Jeanni Atkins completed her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Since joining the faculty in 1986, she directed the graduate program for 15 years, has served on more than 60 thesis committees and has taught courses that reflect her broad interests in media law, history, public opinion, ethics, research, theory and copywriting. While working at the Missouri Freedom of Information Center she developed a passion for media law and FOI, which led to a job in Washington, D.C. editing and writing about FOI and privacy. She helped found the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information and serves as executive director. Her columns and editorials appear in state newspapers and have been cited by media outlets and blogs in other states. She is writing a book on freedom of information. She enjoys traveling and has presented papers at international conferences in Australia, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Israel and Wales as well as at national and regional journalism conferences.