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Work Andersen Hall (ANDN) 307
Lincoln NE 68588-0443
Work 402-472-4051 On campus, dial 2-4051
Chris Graves is an assistant professor of practice and Deepe Endowed Chair of Depth Reporting at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, teaching reporting and writing courses. She is also a 1987 graduate of the college, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree. A native of North Omaha, Graves is a first-generation college student.<br><br>She is the lead instructor of the College's reshaped Global Eyewitness course. She teaches in-depth reporting on various topics. She teaches Fundamentals of Editing and Reporting I and II. She developed the College's Information Gathering course in 2023.<br><br>She’s been a reporter, line editor, assistant city editor and managing editor and newspaper columnist. She’s worked in print, TV and public radio newsrooms. She documented Minneapolis’ most murderous years in the early 1990s. While a reporter at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, she covered spree killer Andrew Cunanan, who killed fashion designer Gianni Versace in 1997. Her coverage of the child protection system was a catalyst for the state of Minnesota changing its law, allowing for certain juvenile court records to be open to the media for inspection.<br>Her crime and justice work has been featured in documentaries, television shows, National Public Radio and referenced in numerous books and cited by former Attorney General Janet Reno as well as used by Harvard researchers.<br><br>While the metro columnist at the Cincinnati Enquirer, she was a member of the team awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for "Seven Days of Heroin."<br>In 2020, while working at Minnesota Public Radio, she helped direct the online coverage of the killing of George Floyd, who died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer and the worldwide aftermath and calls for policing reforms.<br><br>She is continuing her research into the 2016 deaths of eight members of a rural Ohio family allegedly at the hands of four members of another family in the foothills of Appalachia.<br><br>She is the mother of two adult daughters and lives in Lincoln with her oldest daughter.


  • BA, University of Nebraska, 1987


  • JOUR 200A, Fundamentals of Editing and Reporting I, Fall 2020
  • JOUR 200A, Fundamentals of Editing and Reporting I, Fall 2020

icon-business-chartResearch & Grants

  • Maude Hammond Fling Faculty Research Fellowship<br>Received an extension due to Changes in the case. , UNL Research Council Grant-In-Aid , January 2021

icon-columnArtistic & Professional Performances & Exhibitions

  • Death in the Foothills

icon-bookmark-starAwards & Honors

  • Maude Hammond Fling Faculty Research Fellowship, UNL, Research Council, 2020

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