Hodson Named Director of WOUB Public Media

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Thomas Hodson has been named director and general manager of the WOUB Center for Public Media. Scott Titsworth, interim dean of the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, announced the appointment today.

Hodson has been the interim director since January 2011 when he replaced Carolyn Lewis, after her announced retirement. Hodson’s five-year term is effective immediately and will continue through June 2016.

“Under Tom Hodson’s leadership, the WOUB Center for Public Media has already made significant positive strides in adapting its operations to a rapidly evolving media landscape,” noted Titsworth.

“As a leader for WOUB, Tom brings the best of both worlds: he is a skilled media professional and an acclaimed teacher. As such, he is committed to providing outstanding public service while also enhancing the role of WOUB as a learning laboratory for Ohio University students. I am thankful for Tom’s leadership and am excited to work with him and other members of the WOUB staff as the Center continues its evolution into a vibrant, contemporary media outlet serving the unique needs of our University and region.”

Hodson expressed his excitement over the appointment.

“It has been my privilege to lead the staff of WOUB through a period of monumental change over the past nine months. We have just begun. We still have many new projects to complete and creative programs to implement. I am delighted that I now will have the opportunity to see many of these pending projects through to completion,” Hodson said.

Hodson joined the full-time faculty of Ohio University in 2003 as the director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, a position he held for seven years. Prior to his directorship, he served as director of the Mass Media program at Marietta College. He also is a former member of the Ohio University Board of Trustees and was a special assistant to Ohio University President Robert Glidden.

Prior to his academic service, Hodson was a trial attorney and an elected trial judge serving as judge of both the Athens County Municipal Court and Common Pleas Court. His varied career encapsulates broadcast and print journalism, as well as law. He has done public affairs/news broadcasting, legal analysis, and sports broadcasting in addition to print journalism.

Hodson received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University and his law degree from Ohio State University.