Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Faculty & Staff Directory

Richelle Rogers

Title/s:  Program Director: Masters in Digital Media and Storytelling

Office #:  School of Communication 204

Phone: 312.915.6861



Ms. Rogers is the Program Director for the Master’s in Digital Media and Storytelling at Loyola’s School of Communication and brings more than 20 years of professional television experience to her teaching, research and outreach.  She was recruited to teach at the School of Communication after a distinguished career in television network news and documentary work.

For more than a decade Ms. Rogers was a producer and writer for ABC Network News working with Ted Koppel, Diane Sawyer, Peter Jennings and Barbara Walters. She was a producer for ABC News Nightline with Ted Koppel and a field producer for ABC News specials in more than a half dozen countries. Other producing positions included the Oprah Winfrey Network, CNN and Discovery Network.

Most recently, Ms. Rogers has distinguished herself as an international consultant on digital storytelling through a U.S. Embassy grant supporting journalism programs at 10 universities in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. She has delivered presentations and consultations in Chicago and Tbilisi that are empowering these universities to prepare a new generation of multimedia journalists at a moment of significant societal progress. 

Ms. Rogers is the recipient of many distinguished journalism awards for her individual work and team producing/ reporting. They include The Columbia University DuPont Award (ABC News), The David Bloom Award (Presented by the White House) Peabody Award (CNN and ABC News) and the NY Film Festival award (ABC News Documentary Unit).

She was selected to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster in 2013. Working in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, the program is an elite list of U.S. faculty and professionals who cooperate internationally on academic development.


MS in Journalism, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
BA Political Science, DePaul University, Chicago

Professional & Community Affiliations

Loyola University Senate - School of Communication Representative

Faculty Committee - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

Center for Urban Learning and Research Seminar Series: "Tell Me a Story: How Powerful Stories Impact Our Culture and Community"

AEJMC Conference Panelist: "Teaching About Trust in A Fake News World: The Impact of the 2016 election in our journalism classrooms and beyond."

Chicago Headline Club Board

TEDWomen Innovation Invitee, San Francisco, CA

Loyola Faculty Teaching Series: "Building Character in the Classroom"

University of Missouri Journalism Interactive Conference

Center for Experiential Learning Seminar: "Engaged Learning through Rigor, Reflection and Responsibility, Loyola University"

Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Conference Panelist "Who Tells Your Story? Journalists, Citizens and Media Literacy

SPJ Regional Conference - Professional Development Seminar

Poynter Media Studies Fellow: Ethics in Reporting

Loyola University Fulbright Faculty Committee

U.S. Embassy, Tbilisi, Georgia, Media Education Program: 2015, 2019, 2020

She was selected to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster in 2013 and renewed in 2020.

Courses Taught

Digital Storytelling Techniques (graduate level)

Digital Media and Storytelling Graduate Capstone

Digital Narratives

Technology for Journalists

Reporting and Writing

New Media and Communication

Ethics and Communication

Introduction to Communication

Journalism Research Methods

Broadcast News


Columbia University Alfred I. DuPont Award

David Bloom Award for Excellence in Enterprise Reporting

Peabody Award for The Arab Spring, CNN Network coverage

Peabody Award for Big Oil Spill, CNN Network coverage

Emmy Award, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Chicago Chapter for Chicago Entrepreneurs