Eileen Wirth
Retired Chair of the Department of Journalism, Media and Computing. 
Now focusing on volunteer work, especially with refugees and various writing projects.

More about me:

I am a native Nebraskan who had a 20 year career in news and corporate public relations before joining Creighton’s journalism department in 1991. I taught news, PR and media history courses and chaired the department before retiring in spring of 2016. In retirement, I plan to focus on passions such as promoting refugee resettlement, the Omaha Public Library Foundation, heading the St. John’s Church communications committee and other causes. I’ve always been a compulsively busy person who will now shift to more or less full time volunteer work and writing in addition to staying in touch with family, friends and alums. When I retired, I told students that my new office was the Starbucks on campus if any of them wanted to connect.  

I’m the mother of two grown children and grandmother of three – but I can’t quite believe that I’m old enough to be a grandmother. Because I work out for about an hour early every morning, I feel far younger than I am. My walks and stints on an aerobic “torture machine” at the gym provide me with a time for reflection that gives me perspective. My ideas for reflections usually come from these sessions. I’m an avid reader of books on journalism, history, biographies, religion, sports, politics and the occasional mystery. Give me access to a gym and a public library and I’m a happy camper. Oh yes – I also bake great brownies for my students!

Writing these reflections:

I find that writing the reflections helps me read Scripture in depth. It forces me to think and even to shape up my own life. I also enjoy the feedback I get from readers everywhere. I'm sometimes amazed at the nerves we obviously manage to touch. It tells me that a lot of our readers must experience the same pressures and stresses that we do. 

Other links to me:

e-mail: emw@creighton.edu