Prof. Francine Huff, Knight Chair for Student Achievement
Francine Huff is the new Knight Chair for Student Success. She is looking forward to helping
FAMU students become equipped with the skills needed to be successful in 21st Century media
and communications industries, which are being upended by constantly evolving digital
technologies and disruptive innovation. Huff’s recipe for the modern journalist includes a mix of
strong writing skills, knowledge of media law & ethics, ability to apply digital technologies and
an entrepreneurial spirit. She is teaching the Senior Capstone Colloquium and Magazine Writing
classes this semester.
Huff moved to Tallahassee from Annandale, New Jersey, where she was an adjunct professor at
Rutgers University, Kean University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has been an editor
and reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Pittsburgh Press, and Gannett. While at
the Wall Street Journal she had various levels of responsibility, including as the Spot News
Bureau Chief. Her responsibilities included assigning and editing stories, training editors and
reporters and overseeing corporate news and earnings coverage. She was part of the team of
editors and reporters who won a staff Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 9/11 bombings of the
World Trade Center.
Huff founded Super Savvy Publishing LLC, which provided writing and editing services to
publications, websites and other companies, including Booz & Co., the John Templeton
Foundation and the Maynard Institute. Among the publications where her freelance work has
appeared are Knowledge@Wharton, On Wall Street, PC Magazine, HomeLife, AOL and Essence.
Huff is the author of The 25-Day Money Makeover for Women. She has appeared on over 100
radio and TV shows, including on ABC News, EWTN, Fox, Sheridan Broadcasting Network,
News 12, Moody Broadcasting Network and Crown Financial’s Money Matters. She has been a
keynote speaker, panelist and workshop leader for many organizations, including the Coalition of
100 Black Women, Ramapo College, Newswomen’s Club of New York, Northwestern
University Alumni Club of New York, South Orange-Maplewood Business Incubator, Go on
Girl! Book Club and Mocha Moms.
Francine has a Master of Communication and Information Studies degree from Rutgers
University and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Northwestern University. Her
research interests include digital journalism, blogging, participation online, media
entrepreneurship and mass media history.