Reuter’s AlertNet in London, England, before returning to the states to become a feature writer and columnist for several newspapers, including the Rural Missouri, Waco-Tribune Herald, and Atlanta Journal Constitution. While in Texas, she achieved 15 seconds of internet fame as the star of Kate at the Gate, a web series about high school football in Texas. Elliott earned several awards and honorable mentions from Cox Media Group and the Associated Press.
From 2006-11, Elliott guided Valdosta State University’s internal communications and alumni magazine. While in the Peach State, she earned a master’s degree in higher education leadership, which propelled her understanding of organizational theories, research methods and qualitative assessment.
In May 2011, she moved to Muncie to serve as a communications manager and alumni magazine editor for Ball State. She spent the next four years writing and strategizing for the university until August 2015, when she transitioned to part-time teaching and freelance work, writing for several magazines and producing marketing materials and web copy for nonprofits, universities and businesses across the nation. She returned to Ball State as a full-time instructor in fall 2017.
The Missouri native lives in Muncie with her husband, Michael, an assistant professor of theatre and dance at Ball State, and two children, Rose and William. Elliott invests in Muncie as a board member of Open Door Health Services, Farmished and ecoREHAB. She serves as the Lutheran Church of the Cross Missions Deacon and several committees that support Minnetrista Cultural Center.