Maria Lundberg joined the faculty of Francis Marion University in August, 2007. She is an Associate Professor of Mass Communication, and serves as coordinator and instructor for broadcast journalism courses. She also teaches courses in social media and online journalism. Before coming to FMU, Lundberg taught broadcasting for more than five years at Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition to her fulltime teaching position, she is a freelance producer-reporter for UNC-TV, the statewide PBS network in North Carolina.
Prior to moving into academia, Lundberg worked as a communications professional for 17 years, primarily in the field of broadcast journalism.
She began her broadcasting career at KTVY-TV in Oklahoma City as associate producer of special news projects. Her next position was as host of a live, daily newsmagazine and co-anchor of the 5:00 p.m. newscast at KHBS-TV in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She then worked as evening news anchor for KTEN-TV in Ada, Oklahoma.Lundberg moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1988 and made the transition from commercial television to public television as a producer-reporter for North Carolina Public Television. Lundberg has covered state politics, education, the arts and numerous other topics for various public television programs. She continues to produce reports for the newsmagazine program, North Carolina Now.
Through the years, Maria Lundberg has been recognized for her work in the field of broadcasting with several awards, including the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Award for Outstanding Achievement in Large Market Children’s Programming, a UPI Large Market General Reporting Award, National Education Association Award for Outstanding Children’s Programming, ITVA Silver Reel Award for her documentary script for Rodin: A Man of Passion, and a nomination for the Southeastern Regional Emmy for the script of the documentary program Lumina: Remembering the Light.
In addition to her experience as a broadcast journalist, Lundberg has also worked in public relations, written articles for print publications, and has been a public school teacher. She has been a consultant for numerous university, government and corporate clients, and also served as Director of Public Relations for the North Carolina Symphony. Lundberg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Education from the University of Connecticut, and a Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Oklahoma.
Currently, Professor Lundberg is producing a documentary program about health challenges and solutions for residents of the Pee Dee region of South Carolina.
To view a television program produced by Maria Lundberg on an innovative preschool program at the Grove School in North Carolina broadcast on UNC-TV (North Carolina's statewide Public Broadcasting System network), which first aired April 15, 2010, go to: