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Robertson School alumna named first female opinions editor of Richmond Times-Dispatch

Jan 28, 2019

Posted in: News

By Marcus Messner, Ph.D., Associate Director

The Richmond Times-Dispatch announced on Monday that it named Pamela Stallsmith the new opinions editor (photo: Screenshot of

The Robertson School congratulates its alumna Pamela Stallsmith on her appointment as the new opinions editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. When the veteran journalist starts her new role next month, she will become the first female opinions editor in the newspaper's history. 

“We in the Robertson School are very happy and excited about Ms. Pamela Stallsmith’s important appointment at the RTD and are very proud of her professional achievement,” said Dr. Hong Cheng, director of the Robertson School. “Pam will be a great inspiration and role model for our Robertson students, especially those female journalists in the making.”

Stallsmith graduated from the Robertson School's Strategic Public Relations Master's Program in 2017. "She was an outstanding student in our master’s program, a leader and example to her peers. VCU is fortunate to have her as one of our own as is the Times-Dispatch to have hired Pam as its opinions editor," said Professor June Nicholson, director of graduate studies at the Robertson School. “Pam Stallsmith has been over her career a quintessential journalist and communications professional. She thinks deeply, has immense knowledge of Virginia and issues important to citizens, writes exquisitely and is committed above all to truth as a fundamental principle."

Stallsmith is currently director of communications of VCU's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and previously worked as a reporter for the Times-Dispatch from 1998 to 2007. 

“I’m looking forward to returning to The Times-Dispatch and being part of an issues-focused opinions page that looks for solutions to the challenges facing our region and state,” Stallsmith said in an article published on the website of the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Monday. “This is an exciting opportunity to strengthen the newspaper’s impact and help shape the discussion about those concerns.”

Times-Dispatch President and Publisher Tom Silvestri, who is also a member of the advisory board of the Robertson School, said in the article that the newspaper is "fortunate to have Pam rejoin us at a time when informed, knowledge-based opinion has never been more in demand.”