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Kathy R. Fitzpatrick American University, Washington DC, USA, Florida International University, North Miami, USA, Quinnipiac University, USA, De Paul University, Chicago, USA, University of Florida, USA, Southern Methodist University, USA, University of Southern California, USA

Kathy Fitzpatrick is an associate professor of communication at DePaul University in Chicago, where she directs the master’s degree program in public relations and advertising. In 2005, Fitzpatrick was named the Wicklander Fellow in Applied and Professional Ethics. She teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in public relations, public relations ethics, communication law and crisis management.  Her research focuses on issues involving public relations, ethics and law. Fitzpatrick is the co-author of Public Relations Ethics and Journalism Ethics (with Philip Seib) and the author of articles in  Public Relations Review, Journal of Public Relations Research, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Journal of Advertising, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Journal of Communication Management and Corporate Reputation Review. She is a licensed attorney, an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and a past president of the PRSA Dallas Chapter. In 2002, Fitzpatrick was elected to head the PRSA Educators Academy. She served for six years on the PRSA Board of Ethics and was a member of the task force that developed the Member Code of Ethics 2000. She is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society and serves on the editorial review boards of Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, and Journal of Mass Media Ethics.