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Dr. Terry Likes

Department Head

Department of Communication
Phone: (662) 325-8033


Terry Likes, Ph.D., is an award-winning educator and journalist. Likes is the Head of the Department of Communication and tenured full Professor at Mississippi State University. Likes has won 100 awards and honors in his career, conducted 36 presentations at variety of conferences and, in 2019, received an “Award of Excellence” from the World Journalism Education Congress. In 2017, he won the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation’s Broadcast History Award in conjunction with the Broadcast Education Association. In 2013, the Southeast Journalism Conference named Likes, “Journalism Educator of the Year.”

In television, Likes has worked as a reporter, videographer and play-by-play announcer in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. In radio, his reports have aired on the Tennessee Radio Network, Kentucky News Network and stations in Washington D.C., Baltimore, Tampa, St. Louis and Detroit. Likes has published several articles in the Journal of Electronic News and the Journal of Media Education along with more than a dozen published in professional trade magazines.

Likes previously taught from 2008-2019 in the Department of Communications at Tennessee State University-Nashville where he served as Chair for eight years. Before TSU, Likes was a tenured full professor at Western Kentucky University and also taught at Austin Peay State University. Over the years, his students have won over 300 Hearst, Society of Professional Journalists, Southeast Journalism Conference, National Broadcasting Society and Tennessee Associated Press awards

Likes earned his doctorate at the University of Kentucky, has a Masters Degree from Western Kentucky University, and BA from Maryville University-St. Louis.

When not teaching or doing his freelance media work, Likes enjoys working out, biking, water-skiing (or any activity at a lake or beach) and watching football. Likes is married to Tammy Garrison, former chief meteorologist at WDRB-TV Louisville and owner of Magnolia Quarter Horses.