Michele Bush Kimball, Public records professionals' perceptions of nuisance requests for access, 5 Journal of Media Law and Ethics 46-48 (2016). A mixed methods analysis of the kinds of requests that access professionals find the most annoying, frustrating and burdensome -- the kind they wish they could outlaw. This study posits solutions for the adversarial interactions between custodians and requesters.  

 

Michele Bush Kimball, Shining the light from the inside:  Access professionals'perceptions of government transparency, 17 Communication Law and Policy 299-328 (2012). This study showed that those responsible for responding to public
records requests are highly supportive of the law, but also extremely ambivalent about those who request access to information.  This study combined both qualitative and quantitative methods to enrich the results. 

 

Michele Bush Kimball, Mandated State-Level Open Government Training Programs, 28 Government Information Quarterly 478-483 (October 2011).  This legal qualitative study evaluates the mandated training programs in public records laws and how states comply.  It also provided information about how those who conduct the training perceive the process.

 

Michele Bush Kimball, Offering the Cloak of Confidentiality to News Sources:  Journalists' Ethical Decision-making Behaviors, 32 Newspaper Research Journal 36-49 (2011).  The study used qualitative research methods to develop a four-step process to illustrate the process by which the journalists determined whether to provide anonymity to sources.

 

Michele Bush Kimball, The Intent Behind the Cryptic Concurrence That Provided a Reporters' Privilege, 13 Communication Law and Policy 379-414 (2008).  Study is an analysis of the history behind United States Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell's concurrence in Branzburg v. Hayes.  The concurrence is often hailed as the impetus for state shield laws.

 

Michele Bush Kimball, Law Enforcement Records Custodians' Decision-Making Behaviors in Response to Florida's Public
Records Law
, 8 Communication Law and Policy 313-360 (2003). 
Article is an analysis of law enforcement records

custodians' decision-making behaviors when deciding whether to grant or deny access to public records.

 

Michele Bush and Dr. Bill F. Chamberlin, Access to Electronic Public Records in the 50 States, Access Denied:  Freedom of Information in the Information Age (2000),  a state-by-state analysis of legal provisions pertaining to access to computerized public records.  Every state's access provisions placed in a 10-category framework. 

Freelance writer, various publications, April 2006 to August 2008; January 2012 to present.  Regular columnist for All Hands, The Official Blog for the Coast Guard Workforce, and top post brought 100,000 new, unique visitors to the website within 72 hours. Wrote regularly for Washington (D.C.) Parent magazine and www.Divorce360.com.


Daily newspaper reporter, Sun Herald newspaper, Charlotte County, Florida:  August 1993 to August 1996.


Editorial assistant, Florida Living magazine, August 1992 to August 1993. 

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Michele Bush Kimball, A History of the United States Supreme Court’s Press Credentialing Process. Traced the press credentialing process from the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Supreme Court building through analysis of chief justices’ papers and interviews. After more than 80 years of tradition, the Court finally codified its system. Accepted for presentation to the 2017 Media History Exchange: Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference, March 2017, New York University.

Michele Bush Kimball, Shining the Light from the Inside:  Access Professionals' Perceptions of Government Transparency, a mixed-method study that explored what records custodians think about how transparency laws work. A survey and long interviews were used to evaluate the transaction between custodian and requester and the effect of open government laws on that interaction.  Presented to the Global Conference on Transparency Research, May 19-20, 2011, Rutgers University. 


Michele Bush Kimball, Whether Legalities Play a Part in the Transaction Between Journalists and Their Anonymous Sources, a qualitative study evaluating how potential legal ramifications fit into journalists' decide whether to grant a source anonymity.  Presented to the ethics division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass  Communication, national convention, in Denver, Colo., August 2010.

 

Michele Bush Kimball, Offering the Cloak of Confidentiality to News Sources:  Journalists' Ethical Decision-making Behaviors, a qualitative study that explains the process by which journalists determine whether to grant confidentiality to sources.  Presented to the ethics division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication,
national convention, in Boston, Mass., August 2009. 

 

Michele Bush Kimball, The Intent Behind the Cryptic Concurrence That Provided a Reporter's Privilege, a legal and historical analysis of United States Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell's purpose when writing the concurrence in Branzburg v. Hayes, a case that opened the door for a reporter's privilege.  Presented to the Association
for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, national convention, in Washington, D.C., August 2007. Won second place faculty award in the law division.

 

Michele Bush Kimball, Law Enforcement Records Custodians' Decision-Making Behaviors in Response to Florida's Public
Records Law
, a qualitative exploration of law enforcement records custodians' decision-making behaviors when deciding whether to grant or deny access to requests for public records. Presented to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, national convention, Miami, Florida in August 2002.

 

Michele Bush Kimball, Theoretical Applications to Florida Law Enforcement Records Custodians' Decision-Making Behaviors, a study in which four theories were applied to records custodians' decision-making behaviors to analyze whether the theories were relevant.  Two of the theories were from the body of legal research, and two of the theories were from the social sciences.  Presented to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, national convention, in Miami, Florida in August 2002.

 

Michele Bush, Access Denied:  Records Custodians as Resistant Gatekeepers to Government Information, an analysis of the statutory provisions of public records laws in all 50 states that apply to records custodians juxtaposed with the results of audits of public records laws in 16 states.  Presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, national convention, Phoenix, AZ, August 2000.

 

Michele Bush, Florida's Public Records Law Put to the Test: Gaining Access to Crime Statistics, an analysis of more than 100 responses to requests for the same public records in law enforcement agencies across Florida.  Presented at the
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, national convention, New Orleans, LA, August 1999

Ph.D., mass communication, specialization in media law, University of Florida, December 2001. Dissertation: Law enforcement records custodians' perceptions and decision-making behaviors in response to Florida's Public Records Law.


Professorial lecturer, The George Washington University and the University of Florida, January 2015 to present. Teaching media law to communications students at two universities.  (On campus at GWU and online at UF.)

Research director,
Military Family Advisory Network, 2013 to present. Oversee research efforts to explore the state of military families of all branches. Survey results released in March 2018 explored the lives of more than 5,600 active duty service members, veterans and their families in all 50 states and internationally. Invited to brief results at the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, and the White House. Results of 2014 survey used by the Obama administration’s Military Compensation Retirement Modernization Committee to understand effects on military family life.

​Visiting Scholar
, Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, University of Florida, August 2012 to August 2014. Researched issues related to access to government information and transparency. Regularly reviewed for peer-reviewed media law journals and research conferences.


Researcher, Blue Star Families, August 2012 to 2015. Lead qualitative analyst for 2013 and 2014 Military Families Lifestyle Survey. Responsible for leading team analysis of qualitative responses from more than 5,000 survey participants.   Wrote a chapter and helped edit Everyone Serves:  A Handbook for Family and Friends of Service Members During Predeployment, Deployment and Reintegration.

Assistant Professor, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., August 2008 to May 2011. Director of journalism track, chair of Board of Student Communication.  Taught CA 556, Corporate and Communication Law;  CA 501; Research methods I; CA 455,Law of Communication;  CA 445, Ethics and Social Responsibility in Communication; CA 387, Advanced News and Feature Writing; and CA 220, Writing for Communication Media.

Professorial lecturer, American University, Washington, D.C., June 2007 to January 2008.  Taught COM 601, Legal Aspects of Communication, a graduate media law class on media law principles with a special focus on the Internet.

Assistant Professor, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., August 2001 to December 2003: Taught CA 501, Research Methods I;  CA 455, Mass Communication Law;  CA 281, Editing and Layout;  and CA 220, Writing for Communication Media.

Adjunct  professor, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, August 2000 to August 2001: Taught CA 455:  Mass Communication Law, CA 370:  Intermediate Reporting, CA 270:  Newsgathering for Mass Media, and CA 220:  Writing for Communication Media.