Terry Likes

Mass Communications

Dr. Likes

E-mail: tlikes@tnstate.edu

Office: PAC 282

Phone: (615) 963-2521




Ph.D. University of Kentucky

MA Western Kentucky University

BA Maryville University-St. Louis


     Terry Likes, Ph.D., is an award-winning educator and journalist.  Likes is a tenured full-Professor teaching multi-media Journalism at Tennessee State University in Nashville.  


  Summary of Experience

8 Years academic administrative experience as Department Chair

29 Years in higher education

75 Awards/Honors from my media and academic work during 1987-present

30 Conference presentations

10 Academic journal articles/essays

15 Professional Publications

4 Fellowships

3 Years full-time media experience, 18 years freelance

2 Number of broadcast journalism programs turned into award winners

313 Student awards to students from projects developed in my advanced journalism courses

1 Student broadcast journalism national championship


Likes has won 75 awards and honors in his career and, in 2016 won seven Tennessee Associated Press awards, a regional Edward R. Murrow award and a national award from the Broadcast Education Association.  In 2013, the Southeast Journalism Conference named Likes, “Journalism Educator of the Year.”  Also in 2013, Likes was named one of the Top 25 Professors at Affordable Colleges.  During his eight years as Chair at TSU, his students have won 61 Society of Professional Journalists, Southeast Journalism Conference, National Broadcasting Society and Tennessee Associated Press awards.  Likes oversees the areas of Mass Communication, Communication Studies and Theatre.  In addition to raising the program to award-winning stature, other major initiatives during his term as chair include the creation of the Center for Media Arts and Production, collaborating with Art and Music departments on a $1.4 million grant for digital media and entrepreneurship, creating a black-box theatre and a complete overhaul of the curriculum.  

            In television, Likes has worked as a reporter for WFIE-TV (NBC) Evansville, IN., provided weekly commentary for WSMV-TV (NBC) Nashville, TN., did occasional play-by-play for WKYU-TV (PBS) Bowling Green, KY., and was a reporter for WVJS-TV and radio in Owensboro, KY.  His documentary on “Traditional vs. Tabloid: The State of American TV News,” won a National Press Club award while his video on media internships was featured in the Bonus Books catalog.  

            In radio, his reports have aired on the Tennessee Radio Network, Kentucky News Network and stations in Washington D.C., Baltimore, Tampa, St. Louis and Detroit.  These reports have won 12 national Broadcast Education Association, 9 regional Edward R. Murrow awards and 33 Kentucky/Tennessee Associated Press awards.

            Likes has seven published articles in the Journal of Electronic News, three articles in the Journal of Media Education and written fifteen articles for professional media magazines.  He has conducted thirty presentations at conferences such as Society of Professional Journalists, Radio/TV Digital News Association and the Broadcast Education Association.

            Likes had many fellowships including in 2013 when he was awarded a National Association of Television Program Executives Fellowship.  He also attended the Poynter Institute for Media Studies “New Curriculum for a New Journalism” seminar.  In 2012 he attended American Council on Education Leadership Academy for Department Chairs at Miami University (Ohio).  In 2008 and 2009 he was awarded Scripps Howard Fellowships to attend the Academic Leadership Academy at LSU.  In 2007 he attended the Poynter workshop for multimedia trainers.  In 2001 he participated in the Radio/TV News Directors Foundation “Excellence in Journalism Education” program via a faculty fellowship at WTHR-TV Indianapolis, IN.  

            Likes has helped turn two college programs into award winners.  In addition to the TSU student awards noted above, prior to TSU, Likes taught at Western Kentucky University for twenty years.  During a ten-year span overseeing student newscasts at WKU, his pupils won 254 awards including 35 national Hearst awards, 74 regional Society of Professional Journalists awards, 145 Kentucky Associated Press awards along with two mid-South regional Emmy nominations and six Radio-TV News Directors Foundation scholarships.  

            Likes earned his doctorate at the University of Kentucky, has a Masters Degree from Western Kentucky University, and BA from Maryville University-St. Louis.  Likes also attended Southern Methodist University as an undergraduate and took graduate courses at SIU-Carbondale.  

            Likes is married to Tammy Garrison, former chief meteorologist for WDRB-TV Louisville, KY and owner of Magnolia Quarter Horses.  When not at work, Likes enjoys spending time with family, weight training, bike riding, water-skiing and watching football.

 A sample of recent documentary topics and links:

 Audio:   Title:  “Truth, tabloids and trust:  Declining confidence in the news media.”  Aired by: Tennessee Radio Network.  http://youtu.be/Kw7YZEqzxv8

 Audio:  Title: “Pay for play:  Unionization and Paying College Athletes.”  Aired by: Tennessee Radio Network.    http://youtu.be/YLsFINS-1_Q

 Audio:  Title:  “TV Catch Phrases, popular culture to mainstream America.” Audio documentary.  Aired by:  Tennessee Radio Network.  http://youtu.be/oLYugN5Nkpw

 Audio:   Title: “$ports + Money = Recession Proof.”   Aired by:  Tennessee Radio Network.              http://youtu.be/82AgW0R7Ihk

 Audio:  Title:  “Copy and Paste: The Perils of Plagiarism in Higher Education.” Aired by:  Tennessee Radio Network.  http://youtu.be/U_8mWb244yg

 Audio:   Title:  “The Alarm Clock For Your Favorite TV Show:  TV Theme Songs.”  Aired by:  Tennessee Radio Network. http://youtu.be/1PPZN1_SteE



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