Rebecca J. “Becky” Tallent joined the JAMM faculty summer 2006 as a full-time, tenure-track professor. Becky is an award-winning journalist and public relations specialist with more than 12 years experience as an energy, environmental and financial journalist plus an additional 18 years experience as a public relations specialist, primarily with state government agencies. In addition to her UI teaching, Becky was the ombudsman for the Spokane Spokesman-Review in 2008 and is a member of the UI American Indian Studies Faculty.
Becky is a member of both the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Native American Journalists Association (she is of Cherokee heritage), and she is the adviser to both students groups on campus. Becky is also a member of the SPJ National Education and Diversity committees. In 2013 she was elected to the national SPJ Board of Directors as a Campus Advisor at Large. She earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and her Master of Education in Journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma, and her Doctor of Education in Classroom Teaching/Mass Communications from Oklahoma State University in 1995. As part of her continuing education, Becky attended the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in the summer of 2007 to learn more about teaching Diversity Across the Curriculum. In 2007-2008, she held a Diversity Leadership Fellowship with the Society of Professional Journalists.
In her spare time, Becky loves hiking, fishing and traveling with her husband Roger, watching football, cooking, photography, knitting and doing Native American beadwork.