Adrienne Garvey

Assistant Professor asgarvey@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BA Communication Studies, Evangel University
MS Electronic Media, Kutztown University


Adrienne Garvey spent 13 years in the television news industry before she started her teaching career. She worked as a reporter at KSPR in Springfield, Missouri; as a producer, a reporter, and a fill-in anchor at KODE in Joplin, Missouri; and spent 10 years at WGAL in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, one of the top-rated television stations in the country, as a producer and in the role of Assignment Manager. While at WGAL, Garvey produced the live coverage of both of Governor Ed Rendell’s inaugurations, produced live Olympics shows for the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics as well as the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. She was also part of the team that won a Regional Emmy Award for the coverage of the Amish school shooting in 2006.

Garvey has been teaching for seven years, focusing her efforts on courses like Writing for News Media, Broadcast News Writing, Public Speaking, Professional Performance Skills and Video Production. Garvey’s area of research is trauma and journalism, how the news affects those who cover it. She has studied the effects of things like the Amish school shooting, the Joplin, Missouri, tornado of 2011, and the public suicide of Budd Dwyer in 1987.  Her research, A Witness to History: The Emotional Toll on Journalists Who Witnessed the Public Suicide of R. Budd Dwyer, won first place in the News Division’s debut category for the Broadcast Education Association in 2015.

Garvey also recently became a certified lay chaplain with Christ in Action, a volunteer organization that assists people in crisis situations. Garvey and her husband, Jerry, have two children: Margaret and Nathaniel.