Our staff

Dr. Chip Stewart

Dr. Chip Stewart joined the Schieffer School of Journalism at TCU from the University of Missouri, where he finished his Ph.D. while teaching and working at the Columbia Missourian.

Stewart is currently editor-in-chief of Dispute Resolution Magazine, a quarterly publication of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association.

His journalism experience includes working as city editor of the Missourian.  He is also a sports freelance writer and has worked as a sports public relations assistant at Southern Methodist University.

Stewart earned his law degree at the University of Texas and is licensed to practice both by the Texas bar and the Missouri bar.  He worked as an attorney in Killeen in the late 1990s, practicing criminal, bankruptcy and family law.  He also clerked in the Travis County Attorney's office.

Dr. Tommy Thomason

Tommy Thomason, the founding director of the TCU Schieffer School of Journalism, has left that position to become the founding director of the Texas Center for Community Journalism.  Thomason began his career in journalism in the early 1970s with the Associated Press, working as a sportswriter in Arkadelphia and Little Rock, Ark. He has also worked in public relations in Dallas and as a copyeditor for several regional magazines.

Dr. Thomason has taught journalism at five universities and has been at TCU since 1984. In 1987, he was one of the winners of a national Teaching Award in Journalism Ethics from the Poynter Institute of Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla.

He has been one of the nation's most active researchers on the media's treatment of crime victims. His research has been presented at both regional and national symposia and has been cited in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Time magazine, Presstime and the Columbia Journalism Review.

Dr. Thomason was co-director of the first national symposium on crime victims and the news media, which was televised nationally on C-SPAN, and a symposium on coverage of sex crimes, Sex in the Media: The Public's Right to Know vs. the Victim's Right to Privacy.

He maintains an interest in writing at all academic levels, and frequently speaks to elementary school teachers about writing workshops for children. He is the author of More than a Writing Teacher: How to Become a Teacher Who Writes, Writer to Writer: How to Conference Young Authors, Write On Target: How to Prepare Young Writers for Success on Writing Achievement Tests, Absolutely Write:  Teaching the Craft Elements of Writing and Writeaerobics:  40 Exercises to Improve Your Writing Teaching, and Tools, not Rules:  Teaching Grammar in the Writing Classroom.