School of Media & Strategic Communications

Hillary Speed



Hillary Speed


        Hillary Speed teaches Electronic Communications at OSU after a varied career in media and communications.

        Before arriving in Oklahoma, she worked as a multi-media features reporter for the Associated Press in New York. Equipped at all times as a "backpack journalist," with a pen and notebook, a camera, video camera and recording device, Speed reported on a wide range of stories for a national audience.

        She earned her master's degree in journalism at Northwestern University in 2004, and from there went on to be the founding editor of an award-winning newspaper and website for teenagers in Davenport, Iowa.

        Speed has also worked as a freelance PR and advertising writer, a magazine contributor and a radio producer. Right after graduating St.Olaf College, in Northfield, Minn., she worked for NPR personality Garrison Keillor on his national radio programs "A Prairie Home Companion" and "The Writer's Almanac." Her duties included traveling to small-town Minnesota and interviewing people for Keillor's famous fictional Lake Wobegon monologues, booking musical guests, editing comedy scripts and more.

        During her free time, Speed enjoys cooking (and eating!), traveling, reading, Skyping far-flung friends, browsing Etsy, beating people at Scrabble and spending time with her super cool husband, OSU music professor George Speed. 

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