Broadcasting and Journalism

Pamela Peters, Ph.D.

Pam Peters

Assistant Professor
Phone: (309) 298-2888
Office: 322 Sallee 300A
Office Hours: by appointment


Ph.D. Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Kansas (2023)
M.A. Mass Communication, Pittsburg State University (2008)
B.A. Mass Communication, Pittsburg State University (2007)

Pamela Peters is an assistant professor in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University.

Her research focuses on race, ethnic and gender issues in digital and social media spaces, especially related to the digital divide and higher education. Her recent publications highlight the impact the digital divide has on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their student populations. Her research has been presented at National Communication Association, Broadcast Educators Association and Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication conferences.

Her teaching covers multiple interests and crosses many platforms but has primarily been focused on providing students with both practical and theoretical experiences in television, photography, audio and multimedia journalism. She enjoys working collaboratively with students, while also mentoring them, in the classroom and production settings.

Prior to coming to Western Illinois University, Pamela was a graduate fellow at the University of Kansas. For nine years she was an assistant professor of Mass Communication and director of the television, digital media and social media programs at Lane College. She has multiple Kansas Association of Broadcaster awards for her work in sports and television news along with documentary filmmaking. She is also an award-winning landscape and nature photographer whose work has been recognized by National Geographic, the International Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie de Paris Awards and other international photography associations.