Insider to discuss Virginia Tech news coverage

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller will visit Bowling Green State University on March 26 to talk about last spring's shootings at Virginia Tech and share lessons learned in the media frenzy that followed.

Her presentation is scheduled from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday (March 26) in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Geller will describe how she and university personnel handled questions posed by hundreds of reporters from around the world who streamed onto the Virginia Tech campus following the shootings.

A native of Michigan, Geller is a civilian employee who serves as public relations manager at the Richmond headquarters of the Virginia State Police. She conducts all media relations training for state police personnel, teaches media relations to law enforcement and public safety officials throughout Virginia, and oversees the statewide public information/public relations program for the department. She also coordinates the work of seven public information officers around the state and oversees two public relations coordinators at the administrative headquarters in Richmond.

A graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, she previously spent five years working for television stations in east Tennessee and Richmond, Va., earning Associated Press Awards for her work in both markets.

The BGSU Office of Marketing & Communications is sponsoring Geller's presentation, which is open to the campus community, area public information officers and other interested members of the public.

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Media Contact: Teri Sharp, BGSU Office of Marketing & Communications, at 419-372-8587 or tsharp@bgsu.edu.

(Posted March 20, 2008 )