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Sharon Santus is a faculty member at Bloomsburg University, in the Department of Mass Communications. She has had her fair share of experiences working as a reporter, projects editor, and writing coach for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Missouri, and Germany. She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a master's degree in journalism with an international affairs concentration from Columbia University in New York. Santus is a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Communications at Penn State. While working as projects editor at the Columbia (Mo.) Tribune from 2003 to 2007, she was a member of the adjunct faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. As a reporter, Sharon received over 40 awards in deadline reporting, commentary, feature writing, and investigative reporting. Her specialty is developing and producing in-depth reports and investigative journalism on social issues including Americans without health insurance, racial profiling, injustice inside America's courtrooms, and the death penalty. She is a former president of the Pennsylvania Women's Press Association. She serves on the board of directors of the Bloomsburg Women's Center, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. She is also co-advisor with Dr. Richard Ganahl for BU Now and is faculty advisor for the Bloomsburg University Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.