• Journalism

Carlene Hempel

Teaching Professor

Carlene Hempel has been a professor at the School of Journalism for more than 20 years. She specializes in teaching advanced reporting and writing, long-form narrative, and international reporting. Professor Hempel started her journalism career working for The Middlesex News (now The MetroWest Daily News) in Framingham, Massachusetts, and for The Boston Globe, and then moved to North Carolina, where she worked for MSNBC in the NBC affiliate in Raleigh, and later as a technology and culture reporter for The News & Observer, also in Raleigh. Professor Hempel is the recipient of the College of Arts, Media, and Design Excellence in Teaching and Distinguished Service awards as well as a university-wide Excellence in Teaching Award. Since 2009, she has been leading students on trips abroad to work as part of a traveling press corps. She’s taken groups to numerous countries including Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Spain, Greece, Cuba and Panama. Professor Hempel has a bachelor’s from Clark University, a master’s from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a doctorate from Northeastern University. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts with her husband, Washington Post arts reporter Geoff Edgers, and her two children.

Creative Work

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  • Bachelor's degree in English at Clark University in Worcester, MA
  • Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC
  • Doctorate degree in Education at Northeastern University in Boston, MA

Professional Experience

  • Technology and Culture Reporter for The News & Observer in Raleigh
  • MSNBC in the NBC affiliate
  • The Middlesex News