Christina Tyler Wenks encourages students to gain professional communication experience prior to graduation.
At George Mason University, Wenks teaches journalism and public-relations courses. Wenks provides media strategy, consultating and content creation for businesses and organizations. She is a board member for a nonprofit organization, Higher Orbits, that teaches STEM leadership, teamwork and communication. Wenks is also a founding member of the Great Falls Writers Group.
At the December 2018 American Geophysical Union Conference in Washington, D.C., she discussed research to better prepare student journalists for real-world reporting and publication. She contributed to “Getting Out of Comfort Zones: A Case Study in Science Communication Outlining Lessons Learned During Practical Experience With Undergraduate Students Reporting about Science and Climate Change.” Research with journalist-scientist Daniela Vianna and the Center for Climate Change Communication Director Ed Maibach will be published soon.
As a television, radio and newspaper reporter, photographer, videographer, and editor, Wenks covered stories varying from human interest to natural disasters. Beats included education, tourism, government, and economic development. Wenks’s favorite stories are told through people and issues peers don’t want to cover, which usually requires getting dirty. Stories about dune restoration, beach-grass cloning, sea-turtle population monitoring and pollinator decline combined with years of volunteer work with environmental organizations resulted in becoming a certified beekeeper to continue research into colony collapse disorder and diminishing pollinator populations.
Her television reporting was on NBC, ABC, MTV, CNN newscasts and news-magazine programs. Published works include contributions in Scripps Howard newspapers and a variety of magazines and anthologies. After working at the Public Affairs Office of the Library of Congress during its bicentennial celebration and first annual National Book Festival, Wenks joined First Lady Laura Bush’s team in the Executive Office of the President at the White House when the nation sought answers following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
When not locked onto her computer screen, Wenks can be found volunteering in her community, shooing deer from her garden or sitting waterside with cameras focused on critters or rocket launches.
COMM 353 Broadcast News Production
COMM 351 News Reporting and Editing
COMM 391 Writing for Public Relations
COMM 303 Writing Across the Media
COMM 453 Multimedia Journalism
COMM 331 Advanced Principles of Public Relations
COMM 101 Fundamentals of Communication
Bachelor of Science, Troy University
Master of Arts in Journalism, Marshall University
Building the Writer's Brand, Great Falls Library, Great Falls, Virginia, 2019
“Getting Out of Comfort Zones: A Case Study in Science Communication Outlining Lessons Learned During Practical Experience With Undergraduate Students Reporting about Science and Climate Change.” Research with journalist-scientist Daniela Vianna and the Center for Climate Change Communication Director Ed Maibach. American Geophysical Union, Fall Conference, December 2018, Washington, D.C.
Media Literacy, Rockville Public Library, Rockville, Maryland