Reese Felts Distinguished Professor
Director, M.A. Program
Ph.D., University of Alabama
M.A., University of Florida
B.S.J., University of Florida
C.A. Tuggle (Dr. T to his students) enjoyed a 16-year career in local television news before returning to a campus setting to educate and train a new wave of broadcast journalists. He spent 11 years at WFLA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Tampa/St. Petersburg, the nation's 13th largest media market. He has held many newsroom titles, but he spent most of his career as a reporter/producer.
His forte as a teacher is developing storytellers -- journalists who can use the language and all the tools available to them to turn out memorable broadcast reports. His students broadcast two live installments of the TV news program Carolina Week and one episode of the radio newscast Carolina Connection per week, and have won more than 500 regional and national awards since 2001. Those include best radio newscast, best TV newscast, best Web site, and best news team, all national awards. The electronic communication sequence has finished in the top three in Hearst national competition each of the past ten years, and boasts three SPJ national reporting champions in a row.
Tuggle is the recipient of an Edward Kidder Graham superlative faculty award, the David Brinkley Teaching Excellence Award and the Ed Bliss Award, which is a national honor for broadcast journalism educators who have made significant and lasting contributions to the field throughout their careers. He travels internationally as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in electronic journalism. He is the lead author of the most widely used broadcast news writing text in the U.S. The book is now in its fourth edition.
Office phone: 919.962.5694
Office Location: 327 Carroll Hall