Jim Hanchett

Adjunct Instructor
Director of Marketing and Communications, SPEA

(812) 856-5490
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Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A. in Journalism, Boston University


  • V260-Professional Writing for Public Affairs


Jim Hanchett has been the director of marketing and communications at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs since 2012. Previously, Hanchett worked as a professional journalist with more than 30 years of newspaper, online, radio, and local and network television experience.

Hanchett served as senior political correspondent for NBC stations in the disputed 2000 Bush-Gore presidential election. Other major news assignments Hanchett has covered include the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the Oklahoma City bombing, Pope John Paul's visits to Cuba and Colorado, the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton, and the Yellowstone National Park wildfires. He has earned numerous awards for his work, including an Emmy for broadcast newswriting.

Hanchett has worked as the news director and anchor for the Charlottesville Newsplex (2010-12); managing editor and anchor for WECT-TV in Wilmington, North Carolina (2001-10); correspondent, NBC News Channel, in Denver, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. (1990-2000); reporter, KCNC-TV (1992-2000) and Rocky Mountain News (1991-92), both in Denver; and for the Eagle-Tribune in Lawrence, Massachusetts (1990-92).

Hanchett has given presentations at the University of Virginia, Colorado State University, University of Wyoming, University of Colorado, University of Northern Colorado, University of North Carolina Wilmington, and several community colleges as a guest lecturer. He believes strongly in the use of humor in written communications and thinks he's funny. On rare occasions, that assessment is accurate.


  • Indiana University Best Works award for video, 2013
  • Newscast of the Year, Virginia Association of Broadcasters, 2011
  • Senior political correspondent for NBC stations in the disputed 2000 Bush-Gore presidential election
  • Emmy for newswriting, 1998

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