Regina J McCombs

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Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication
206 Church St SE
115 Murphy Hall

Regina McCombs is lecturer and senior fellow in visual communication and photojournalism. Previously, she was the Senior Editor for Visual News at Minnesota Public Radio, working with a team to develop photography and video (for radio!). She was a faculty member of The Poynter Institute, where she taught multimedia, mobile and social journalism. Before teaching at Poynter, she was senior producer for multimedia at in Minneapolis, arriving there after working as a photographer and field producer at KARE-TV in Minneapolis. For, she coordinated multimedia coverage, shot and edited video stories and produced major projects. She also taught classes as an adjunct in online journalism and TV news at the U, where she received her master's degree. Winner of numerous Best of Photojournalism and Pictures of the Year International awards for multimedia storytelling, Emmys for her video and multimedia work, and an Eppy for the MPR team's photography, she speaks regularly about finding telling visual stories on Web and mobile platforms.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2003.
  • B.A.: Speech Communications-Theater Arts, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., 1980.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Multimedia storytelling
  • Photojournalism
  • Video journalism
  • Visual journalism ethics
  • Mobile journalism
Courses Taught
  • Jour 3102: Multimedia Production and Storytelling
  • Jour 4302: Electronic Photojournalism
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • National Press Photographers Association, Central Region chairperson: 2016
  • Telling Stories: McCombs, Regina, Focal Press, in Videojournalism: Multimedia Storytelling by Kenneth Kobre, 2-17, 2012.
  • SPJ Page One Awards for Best News Photography, Best Sports Photography, Best Feature Photography, MPR News, 2013 - 2018
  • 6 Regional Emmy Awards for individual and team achievement, 2007 - 2017
  • EPpy, Best use of photography,, 2014
  • duPont-Columbia, Peabody, Edward R. Murrow for “Betrayed by Silence,” Visuals editor, 2014
  • National Headliner Awards: Journalistic Innovation for "13 Seconds in August," Video producer, 2008
  • Digital Edge Awards: Most Innovative Multimedia Storytelling for “A People Torn: Liberians in Minnesota,” Project producer, 2008
  • HSJMC Alumni Society Board’s Award for Excellence, 2007