Catharine Skipp, B.G.S., M.A.L.S.
Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs
Telephone: 305-284-9810 | Cell Phone: 305-773-5801
Office: G357 | E-mail: email@example.com
Catharine Skipp is a prize-winning journalist and a University of Miami alumna who returned to campus as a media relations officer for University Communications in 2010. She spent more than 20 years working as a national reporter, first for The New York Times and then for The Washington Post and Newsweek.
She was part of a Washington Post team of reporters, writers, and editors honored with the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their coverage of the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. She also covered Hurricane Katrina, the Virginia Tech massacre, the Elian Gonzalez saga, the murder of Gianni Versace, the scourge of methamphetamines to small towns in the South, traced the trail of drug trafficking from Mexican cartels to the suburbs of Atlanta, profiled Washington snipers Lee Boyd Malvo and John Muhammad from their first meeting in Antigua, and examined the impact of sexual predator legislation from the viewpoint of both victims and a group of sex offenders exiled to a makeshift camp under a bridge. Skipp and a colleague broke the story about toxic water at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, triggering a Congressional investigation and later legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama. She handled assignments throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean region, including one from the eye of Hurricane Fran aboard a C-130 Hurricane Hunter.
At Miami Law, she manages outreach efforts to national, international, and local news and media outlets, and coordinates media requests and interviews with faculty and students. She also reports, writes, and produces print, video, and electronic content for School of Law publications, its website, and social media pages.
Skipp earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies at the University of Miami in 1979 and a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies at UM in 2013. She was a Casey Fellow at the University of Maryland's Casey Journalism Center in 2006 and, the previous year, a Knight Fellow at the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. In 1984, Skipp was a Woolworth Fellow at the Columbia University School of Journalism.