Dodie Cantrell


Dodie Cantrell-Bickley began her second career as a lecturer at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2013 after spending 37 years in broadcasting. She retired as the President and General Manager of WTLV/WJXX-TV in Jacksonville, FL in 2012 and subsequently finished writing the first two novels of a trilogy of books aimed at expanding the historical knowledge of the experiences of African-American soldiers and German civilians during and following WWII. She has been invited to lecture about her research at various venues including the National Archives in Washington D.C. as well as the 2014 College Language Association Conference in New Orleans sponsored by Tulane University.

During her broadcasting career, Dodie worked as a reporter, news anchor, news producer, news director, and television station president and general manager, garnering numerous awards for her consumer and investigative reporting. After the fall of Communism in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, Dodie volunteered to travel to former Communist countries where she helped teach journalists how to operate in their post-Communist society. She also sponsored and worked with journalists and media managers from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Peru, Romania, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Ukraine, and Zanzibar.

Born at Fort Hood, Texas, Dodie is a self-proclaimed Army brat. Among the various stops at Army posts throughout her childhood was the transfer of her family to France. There, her German mother opted to send Cantrell and her two brothers to the French public school rather than the American school on the Army post. As a result, she is conversant in both German and French.

In her spare time, she serves on the board for The Kneeland Project and volunteers with various military veterans’ organizations. She is a former board member of United in Pink, an organization dedicated to providing support for women suffering from breast cancer and their families, and she was a founding member of the Better Business Bureau of Central Georgia.

Dodie is a graduate of Mercer University and earned her MPA from Georgia College and State University. She will graduate with an MFA in Narrative Journalism from the University of Georgia in 2017. Dodie’s third novel will be published in 2017, and she and her husband have two adult daughters and four grandchildren.