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Featured Profile: Sandy Davidson


Sandy Davidson

University of Missouri faculty member Dr. Sandy Davidson presides at the intersection of journalism and law.

Davidson is an expert in communications law, including First Amendment rights, libel, privacy, free press, broadcasting, advertising and copyright. She has been a panelist for numerous national organizations including the Associated Press Managing Editors, the National Association of Science Writers, the Information Policy Taskforce of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the State Higher Education Executive officers. She is a skilled author whose work includes “Leaks, Leakers, and Journalists: Adding Historical Context to the Age of WikiLeaks” and “Blood Money: When Media Expose Others to Risk of Bodily Harm.”

Davidson is frequently seen accompanied by her dog on the campus of MU, where she acts as attorney for the Columbia Missourian, the digital-first community newspaper produced by students and faculty in the School of Journalism. She has educated thousands of young journalists in First Amendment law and has received numerous recognitions of her skill as an educator, including a William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. In 2014, she was named a Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor, one of the most prestigious titles granted at the University of Missouri.

Dr. Sandy Davidson teaches Communications Law in the Missouri School of Journalism with a joint adjunct appointment in the School of Law.

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