Judd Slivka is a former newspaper reporter, private investigator, marketer, process server and state agency communications and IT director  is an assistant professor of convergence journalism at the  University of Missouri School of Journalism. He is also the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Director of Aerial Journalism.

He teaches newswriting, multimedia reporting, and multimedia production and management. His interests include how users consume the web, usability, information delivery systems, how information flows and data analysis and visualization. He also worked as an adjunct faculty member at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. 

As the Director of Aerial Journalism, he is a frequent commenter on the intersection of drones, the media and the First Amendment and drones and property rights. He is also in charge of the school’s drone journalism program and the creator of the Mizzou Drone Journalism Pilot Pipeline, a system designed to create safe, knowledgable, skilled drone pilots.

He has worked as a reporter at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Arizona Republic. His freelance work has appeared in Slate, ESPN: The Magazine, The American Spectator and the Los Angeles Times. He served as the lead investigator in four police brutality cases against “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” and did brand positioning for a number of high-profile civil litigation clients.

He served as the communications director for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, where he was responsible for all internal and external communications. He also served as the agency’s director of information services, responsible for all web presence, social media and IT infrastructure.

He roots for the Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Jets and Missouri Tigers. He doesn’t understand why people like basketball. He likes ice cream and thinks the best pulled pork in Missouri is at Chubby’s in Hayti and the best brisket he’s ever had was at Pecan Lodge in Dallas (the Texas one, not the Missouri one).

He is fond of three-legged dogs.