Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting housed at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media has named Rhema Bland as its new director.
Previously, she was a director, leading the student media program at East Carolina University, made up of student news, magazine, radio and sales divisions guided by a team of professional staff advisers and administrators.
She has also worked as a student media advisor/adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University. Bland has also worked as an enterprise reporter at the Florida Times Union. She was also an adjunct professor at the University of North Florida.
Bland has also served as a reporter/producer at WJCT Public Broadcasting and as a reporter at the Pensacola News Journal. She has also worked as a freelance writer for the New York Daily News, covering breaking news and features in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
She was also with CBS News for more than a year, joining as a broadcast associate and then holding the post of associate affiliate producer, broadcast marketing. She was also a PR writer at eNR Services and has worked as a Rhode Island correspondent at Courthouse News Service.
Additionally, Bland has also held the posts of weekend reporter and intern reporter at Newport Daily News and the Hartford Courant, respectively.
Bland is a B.A. in journalism from the University of Connecticut and a M.S. in broadcast from Columbia University – Graduate School of Journalism.