Cathy Packer teaches media law and Internet law to undergraduate and graduate students and is co-director of the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy. A former newspaper reporter, she is a co-editor of the North Carolina Media Law Handbook, to which she contributes the chapter on access to state and local government records.

Packer’s research interests are access to government information and reporter’s privilege law. She most recently has published a book chapter and a law review article about the rights of journalists and others to use smart phones and computers in courtrooms. She also has written about how law is used to define the power relationships among groups in society. Packer has published articles in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Comm Review, Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, Communication Law and Policy, Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal, and the American Journal of Trial Advocacy.

Packer has worked on free press projects in Albania, Jordan and Russia.


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • M.A., University of Minnesota
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill