Shannon Buggs' passion for reading and writing led her to pursue a career in journalism and communications and to start a poetry nonprofit organization that promotes literacy and leadership. An award-winning journalist and dedicated community volunteer, Buggs is a multi-media personality with 20 years of experience in local, national and business news coverage and more than three decades of nonprofit service as a volunteer and leader. She has interviewed countless business titans and money mavens throughout this impressive career. In October 2010, the University of Houston appointed Buggs to the position of director of communication for its College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Prior to that, she worked for newspapers in Houston, Dallas and Raleigh, North Carolina and was featured on CNN financial television and radio shows. Her personal and professional interests led Buggs to launch Meta-Four Houston, a nonprofit youth development organization that uses writing and performing original poetry as tools to encourage self-expression and advance literacy among Houston's youth ages 13 – 19. In 2010, Shannon was honored as one of Houston's 50 Most Influential Women by Houston Woman Magazine. Buggs earned a bachelor degree in English and American literature and language from Harvard University and a master's degree in journalism at Northwestern University.