Chicago native Carol (Cain) Hughes is executive director of the Newsroom at DePaul University where she leads a team of highly motivated, media savvy professionals. Their objective is to promote DePaul University to the broadest possible audiences using traditional and new media outlets.
Previously, Hughes served as a media relations officer and a director of public relations at Arizona State University. She has worked as a public information officer for an Arizona K-12 public school district and executive director of the Arizona Community College Association. Prior to her work in education, Hughes held positions as an associate editor at Crain’s Business Insurance magazine, executive editor of Chronicle Newspapers in Kane County, and as a public policy manager for the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce and the National Council on Compensation Insurance in Springfield.
Hughes is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, Public Relations Society of America, Association for Women Journalists/Chicago Chapter and National Federation of Press Women. She has a Master of Liberal Studies degree from Arizona State University and a bachelor's degree from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Her newest book, “Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012,” is an anthology produced by Arizona Press Women as an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project. Hughes is a co-editor and contributor to the anthology.