Dr. Freemon earned her Ph.D. from The College of Communication and Information (with
an emphasis journalism) at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in August 2020.
Prior to attending UT Knoxville, she earned her M.S. from UT Knoxville in the same
area; and a B.S. in communications from Austin Peay State University. Dr. Freemon’s
research broadly focuses on race and racial representation in student newsrooms, journalism
pedagogy, and the media industry. She takes a critical approach to examining the experiences
of Black journalism students in the journalism classroom and student newsrooms. While
she places race at the forefront, Dr. Freemon strongly acknowledges the intersectionality
of her research and the complexities of an individual’s lived experience. Her hope
is to provide a platform for voices that may be suppressed and silenced. Dr. Freemon’s
ultimate aspiration is to progress equity and liberation for these students and to
apply this research to other racial groups in various areas within journalism.
For professional experience, Dr. Freemon was a writer and graphic designer for The
Amplifier, INSPIRER Magazine, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, Hellion Magazine,
The All State, and The Monocle. She has taught courses and sessions in media writing,
graphic design, racial ideologies, social monitoring, social listening, and magazine
production. Additionally, has created marketing and promotional materials for TSPN,
Agency865, Deliverance Outreach Temple Church, and BOBCATSSS.