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Nicole Kraft

Nicole Kraft

Nicole Kraft

Associate Professor of Practice, SSI Director


(614) 407-6612

154 N. Oval Mall

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Areas of Expertise

  • sports media, sports comm, student-athlete academics tech

I am an associate professor of journalism practice but came to academia from the "real world." I spent 25 years as an award-winning reporter, editor and magazine journalist, and I also worked in public relations for professional sports (Philadelphia 76ers) and government communications (Congressional press secretary and media consultant).

I joined the Ohio State School of Communication in 2010, and my classes include Sports Media, Magazine Writing, Media Law and Ethics and Student Tech for Academic Success. My focus in teaching and research is utilizing mobile technology in journalism and education, with a focus on how student-athletes can use mobile technology to engage academically.

I am the director of the Sports and Society Initiative at Ohio State, and work on campus and around the country teaching athletes how to use iPads for academic engagement and connectivity. I am also part of the Ohio State One Health Task Force and teach distance learning techniques in Ethiopia.

In 2019 published my first academic book, “Always Get the Name of the Dog: A guide to media interviewing.Links to an external site.” I am also the author of "Writing Fabulous Features," published with Pressbooks through Ohio State's Affordable Learning Exchange, and "100 Years in Harness," a pictorial history of harness racing. In 2024, Rowman & Littlefield published "Teaching Media Ethics," I book I edited with Dr. Kathleen Culver, and also contributed chapters on student journalism and sports writing ethics. 

I am also still an active journalist, writing for numerous magazines covering sports—including the NHL, Ohio State basketball and horse racing—for the Associated Press and Columbus Dispatch, and sports media and business for Forbes.com.

I have been honored to receive the Ohio State Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching and be inducted into the Academy of Teaching. In 2022 I was named the Linda S. Puntney Inspirational Teacher by the Journalism Education Association, and in 2023 was named the Faculty Champion by Career Services for work through Sports and Society to make sure sports-focused Ohio State students are career-ready. In 2015 I was inducted as an Apple Distinguished Educator.

My husband, Brian, is a third-grade teacher for children with special needs in Columbus City Schools. Our son, Danny, is a senior at Ohio State studying industrial design and is the head graphic designer on Ohio State football's creative team.