Digital Media & Communication Arts

Academics

Student Opportunities

Deborah Huff

Liberty Champion Advisor

Assistant Professor,
Digital Media & Communication Arts

Email: dwhuff@liberty.edu

Education

  • M.B.A., Xavier University
  • B.A., Journalism, Morehead State University

 

Experience

  • 20 years of professional experience in journalism and public relations where she headed a public relations firm, doing work for book publishers, nonprofits, and small businesses. Huff also worked in a variety of editing positions, from newspapers to corporate organizations.
  • Advisor to The Liberty Champion

Working closely with students in the Digital Media & Communication Arts department, Mrs. Huff has shaped the minds of some of the country’s most accomplished journalists. These include a former sports editor who won an Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting and a former news editor whose work is cited in multiple textbooks as an example of the industry’s best standard. 

Mrs. Huff revels in the different paths students have taken throughout their lives.

“I love seeing where God leads students when they leave here—whether it’s to graduate school or to work for companies or in the news industry—I get excited,” said Huff.

Throughout the academic year, Mrs. Huff serves as the faculty advisor to the Liberty Champion, Liberty University’s student-run newspaper. Each week, Mrs. Huff guides students in the complete production process of publishing an award-winning newspaper focusing on campus events, sports coverage, community news, world news, politics, and even opinion pieces.

Biography

Mrs. Huff first became interested in journalism when she was a small child. Her father, a carpenter, got her interested in absorbing the news—everything from print to broadcast. The two would watch the news together every night after dinner.

Huff has always loved telling stories, even at a very young age. As soon as she discovered there was a newsletter at her elementary school, she was writing for it.

During her free time, Mrs. Huff enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband, Rick, have been married since 1975 and have two beautiful daughters, Katie and Kelsey. For Mrs. Huff, spending time with her grandchildren is one of the most wonderful things in the world. When she needs to unwind from a busy day filled with mentoring students, putting out a newspaper, and staying in touch with former students, Mrs. Huff likes to enjoy the company of her grandchildren.