Michael Edwards is the publications editor in the Office of University Communications and Marketing.
A native of San Antonio, Michael joined UTSA in 2014 after working 25 years in publishing in Los Angeles, where his award-winning work, including nods from the Western Publications Association and the American Business Press, encompassed consumer and B2B magazines as well as book publishing.
Prior to joining UTSA, he oversaw teams on both the West and East Coasts working on more than a dozen websites and print publications with circulation of more than 8.2 million annually and multimillion-dollar editorial budgets, among them the venerable niche titles Out and The Advocate.
A graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University, Michael was recognized among the top 1% of collegiate editors nationally during his senior year by the American Society of Magazine Editors in conjunction with the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. While at university, in addition to being editor in chief for two of the three years he worked on the student magazine, he also held editorial roles on the student newspaper and yearbook.
Michael has expertise in content creation and packaging, establishing professional editorial standards, integrated marketing campaigns, and the launch/relaunch of publications. But, he says, he has some of his happiest moments when he is hands-on editing; in fact, he loves the serial comma and will fight for it.
At UTSA he leads the team that creates the award-winning Sombrilla Magazine, which is the university's flagship publication, and UTSA Giving. He is also a primary consultant on other university publications.
Shea Conner is an associate editor in the Office of University Communications and Marketing.
He joined UTSA in 2017 after living in Austin for three years, where he wrote freelance pieces and served as the creative media director for an upscale furniture company.
His most notable work, however, came as an arts and entertainment reporter at the St. Joseph News-Press in St. Joseph, Mo. From 2008 to 2014, Shea was integral to the foundation and swelling community influence of the weekly entertainment guide St. Joe Live. He wrote local arts features, stories about national touring acts, and a weekly column as well as movie, music, and play reviews. His written work has been featured in publications across the country, including the Chicago Tribune and Kansas City Star. In 2012 he was honored with an award for excellence in arts journalism by St. Joseph Mayor Bill Falkner and the Allied Arts Council of St. Joseph. He remains the only recipient of the award.
Shea frequently contributed to Fox 26 KNPN during his six years in St. Joseph, becoming an on-air personality in movie review segments and entertainment packages for the local TV station. In 2013 he and a team of News-Press collaborators created St. Joe Live Presents, a studio concert series and TV show that featured local music acts and aired each week on KNPN. St. Joe Live Presents was also honored with an award by Mayor Falkner and the Allied Arts Council for its impact as an arts/business project in 2014.
Shea graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in journalism in 2008. Born and raised in Newton, Iowa, he took an interest in feature writing in high school, where he was editor in chief of his school newspaper and a member of the Quill & Scroll International Honor Society.