Kathleen McElroy is director of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Before receiving a Ph.D. in Journalism from UT in 2014, she had been an editor at The New York Times for 20 years. Her research interests include race and news media. She previously worked for publications in New York and in Texas, including The National all-sports daily, Newsday on Long Island, the Austin American-Statesman, The Huntsville Item and The Bryan-College Station Eagle. She received a M.A. from New York University and a B.A. from Texas A&M University – decades apart.