Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M.A., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., California State University, Chico
Dr. Karen McIntyre joined Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Multimedia Journalism in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture, teaching journalism courses. She was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2020. She also serves as the School's Director of Graduate Studies.
Her international and interdisciplinary research focuses on journalism processes and effects. More specifically, she primarily studies constructive journalism, an emerging form of journalism that involves applying positive psychology techniques to the news process in an effort to create more productive and solution-focused stories. She also studies press freedom and journalism practices in East Africa. She was a 2018-19 Fulbright Scholar in Rwanda, where she studied press freedom, public trust in the media, and journalism education and training. Dr. McIntyre is published in journals including Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Studies and Journalism.
Before academia, Dr. McIntyre worked as a print and multimedia journalist in California and abroad. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, her M.A. from University of California, Berkeley, and her B.A. from California State University, Chico. She is originally from Lake Tahoe, CA.