Al Tompkins

Al Tompkins is The Poynter Institute’s senior faculty for broadcasting and online. He has taught and coached print newsrooms in the U.S. and abroad on how to build interactive news websites, how to use video more effectively online, and how to manage ethical issues that arise online. During his two and a half decades as a journalist, and nearly two decades as a teacher at Poynter, Al has been awarded many of journalism’s highest honors. He was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, and in 2008 was awarded The Governor’s Award, the highest honor given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has also been honored by the National Press Photographers Association and the Radio and Television News Foundation for contributions to journalism and journalism education. He earned an M.A. in Digital Journalism and Design from the University of South Florida and a B.A. in journalism from Western Kentucky University.