CEHS Visiting Committee
Shannon LeHere Fioravanti
Shannon LeHere Fioravanti (BSJ ’81) began her 30+ year career in journalism and public relations in Morgantown, where she was a newscaster and reporter with WCLG AM and FM. Following graduation, Shannon worked for Mutual Broadcasting System in Washington, D.C., was later appointed news director at WASH-FM in the city, and served as a reporter/anchor for KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh. Shannon was named deputy bureau chief of Westinghouse Broadcasting’s Washington D.C. radio news bureau in 1988, and in 1992, was named The American Political Science Association’s first MCI Fellow in Telecommunications.
Following her fellowship, Shannon worked as a legislative aide to Senator Conrad Burns of Montana, and in 1993, joined Verizon Communications, where she was director of media relations and later of external affairs. Shannon is an honors graduate of West Virginia University and The Ohio State University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Journalism. She was a Kiplinger Fellow in Public Affairs reporting at OSU. Shannon is an active volunteer in her community, and serves on the board of directors of OperaDelaware. She chairs the Legacy and Development Committee of The Wilmington Children’s Chorus, is on the Vision Committee of the Wilmington Christian School, and provides communications support to The College School at the University of Delaware. A passionate advocate of education, especially among children with learning differences, Shannon serves on the Board of Visitors Committee in honor of her late mother, Rita Riffee LeHere, a 1943 graduate of WVU’s College of Education. Shannon and her husband Paul reside in Wilmington, Delaware with their daughter Francesca.