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Elizabeth Ray

PhD Student


Elizabeth Ray is pursuing her PhD at Florida State University. Elizabeth received her master's degree from FSU in Integrated Marketing Communication and is also a University of Florida graduate, with a degree in Telecommunication-News and a degree in Political Science. Before beginning the doctoral program at FSU, she served as the Communications and Marketing Director for a statewide hospitality trade association. Prior to moving to Tallahassee, Elizabeth worked as a television news reporter at WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, WMBB-TV in Panama City and WUFT-TV in Gainesville. She is a member of VISIT FLORIDA’s Global Communications Committee, the Council for State Restaurant Association’s (CSRA) Communications Committee and the Florida Public Relations Association’s (FPRA) Capital Chapter. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys playtime with her son, Elijah, taking pictures of her rescue pup, Huckleberry, and sincerely appreciates that her loving husband, Whitney, is a phenomenal cook.


  • MA 2016; Florida State University, Integrated Marketing Communication
  • BS 2008; University of Florida, Telecommunication-News
  • BA 2008; University of Florida, Political Science

Research Interests

Public Relations, Health Communication, Media Effects, Persuasion, Political Communication