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WVU alumna returns to oversee Student Media

Madison Fleck Cook

Madison Fleck Cook will begin her role as director of student media in the Division of Student Life today (May 31). In this role, Cook will have staff oversight of The Daily Athenaeum, U-92 “The Moose” and Prospect and Price Creative, all independent, student-run organizations. 

“I’m excited to work with students in an applied practice setting which I’ve been doing as an adjunct teacher at the Missouri School of Journalism,” Cook said. “I believe that my teaching and reporting skills will serve WVU students well, preparing them to embark on their careers. Returning to my home state and WVU is an amazing opportunity.” 

Cook has extensive experience in print and broadcast journalism and has worked with students throughout her career, coaching their writing and reporting skills. 

She has served as a content editor at KMIZ in Columbia, Missouri, and as the editorial director for Investigative Reporters and Editors, a nonprofit committed to improving the quality of investigative journalism. Previously, from 2015-16, she served as the editor-in-chief of The Daily Athenaeum.

Cook earned her bachelor’s degree from the WVU Reed College of Media in 2016 and her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.

“We’re looking forward to Madison’s return to WVU,” said Sabrina Cave, executive director of student enrichment. “She has been actively involved as a mentor to students in WVU’s student media organization and her knowledge of our three student-run media organizations is broad, and when combined with her professional experience, she is uniquely suited to accomplishing our goals for student media.” 

Student media is an integrated organization, providing valuable opportunities for students both inside and outside the classroom in publishing, broadcasting, and marketing and advertising.