Bachelor of Science, Wheaton College, Illinois, 1961. Master of Science, Columbia University, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy, University Tennessee, Knoxville, 1985.
Newspaper reporter, World-Telegram & Sun, New York City, 1962-1964; public relations professional, Georgia Department Education, Atlanta, 1964-1965; instructor, U. Tennessee, Knoxville, 1974-1984; professor, department chairman journalism, Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina., 1985-1988; assistant professor journalism, Southern Illinois U., Carbondale, 1988-1997; Fulbright lecturer, visiting associate professor, National Chengchi U., Taipei, Taiwan, 1997-1998. Visiting associate professor journalism National Chengchi U., Taiwan, 1997-1998.
Member Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, Society Professional Journalists, American Journalism Historians Association, Kappa Tau Alpha, Phi Kappa Phi.
Married Richard Wallace Paddon, August 31, 1963. Children: James Wallace, Jonathan Warren, Joel Bradford.