Beth Hatcher serves as the communications project manager for the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media, a center located within the UNC School of Media and Journalism that supports existing and startup news organizations through its dissemination of applied research and the development of digital tools and solutions.

Prior to joining the University, she worked with the communications team at North Carolina State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues, leading digital strategy, content production and social media efforts at the policy think tank, which works to address a multitude of North Carolina’s social and economic issues. Hatcher has also worked with Duke University's Office of Communications Services and Duke Health and Development as a news writer, photographer and videographer, helping tell the stories of Duke’s employee and medical communities.

A winner of several North Carolina Press Association awards, Hatcher started her career as a local journalist, working at newspapers throughout the Southeast, including Raleigh’s The News & Observer, covering everything from crime to county fairs to presidential visits. As a freelancer, she’s written for a number of media outlets, including the Carolina Alumni Review magazine, while also focusing on creative writing. Hatcher was a finalist in the 2012 Doris Betts short story contest and had a personal essay included in the New York Times best-selling book “Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss and Loyalty,” published by Garden & Gun magazine in 2014.

Education

  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill