Emily Alley, MA

Assistant Professor Phone 816-501-3646 Email

Emily Alley’s career in strategic communication is comprised of freelance journalism and Air Force Public Affairs. She served as communication lead for the 2019 initial delivery ceremony of the KC-46 Pegasus, the culmination of an eight-year, $43 billion program which was the first AF mobility aircraft initial delivery in 27 years. Emily synchronized a team of 35 who comprised five communication functions:  live video feed of the event; photo and video documentation; social media posting and monitoring; media escort; and the first initial press conference following the aircraft landing, which included the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and three sitting members of Congress. Her team generated $9.6 million in equivalent media advertising.

Her other major projects include working Public Affairs for multiple airshow events; assisting and documenting humanitarian work in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake; serving as the acting lead for the Air Force Public Affairs office in Kandahar, Afghanistan during the capture of Osama Bin Laden; and providing photo support for the 2012 presidential inauguration.

Emily earned her master’s degree in Strategic Communication from KU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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