Valerie Roberts Evans
Professor of Practice
Valerie Roberts Evans is a career journalist with 26 years of professional experience. Her broadcast career started in 1986 after she graduated from Northern Illinois University.
As a news manager, Evans was responsible for shaping news coverage for 10 television stations in six states. Evans also participated in branding and strategic planning at those stations. While in Denver, she helped start a newscast for Fox affiliate KDVR.
She won a Regional Emmy Award in the Spot News category for A Day of Weather in 2012. That day, the weather went from torrential rains and flooding to tornadoes; Evans and her team at WFAA-TV were able to navigate the natural problems that come with the unexpected and produce an outstanding broadcast that gave viewers the information they needed.
Evans also shared a Lone Star Emmy Award for Continuing Coverage for an investigative show called Crooked Teeth: Medicaid Millions.
While she was a manager at WFAA-TV, Evans was nominated for news coverage awards and the station won several awards for news excellence.
She considers herself a Big J journalist and purist who’s a stickler for grammar.
Evans has a husband and two sons.
B.A. Journalism; minors in communication studies and Black studies, Northern Illinois University
Executive producer, WFAA-TV Dallas
News director, WEYI-TV Flint
Managing editor, WXYZ Detroit
Assistant news director, KDVR Denver
WZZM-TV Grand Rapids
KSDK St. Louis
Adjunct professor, University of North Texas
JOUR 2312: Reporting 1
JOUR 3385: Broadcast 1
JOUR 4300: Broadcast News Seminar