Bill Oglesby, J.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University. Among the courses Bill teaches are broadcast and Internet news writing, documentary production and communications law and ethics on both the undergraduate and graduate level. In the past, Bill has served as an adjunct instructor at both VCU and the University of Richmond.
Bill is also president and owner of Bill Oglesby Media Consulting, Inc., specializing in strategic media consultation, media and presentation training, and media relations. Bill has conducted crisis and proactive media training sessions for a wide variety of corporate, educational and governmental clients. Bill has proven to be a popular speaker on the lecture circuit and was named a Faculty Star by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Bill formed Bill Oglesby Media Consulting, Inc., in 2005 after ten years as co-founder and owner of Carter Ryley Thomas Public Relations, now CRT/tanaka, one of the top independent PR firms in the nation. With a wealth of experience in broadcasting and law, Bill counsels clients facing crisis situations or who recognize that a crisis can happen anytime in the future and see the value of preparedness. He has trained literally hundreds of executives, including CEOs, an Olympic Gold Medalist and a PGA Tour player, in how to deal with the news media. Media training courses are tailored to fit the needs of individual companies, using lecture-style classes, small groups and/or one-on-one formats. Bill’s training sessions prepare clients for interviewing face-to-face, by phone and in front of live cameras for situations such as media events or crisis communications.
Prior to joining CRT, Bill worked for 12 years in broadcast news, primarily television. He has worked at network affiliate stations in Roanoke, Va.; Greenville, S.C.; and Richmond, Va. and has contributed to CNN, ABC and NBC. More than half of those years were spent anchoring as well as reporting. During that time, Bill specialized in covering legal, political and governmental issues, and won numerous awards including an Emmy nomination. He has also been a licensed attorney in Virginia since 1982. In 1991, Bill created a radio feature called "Where Were You," spotlighting news, sports, theater and other events of years past that ran daily on WMXB-FM from 1991 to 1996 and later in print form in Richmond Parents Monthly and Fifty Plus magazines. As of April 2013, “Where Were You” runs monthly in Boomer magazine.
A founder of the Richmond Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Bill continues to serve as a frequent news broadcaster and commentator. Most recently, he has served as an occasional contributor to the Voice of Russia radio network.
Bill received his B.A. in journalism and communications from Washington and Lee University and a Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University.