Jacqueline E. Sharkey


Jacqueline E. Sharkey, senior advisor to the Institute, is a professor emerita and the former director of the University of Arizona School of Journalism. She also was a member of the Latin American Studies faculty. Her research areas include the relationship between press coverage and U.S. policy formation, media ethics, and the history of press coverage of modern U.S. military conflict 

Her book, "Under Fire—U.S. Military Restrictions on the Media from Grenada to the Persian Gulf," has been cited in academic and media studies, and has been used as a text in journalism, history, and political science classes around the country. She has lectured about U.S. press coverage of military operations at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics and Yale Law School. 

Professor Sharkey's research about U.S. covert operations in Central America in the 1980s and early ’90s helped lay the foundation for a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee investigation, and was used by Iran-contra congressional investigators. The articles won major national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Overseas Press Club, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Sidney Hillman Foundation.

Professor Sharkey has been a consultant for PBS Frontline, and has provided research assistance regarding the Pentagon-press relationship for news organizations such as The Associated Press, ABC News and CBS News. 

Professor Sharkey’s innovative teaching led to university and national teaching honors, including a National Journalism Teacher of the Year award.

Professor Sharkey was a Fulbright Fellow in Colombia, where she assisted universities in that country with curriculum development in journalism and mass communication. She also had a residential research fellowship at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, where she analyzed the impact of international laws and regulations on news that crosses national borders.

Professor Sharkey has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Arizona, and a master’s in the study of law from Yale Law School. Before entering the academy, she was a reporter in Latin America and a copy editor at The Washington Post.