Michelle LaRoche joined UNC Hussman in 2023 as the Hussman Professor of Business Journalism.

LaRoche,  who most currently served as the Baldwin Chair in Business and Financial Journalism at the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications, earned a master’s degree at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She comes to UNC Hussman from South Carolina after also working alongside faculty for courses at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute & City University of London.

Her teaching focus is on covering business, finance and economics — and how an understanding of business can improve coverage of other topics like education, entertainment and sports.  

LaRoche’s professional career has included positions with Dow Jones Newswires, The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio after beginning her career as a copy editor with Foster’s Daily Democrat in New Hampshire.