Communication

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Beth Jannery

Beth Jannery

Beth Jannery

Electronic Journalism Minor & Sports Communication Minor Coordinator & Journalism Concentration

Beth Jannery has been in the communication field for twenty-five years. She is the Director of the Journalism Program at George Mason University, which consists of the Journalism Minor, the Sports Communication Minor and the Journalism Concentration within the Department of Communication. She teaches journalism courses full-time and is a former journalist who covered the Pentagon. She is author of the journalism and communication textbook What’s the Story? The Art of Writing & Communication (Cognella Academic Publishing).

Jannery was the Communication Officer for Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She was an editor for Inside Washington’s Inside and Navy and she’s written for the Journal of Electronic Defense, Inside the Pentagon, SeaPower magazine and Proceedings magazine (U.S. Naval Institute), Satellite Orbit and Satellite TV magazines, and Personal Excellence and Leadership Excellence magazines. Her areas of expertise included: the defense budget, directed energy warfare, the Revolution in Military Affairs, military roles and missions and the Defense Department’s Strategic Vision, and the United States Navy and Marine Corps.

Beth Jannery is author of The Admiral's Daughter. She has written several non-fiction books in the Simple Grace book series including: Simple Grace: Living a Meaningful Life. Jannery contributed to Deborah Tannen’s New York bestseller: You're Wearing That? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation. Her interviews were based on modes of communication between mothers and daughters. Her next novel is currently under contract and titled Finding Grace Again. 

Jannery started her journalism career at 21 for CNN's Investigative Reporting Unit. She went to Boston University for graduate school, earning an MA in Broadcast Journalism. She worked for the largest English-language newspaper in Bangkok, Thailand called The Nation. In Bangkok she wrote feature articles and covered politics. She was on the first writing/producing team for Southeast Asia's Face the Nation and Good Morning Thailand. Jannery continues to do writing and editing projects through Jannery Communications. She taught writing and communication for American University in DC and Marist College in New York. Jannery lives in Northern Virginia and has two daughters, Skye and Tess, and a golden retriever named Bella. You can connect with her on LinkedIn. Her office is located in Robinson A, 121.