Lisa Pecot-Hébert, PhD, has been teaching at the college level for 20 years. She teaches a variety of print, broadcast and multimedia undergraduate and graduate courses and serves as the director of graduate journalism at USC Annenberg. Pecot-Hébert also serves as the advisor for the USC National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Chapter.
Prior to working at USC, she spent nine years at DePaul University in Chicago and taught for four years at Xavier University in New Orleans. Pecot-Hébert has been a staff writer at the Dallas Morning News, The New Orleans Tribune and examiner.com. She recently served two years as the West Coast bureau chief for Youth Today and the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE), two online publications dedicated to youth education and juvenile justice issues. She has also served as the producer for Urban Pediatrics, a health program in New Orleans, and host for a hybrid music/talk show called Live from the 8th Floor. She is also a former American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) fellow and a former George Foster Peabody fellow.
A Los Angeles native, Pecot-Hébert holds a bachelor’s degree in social science from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree from American University in broadcast journalism and public affairs, and a doctorate in communication from the University of Georgia, Grady College of Journalism and Communication. She also holds a graduate certificate in women and gender studies from the University of Georgia and a diversity certificate from DePaul University
Awards and honors:
National Program Chair, Broadcast Educators Association (2020).
Top Paper Award, 2015, Broadcast Educators Association (2015).
Quality Matters Star Award for Excellence in Online Course Design, DePaul University (2013).
George Foster Peabody Awards Doctoral Assistantship Recipient, University of Georgia (2004-2006).
Fellow, American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) (2001).
The Responsible Reporter, chapter: “How to Cover a Meeting,” author (Peter Lang Publishers, 2008).
The Sage Handbook of Gender & Communication, chapter: “Race, Gender and the Media,” co-author (Sage, 2006).
“The Framing of Cosmetic Surgery, 1914-1950,” author (Journalism and Mass Communication, 2013).
“To Hybrid or Not to Hybrid, That is the Question!: Incorporating Voicethread Technology into a Traditional Communication Course,” author (Communication Teacher, 2012).
“I Did it For Me: Negotiating Identity and Agency,” author (Media, Health, and Society, 2012).
“‘You Need a Makeover’!: The Social Construction of Female Body Image in A Makeover Story, What Not to Wear and Extreme Makeover,” co-author (Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture, 2007).
ASCJ 420: Annenberg Collaboratory
JOUR 414: Advanced Digital Media Storytelling
JOUR 490x: Directed Research
JOUR 590: Directed Research
JOUR 598: Journalism Capstone Project