Tim Hanson of Florence has been named chair of the Department of Mass Communications at Francis Marion University.
He replaces Professor Don Stewart who passed away last year.
The Department of Mass Communication provides a bachelor’s degree for students majoring in print, broadcast and sports journalism, convergence, public relations and allied professions.
Hanson earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Washington University and worked as a reporter for three newspapers in the Northwest - including a five-year stint with “The Spokesman-Review” in Spokane, Wash. - before moving to Asia in 1985. After spending more than 20 years as a newspaper writer, wire service reporter, magazine editor, news bureau chief and foreign correspondent, Hanson joined the FMU faculty in 1996.
Hanson lived and worked in Asia for nearly a decade. He served as news bureau chief for “Pacific Stars & Stripes” in the Philippines and later as that paper's assistant pacific editor in Tokyo. He also was South Asia Correspondent for United Press International in New Delhi and, in Hong Kong, was managing editor of “The Reader's Digest” (Asian Edition). During his time in Asia, Hanson covered a variety of stories, including the People Power Revolution in the Philippines, the fall of Prime Minister V.P. Singh's government in India, the long-running Tamil revolt in Sri Lanka, and the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nepal.
Returning to the United States in 1994, Hanson accepted a teaching fellowship at the University of Montana's School of Journalism in Missoula where he earned his master's degree in journalism.
Hanson has received several writing and reporting awards, including one for investigative reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists. That award stemmed from a series of articles Hanson wrote about a man who had been arrested for kidnapping and armed robbery. Hanson's reporting proved that police had arrested the wrong man.