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Kristen Nevious

Marlin Fitzwater Center, Franklin Pierce University

Kristen became director of the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication in 2004. 

Alongside her three degrees in journalism, her professional experience has been in public relations for non-profit organizations, and she has taught journalism, public relations, advertising, photography and more at SIU-C, Southern Missouri State University, the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of South Dakota, where she earned tenure. 

Her first task as director of the Center was to frame its mission: to engage intellects, challenge perspectives, teach skills and help people find their voices in the public discourse that is essential to the health of our democracy. Since becoming director, she has established numerous programs and organizations, including the Pierce Media Group,  The Fry LecturesFranklin Pierce University PollingThe Presidency and the PressPoliticsFitzU, and she produced the Forum on Civility in Presidential Election Discourse with the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Kristen is also a producing partner for IndieLens Pop-Up and has produced a teacher's guide entitled "Democracy."