Special Lecturer of Journalism
Television and Radio-Television News
Office: 107A East Vandenberg Hall
Phone: (248) 370-4126
Cathy Shafran has spent nearly three quarters of her life working the broadcast news beat somewhere in the world. She has covered conflicts from the streets of Flint, Mich., to battlefields in the Middle East.
From her meager beginnings as a cub reporter at MSU’s campus radio, to her time covering missile attacks in Southern Lebanon, her focus has always been the same…listening to people and their concerns and telling their stories in a way that engages the audience.
She actually began her journalistic pursuits in Southfield, Mich., at the high school radio station, WSHJ. From there, it was on to radio news in Lansing. After two years in news radio in Grand Rapids, she made the move into TV news. She spent five years at WJRT-TV in Flint, Mich., where she received a variety of awards including AP First Place for News Documentary and AP first place for Breaking News Coverage. In the mid 80s, she turned her attention to working as a foreign correspondent. Based out of Jerusalem, she was employed by several broadcast news agencies including ABC, CNN, Britain’s ITN and Canada’s CTV. In 1988, she spent a month in Seoul Korea covering the Olympics for Canadian TV.
After six years abroad, Shafran returned to America with her husband to raise their three children on U.S. soil and to return to her roots as a broadcast news journalist in Michigan. Since the early 90s, she has worked at WDIV and WJBK-TV in Detroit and has spent more than 15 years as a field reporter on WJRT-TV in Flint.
Shafran also received a master's in linguistics. She saw this as an opportunity to enhance her understanding of the importance of words and their meanings in the context of political reporting.
Shafran brings those experiences with her into the broadcast news classroom on OU's campus. She enjoys teaching budding journalists how to enhance their audio and video storytelling skills using the latest broadcast technology. On any given day, she can be found working with students to create engaging stories in the classroom or working on her own to create stories for mid-Michigan TV audiences.