Kathryn Thier

Research-to-Practice Postdoctoral Fellow

Kathryn Thier is a Research-to-Practice (RTP) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. Her research focuses on the emerging practice of solutions journalism, particularly how climate solutions journalism may build support for climate policy solutions. Prior to her doctoral education, she taught journalism and public relations for six years at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, where she co-founded The Catalyst Journalism Project, a research and teaching collaborative focused on the intersection of solutions and investigative journalism. She is an internationally recognized solutions journalism educator, who has trained students, faculty, and journalists in several countries. Previously, she was a professional journalist at Newsday and The Charlotte Observer. She received her PhD in Communication with an emphasis on communication science and social cognition from the University of Maryland.