Meet new faculty member Taylor Kearns, journalism

Name: Taylor Kearns

Current job: Instructor, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies

Hometown: Hartsville, S.C.

Degrees: Bachelor's in journalism, UofSC, 2006

Why did you choose Carolina? As an undergrad, I chose Carolina because of its electronic journalism curriculum. When my old professors asked me to come lend a hand as an instructor, I jumped at the chance.

What are you most looking forward to this year? Meeting a new generation of Gamecocks and getting re-acquainted with the Coliseum — my favorite cave.

How did you become interested in your work? I was a reporter at WIS-TV here in Columbia for seven years before deciding to give teaching a shot. The daily grind was beginning to grind a little too hard.

What made you decide to go into academia? I had fond memories of my time at UofSC as an undergrad and wanted to see if I could give students a similar experience. And I really wanted to sew elbow patches to all of my sport coats.

What's a talent you have or something that you've done that people might find surprising? I just got done performing in a play at Trustus Theater. It was my first time on stage in 15 years. Jasper magazine called me a "goofy delight," so that's something. Right?

What do you hope to accomplish over the next five years? I'd like to send more than a few students into the job market and gain a better understanding of what I'd like to do in five years. Perhaps my students will inspire me to re-enter the field.

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