Amanda J. Crawford joined the faculty of Western Kentucky University in fall 2014 to teach writing, reporting and other journalism courses as an assistant professor.
Born and raised in a small town in the mountains of Western Maryland, Crawford was the first person in her extended family to go to college.
She discovered her love for writing and journalism in elementary school. In nearly 20 years as a professional journalist, Crawford has worked for magazines and newspapers, ran her own news site and opened a bureau for one of the world’s largest news services. She specializes in political and public policy reporting and issue-oriented feature writing. Her stories have been published by People, Businessweek, National Geographic, The Los Angeles Times and many other major newspapers, magazines and news sites around the globe.
Crawford is also an accomplished singer and musician. She has released an album and performed internationally with her husband as the indie alt-folk duo Former Friends of Young Americans.