The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH, is dedicated to engaging intellects, challenging perspectives, teaching skills and helping today’s youth find their voices in the public discourse that is essential to the health of our nation’s democracy.  Over the course of almost two decades, Director Kristen D. Nevious, Ph.D., has collaborated with Granite State media, political and civic leaders to build a robust body of public programming that includes the Fry Lecture Series, the Fitzwater Center Medallion for Leadership in Public Communication, the Visiting Fitzwater Fellow, and the IndieLens Pop-up civic engagement series. With a doctorate in journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Nevious is affiliated with the departments of Communication and Social Media & Emergent Technology. She manages the student-driven Pierce Media Group, which includes FPTV-4, WFPC-LP 105.3 FM, Ravens Sports Network, the Pierce Arrow, social media and PoliticsFitzU, a political reporting unit that has covered the presidential election cycle since 2006 as credentialed media.  As director of Franklin Pierce University Polling, she has covered the NH Primary with veteran analyst Kelly Myers through several cycles, most recently in partnership with the Boston Herald.  Nevious is chair of the NHPBS Community Advisory Board and a founding member of the Granite State News Collaborative, which is supported by a grant from the Solutions Journalism Network.  In 2018, she was named the New England Journalism Educator of the Year by the New England Society of News Editors’ Board of Governors.

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