Ferrel Guillory
Professor of the Practice of Journalism

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Athletics
  • Budget cuts
  • Charter schools
  • Civil rights
  • Common Core
  • Community involvement
  • Data and statistics
  • Demographics
  • Education reform
  • Educational pathways
  • Graduation rate
  • High schools
  • Journalism tools and privacy
  • Leadership
  • Leadership search
  • Media
  • Mobility
  • Politics
  • Poverty
  • Principals
  • Public opinion and advocacy
  • Public universities
  • Race and diversity
  • Rankings
  • Research universities
  • Rural education
  • School choice
  • School finance and spending
  • School funding
  • School reform
  • School vouchers
  • State of education
  • State policy
  • Taxes
  • Teacher compensation
  • Urban education
  • Workforce development

Ferrel Guillory is professor of the practice in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is founding director of the Program on Public Life, which has worked to bring university scholarship to bear on the public agenda and leadership in North Carolina and the South. Guillory is a co-founder and vice chair of EducationNC, a nonprofit organization launched in January 2015, devoted to covering and analyzing public education news in North Carolina. He served on the board of trustees of the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching from 2007 to 2015. Through MDC Inc., a Durham-based nonprofit at which he is a senior fellow, Guillory has co-authored eight The State of the South reports (1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010-11, 2014). He also co-authored the book, “The Carolinas: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: An Exploration of Social and Economic Trends, 1924-1999,” published by Duke Press in 1999. Before academia, Guillory spent more than 25 years as a newspaper and magazine journalist. He received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans, and a master’s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.