Cheryl J. Eschenfelder, MA

Cheryl Eschenfelder photo

Cheryl J. Eschenfelder, MA

Lecturer, Co-Director Online Program

Office: Dan Rather Communications
Rm 212

Faculty & Staff

Cheryl J. Eschenfelder has worked as a news and features reporter, editor, designer and public relations specialist in East Texas and the Gulf Coast.


Eschenfelder joined the MCOM faculty in 1997, while working as the features editor at The Huntsville Item. She returned to MCOM again in 2005 and has been instrumental in designing and growing the MCOM Online Program.

Teaching Specialties

Cheryl Eschenfelder teaches courses in desktop publishing, news editing, and features and news reporting.

Research Interests/Recent Publications, Producations

Eschenfelder’s research interests include the impact of entertainment, technology and popular social culture on the credibility and dependability of news agencies and news and features writers. She has published, edited and contributed numerous news and features stories and creative writing pieces to news agencies, academic journals and radio news outlets.


Sam Houston State University
M.A. in Creative Writing
Dissertation: Other Places, Other Lives: A Song Cycle

Sam Houston State University
B.A. in English
Areas of Concentration: Creative Writing, Journalism, Editing
Minor: Philosophy


J. Philip Gibbs, Jr., Centre for the Performing Arts, Board of Directors (Vice-President/Acting President)
Society of Professional Journalists

Texas Press Association 1997-2000
Texas Daily Newspaper Association 1997-2000
Sigma Tau Delta Service Fraternity 1992-1996

Awards, Activities, Honors (Selected)

Outstanding Writer’s Award, Sam Houston State University - 1993
Texas Press Association Managing Editors Award for Team Effort, Honorable Mention - 1998
Texas Press Association Managing Editors Award for Feature Page Design, 1st Place - 1999
Texas Press Association Managing Editors Award for Headline Writing, 2nd Place - 2000

Curriculum Vitae