Debra Chandler Landis is starting her 21th year of advising the news and business operations of UIS Student Publications. A graduate of Iowa State University with majors in journalism and sociology, Landis earned a master’s degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She started working in newspapers at the age of 16—when she wrote a weekly column about local school activities for the Chariton Leader Herald and Patriot in her hometown of Chariton, Iowa. She worked for the Iowa State and SIU-Carbondale college newspapers and later for the Southeast Missourian newspaper in Cape Girardeau and the SIU News Service. Landis is also a long-time free-lance writer and editor, having reported for the Southern Illinoisan, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The State Journal-Register, and Illinois Issues, a public affairs magazine. She is managing editor of the College Media Review, an online publication of the College Media Association, a national organization of newspaper, radio and TV advisers working in community and four-year colleges and universities. She counts the late greats, Nellie Bly and Katharine Graham, as among her journalistic heroes and credits the late publisher of the Chariton Newspapers, a high school English teacher, and her parents, Evelyn and Mick Chandler, for spurring her interests in journalism. Two great-aunts who were college professors and a grandmother who was a music teacher are among her role models for teaching. Landis and her husband, Tim, are the parents of Matt, who lives and works in the greater Seattle area with his wife, Ellie, and Kelsey, who is completing her master’s degree in digital media studies from DePaul University and works as a writing tutor at Rend Lake Community College in Ina, Ill. Rounding out the immediate Landis family are two beloved dogs, Nellie and Ellie.