J. Chalise Macklin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Meeman Journalism 306
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Dr. J. Chalise Macklin


Ph.D., communication and information sciences (journalism, communication and culture, and risk communication emphasis), The University of Alabama
M.A., communication studies, Arkansas State University
B.A., journalism (broadcast emphasis), University of Memphis


About Dr. Chalise Macklin

Dr. Chalise Macklin (Ph.D.) is a lifelong Mid-Southerner. She is an assistant professor of journalism who teaches broadcast journalism and other undergraduate and graduate-level journalism courses. She joined the faculty of the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media in 2022 after completing her studies at the University of Alabama, where she earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Chalise earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Memphis making her an alumnus and a Master of Arts degree in communication studies from Arkansas State University.

Chalise is a former digital and print news reporter and broadcast news producer. She worked in several newsrooms in the Mid-South and New York City. She started her news career during her final year of undergraduate studies as a camera operator for WREG News Channel 3 (CBS affiliate) during her time as a camera operator she shadowed news producers and reporters which led to a position as a news reporter for The Times newspaper in Crittenden County. She later worked for Fox 13 in production and as a morning and entertainment news producer for KAIT8 (ABC, NBC, and The CW affiliate) in Jonesboro, AR, and WATN Local 24(ABC affiliate). She also worked as a freelance magazine writer which led to publications in several magazines, including Inside Memphis Business, Southern Soul, Kontrol (Kontrol Girl) and Black Enterprise magazine, and for the digital outlet, The Grio, as a news writer and producer. 

Chalise’s research focuses on diversity and inclusivity in newsrooms and news coverage with a focus on cultural influence and potential risks to the public. Dr. Macklin seeks to explore ways to reduce risks to the public through media messages and improve diversity and inclusivity in media messages. She has published a manuscript in Public Relations Inquiry with more manuscripts to come. Her mission as an educator is to aid students in becoming the next generation of impactful journalists. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) organization as well as a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and Broadcast Education Association (BEA). She loves to travel, read, spend time with family and friends, and is a self-professed foodie.