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Victoria Ekstrand Portrait

Victoria Ekstrand

(Central Region)

Victoria (Tori) is an associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where she teaches media law and researches web accessibility for people with disabilities as a First Amendment issue. She spent ten years teaching at Bowling Green State University in Ohio after receiving her Ph.D. from UNC in 2003. Before that, she worked for the Associated Press in New York for nearly a decade; her last position there was as director of Corporate Communications. Tori has students, colleagues, friends, and family members with various physical and mental health disabilities. She shuns “inspiration porn” in media stories about people with disabilities and firmly believes that disability law and policy must be crafted with and by those it affects: “Nothing About Us Without Us.”

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