Mass Communications  
Dr. Matt Hamilton, Chairman

Dr. Matt Hamilton is a full-time tenured professor in OCU’s Mass Communications department.

Hamilton joined the department in 1997.His major areas of teaching are advertising and public relations.

Hamilton’s professional experience includes serving as an account executive for Ackerman McQueen Advertising Agency in Oklahoma City and DDB Needham Worldwide in Dallas, Texas.

While at Ackerman McQueen, Hamilton’s clients included Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Southwestern Bell, Homeland, UroCor, and Foodbrands America.

At DDB Needham, Hamilton developed national brand and promotional campaigns for companies including GTE Corporation, GTE Mobilnet, Cellular One, Frito-Lay, and FootAction USA. He coordinated the test markets and launches for several new Frito-Lay products, including Baked Lays and Rold Gold Fat Free Pretzels.

Hamilton has a doctorate in education from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. He has a master's of business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a bachelor of arts from Oklahoma City University.

Karlie Harmon, Director of International Mass Communications Programs

Professor Karlie Harmon is a full-time tenured professor in OCU's Mass Communications department.

Harmon has served as the department’s director of international programs since 2004. Prior to that, she was the department’s chairwoman from 1982 to 2004. Her major areas of teaching are broadcasting and video.

Harmon’s diverse professional experience includes work in both print and broadcast media.

Harmon began teaching at OCU in 1978 while continuing professional consulting activities. She is a member of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, Broadcast Education Association and Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association.

Harmon holds a master’s of arts in Mass Communications from the University of Oklahoma in Norman and bachelor of arts from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.

Kenna Griffin, Assistant Professor/Director of Student Publications

Kenna Griffin is an assistant professor in Oklahoma City University’s Mass Communications department.

Griffin joined the department in 2003. Her major areas of teaching are journalism and public relations. She also serves as the university’s director of student publications.

Griffin’s professional experience includes working as a staff writer at The Oklahoman and managing editor for the Guthrie News Leader. She continues to work as a corresponding writer for The Oklahoman.

Griffin advises Oklahoma City University’s student newspaper, The Campus, as well as the publication’s online version, The Campus online. She oversees operations of the student yearbook, The Constellation.

Griffin is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, College Media Advisers, Oklahoma Press Association, and Oklahoma Collegiate Press Association’s advisory board.

Griffin is pursuing a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. She has a master’s of education from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond and a bachelor of arts from Oklahoma City University.

Andrew Gibson, OCU-TV Station Manager and Artist in Residence

Andrew Gibson serves as OCU-TV Station Manager/ Artist in Residence. Gibson primarily teaches production courses in the broadcasting track of the department.

Gibson’s professional experience includes serving as a sports reporter/anchor for KTEN-TV in Denison, Texas. While there he covered a wide array of teams including the Oklahoma Sooners, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars, as well as high school sports.

Gibson also worked for KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City as a video journalist before moving to London, England, where he worked for Chelsea Football Club. While living in the U.K. he married his wife Lindsay in Scotland.

Upon returning from London, Gibson began his teaching career at Norman Public Schools teaching studio production. He also worked for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets during their two seasons in Oklahoma City, operating a baseline camera for the big screen at home games in the Ford Center.

Gibson holds an M.A. in Mass Communications and B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma.

In his spare time Gibson enjoys running and training for the next marathon. He also loves playing and watching soccer.

Bruce Macella, Professor of Graphic Design

Prof. Bruce

Bruce Macella is a full time tenured professor in the Mass Communications Department.

Macella joined OCU in 1997 after teaching Visual Communications at the University of Oklahoma.

Macella began working as an Art Director/Graphic Designer in Chicago before moving to Oklahoma to work In-house with Sonic Industries. He also worked for Rick McIntosh Design before doing freelance work for Ad Agencies, & clients like McDonalds, KZBS Radio, the University of Oklahoma’s College of Business, Landmark Land, various Oil companies, Nevis–International Banking, and the Waterford in Oklahoma City. He also remains active in the Design community with a few projects for Square Mile Design.

Macella joins the Mass Communications department after teaching Graphic Design in the Art department for more than 10 years. He heads the new Graphic Design Minor in the department.

He has an AS degree from Triton College, a BFA & MFA from the University of Oklahoma in Visual Communications. Macella remains active in the professional community with IAO, AIGA organizations, as well as competitions and internship opportunities.

Wendy Brunner, Associate Professor

Wendy Brunner joined OCU's Mass Communications department in 2011. Her major area of teaching is broadcasting.  

Brunner's professional experience began as a news anchor, reporter and producer at KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff, Arizona. She moved to Tupelo, Mississippi, to join the NBC/Fox affiliate WTVA/WLOV-TV as an evening anchor. While there, Brunner won several Associated Press awards for local news reporting.  

Brunner was also a morning news anchor at Orlando's 24-hour local news station, Central Florida News 13, where she covered all four hurricanes that devastated the area in 2004. Brunner's teaching career began while she was anchoring in Orlando; she taught broadcast journalism at the University of Central Florida and later at the University of Florida.  

Brunner holds an M.A. in Mass Communications and a B.A. in Radio/Television Communication, both from UCF. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D.  

In her spare time Wendy is an avid reader, news junkie, lover of social media, and a rabid college football fan. She enjoys yelling at the TV during football season with her husband, Walter, and their beautiful daughter, Isabella.

Karen Vann, Administrative Assistant

Karen Vann is a full-time administrative assistant in the Mass Communications department. She came to OCU in Fall 2004.

Vann’s professional experience includes three years working with children with special needs at Mustang Public Schools.

Vann is involved with the OCU United Way Silent Auction. She also assists with the campus cook-off and cook book to help raise fund for the OCU Benevolent Fund. Currently, Vann serves on Staff Council and is the Communications officer. She is part of the Budget Fundraising Governing Board Committee of the Staff Council as well. She serves as 'Mom away from home' for our students. Vann coordinates a monthly luncheon for students, faculty, and staff in her department and it is always a great time of fellowship. 

In her leisure time, Vann enjoys watching sports, swimming, reading, listening to music, home improvement, craft projects, and cooking.

Vann spends the majority of her time away from work with her friends and family. Karen feels that family and friends are a true blessing and should be cherished.