Leah Williams                                 


Twitter: @leahluv82

(618) 918-0723




2016              M.S.               Professional Media Management                                  SIUC

2015              Grad. Cert.  Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies             SIUC

2005              B.S.                Journalism                                                              SIUC


Work Experience

Photojournalist/Assistant Editor             Centralia Sentinel             Dec. 2011 to present

Graduate Assistant                 SIUC                          Jan. 2016 to May 2016;  July 2014 to May 2015

Assignments include:

    • Spring 2016: Teaching and Research Assistant, SOC 312, Research Methods
    • Spring 2015: Teaching Assistant, JRNL 396 Publishing to Web
    • Fall 2014: Research Assistant, College of Information Systems
    • Summer 2014: Gateway Journalism Review

Enumerator                     U.S. Census Bureau                 April to August 2010

Customer Service/Data Entry      BlueCross BlueShield   May 2008 to May 2009

Reporter    Mt. Vernon Register-News                      Sept. 2006 to Mar. 2008

Reporter/Editor             Daily Egyptian at SIUC   Aug. 2003 to Dec. 2005



January 2008 to present          Thomas Publishing, Nightlife   Carbondale, IL



AP Style, Chicago, APA, MLA, HTML5, CSS, WordPress, Dreamweaver, Bluefish, Desire2Learn, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Access, Excel), Final Cut Pro, American Sign Language.



Williams L. “Gatekeeping and Negotiating News inside the Lifestyles Pages.” Women, Gender and Sexual Studies Conference.       March 2015


Williams, L. “How Rod Blagojevich Manipulated the Media Before, During and After His Federal Trials.” SIU Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. What’s in the Water in Illinois? Ethics and Reform Symposium in Illinois Government. Sept. 2012.


Affiliations and Volunteer Work

2016, Judge

Illinois High School Association Journalism Sectional


2015, Proctor/Judge

Southern Illinois Student Press Association Contest


2013, Member

Women’s Civic Institute  at SIUC


Websites Created/Assisted

Mary Lou’s Grill, Carbondale IL marylous.cdale.biz

leahwilliams.siuc.me (Online Portfolio)

Imagining Geographies imagininggeographies.wordpress.com

School of Journalism Student Portfolios journalism.siuc.me


Available upon request