Alicia C. Shepard is a visiting media ethics professor at the University of Arkansas. Previously, she worked for USAID in Afghanistan as a press liaison after having spent a year reporting and training Afghan reporters. She taught media ethics at University of Nevada at Las Vegas, before which she was NPR ombudsman from 2007 to 2011. She was a Media Fellow at Duke University in fall 2011. She is the author of “Woodward & Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate” (2007) which tells the story of what happened to the pair after Watergate and how they lived the rest of their lives. She was a Times Mirror Visiting Professor at University of Texas at Austin for the 2005-2006 academic year where she taught a class she designed on Watergate and the Press. For her book, she spent four years interviewing more than 175 people connected to Woodward and Bernstein and sifting through the new archival materials that UT bought from Woodward and Bernstein for $5 million in 2003.
Shepard has contributed to Washingtonian and People magazines, and written for the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. For nearly a decade, she wrote for American Journalism Review on such things as ethics, the newspaper industry and how journalism works - or doesn't. For that work, the National Press Club awarded her its top media criticism prize three different years. In 2003 she was a Foster Distinguished Writer at Penn State. From 1982 to 1987, she was a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News in California. She is co-author of Running Toward Danger: Stories Behind the Breaking News of 9/11 (2002), about how journalists covered 9/11 and the role they played as modern-day keepers of calm on America's most terrifying day.
Shepard has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad. In 2002, she bicycled 517 miles from Amsterdam to Paris. In 1987, Shepard, her husband and one-year-old son, Cutter, set sail on their 32-foot sailboat, “Yankee Lady,” for the South Pacific. They spent three years cruising in the islands and she wrote about their adventures. They sailed to Japan and stayed for two more years writing, editing, teaching English and learning Japanese.
Shepard graduated with honors in English in 1978 from The George Washington University and received a masters in journalism from the University of Maryland in 2002.
She is on the boards of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Robert F. Kennedy journalism awards.
Follow her on Twitter @Ombudsman.
Sub specialities: Fake News, Media Ethics
FAKING NEWS: FRAUDULENT NEWS AND THE FIGHT FOR TRUTH
Pen America [October 12, 2017]
Woodward and Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate
Running Toward Danger: Stories Behind the Breaking News of 9/11 (co-author)
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 
Freelance writer for Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Newark Star Ledger, Washingtonian Magazine and People Magazine