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Tricia Fulks Kelley

Tricia Kelley
  • Assistant Professor, Progress Adviser


Contact Information

  • Department: Communication
  • Office: 321 Combs
  • Mailing Address: 317 Combs
  • Email:
  • Phone: 859-622-1881
  • Expert Areas: Journalism, Community News


Tricia Fulks Kelley is a freelance digital journalist and educator based in Richmond, Ky.

2016 Knight Innovator in Residence and one of the Online News Association’s 2012 MJ Bear fellows, she currently serves as a visiting professor at Eastern Kentucky University, where she also advises the student newspaper, The Eastern Progress. In addition to her work in Kentucky, Kelley works alongside West Virginia University Reed College of Media professors Joel Beeson and Dana Coester in the development of Black TimeMap Google Expedition, a virtual reality app telling stories of African-American soldiers' experience in World War I through the eyes of The Chicago Defender. She has also spent a number of years teaching and developing online curriculum for WVU's College of Media.

She has held contracts with the Smithsonian Institution, assisting projects in online presence and storytelling. Her work within the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History has allowed her to expand her understanding and writing in various scientific research fields, including biodiversity, environmental change, genetics and food security. This knowledge in the food security realm was valuable when she and John Ketchum, of SB Nation, guided students in the research, reporting and development of The Broken Plate. This was a reporting partnership between WVU's College of Media and Morgan State University, taking a glimpse into food justice in West Virginia and Baltimore.

Kelley served as associate producer for The Peabody award-winning, Emmy-nominated interactive documentary, “Hollow.” She previously held positions at PBS Frontline, The Journal (Martinsburg, W.Va.) and The Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Chronicle. Her work has appeared in The Charleston Gazette-MailWV Living Magazine and various online and print publications.

An award-winning journalist and newspaper editor with honors from the West Virginia Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists, Kelley holds a master’s degree in interactive journalism from The American University and a bachelor’s degree in news-editorial from West Virginia University.

Kelley resides in central Kentucky with her husband, Derek, and son, Max, where she continues to pursue personal and professional storytelling projects.

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