Associate instructor Rick Brunson teaches reporting, editing, journalism principles and ethics, as well as magazine production in the Nicholson School’s journalism program. He serves as the instructor/advisor for the NSCm’s award-winning magazine, Centric, and advises the NSC’s chapter of the Radio Television Digital News Association. In addition, he serves on the editorial advisory boards of the campus newspaper, The Central Florida Future, and UCF’s official magazine, Pegasus. When he’s not in the classroom, he’s in the newsroom. Brunson, who recently marked 30 years of professional experience as a working journalist, serves as the writing coach at WFTV Channel 9 Eyewitness News and works as a part-time production editor at the Orlando Sentinel.

Before joining the UCF faculty in 2003, Brunson worked as a reporter or editor at newspapers throughout Central Florida, including the Sentinel, the Tampa Tribune and the Daytona Beach News-Journal. A proud Knight and longtime Central Florida resident, Brunson graduated from UCF in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in journalism and then earned a master’s degree in American history from the University of South Florida in 1999. He lives in Orlando with his wife, Ruthe. They are the proud parents of two adult children.


  • News reporting
  • Editing
  • Journalism ethics