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Carolyn Barta

Carolyn Barta

Carolyn Barta

Professor of Practice

During more than 35 years as a professional journalist at The Dallas Morning News. Ms. Barta specialized in state and national politics, covering Texas and presidential elections and national political conventions. As a national correspondent, Ms. Barta had datelines from across the country and, as a senior writer, her work appeared in all sections of the newspaper, from travel to books. For 10 years, she was a member of The News editorial board. Her stories and columns were widely reprinted from the Knight-Ridder wire. She has appeared on national and local TV and radio as an elections commentator.  At SMU, she has been adviser to student interns covering the 2004 national political conventions for The Dallas Morning News, the 2008 New Hampshire presidential primary for Dallas’ Fox 4, and accompanied Hilltop on the Hill student trips to Washington D.C. She serves on the board of trustees of the SMU Student Media Company, which oversees the student newspaper and yearbook.


M.A. Communications, University of Texas at Austin
B.A. Journalism, Texas Tech University, Lubbock


Media and politics, Texas politics, presidential elections and the press

Professional Experience

Professional career at Dallas Morning News as reporter, political writer, national correspondent, columnist, editorial writer, political editor, op-ed editor, associate editorial page editor. Former adjunct faculty member, SMU, UTA. Three years as staff blogger, viewpoints writer for


CCJN 2312: Reporting I
CCJN 4345: Media & Politics
CCJN 4310: Editorial & Opinion Writing
CCJN 4387: Arts Beat



(2011, June 3). The Depth of Bill Clements. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved from

(2011, May 30) Why Bill Clements Mattered. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved from

(2011, March 17) Footpath and fancy free: Wales offers unspoiled delights for those who walk. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved from

(2010, January 25) Obama should stop talking, start governing. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved from


Perot and His People: Disrupting the Balance of Political Power (1993)

Bill Clements: Texian to his Toenails (1996)

Ensco: The First Twenty Years (2008)


Biennial Texas political/legislative history articles for last seven editions of the Texas Almanac


Recent awards: Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor Award 2011 (view comments here), Rotunda Outstanding Professor 2010; Hope Award (Honoring Our Professors’ Excellence) 2006-2007; Scripps Howard Foundation National First Amendment Award for editorial writing, 2004; Fort Worth SPJ Chapter First Amendment Award for editorial writing, 2004; Belo Corp. William H. Seay Award to outstanding employee at a print or broadcast property, 2003; Press Club of Dallas J.B. (Buck) Marryat Award for continuing excellence in journalism, 2000. Former president, Press Club of Dallas, Press Club of Dallas Foundation.


Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts


Mission Statement

Undergraduate Studies

Classes (See Catalog)


Faculty and Staff


Division Projects

Advisory Board


Journalism in Dallas