Office: Trinity 116
MC1313 - Writing for the Mass Media
Laura Krantz is a lecturer, as well as director and faculty adviser of the student media organization, The University Star.
Laura has worked as a reporter and editor for community newspapers in Oklahoma and Texas. For most of her journalism career, she covered crime, courts, city government and state agencies, winning multiple awards from the Oklahoma Press Association, North and East Texas Press Association, and Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.
She then moved from reporting to public relations and worked as the Director of Communication for the City of Tyler, Texas. During that time, she also taught as an adjunct in the department of communication at the University of Texas at Tyler. In 2007, she left the city and took the position of department chair of Journalism and Student Publications at Tyler Junior College. That same year, she began her own public relations consulting firm, Krantz PR.
Krantz holds a master’s degree in communication from Stephen F. Austin State University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from The University of New Mexico.
She is a past president of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association and received that organization’s Charles T. Choate Memorial Adviser of the Year Award in 2011. She was also named an Honor Roll 2-Year Newspaper Adviser in 2010 by the national organization College Media Advisers.
She was twice named as a Star Professor by the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and was a Tyler Junior College Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence Nominee. She was also recognized as the 2013 Volunteer of the Year by CASA for Kids of East Texas.