Holly Edgell

Holly Edgell

Community Editor at WCPO

Cincinnati, Ohio (Cincinnati Area)
Online Media

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Holly Edgell's Overview

  • Community Editor at WCPO
  • Instructor & Coordinator at Dateline: Belize
  • Menominee Area High School

500+ connections


Holly Edgell's Summary

Did someone invent a job just for me? That is kind of how I feel as Community Editor at WPCO Digital in Cincinnati. As part of the leadership team here, my duties include social media strategy and implementation; online community news coverage using a team of contributors; and coordinating content for our 65 Neighborhood News pages on WCPO.com.

Before moving to Cincinnati I spent about nine months as an independent journalist and consultant in St. Louis. Prior to that I was a regional editor for Patch.com in the metro St. Louis area--leading a team of 13 journalists and supervising 12 community news and information websites.

I joined Patch.com after more than four years on the Radio-Television faculty at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Before that I was on the journalism faculty at Florida A&M University.

I have been working in journalism since 1991, when I was hired as the first news director at Great Belize Television.

"News 5" was the first independent television newscast to air in Belize. I took a two-year detour into public relations before heading for graduate school the mid-1990's.

My first job after grad school was as a newscast producer at WFMJ-TV, the NBC affiliate in Youngstown, Ohio. From there I went to WTAE-TV(ABC) in Pittsburgh, also as a newscast producer. I switched gears to special projects producing in Cleveland at WOIO-TV (CBS) and later WDIV-TV (NBC) in Detroit.

I am an active member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.

> Journalism
> Social media
> Writing: creative and blogging
> Leadership and diversity

Holly Edgell's Experience

Community Editor


Public Company; 51-200 employees; Broadcast Media industry

November 2012Present (1 year 11 months) cincinnati, oh

Social media & community news coverage at the Scripps media property in Cincinnati.

Instructor & Coordinator

Dateline: Belize

2009Present (5 years) Belize, Central America

I work with educational institutions, NGOs, and media outlets in Belize to provide customized journalism, social media, and communication training and solutions.

National Membership Committee Chair (Volunteer Position)

Society of Professional Journalists

Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

September 2011August 2013 (2 years)

SPJ President John Ensllin asked me to serve in this volunteer position when he was elected in 2011. I coordinate membership initiatives, advise the board, write posts and seek contributions for the committee's blog, and respond to questions about membership from around the country.


Holly Edgell

February 2012November 2012 (10 months) Greater St. Louis Area

I report and write; consult and create. Based in St. Louis, my clients include a digital magazine, content strategy and creation firm, and a non-profit organization. I also conduct training for professional journalists and communicators in allied fields.

Regional Editor


Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Internet industry

July 2010February 2012 (1 year 8 months) Greater St. Louis

In July 2010 I commenced to hire 13 full-time journalists to launch 12 Patch websites in Metro St. Louis.

Patch provides an online community gathering place with news, information, a platform for local bloggers, a business directory, events calendars, announcements, classifieds and more.

My job entailed providing my team with editorial, administrative, and operational oversight, guidance and support. I managed a budget and collaborated with fellow managers to implement initiatives.

I wrote a twice-monthly column for the St. Louis sites called "The Virtual Life."

Assistant Professor & Exec. Producer KOMU-TV

Missouri School of Journalism

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

January 2006July 2010 (4 years 7 months)

I taught students to be newscast producers and supervise the students and staff producers at KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate owned by the University of Missouri. The newsroom serves as a teaching lab for Missouri television and convergence students.

Assistant Professor of Journalism

Florida A&M University

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

August 2001December 2005 (4 years 5 months)

I taught a variety of journalism courses, provided academic advisement, and serves as adviser for the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. I also served as project coordinator for a partnership between FAMU's journalism school and Gyumri Pedagogical Institute in Armenia.

Special Projects Producer


Public Company; 51-200 employees; Broadcast Media industry

September 1998August 2001 (3 years)

I coordinated the consumer news unit to solve complaints from viewers, conduct consumer investigations, and see stories from conception through air. This included interviewing sources, research, writing, and supervising editing.

Special Projects


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Broadcast Media industry

19961997 (1 year)



19961997 (1 year)

News Producer


19961996 (less than a year)

Holly Edgell's Languages

  • Spanish

Holly Edgell's Skills & Expertise

  1. News Management
  2. Team Leadership
  3. Social Networking
  4. Writing
  5. Teaching
  6. Training
  7. Consultancy
  8. Content Strategy
  9. Journalism
  10. Copy Editing
  11. Editorial
  12. Blogging
  13. Social Media
  14. Storytelling
  15. New Media
  16. Editing
  17. Online Journalism
  18. Feature Articles
  19. News Writing
  20. Content Development
  21. Newspapers
  22. Interviews
  23. Facebook
  24. Breaking News
  25. Television
  26. Broadcast Journalism
  27. Multimedia
  28. Web Content
  29. Investigative Reporting
  30. AP Style

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Holly Edgell's Education

Kent State University

MA, Journalism (Media Management)


Michigan State University

BA, Journalism


Imani School


Menominee Area High School


Holly Edgell's Additional Information


Travel, reading, writing, art (visiting museums), learning

Groups and Associations:

Society of Professional Journalists National Association of Black Journalists Journalism & Women Symposium

Honors and Awards:

June 2009: Kansas City Press Club Heart of America, "Best Newscast" (Gold) and "Spot News" (Gold), markets 100+

October 2008: NATAS Emmy Award Nominee, “Best Newscast” – Markets 101+

June 2008: Kansas City Press Club “Heart of America” Awards (Gold, Silver and Bronze): Best Newscast (small market)

October 2007: NATAS Emmy Winner, “Best Newscast” – Markets 101+

June 2007: Kansas City Press Club “Heart of America” Award: Bronze, Regular Franchise Feature: “Journeys with Josh: The 7 Wonders of Missouri”

April 2007: Regional Edward R. Murrow Award (RTNDA) Best News Series: “Immigration In-Depth” (team award)

August 2005: Awarded Society of Professional Journalists Diversity Leadership Grant.

June 2003: National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation Fellowship to The Producer Academy (sponsored by Belo Television & Hearst Argyle Television). Orlando, Florida

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