B.A., Broadcast Journalism, University of Georgia
M.A., Mass Communications, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Mass Communications, University of South Carolina
Dr. Andrea Tanner's primary research expertise is in media communication of health
information, specifically focusing on how communication practitioners identify, select,
and develop health messages, and how this information contributes to the public’s
health beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions. Her secondary focus in this area includes
how best to train scientists (including doctors and other medical personnel) to communicate
with the public. As a former broadcast journalist, she is also interested in research focused
on journalism practice and journalism education.
Dr. Tanner is currently the co-principal investigator on a grant funded through the
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which supports transformational ideas that promote
quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities, and foster the arts.
The overall goal of this interdisciplinary project is to assess the current knowledge,
perceptions, and communication sources and needs regarding the Affordable Care Act
among adult South Carolinians who are socioeconomically and ethnically representative
of the state’s population.
A former television news reporter, anchor and producer, Dr. Tanner teaches courses
in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications undergraduate program focused
on journalism principles, writing and practice. She also teaches in the school's graduate
program and the University of South Carolina Honors College. Dr. Tanner also serves
on the Advisory and Admissions Board of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate
in Health Communication and actively mentors students from across the university who
are interested in science and health communication practice and research.
Tanner, A., Kim, S-H., Friedman, D.B., Foster, C. & Bergeron, C. (In press). Barriers
to Medical Research Participation as Perceived by Clinical Trial Investigators: Communicating
with Rural and African American Communities. Journal of Health Communication.
Friedman, D.B., Tanner, A. & Rose, I. (In press). Health Journalists’ Perceptions
of T heir Community and Implications for the Delivery of Health Information in the News.
Journal of Community Health.
Tanner, A., Forde, Kathy R., Besley, John C. and Weir, Tom. (2012). Broadcast Journalism
Education and the Capstone Experience. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. 67(3), 219-233.
Tanner, A., Thrasher, J. and Blake, C. (2012). Tracking beverage consumption trends
in the news: An evaluation of beverage information on network television. Ecology of Food and Nutrition. 51, 1-12.
Tanner, A., & Friedman, D.B. (2011). Authorship and information sourcing for health
news on local TV news Web sites: An exploratory analysis. Science Communication. 33(1), 3-27.
Dr. Tanner currently serves on the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAP)
Communications Committee. NPAP is the national strategic plan for increasing physical activity
across the American population.
She is also an active member of The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)’s Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk Division (formerly the Science
Communication Interest Group), serving as the group’s chair from 2007-2008.
At the university, Dr. Tanner serves as the school's journalism sequence head and
chair of the school's Policies and Procedures Committee.
A native of Savannah, Ga., Dr. Tanner loves to travel and has served as a co-leader
and instructor for the school's Multimedia Maymester in Munich. She will embark on
her third study abroad experience to Germany in May 2014. She has two school-aged
children and loves activities that take her outdoors, including running, hiking and