Gary Kebbel has left his post as dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications to create a Center for Mobile Media, a campus-wide initiative. He will work with faculty, students and staff from the entire campus and also may be involved with opportunities at Innovation Campus. Kebbel served as dean at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from July 2010 to June 2012.
He taught journalism for seven years at Northern Illinois University, where he was named the best teacher in the Department of Journalism and one of the 10 best in the College of Arts and Sciences. He also was in charge of the DeKalb News Service, which published students’ work in area newspapers.
Before coming to University of Nebraska–Lincoln he was the journalism program director at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami, Fla. In that role, he administered the Knight News Challenge, a $25 million contest to find digital news innovations that are used to inform and engage communities. At Knight Foundation, he also helped create the Knight Citizen News Network and the Knight Digital Media Center.
From 1999-2005 he directed the growth of AOL News into one of the largest news sites on the Internet. He is a founding editor of USA TODAY.com and Newsweek.com.
He is a Fulbright Senior Specialist who has taught about online news for the U.S. State Department in South Africa, Russia, Taiwan, Tunisia and Latvia. He also has been a trainer at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute and has consulted on social networking for NORAD and for the U.S. Department of Defense.
He was the front-page editor of Washingtonpost.com during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, including President Clinton’s impeachment in the House of Representatives and trial in the Senate.
Earlier in his career, he was the managing editor of the Troy (N.Y.) Record and the Glens Falls Post-Star. He also was city editor of the Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal.
He has master’s degrees in journalism and in political science from the University of Illinois and a master of social work degree from the Catholic University of America.His areas of interest are mobile communications, news that engages communities and digital news and advertising experiments.