Cle Cousins joined the faculty of the UNCP Department of Mass Communication in 2018. She teaches broadcast journalism and mass communication courses. Prior to joining UNCP, she taught at Bladen Community College in Dublin, N.C. She also served as an adjunct instructor at Methodist University in Fayetteville. Prior to entering the field of education, Cousins was a journalist for more than 20 years for various newspapers and television stations in the Southeast. Most recently, she was the assistant news director and education franchise reporter for WCTI, the ABC affiliate in New Bern. Cousins also worked for stations in Greenville and Raleigh, N.C. and Tampa and Orlando, Florida. Her newspaper career included stints at The Item in Sumter, S.C. and The (Greenville, N.C.) Daily Reflector. As a journalist, she won several awards for her writing and reporting, including the South Carolina Press Association Award for Featuring Writing, The Cox Newspapers Award, and the Southern Journalism Award. Cousins was also a member of the news management team at WNCT-TV when the station won the Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
Cousins is a native of Maple Hill, North Carolina and lives in Fayetteville with her husband, William. She holds degrees from East Carolina University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in communication from Regent University in Virginia Beach.