Michelle Parks joined the Fay Jones School in fall 2009. Previously, she spent 15 years as a newspaper reporter and features writer, most recently at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. She has written freelance stories for the online publications The City Wire and the Fayetteville Flyer, and also served for four years on the advisory council and as a writer and editor for Edible Ozarkansas magazine. She also taught Feature Writing and Public Relations Writing classes at the U of A over four semesters from 2016-2018.
B.A., Journalism, University of Arkansas
Parks was the Sweepstakes Co-Winner (2008) and Sweepstakes Winner (2003, 2002, 2001) for the Arkansas Press Women Communications Contest. In 2008, she won third place in Division I Features from the Society of Professional Journalists Arkansas Pro chapter annual journalism contest for "The Soldier's Wife." In 2012, she won second place from the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) for a photo essay on the 'Ozark-Modern' exhibition highlighting furniture designed by Edward Durell Stone.
She received an honorable mention in the magazine category from the NFPW in its 2016 Communications Contest for the school’s 2015 ReView alumni magazine. The magazine also received a first place award in the magazine category in the 2016 communications contest sponsored by Arkansas Press Women, the state affiliate of NFPW. Parks received a second place award in the feature story category of the state contest for “The Art of Architecture,” the cover story from the 2015 ReView. It told about the school’s research and design collaborations with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art involving Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House.
She received an honorable mention in the magazine category from the NFPW in its 2019 Communications Contest for the school’s 2017/2018 ReView alumni magazine. The magazine also received a first place award in the magazine category in the 2019 communications contest sponsored by Arkansas Press Women, the state affiliate of NFPW. Parks received a first place award in the feature story category of the state contest for “The Home of an Arkansas Architect,” the feature story from the 2017/2018 ReView. It highlighted the history and restoration of the Fay and Gus Jones House, which the family gifted to the Fay Jones School and the University of Arkansas.