Welcome to the School of Communication.

Laura Trendle Polus

TV-10 News Director
  • BIOGRAPHY
  • I consider myself a journalist first, and an educator second. I have been a broadcaster since I was 17 years old, and still love sharing information with an audience. I hope my students will love that as well.
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • COM 267Sec 1 Adv Broadcast News
  • COM 167Sec 1 Brdcst Newswrt & Rep
  • COM 398.4Sec 3 Pp:Intern Journalism
  • COM 398.5Sec 3 Pp:Intern Mass Media
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Television news writing, reporting and presentation; newscast producing
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Media effects: specifically, the impact of television portrayals and television exposure on career selection and career expectations. Issues impacting journalists doing their jobs.
  • MS Media Studies - 2000
  • Illinois State University
  • Normal, Illinois
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: An Examination of the Occupational Influences of Students Who Have Chosen a Broadcast Journalism Career
  • BS Mass Communication - 1987
  • Illinois State University
  • Normal, Illinois