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Erin Hayes-Dennis

Title: Associate Professor of Communication Arts

Teaching Focus: Journalism

Education: B.A., College of the Ozarks, 1979

Professional Activity: Former ABC News Correspondent


Erin Hayes is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Journalism at College of the Ozarks and a retired national news correspondent for the ABC News national network.
She is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Columbia University Alfred I. DuPont- Columbia Award, a four-time recipient of the national Edward R. Murrow award for Outstanding Reporting, and a recipient of the Society of Professional Journalist's Medallion for Excellence in Reporting, the National Headliner Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and three regional News Emmy awards for news reporting, among other awards.
Her career as a broadcast journalist spanned 34 years. She covered the 2000 presidential election decision, the nation’s response to the 9-11 disaster, the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion, and the Oklahoma City bombing.  Her awards for investigative reporting recognized her work covering gang crime, terrorism, aviation disasters, and government blunders, among other topics.   
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at College of the Ozarks in 1979. She went on to work in newsrooms at KTHS Radio in Berryville, Arkansas, KYTV in Springfield, Missouri, WSMV-TV in Nashville, and WDAF-TV in Kansas City.   In 1989, she became a news correspondent for the CBS News national network.   In 1993, she became a national news correspondent for the ABC News network.  She retired from ABC News in early 2013.  
She served as an adjunct professor of Journalism at College of the Ozarks from August of 2010 to May of 2015.  In June of 2015, she was named a Professor of the Practice of Journalism at College of the Ozarks.
As a journalism professor, she works to encourage and guide young people of integrity to shine the light of truth in newsrooms across the nation.