George-Palilonis teaches courses in graphics reporting, multimedia storytelling and media convergence. She began her career as a news designer for the Detroit Free Press in 1996. She went on to be the Deputy News Design Director at the Chicago Sun-Times in 1999. She has been teaching since 2001 and has spoken at more than 30 conferences and seminars. Her research interests include visual rhetoric, multimedia storytelling, media convergence and digital publishing. She has a Masters Degree from Ball State in Composition and Rhetoric and a Bachelor's in Journalism. She is also the author of two books, "A Practical Guide to Graphics Reporting" (Focal Press 2006) and "Design Interactive" an electronic textbook on basic design principles.