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Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 2775
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
I'm a former journalist and public relations practitioner and proud native of the Missouri Bootheel. I'm also a teacher, scholar and author who has been recognized for my work as faculty adviser to the Arrow student newspaper. I have been highly called upon as a presenter and trainer on the need for improved media diversity and inclusion inside newsrooms and within news content.

My mission is to inspire and encourage both my students and residents in the region to learn and experience all they can, then share their gifts to improve the region, the state, and the world.

My goal as a professor is to produce innovative media professionals who are ethically grounded and have a full understanding of the power and influence they wield as the creators of the first draft of history.

Tamara Buck, Professor


Multimedia Journalism


BA, Mass Communication-Journalism, Southeast MO State University
MSA, Public Administration, Southeast MO State University
JD, University of Memphis

Awards and Honors

Distinguished Adviser (Newspaper, 4-year university), Issued by College Media Association · Jul 2022

US President’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Issued by President’s Volunteer Service Award Program · Nov 2021

Woman of Achievement WinnerWoman of Achievement Winner, Issued by Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau · Nov 2021

Difference Maker Issued by B Magazine, a publication of the Southeast Missourian · Aug 2021

Institute for Diverse Leadership fellow
Issued by Association for Educators of Journalism and Mass Communication · Jul 2020

Outstanding Teaching Award (Co-Winner)
Issued by Southeast Missouri State University College of Liberal Arts · Apr 2016

Kopenhaver Fellow
Issued by FIU Lillian J. Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Education, in conjunction with the AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women and the AEJMC Council of Affiliates · Aug 2013

Professional Organizations

Board of Directors, National Scholastic Press Association/Associated Collegiate Press

Board of Directors, Southeast Missouri Press Association

Associated Collegiate Press
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
Association for Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication
College Media Association
Missouri College Media Association
Missouri Press Association Diversity Committee
National Association of Black Journalists
Power Shift Project Trainers Council

Best Advice for Students

I believe in the adage "A closed mouth don't get fed." If you need help or have questions, concerns or ideas you'd like to try, ASK FOR IT. Faculty appreciate engaged students.