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Dr. Leah P. Hunter

Leah Hunter

Dr. Leah P. Hunter is an Assistant Professor of the Florida A&M University School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. Before entering academia, Dr. Hunter lived in Los Angeles, CA, where she worked as a development executive in the television and film industries. Notable companies she worked for include Whitney Houston’s BrownHouse Productions, Spike Lee’s 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks, MTV Films and CBS Network. In addition, she worked for a number of live television productions, including the Latin Grammys, the BET Awards and the Stellar Awards.

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Hunter earned a Ph.D. in Mass Communication Studies from the Florida State University, a M.S. in Broadcasting & Film from Boston University and a B.A. in Black Studies with a minor in Psychology from Oberlin College. While attending Oberlin College, Dr. Hunter was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

While at FAMU, Dr. Hunter has taught Communication Law, Introduction to Mass Media and Language Skills for Media Professionals. She is the advisor for the Society of Professional Journalists. She has published chapters on the viability of Bounce TV in the current political economy and The Problematic Tyler Perry. She is currently working on articles on the political economy of Prince and the effectiveness of diversity initiatives in hiring people of color behind the scenes in media. Her areas of interest in research include diversity in media, communication law and policy, the political economy of media and the roles of race and gender in media.