Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Faculty & Staff Directory

Beth Konrad

Title/s: Program Director-Multi Media Journalism Program
Senior Professional In Residence

Office #: School of Communication 214

Phone: 312.915.6534

E-mail: bkonrad AT luc DOT edu

About

Beth Konrad’s career in communication spans more than three decades covering a wide variety of positions in media, corporate, academic and civic affairs.  In Fall 2013 Konrad was named Program Director for the School of Communication's Journalism Program. She has been an award winning TV and radio reporter and anchor, a ‌news director, editorialist, business owner, corporate executive and an advocate for social causes and community development.

Konrad has worked with major media outlets in Detroit, Chicago and San Francisco. Her broadcasting and reporting experiences include positions with ABC (Chicago and Detroit), NBC (San Francisco), PBS and Post Newsweek (Detroit).

Konrad is a noted spokesperson on numerous journalism and freedom of information issues and has made appearances or participated in interviews on NPR’s All Things Considered, ABC 7 Chicago, WMAQ NBC 5 Chicago, The New York Times and the Associated Press.

Konrad is also experienced in Public Relations and Public Affairs. She was the founder and president of Konrad & Moore, Inc., a communications consulting firm in Chicago and Detroit from 1995 to 2006. She was also a Senior Vice President and Director of Public Affairs for First Chicago- NBD, (now Chase) from 1988 to 1995.

In 2011 Konrad taught "Reporting in Rome" at Loyola's Rome Center in cooperation with the Associated Press Rome Bureau. Konrad was also awarded a fellowship in 2014 to the Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute.

She has incorporated both experiences, particularly ethical situations in her communication courses.

Degrees

M.A. from Wayne State University

B.S from Indiana State University

Courses Taught

Reporting and Writing across Platforms, Broadcast News, Radio News (and Podcasting), Communication Ethics, Introduction in Communication, Critical Issues and Historical Perspectives in Journalism, Public Speaking-Critical Thinking, Newscasting & Producing, Interviewing, Organizational Communication.

Awards

Konrad is the recipient of three Emmys, the National Headliner Award, the Society of Professional Journalists Distinguished Service Award, numerous AP and UPI awards and several community leadership citations. In 2005, Konrad was presented with a Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana State University. She is the past president of the Chicago Headline Club, the largest SPJ professional chapter in the country. Konrad served as faculty advisor for Loyola's student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists from 2005 to 2015. The chapter has been recognized as the best regional journalism chapter for several years. In 2009, Konrad was awarded the David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Advisor award. Konrad says her most treasured award was in May 2016 when the School of Communication voted her "Outstanding Teacher of the Year".