Assistant Dean, Journalism and Assistant Professor
Office: Fisk 201C
Beth Bennett is Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Journalism at Medill. She is an award-winning producer and reporter with more than 15 years of experience in broadcast television news and video production. Her experience spans many areas of television news, including on-air reporting, studio/booth producing, and field producing. Since leaving the broadcast industry, she has specialized in producing web and tablet-based videos in addition to independent documentary film work.
In 2009 Bennett produced her first documentary "Under the Ice," which showed at the Chicago United and St. Louis International Film Festivals. It aired on WTTW (PBS), Twin Cities Public Television and Wisconsin Public Television. In 2011 Bennett produced "Kindred," which also aired on WTTW and won a Chicago/Midwest Emmy. Her 2012 short film "Spin" screened at the Toronto Hot Docs Festival and made it to the semi-finals for the International Documentary Race.
Prior to joining Northwestern’s full-time faculty in 2006, Bennett worked as an on-air reporter for TV stations in Chicago, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wisc., and Traverse City, Mich. Bennett has covered major disasters, politics, crime, education and entertainment. Most recently, she worked as a freelance reporter/anchor for Tribune-owned CLTV. Her reports were also broadcast on WGN-AM. Bennett has worked as a freelance producer for the following shows: FOX News Chicago, CBS Early Show, Metromix the TV Show and the NBC reality series Starting Over.
In addition to her work at Medill, Bennett introduces journalism principles to STEM researchers through The Graduate School's research communication fellowship program, Ready Set Go. Interview strategies, narrative techniques, and on-camera presentation skills are some of the topics she teaches during this interdisciplinary 10-week program.
Bennett has an MSJ from Medill and an A.B. in English and art history from Kenyon College.
Awards: Phi Beta Kappa, AP Award for Continuing Coverage (WDJT-TV, 2003), Outstanding Employee of the Year (WDJT-TV, 2003), Chicago/Midwest Emmy (2012), semi-finalist in the International Documentary Challenge (2012)