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Thomas M. Mullen

Director of Public Affairs Journalism
  • Profile

    Tom Mullen began his career in journalism by walking into the newsroom at the Kingsport Times-News when he was 19 and refusing to leave for good until he was compelled to graduate from college. He has worked as a reporter, copy editor, assignment editor and photographer at daily and weekly newspapers in Tennessee and Virginia, and covered a wide range of issues. One of his longest assignments was serving as religion reporter for The Richmond News Leader, which required travel across the country to follow trends and investigate national stories. Mullen is a President's College Fellow, first-year Roadmap advisor and First-Year Seminar professor. He is a faculty advisor for Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and faculty sponsor for the University's Quidditch team. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Mullen is an ordained Roman Catholic deacon and a member of the University Chaplaincy staff as the Director of Catholic Life.

    A native of New York City, Mullen holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from East Tennessee and a master's degree in media management from Virginia Commonwealth. Before moving to the classroom full time, he was an adjunct instructor at VCU and Richmond.