Media Sandbox Michigan State University

Geri Alumit Zeldes

Geri Zeldes

Associate Professor


Room 280, Communication Arts & Sciences

JRN 108 The World of Media
JRN 306 Radio and TV News

Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the School of Journalism.
She’s received seven best paper awards from the Association for Journalism and Mass Communication, Broadcast Education Association and the International Communication Association.  Her scholarly work has been published in Electronic News, the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication & Society, Newspaper Research Journal and Journal of Intergroup Relations.

She’s also been recognized as a teacher and documentary filmmaker.  In February 2010, she received MSU’s Excellence in Diversity Award for “Advancing Global Competency.”  Her documentary film “Arabs, Jews & the News” (WKAR-TV, 2009) has aired more than 100 times on PBS stations throughout the country and won several awards.  Her short film “The Death of an Imam” (, 2010) was also honored with several awards, including a Best of Festival from the Broadcast Education Association and an Emmy nomination.  “The Kings of Flint,” (WKAR-TV, 2011) a film about urban farming, has been the subject of articles in USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, as well as many other news outlets.  All the films have been featured in film festivals.

Michigan State University: Ph.D. in mass communication, 2000
Dissertation:  Church and Press Interactions in the Philippines:  The Case of the 1986, 1992 and 1998 Presidential Elections

Indiana University : M.A. in journalism, 1994
M.A. Project:  A five-part series on Asian American contributions to the Bloomington economy; published in the Indiana Daily Student.

University of Michigan: B.A. in English literature and communication, 1992

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MSU Media Sandbox is a creative CURRICULUM and COMMUNITY in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University.