Tricia Skinner is the liaison between The Guildhall at SMU administration, faculty, students and alumni in the program, and the video game industry. In her role, Tricia manages placement services, career events, networking opportunities, and other requests. She joined The Guildhall in June 2004.
A graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., Tricia was awarded a four-year internship at The Detroit News, one of Michigan's largest daily newspapers. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Journalism, she joined the staff full time as a business reporter.
Tricia has received awards from The Detroit Press Club, The National Association for Black Journalists (NABJ), the Rosa Parks Foundation, Dow Jones, and The Associated Press. She was awarded a four-year scholarship to attend Wayne State University's prestigious Journalism Institute for Minorities honors program. She received a Master of Liberal Studies in Creative Writing from SMU.
Her journalism career also includes reporting jobs at Investor's Business Daily in Los Angeles and The Houston Chronicle. Her freelance writing has appeared in print and online, including PC Magazine, Smart Computing, MSN Investor, Ft. Myers Magazine and GameSpy.
Prior to SMU, Tricia was director of communications for four Viacom-owned CBS and UPN television stations in Texas and Oklahoma. Tricia also was manager of corporate communications for Belo Corp., which owns Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV and The Dallas Morning News, and an analyst relations specialist for BMC Software, a Houston-based provider of enterprise management software.
In her spare time, Tricia is an award-winning published author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She landed a literary agent only two months after signing her first publishing deal. Tricia's volunteer activities are vast and include Junior Achievement, Toys for Tots, the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter of RWA, and Savvy Authors.