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Laurel Thomas

Senior Public Relations Strategist

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Laurel Thomas has been at the University of Michigan since 2001.

She began her career as a reporter and anchor for radio and television. She later worked in public relations for a small hospital and a chamber of commerce in Northern Michigan, and prior to U-M at a statewide social service agency, serving as director of communications. She has held faculty positions in broadcast journalism, journalism and public relations.

Thomas earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communication from Illinois State University, a Master of Arts degree in broadcast and cinematic arts from Central Michigan University, and has some work toward a doctorate from Ball State University.

She holds universal accreditation through the Public Relations Society of America.

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  • Education
  • Information
  • Engaged Learning
  • Academic Innovation
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
  • Rackham Graduate School