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Alan Griggs 


Associate Professor and Chair, Communications and Journalism


Alan Griggs is a senior manager of communications with diverse experience including television news reporting and management, political and corporate communications and teaching. In his role as a media consultant, Griggs’ clients include respected regional, national, and international organizations. He has served as an associate professor of communications at Tennessee State University and is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the department. He is also a producer/writer/reporter for the TV program “Tennessee’s Wild Side,” and Senior Consultant with the Institute for Crisis Management in Louisville, Ky.

Griggs received his B.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Georgia. He holds a M.A. in Organizational Communication from Western Kentucky University. Griggs has served as an adjunct professor at several institutions, published academic research and business articles, and has served as president of the University of Georgia journalism advisory board.

Griggs was a reporter and anchor at WAPI-TV in Birmingham, Alabama, before moving to WSMV-TV, in Nashville for 20 years. During his tenure as news director for nine years, WSMV-TV was awarded more honors than any station in the country. Griggs oversaw a news operation that ranked number one in the market. His television career also included a stay at WBZ-TV in Boston as an investigative reporter and manager of its investigative unit.

Individually, Griggs has received most of broadcast journalism’s top awards including three Peabody awards, a Dupont-Columbia citation for a documentary on the Ku Klux Klan, two National Headliner awards, the George Polk award, the Edward R. Murrow award for broadcast excellence, several Emmys, and the Robert F. Kennedy award for a year-long effort on race relations.

Griggs has served as the communications director of a U.S. Senate campaign, marketing director for Film House, Incorporated, and Director of Media Strategy for United Methodist Communications.