She graduated from Parkdale High School, in Riverdale, Doctor of Medicine in 1971, completed her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Journalism at the University of Maryland in 1974, finished the Master of Arts in Philosophy in 1982 and her Doctorate.Ed. in Philosophy of Education at Harvard University in 1984.
She holds the Eleanor Poynter Jamison Chair in Media Ethics and Press Policy, and is a professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at University of South Florida Saint St. Petersburg. Her doctoral examination committee members included Israel Scheffler, Sissela Bok, Lawrence Kohlberg, and Martin Linsky. She was named one of the first two Rockefeller Fellows in Professional Ethics at Dartmouth College in 1987 and served as the first full-time director of Dartmouth’s Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics (1988–1993).
She was elected Chair of the Board of Directors for APPE in March, 2013.
Elliott served as Mansfield Professor of Ethics and Public Affairs at the University of Montana (1992-1996) and founding director of the University’s Practical Ethics Center (1996–2003). She was awarded the Poynter Jamison Chair in Media Ethics and Press Policy at the University of South Florida, Saint St. Petersburg in 2003.
Elliott served as the book review editor for the Journal of Mass Media Ethics (1986–2006) and directed the first United States. graduate degree program in teaching ethics at the University of Montana (1996–2003). Elliott has published widely in practical ethics.
She also co-hosted a two-minute weekly radio show, Ethically Speaking, produced through KUFM radio and syndicated through PRX.
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Member Society of Professional Journalists, American Philosophical Association, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (governing board).
Married James P. Cramer. 1 child, James Wesley.