Wayne State University

Lee Wilkins


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Lee Wilkins teaches and studies media ethics and media coverage of hazards and disasters. She is co-author of one of the most widely used college media ethics texts, Media Ethics: Issues and Cases, in its 8th edition, and has written books and scholarly articles on how journalists and public relations professionals make moral decisions. In 2010 her work on ethical thinking by public relations professionals received the PRIDE Award, as the best research in public relations, by the National Communication Association; in 2009 her co-edited book Handbook of Mass Media Ethics was named the best edited book by the ethics division of the National Communication Association. She is a former newspaper reporter and editor and, before coming to Wayne State, taught at University of Colorado, and University of Missouri School of Journalism, where she is a professor emeritus. She earned her doctorate in political science from University of Oregon, holds a masters in journalism from the same school, and undergraduate degrees in political science and journalism from University of Missouri. Her hobbies include quilting and community theatre. Two of her favorite books are Carol Gilligan's In a Different Voice and J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. She and her husband David are owned by three border terriers. Wilkins currently serves as department chair.

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Recent Publications

Perrault, M., Houston, B., and Wilkins, L. 2015. Does Scary Matter: Testing the Effectiveness of the new National Weather Service tornado warnings Communication Studies.

My newsroom made me do it: The impact of organizational climate on ethical decision making, 2014. “Journalism Ethics: Individual, Institutional, Cultural”, ed. Wendy Wyatt, London: I.B. Tauris, pp. 33-54.