Digital Media & Communication Arts Faculty
Amy E. Bonebright (Bennett) was born in Ohio but raised from an early age in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She attended a private Christian high school where she received an outstanding college prep education while actively participating in high school sports and church activities. After graduation, she spent a year at Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, New York (1995-'96) and spent the following summer working at the Word of Life summer camps in Hudson, Florida.
Liberty University was next on-tap for Amy, so transferring to the liberal arts school was God's next move for her. While at Liberty, Amy majored in Communication Studies with a concentration in print journalism. She wrote for The Champion and Selah and was also news director at the campus radio station. After graduation (1999), God provided her with a job writing for a local community newspaper. The job afforded her the opportunity, as most small companies do, to wear many different hats. She was a photographer, designer, reporter, editor and even helped deliver the paper on some slow weeks. When the newspaper's editor left, Amy became acting-editor for the next year, knowing that grad school was just around the corner. The local school board also voted her to the Virginia School Board Association's Media Honor Roll for two years, an honor given for fair and balanced reporting.
After two years at the newspaper, Amy enrolled in Regent University's Northern Virginia Campus (Old Town Alexandria) and began working on a master's of arts degree in journalism. While there, she had the privilege to study under and learn from some of the area's premiere journalists. After getting married in January 2003 to Kelly Bonebright (M.A., abd PhD in counseling education), the couple moved back to the Lynchburg area. The master's program was a fantastic learning experience, and she graduated in May 2003 with her master's degree from Regent University.
Amy returned to the community newspaper where she worked previously and became managing editor for the two small newspapers for about a year before returning to work at Liberty University Online while her husband is completing a PhD. An adjunct position opened up for the School of Communication & Creative Arts, and Amy taught COMS 220 (Mass Communication Writing) for a year and a half before coming teaching full-time with Digital Media & Communication Arts in fall 2006.