Carey L. Higgins-Dobney
Portland, Oregon, USA


PhD candidate, Portland State University, anticipated 2018, Urban Studies

Dissertation (in progress): News work: The impact of corporate newsroom culture on news workers & community reporting

Concentrations: Community Development & Mass Media

M.S., Portland State University, 2005, Communication Studies

Thesis: Does the “news” come first? Social responsibility, infotainment, and local television newscasts in Portland, Oregon: A content analysis

Concentrations: Mass Media & Research Methods

B.A. Journalism, University of Georgia, 1997, Telecommunication Arts

Minor: Spanish                                                                                                                            Magna cum Laude with High Honors


Part Time Faculty, Clackamas Community College, 2016-present, Journalism

J220: Introduction to Broadcast Journalism

J221: Intermediate Broadcast Journalism

J222: Advanced Broadcast Journalism

J280: Journalism Cooperative Work Experience

Adjunct Faculty, Portland State University, 2011, University Studies

UNST 243: Sophomore Inquiry: Media Studies

Graduate Research Assistant, Portland State University, 2009-2010, Urban Studies

Research assistant for Dr. Gerald Sussman of the Urban Studies department


KGW-TV, Portland, Oregon, 2006-present

Newscast Director/Technical Director/ELC Operator. Currently running audio, video, cameras, and graphics for live newscasts via ELC automation. Previous use of Grass Valley Kalypso and Kayak switchers, CalRec audio board, Radamac robotic cameras, Miranda graphics, VizRT graphics, and Chyron Duet graphics.

Participates in station social media functions, including active posting on twitter. Previously edited and posted video to the station website post-newscast.

KPTV-TV & KPDX-TV, Portland, Oregon, 2000-2006

Newscast and Sports Extra Director & Technical Director using Grass Valley Kalypso switcher.  Deko Graphics Operator. BCS digital video roller. Other production positions as needed.

WBBH-TV & WZVN-TV, Fort Myers, Florida, 1998-2000

Newscast Director & Technical Director. Executed up to 4 live shows nightly between the two stations with different studios and equipment.

Production Assistant & Newscast Video Editor. Responsible for coordinating graphics and video with the newsroom. Camera operation. Video tape editing and playback. Prompter operation. Audio operation. Graphics building and operation.

University News, Athens, Georgia, 1997       

All production positions for the University of Georgia’s 5:30PM live daily newscast, including director, technical director, audio, graphics, prompter, video editor, tape operator, and camera operation.


Higgins-Dobney, C.L. & Sussman, G. (2013). The growth of TV news, the demise of the journalism profession.  Media, Culture & Society, 35(7), 847-863


Sussman, G. & Higgins-Dobney, C.L. (2016). The planned obsolescence of tv journalism. In R. Maxwell (Ed.) The Routledge Companion to Labor & Media (pp. 230-241). New York, New York: Taylor & Francis

Higgins, C.L. & Sussman, G. (2007). Plugola: News for profit, entertainment, and network consolidation. In T.A. Gibson & M. Lowes (Eds.) Urban Communication: Production, Text, Context (pp. 141-164).  Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.


Higgins-Dobney, C.L. (2017). Technology, flexible labor, corporate expectations, and the local TV newsroom worker. Digital Poster presented at the Broadcast Education Association Conference. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Higgins-Dobney, C.L. (2016). News work: Local television news employees, corporate culture, and the impact on community reporting. Presented at the Broadcast Education Association Super-Regional Conference. University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina. Award for Best Student Research in Progress.

Sussman, G. & Higgins-Dobney, C.L. (2015). The planned obsolescence of television journalism. Presented at the International Association for Media and Communication Research. University of Quebec at Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Higgins-Dobney, C.L. (2015). News work: The impact of corporate newsroom culture on news workers & community reporting. Speed Networking event. University of Quebec at Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Higgins, C.L. & Sussman, G. (2012). Impacts of conglomeration and new technology on the local TV newsroom. Presented at What is television? A conference exploring the past, present, and future of television. University of Oregon, Portland, Oregon.    


Communication Department, Portland State University, 2012

Presented lecture to graduate-level class based on qualitative interview research of local television newsroom experiences. Discussed how political economy, ownership, and technology changes affect employees and the news that is broadcast to the community

Political Science Department, Portland State University, 2005

Presented findings from Master’s thesis to undergraduate Political Science class. Discussed the content and on-air styles of local television newscasts and their effects on community viewers


2016 Broadcast Education Association Super-Regional Conference: Top Student Research-In-Progress Award

2015 Marie Brown Travel Award from Portland State University for use at International Association for Media and Communication Research Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada


2017 Scholarship Committee for the Priscilla Buckley Award for women in journalism at Clackamas Community College

2017, 2018  Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts judge

2015-2016 University of Georgia Grady College Mentor for journalism school students seeking to begin their broadcast careers in the local television news industry


Broadcast Education Association

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

International Association for Media and Communication Research