Paola Banchero is a journalist with a lifelong interest in news. She worked as a reporter and editor at the Kansas City Star, the Kansas City Business Journal, the Wichita Eagle, the Arizona Daily Star, the Anchorage Daily News and in strategic communications for a large agribusiness.
Professor Banchero has taught a wide range of courses, from Corporate Communications to Documentary Filmmakers and Filmmaking to Magazines to Media Literacy.
She is the past chair of the department. She serves on a university-wide curriculum committee and has been active in the Alaska Press Club. She is a faculty adviser to The Northern Light and a member of the UAA Media Board. She has served on the Alaska Public Media Community Advisory Board for a number of years.
Research Interests are Indigenous media , Religion and media, Media literacy and Climate change communication.