Staff Spotlight: Elizabeth Poindexter

Elizabeth Poindexter joined the Department of Allied Health Sciences as the director of communications in October 2015.

Staff Spotlight: Elizabeth Poindexter click to enlarge Elizabeth Poindexter

As part of her work in the DAHS, Elizabeth will promote research to both internal and external audiences. Her work will ensure that research is shared across multiple platforms to reach DAHS goals as outlined in the strategic plan. 

Previously, Elizabeth worked in nonprofit marketing and communications in Durham. The North Carolina chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (NCPRSA) recognized her work with two awards in early 2015. A 2010 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism, she has orchestrated award-winning marketing campaigns, which resulted in raising awareness, mobilizing volunteers, and driving donations toward Durham’s nonprofits. 

Before transitioning to communications, Elizabeth spent three years working as a one-man-band reporter in television news. While at WHSV in Harrisonburg, Virginia, she worked as a general assignment reporter, bureau chief and fill-in anchor and producer. She has also worked as a newspaper reporter at the Florence, South Carolina, Morning News, which shared content with CBS affiliate WBTW. Elizabeth has covered stories for all platforms of media, including newspaper, television, web, and photography. While reporting, Elizabeth received two awards from the South Carolina Press Association and a scholarship for continuing education at The Poynter Institute.

Elizabeth has worked as a freelance writer and communicator for several companies and nonprofits. She has written a monthly column for the Durham News newspaper since September 2014. She currently volunteers on the content marketing subcommittee with nonprofit Girls on the Run of the Triangle, where she volunteered as a coach for three seasons. 

While at UNC-CH, Elizabeth interned at WTVD, WUNC, UNC-CH’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs, The Daily Tar Heel, and UNC-CH’s student-run news show “Carolina Week.” She is currently enrolled in UNC’s Certificate in Technology and Communication also offered by the school. In this certificate program, she is studying writing and editing for digital media, visual communications, and data analyses.


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