headshots-1-7I am a PhD candidate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. I specialize in broadcast and multimedia journalism and have worked as a producer for KOMU-TV and for mobile video news company, Newsy.

Public trust in news media is at an all-time low. My research seeks to understand why. I use experimental and survey methods to look at news from the perspective of the audience, and by doing so, my research helps explain why people are so often frustrated with news coverage. My dissertation looks at 2016 election news from the perspective of Hillary Clinton voters and Donald Trump voters – opposing groups who had very different impressions of what news did right (and wrong) in covering the presidential race.

I will complete my degree requirements in May 2017 under the direction of my advisor, Dr. Albert Gunther. I currently live in Madison, Wisconsin, with my partner, Katie.

The best way to reach me is via email: mperryman@wisc.edu