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Janel Shoun Smith

Janel Shoun-Smith 

Public Relations and Communication

Senior Manager of Communication


Janel Shoun-Smith joined the Public Relations and Communications staff in June 2006. She holds a bachelor of science in communications from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and is pursuing a master's degree in corporate communication from Austin Peay State University. A seasoned reporter, Shoun-Smith has worked for several newspapers including the Naples Daily News in Florida, the Andalusia Star-News in Alabama, the Nashville Banner and the Tennessean's Williamson A.M. Shoun-Smith develops media relations strategies for promoting university news and events and builds relationships with media throughout the country. In addition, she is responsible for developing a hometown news release program, faculty expert resources and general writing for the university in addition to other responsibilities.