Rhema Bland is the director of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media. She was hired as the Society’s first permanent director in October 2020. She holds a B.A. in journalism and sociology from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. in broadcast journalism from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to her post at UNC, Bland served as director of the student media program at East Carolina University, overseeing a professional staff of six advisors and support staff as well as a student staff of over 70 operating multiple news publications, a radio station and a marketing division. She also served as the first full-time adviser for the student media program at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida, where she developed the first student media production studio on campus. Before spending the last five years supporting journalism in higher education, Bland spent more than seven years working as a journalist across multiple media platforms. She has reported and produced for the Florida Times-Union, NPR affiliate WJCT, the Pensacola News Journal, the New York Daily News and CBS.


  • M.S., Columbia University, B.A., University of Connecticut