Kirk Stone

Associate Professor

Address: Robert Scott Small, Room 125

With two decades of experience in reporting political and judicial affairs, Dr. Stone teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at the College of Charleston: Writing for the Mass Media (COMM 230), Media Law (COMM 386), International Communication (a COMM 380 special-topics course), Public Affairs Reporting (COMM 376), Sports Writing (COMM 327) and International and Intercultural Communication (COMM 522). In 2003, Dr. Stone was named the winner of the department's Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award.  He received the department chair's award for Distinguished Service to the Department in 2007.

Dr. Stone received his Ph.D. at American University (School of International Service). Prior to that, he received both his bachelor's and master's degrees (in Political Science) at the University of Kentucky. His research interests include news media coverage of foreign affairs at the local level.

Dr. Stone has a distinguished record of service to the College, including Chair of the College Assessment Committee, member of the International Studies Working Group, facilitator for a 10-member Inquiry Group on General Education, and co-organizer and lecturer for the Lowcountry High School Journalism Workshop (sponsored by South Carolina Coastal Association of Black Journalists). He directed a highly successful seminar for area members of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2005. Dr. Stone has served on the Department's Honors Committee;  the Assessment Committee; and other department standing, search, and ad hoc committees. He was also an adviser to the College of Charleston Communication Club. Other accomplishments include being awarded a fellowship to the American Society of Newspaper Editors in their Institute for Journalism Excellence Program; he was assigned to the Calgary Herald (Canada). 

Fun Fact: Dr. Stone's teenage daughter once asked him the following question: "Dad, the car is sputtering and smoking.  'Think it could be the diesel fuel I put in it?"


Ph.D., American University
B.S. and M.S., Political Science, University of Kentucky

Research Interests

  • News media coverage of foreign affairs at the local level