Cannon began her communications career in Washington, D.C., where she spent time at the Embassy of Japan, the Smithsonian Institution and arts and education nonprofits. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
As the communicator for WRRI and Space Grant, Cannon works with the respective program colleagues, scientific researchers and community partners. For WRRI, that includes sharing impacts of water-focused research with water managers and the public. For NC Space Grant, Cannon promotes aeronautics and STEM education in order to equip the aerospace workforce with a diverse talent base.
As part of her efforts to quickly inform scientists, students, practitioners and the public about pertinent research and opportunities, Cannon has expanded the programs’ social media presence to include new Facebook and LinkedIn pages for WRRI and a public LinkedIn presence for NC Space Grant. These round out the current portfolio of WRRI’s Twitter account and NC Space Grant’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Each account will provide content created specifically for the needs of the platforms’ users.