Meet Nagatha Tonkins: New Communications Director of Internships and External Relations

Miriam Williamson

The Elon School of Communications has hired Nagatha Tonkins as the new director of internships and external relations. With a vibrant resume full of experience and accomplishments in the field of communications, she has much to bring to the table to further develop and improve Elon’s own internship program.

Image courtesy of Elon faculty and staff Director

Image courtesy of Elon faculty and staff Directory

Tonkins earned her master’s degree from North Carolina A&T State University. She worked as a news reporter and morning anchor for WGHP-TV in High Point, NC, and as a news reporter for WLOE-AM in Eden, NC. She has also been a project director and organizer for the Broadcast Short Course for the National Association of Black Journalists for 16 years and was project director for Hearst Argyle Television’s News Leadership Symposium for two years.

In 2008 she was named the Journalism Educator of the Year by the NABJ, and she has participated in fellowships, internships and faculty seminars with the Advertising Education Foundation, Poynter Institute, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Black College Communication Association and the American Press Institute.

As internship director, Tonkins has already jumped in headfirst to get students involved. On Monday, Sept. 8, she brought Professor Amos Gelb of the Semester in Washington program to campus. He introduced the program, which is operated by George Washington University.

Tonkins will also hold an internships informational meeting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24 in McEwen 011.

To contact Tonkins, e-mail her at or, or set up an appointment by visiting the communications internships Web site.

Much of this information was gathered via e-net.

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2 Comments on “Meet Nagatha Tonkins: New Communications Director of Internships and External Relations”

  1. andersj Says:

    Nice brief profile piece on Nagatha! You can see how much it adds to the story to have a video clip with the person talking herself!

  2. Hello Everyone!

    My name’s Anand Chopra-McGowan, and I work with some friends on a site called

    Our site is a community for interns to review their internships, and employers to post open ones.

    We’re currently in the process of launching a new-and-improved 2.0 version, where employers and interns will be able to be matched based on specific profile information. For students, it’s all free!

    I would greatly appreciate it if you could take a look at the site – – and let me know what you think! Post a review too!

    Thanks for your time…


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