College of Media | Alumni Notes
College of Media | Alumni Notes
- Meghan O’Kelly was recently named the Young Professional of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America Chicago at the annual Skyline Awards Gala.
- Eric Schmidt '95 JOURNEric Schmidt is the new executive director of the Illinois Conservation Foundation. The ICF raises funds to support natural resource conservation and education in the state. Eric had previously worked in several development roles for the Brookfield Zoo, Evans Scholars Foundation and Advocate Health Care.
- Judy Hsu '93 JOURNCongrats to broadcast alumna Judy Hsu of WLS (ABC-7) Chicago. Judy is the new vice-chair to the Chinese American Service League in Chicago. She was nominated by friend/mentor Linda Yu. Judy's been at ABC-7 since 2001.
- Linda Andjelkovich '09 JOURNBroadcast alumnae Linda Andjelkovich married Mike Hall who is on the Big Ten Network. Linda is an account manager at Upshot Marketing in Chicago.
- Dan Petrella '06 JOURN, MS '10 JOURNDan Petrella has been promoted to the position of assistant metro editor/projects coordinator for The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., where he has been a staff writer since 2012, first covering Springfield's suburbs and more recently covering city hall. From May 2010 through March 2012, he was a reporter for CU-CitizenAccess.org. Petrella started his career at Suburban Life Publications in the Chicago suburbs.
- Spencer Turkin '12
Turkin has been named the new "Voice of the Aggies" for North Carolina A&T. A&T is a Division 1 program out of the MEAC and the Aggies won their first game in the NCAA Tournament last season. Learn more here.
- Ted Land '07 JOURNTed Land '07 JOURN recently won a Chicago/Midwest Emmy for solo video journalism. Land entered a collection of five stories which included breaking news and features. He is currently a multimedia journalist and reporter at WSBT-TV in South Bend, IN. This is his first Emmy.
- Anna Yee '10 JOURNAnna Yee has a new job with Delta Airlines. Anna has worked in TV news in her hometown Peoria with WEEK and WHOI-TV since graduating in 2010. She's been an anchor and reporter. "I really want to travel and explore while I have the chance," Anna said of her move to Delta. She hopes to return to TV someday, perhaps as a morning show host or in an entertainment role. Happy travels and Good Luck, Anna!
- Scott Martin '13Scott Martin has started a new job with CBS Sports in New York. Scott, a 2013 graduate, will be a Broadcast Associate for CBS Sports working in the production truck doing pre-game research and graphics for SEC football on CBS this fall. While at the U of I, Scott was very active with Illini Productions and Student U productions on the Big Ten Network. He was also a big part of the UI-7 News 2012 Election night coverage that won SPJ regional awards.
- Ash-har Quraishi will be Al Jazeera America's Chicago correspondent. Before joining Al Jazeera America, Quraishi was a correspondent for WTTW, Chicago's PBS station, where he reported for the nightly news program Chicago Tonight and contributed to the PBS NewsHour.
- Michelle Fleishman '13 JOURNMichelle Fleishman recently moved to Los Angeles to accept a job with a video production company called BUNIM MURRAY. Michelle tells us the company produces reality television shows such as: The Real World, Project Runway, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Bad Girls Club, Love Games and Best Ink. She starts in August.
- The Illinois News Broadcasters Association has named Paul Davis 2013 Illinois of the Year.
- FordHarrison LLP, a national labor and employment law firm, is pleased to announce that Suheily Natal, a senior associate in the firm's Chicago office, has been selected to the "2013 Illinois Rising Stars" list.
- Hannah Gettleman 12 JOURNHannah Gettleman was a featured contributor in "University Chic's Diploma Diaries: The Post-Grad's Guide to Work, Love, and Everything in Between." The book features Chicken Soup for the Soul-type stories from post-graduate women from around the country. Learn more here: http://UChic.com/article/diploma-diaries-hitting-stores-wednesday
- Chicago radio icon, Jim Johnson of WLS-AM, is retiring after 45 years on the radio.
- Starr pens column for Huffington Post.
- Will Leitch 97 JOURNLeitch is joining the staff of Sports On Earth full-time, as a lead writer for the site. He has been writing for the site part-time since it launched last fall, but will now be there every day. On his website Leitch said Im basically gonna be writing about everything, traveling all over the place, serving as the face (or one of the faces, anyway) of the site. I will also be hosting a daily podcast and will occasionally contribute for MLB.com, and certain columns will also be running in USA Today. His first day will be April 15.
- Landon Cassman '10 JOURN, '11 MSLandon Cassman is moving to a new job at WVIK (NPR) radio in the Quad Cities. He has been a multimedia journalist at WIFR-TV in Rockford. Jay Pearce, formerly with IPM, is the general manager at WVIK radio, located on Augustana Colleges campus. Landon says the radio reporting job at WVIK is a six-month fellowship, but he hopes it will turn into a permanent position.
- Springfield area wedding and freelance photographer Steve Warmowski was one of approximately 100 of the worlds leading photographers in over 30 countries to take part in the recently-released book The Human Face of Big Data.
- Beth Finke 81 JOURNBeth Finke has received the Creative Access fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. The fellowship provides registration, room, board and studio space for a four-week stay at the Vermont Studio for the Arts along with a stipend for travel. Finke is the author of two books, a memoir called "Long Time, No See" (University of Illinois Press, 2003) and a children's book called "Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound" (Blue Marlin Publications, 2007). She plans to use the fellowship to continue work on a book about the memoir classes she teaches for senior citizens. The Vermont Studio Center residency offers a supportive atmosphere for intensive work, the camaraderie of fellow artists and writers, access to the visiting artists' and writers' lectures, and optional feedback with a conference or studio visit.
- Kimberly Scarabello '10 JOURNKimberly Scarabello of Blue Island, Ill. recently began an 11-month term of service in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program. Scarabello arrived at her regional campus in September to begin a month of Team Leader training. In October, she lead a team through Corps Member training, which prepared the over 300 Corps Members for full-time service with AmeriCorps NCCC, emphasizing teamwork, leadership development, communication, service learning, and included certification by the American Red Cross. Scarabello will be responsible for completing a series of six- to eight-week-long service projects as the leader of a 10- to 12-person team. Their first service projects will end in mid-December, at which time the teams will break for the winter holidays and begin a new project in a new location in January. Scarabello said, "I chose to do a term of national service because I know that I can make a difference in our country. I also believe that there are tremendous benefits that I can gain for myself through serving with NCCC, such as everlasting friendships, professional experience, and the satisfaction of seeing a job well done." AmeriCorps NCCC is a residential national service program that supports disaster relief, the environment, infrastructure improvement, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Fifty-six teams composed of over 600 Corps Members and Team Leaders began service projects in November throughout the Pacific and Southwest regions, based in Sacramento in Denver respectively. There are three additional NCCC campuses located in Perry Point, Md., Vinton, Iowa, and Vicksburg, Miss., each of which is a hub for its respective area of the country.
- Kate Brickman '07 JOURN, '11 MSKate Brickman joined the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council as Media Relations Coordinator. She will act as the liaison between media and the Locals. Brickman was Press Secretary for Minnesotans United, serving as spokesperson and helping shape coverage across the state about the importance of defeating the marriage amendment. Before coming to Minnesotans United, Brickman worked as a TV reporter in Illinois and taught broadcast journalism as adjunct faculty in the Journalism Department at the University of Illinois.
- Jill Disis '12 JOURNJill Disis '12 JOURN, a recent Pulliam Fellowship recipient, has been hired full time on the Metro Desk at the Indianapolis Star where she served her Fellowship over the summer. Jill was the Editor in Chief at the Daily Illini last year.
- Rachel Caulfield '12 JOURNRachel Caulfield is an Associate Operator at ESPN. Rachel earned her bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism at the University of Illinois in 2012. While there she interned with Illini Productions and worked in production with the Big Tens Student U program. She also served as a news intern at Champaign's WCIA 3 and a social media intern with Mediatracks Communications, a radio syndicator in Chicago.
- Breda Murphy '02 JOURN '03 MSAfter six years of working in broadcast journalism and public relations, Breda Murphy has transitioned into teaching. She teaches broadcasting and English at Oswego East High School in Illinois. She also advises the daily student run TV news program, Wolfpack News, on East TV 16.
- Christine Kim '09 JOURNChristine Kim has a new job as a weekday reporter at KSNV in Las Vegas. Christine will be moving from KTUU TV in Anchorage, Alaska, where she started immediately after college. The move from Anchorage to Las Vegas is a 108 market jump--market #150 to market #42. Congratulations Christine!
- Dan Manoyan, '72 JOURN, has published a new book: ALAN AMECHE, The Story of The Horse
- Lawrence K. Beaupre, managing editor of The Times-Tribune and executive editor of Times-Shamrock Communications, is stepping down after 12 years at the helm of Northeast Pennsylvania's largest news-gathering operation.
- Industry veteran Morris Beschloss will be honored with the American Supply Associations Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented during NetworkASA 2012 at the ASA Annual Member Luncheon on Thursday, October 18 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando. The award, given at the discretion of ASAs Executive Committee, is presented to individuals with a long history of service and dedication to the PHCP and PVF industry. Beschloss has been a major industry influence for decades, and was one of the driving forces behind groups such as ASAs Industrial Piping Division and Vendor Member Division.
- Lynne Avery Moore '73 JOURN, has published one book "Lost to Found" Finding God for the Intellectual Skeptic, and is about to publish her second book "Shall Not Perish" Both available at numerous stores world-wide as well as Amazon.com.
- June Spira Weltman '67 JOURN, won a 2012 first place national award from the National Federation of Press Women for mystery reviews that appeared last year in the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla.
- Armstrong Teasdales equity partners have elected Steven N. Cousins, Raymond R. Fournie, Daniel J. Godar and Daniel K. O'Toole to serve three year terms on the firms 11-person executive committee.
- Anne Cowgur '92 JOURN, '99 LAWAnne Cowgur has joined the Indianapolis office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP as a partner in the Litigation and Labor and Employment practice groups. Cowgur focuses her practice in the areas of appellate, business litigation, labor and employment, and media law.
- Morris Beschloss '52 JOURNAt the Military Officers Association of America dinner on June 15, an Award of Honorary Life Member will be presented to Morris Beschloss, a former US Army Captain, newspaper columnist and TV commentator.
- Alex Dario '10 JOURNUI alumna Alex Deiro is jumping about 90 markets to WVLA-TV, NBC 33 News, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Alex has been reporting at WFLI in Lafayette, Indiana. Despite being in the heart of LSU country at Baton Rouge, Alex promises to keep her loyal Illini bloodline.
- Heather Pink '12 JOURN2012 Illinois alumna, Heather Pink, has a new job with the NFL.com. Heather will be a producer/editor based in Los Angeles. She'll help with Thursday night NFL live programming and a fantasy football broadcast.
- Steve Hanff '97 JOURNAfter 13 years working in newspapers, Steve Hanff is transitioning into a new career. He will be teaching English and journalism - and acting as student newspaper adviser - at RJ Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
- Richardson's latest novel publishes May 29.
- The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) today announced the hiring of Joe Urschel to be Executive Director of their National Law Enforcement Museum, which is scheduled to open in 2014 in Washington, DCs historic Judiciary Square.
- Jodi Enda 80 JOURN, has been named a finalist for the 2012 Mirror Award in the category of Best Single Article, Traditional/Legacy Media.
- Ted Land JOURN '07, a reporter at KTUU-TV, the NBC station in Anchorage, Alaska, recently won his second regional Edward R. Murrow Award for a feature story he produced last year.
- Dan Petrella, '06 JOURN, MS '10 JOURNDan Petrella has been hired as a staff writer for The State Journal-Register and will be covering the suburbs of Springfield. From May 2010 through March 2012, he was a reporter for CU-CitizenAccess.org.
- Erik Hall, '05 JOURN
Erik Hall, '05 JOURN, was hired as a copy editor and feature writer for the Charleston Times-Courier/Journal Gazette located in Charleston, IL.
- Director, Communications Engineering, Operations and Technology, James Schlueter '80 JOURN, was instrumental in the creation and launching of a new Boeing website on Boeing Innovation.
- Lauren Petty '00 JOURN
Lauren Petty '00 JOURN will be joining NBC5 News as a General Assignment Reporter effective Jan. 30. Petty currently anchors weekend evening newscasts and reports during the week at WVIT, the NBC-owned station in Hartford, Connecticut, where she has worked for more than six years.
- Jodie Shpritz '01 JOURN
Jodie Shpritz '01 JOURN has been promoted to Vice Presdient of Media Relations and Branding for Culloton Strategies LLC. Having worked at local and global public relations and event planning firms, Shpritz brings a broad scope of experience to Culloton Strategies.
- Stuart Lieberman '10 JOURN
Stuart Lieberman ’10 JOURN has started a new job as a writer/editor for the International Paralympic Committee's media department at their headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Stuart was chosen from a field of more than 200 applicants from around the world. His duties include writing stories and doing multimedia work for the department's website heading into next summer's London 2012 Paralympic Games.
- Amanda Morris '03 JOURN
Amanda Morris '03 JOURN was named managing editor of TriQuarterly, Northwestern University's world-renowned literary magazine.
- Matt Brickman '07 JOURN
Matt Brickman '07 JOURN will begin a new job as a meteorologist/reporter at WCCO, the CBS owned station in Minneapolis. This makes a 69 market jump--from Champaign's WICD-TV to Minneapolis-St. Paul, which is the 15th biggest TV market. Matt will also soon earn his meteorology certificate from Mississippi State University.
- Karis Morrall '10 JOURN
Karis Morrall '10 JOURN is busy helping her stations (KSAN-KLST) in San Angelo, Texas cover the high-profile sexual assault trial of FLDS prophet Warren Jeffs.
- Kirstin Skurka '09 JOURN
Kirstin Skurka '09 JOURN has started a new job producing middays at WTMJ-TV Milwaukee. She spent the past two years in the Quad Cities at WHBF where, as assignment editor and producer, she was the No.2 person in the newsroom. It's a big jump in the size of markets: Milwaukee is the 35th largest, while Quad Cities is 97th, according to Station Index, the broadcasting web site.
- Carolyn Bucior '81 JOURN
The New York Times selected "Sub Culture: Three Years in Education's Dustiest Corners" (Outskirt Press), a new book by Carolyn Bucior '81 JOURN for their 2011 summer reading list.
"Critics of education reform complain that if reformers spent more time in schools, they wouldn't be so hungry for change. Carolyn Bucior, a journalist turned substitute teacher, amply illustrates why reform critics should be careful what they wish for. In this funny and terrifying book she examines the little-discussed but enormously important substitute teaching industry: the U.S. spends more than $20 million each school day on substitutes, and your child will spend upwards of a year of their time in school with a sub in front of them. What Bucior reveals about low standards, lower pay, and all manner of craziness will shock you. After reading this book, you'll be a lot more concerned about who is in front of our children when their teacher isn't." Read more...
- Bob Epstein '74 JOURN
Bob Epstein '74 JOURN, who has been executive producer of “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” for the last two-and-a-half years is moving to the NBC News specials unit as VP. Epstein, a former EP in the early days of MSNBC and later EP of Weekend “Nightly News” joins Mark Lukasiewicz, who has been promoted to Senior Vice President of NBC News specials. Read more...
- Pete Zervakis '11 JOURN
Pete Zervakis '11 JOURN started a job at WXOW-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin, as a reporter/multimedia journalist.
- Dave Shaul '63
Dave Shaul '63 JOURN has been inducted into the Mid America Emmys Silver Circle. This honor is bestowed upon an elite group of professional broadcasters who have had significant influence on local television. Dave worked at WCIA-TV Champaign for 37 years and was news director there for nearly two decades.
- Clarissa Mankus '06 JOURN
Clarissa Mankus '06 JOURN recently completed her MBA at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is moving from Wisconsin to Atlanta for a job with Meredith Broadcasting's WGCL, the CBS affiliate.
- Kimberly Jacobs '06 JOURN
Kimberly Jacobs '06 JOURN works for Electric Picture Solutions, a post production video equipment company in Studio City, California. Kim proudly tells classmates she's recently engaged and had an exciting trip to Sicily! "My position allows me to interact with our high end clients (Disney, Lionsgate, HBO, Marvel, Warner Bros., etc.)." The companies she works with produce shows such as "Dexter," "127 Hours," "Weeds," and "The Expendables." It's only been a few years, but Kim vividly remembers UI newscast days being very stressful and having to lug around heavy TV equipment.
- Michelle Smallmon '08 JOURN
Michelle Smallmon '08 JOURN is the producer of a radio sports talk show in St. Louis on 101 ESPN, WXOS-FM. She coordinates the show featuring veteran St. Louis sports writer Bernie Miklasz of the Post-Dispatch. (Pictured in studio with former Rams RB Marshall Faulk and Miklasz at the Super Bowl in Dallas.) As producer, her duties include making the rundowns, topic preparation, guest booking, production, and web development for the show. Michelle lives in the Soulard area of St. Louis and proudly wears her Illini colors amid Mizzou country. Her best memories of journalism at UI includes shooting weather teases in the pouring rain and staying up half the night to cover the election. “We all worked together and had a good time. Since the classes were small, a lot of us became good friends and I still keep in touch with several of my journalism friends.”
- Katie Heinz '05 JOURN
Katie Heinz '05 JOURN of WICS-TV (ABC Springfield, IL) is among the dozens of reporters covering the Blagojevich trial in Chicago. See link and scroll down in the article.
- Tom Powell '01 JOURN
Tom Powell '01 JOURN has been a reporter/fill-in anchor at WREG-TV (CBS) in Memphis for about eight years. The Oak Forest native started his career interning in Champaign television then moved on to a job at Sioux Falls, SD. “Our graduation speaker talked about being willing to go anywhere to get your start. I felt like she was talking directly to me.” He says covering Memphis politicians keeps him busy. His reporting recently uncovered a suspicious city council expense of id="mce_marker"5,000 for glamour photos. “I think digging into local government spending is an example of what local news is all about.” He fondly remembers his TV 1 instructor (Mitch) quietly stealing a bag of unattended camera equipment—to prove a point about security--while he and a classmate shot on the Quad.
- Alison Heimburger Ramsey '02 JOURN
Alison Heimburger Ramsey '02 JOURN and her husband Steven A. Ramsey '03 LAS had a girl, Laina Natalie, Jan. 16. The family lives in Itasca.
- Dan Ferber '99 MS JOURN
Dan Ferber '99 MS JOURN is the coauthor, with Paul Epstein, MD, of Harvard Medical School, of the upcoming "Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It," a book that will offer groundbreaking coverage of the public-health impacts of climate change, as well as a suite of solutions designed to ease them.
- Eugene G. Windchy '52 JOURN
Eugene G. Windchy '52 JOURN published in the Washington Times of June 7 an op ed, "Congress must place a check on executive war-making." Windchy explains that the War Powers Resolution of 1973 is constitutional since the Constitution gives the Congress the exclusive right to initiate war. Windchy's article summarized an earlier study, "The Right to Make War," which he published in the New Republic of January 29, 1972. Both of his articles cite evidence that the Congress's exclusive right to make war was acknowledged by the early presidents, although the State Department has said otherwise. In that subject area, Windchy also has written "Tonkin Gulf" (Doubleday, 1971).
- Bill Jeffreys '79 JOURN
Bill Jeffreys '79 JOURN just completed his fifth year as a high school journalism teacher at Alief Taylor High School in Houston, TX. He and his wife, Brenda, are celebrating our 15th anniversary. Their twin children, Alan and Gina, turn 12 this summer.
- Dan Balz '68/'72 MS JOURN
Dan Balz of The Washington Post and Jake Tapper of ABC News, were honored at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner for winning the Merriman Smith Award for presidential coverage under deadline pressure. Balz won for coverage of an unexpected appearance by Obama and former President Bill Clinton at a White House briefing, and Tapper won for revealing that Obama would ask Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair to resign.
- Carolyn Bucior '81 JOURN
In her new book, journalist and mother Carolyn Bucior '81 JOURN challenges the status quo in this dusty corner of education. In "Sub Culture: Three years in education's dustiest corner," she offers readers front-row seats as she substitute teaches in various K-12 classrooms (PE, English language learners, high-school chemistry, cooking, multi-age and traditional classrooms), then meets with national experts in teacher absenteeism and substitute teaching in order to make sense of the disturbingly unorthodox world in which she finds herself working. More about the book...
- Mark Rivera '11 JOURN
Mark Rivera '11 JOURN starts a new job as a reporter at WAND-TV, Decatur on June 6. Previously, Mark has had a part-time job doing radio news at WDWS-AM in Champaign.
- Dick Rodgers '53 JOURN
Dick Rodgers '53 JOURN recently published "Directions2: Strategic Management & Marketing," a comprehensive collection of powerful strategies that other successful firms have used. The Society for Marketing Professional Services named it their first Book of the Month in an email blast 6,000 members. SMPS focuses on Marketing in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction field.
- Cheryl Whitlow Thompson '82 LAS/'84 MS JOURN
Cheryl Whitlow Thompson '82 LAS/'84 MS JOURN, an investigative reporter at The Washington Post, has won the 2010 Investigative Reporters and Editors Freedom of Information Medal. Thompson and three of her colleagues won the award for "The Hidden Life of Guns," a yearlong investigation into how guns move around the country. Thompson created a first-ever database of 511 police officers around the country who were killed by guns and wrote a two-part expose looking at how firearms ended up in the hands of killers, many of whom were prohibited by law from legally possessing them. She also traced two guns used in the killing of a police officer in Philadelphia and an Indiana State Trooper. The series, which included online interactive graphics and databases, also won this year's Virginia Press Association's award for best daily newspaper writing and best in show; second place in the National Headliner awards; and third place in the White House News Photographers Association's Eyes of History 2011 multimedia package in-depth category.
- Leslie Bruce '05 MS JOURN
Alumna Leslie Bruce '05 MS JOURN, staff member at The Hollywood Reporter, takes part "behind the scenes" for the photo shoot for magazine's 80th Anniversary issue. For the special year-end package, THR brought together the biggest names in the business, both on screen and off, who have made their mark in the business during our 80-year history. Appearing first about about a minute and a half into the video, Bruce works with colleagues to arrange the many shoots necessary for the magazine's anniversary issue. Watch the video...
- Sarah Jindra '04 JOURN
Sarah Jindra '04 JOURN, traffic reporter for WBEZ-FM and part-time on WMAQ-TV, has been nominated as a candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 2011 "Woman of the Year." She has now embarked on a fundraising journey for the L&L Society and has set up a blogsite to for this goal of raising money to help fund patient services and life-saving blood cancer research. In addition to being known as a Chicago traffic information queen, Sarah Jindra also operates the uplifting news website InspireMe Chicago!, which recently celebrated its one year anniversary.
- Allan Lieberman '70 ADV
Allan Lieberman '70 ADV, now living in Palm Beach, writing comedy and parody for 20 years, and recently launched a new arm of his business — This Song’s 4U — in which he writes custom-made pieces for parties, birthdays, anniversaries and other major events. Read more...
- Bob Epstein '74 JOURN
Bob Epstein '74 JOURN was featured in an article in February's Broadcasting & Cable magazine, titled “Tuned In to the News.” The article discussed his time at the U of I and being a reporter at WCIA before moving to WBBM TV in Chicago.
- Geneace Williams '82 JOURN
Geneace Williams '82 JOURN published a new book in December 2010, Leadership DASH: Breaking through the Finish Line. The book has received great reviews. "My goal is to use the book to help as many leaders as possible," said Williams.
- Greg Lindsay '99 JOURN
Greg Lindsay '99 JOURN recently announced the publication of his new book "Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next." He will be at Chicago-area bookstores to do readings in March.
- Anna Yee '10 JOURN and Maggie Vespa '10 JOURN
Two 2010 journalism graduates, Anna Yee and Maggie Vespa, both Peoria natives, have been promoted at the Peoria TV station, WEEK (NBC). Yee is now a multimedia journalist/reporter. Vespa will assume some weekend weather duties at WEEK, in addition to her reporting role. WEEK’s news staff produces newscasts for WEEK (NBC) and WHOI (ABC) in Peoria. Peoria is the 116th biggest TV market in USA (out of 210).
- Tracee Loran Scott '93 JOURN
Tracee Loran Scott '93 JOURN is founding producer of New York-based Stacey & Tracee Media, a company that produces original media content for the Internet. Her career includes reporting for ESPN and appearances on national television.
- Steve Hanf '97 JOURN
Steve Hanf '97 JOURN has ended a 13-year journalism career and started teaching English at R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. Following three years of writing for The Daily Illini, Hanf worked for two small newspapers in Illinois and North Carolina before joining mid-size sports staffs in Salisbury, N.C., and High Point, N.C. He enjoyed covering all manner of events from preps to NCAA Championships and survived each round of layoffs along the way, but grew weary of the lifestyle and wary of the future! Hanf enjoys the challenge of attempting to teach writing to today's texting generation, and he especially enjoys being on the same schedule with wife Stacey ('98 LAS) – also a teacher – and children Logan (7) and Delaney (5).
- Marc Dadigan '02 JOURN
Marc Dadigan '02 JOURN is a freelance writer and photographer currently living as an immersion journalist with the small Winnemem Wintu tribe and working on a book project about their spiritually guided salmon restoration plan. He also writes about environmental justice in the West for the High Country News and blogs about education and human rights for Change.org. His work has also been published in the Christian Science Monitor, GlobalPost and Etude literary journal. Read more on his blog: www.marcdadigan.com.
- Dave Wischnowsky '98 JOURN
Dave Wischnowsky '98 JOURN has started writing a sports blog for CBSchicago.com, which is the catch-all home page for CBS 2, WBBM 780 and The Score 670. The sports tab of the CBSchicago.com, which is where all his blog entries are posted, is actually the home page for The Score. Read the blog.
- Tom Winski '75 MS JOURN
Tom Winski '75 MS JOURN of Winchester High School, Winchester, Illinois, has achieved Master Journalism Educator status from the Journalism Education Association. Winski was honored Nov. 13, 2010, at the Fall JEA/NSPA convention in Kansas City, Mo. Journalism certification recognizes teachers who meet national standards of preparation to teach high school journalism classes and advise student media. The MJE status is JEA's highest level of certification.
- Bill Renje '95 MS JOURN
A new book by Bill Renje '95 MS JOURN, "A Chosen Bullet," shares the journey that took him from despair and self-destruction to the gold medal stand in two Paralympics, an award-winning business career as well as a successful marriage and family. "This book is a must read for anybody interested in sports, self-help in overcoming daunting odds such as disability and substance abuse, spiritual growth, as well as a successful model for business, marriage and family." More information.
- Cesar Rodriguez '05 JOURN
Cesar Rodriguez '05 JOURN is headed from Palm Springs (KESQ-TV) to El Paso, Texas, where he will report and anchor in the 98th largest market. Cesar recently was the focus of one of Journalism instructor John Paul’s frosh student JOUR 199 professional critiques for voice and on-camera performance.
- Gus Axelson '97 JOURN
A story by Gus Axelson '97 JOURN was selected for the Houghton Mifflin's "The Best American Science & Nature Writing 2010," now out in book stores. His story "The Alpha Accipiter" about northern goshawks in Minnesota was selected for inclusion, along with articles by David Quammen for National Geographic, Tom Wolfe for The New York Times, and Elizabeth Kolbert for The New Yorker.
- Amanda Vinicky '03 JOURN
Amanda Vinicky '03 JOURN, Illinois Public Radio statehouse reporter, took third place for Radio Beat Reporting in the National Capitolbeat Awards Competition. Capitolbeat is the association of journalists who cover state capitols for radio stations, online news sites, TV stations, magazines, and newspapers. Amanda's reports are heard regularly on WILL Radio, and she is a regular panel member on State Week in Review aired Saturdays at 11 a.m. on AM 580 and the WILL Web site.
- Amy Rodenburg Maillet '03 JOURN
Amy Rodenburg Maillet '03 JOURN, with husband Jeff, welcomed a son, Matthew Laurence Maillet, on June 1, 2010, in Milwaukee, Wis. Jeff and Amy both work at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as an assistant sports editor and copy editor respectively.
- Beth Jones '07 JOURN
Beth Jones '07 JOURN is headed to Green Bay—WLUK TV (Fox). Most previously, she was a reporter WLUC in Marquette, Michigan, the Upper Peninsula, for about two years. Marquette is the 180th biggest TV market. Green Bay is the 80th size market. A BIG JUMP!
- Roger Ebert '64 JOURN and Bill Nack '64 JOURN
Roger Ebert '64 JOURN talks about his UI classmate Bill Nack '64 JOURN, in a new blogpost, "The storyteller and the stallion."
"Bill Nack is a born story-teller. The author of the biography Secretariat has enveloped me time and again in the fascination of his tales. That process began nearly 50 years ago at the University of Illinois, when we were both working on The Daily Illini. I was the editor, he was the sports editor, and then the following year he was the editor. He was also a natural writer -- and, perhaps more significantly, a natural reader. His taste was persuasive."
- Dick Slottow '48 JOURN
Dick Slottow '48 JOURN has published a new book on covering his two years on the front lines of the infantry during World War II. This book took slightly more than 45 years write. I have been meaning to do this for a long time but finally got around to it. My memory turned out to be far better than I had imagined and the photos were still around. Pics were taken with a Leica 35mm camera found somewhere in Germany in 1944. Wish I still had the camera! I had notes around for years and entered them in the first computer I owned in whatever year it was that I learned how to work it.
- Dave Wischnowsky '98 JOURN
Dave Wischnowsky '98 JOURN, long-time news blogger and the force behind The Wisch List, launched a new site oddchicagophotos.com, filled with entertaining Chicago- or Illinois-related photos. "We love everything about Chicago! The good, bad, and the odd. If it's odd, we'll take a photo of it and share it with you here."
- Justin Breen '99 JOURN
Justin Breen '99 JOURN was recently promoted to Assistant Managing Editor at The Times of Northwest Indiana. Breen previously served as Sports Editor at the newspaper for four-plus years. Breen currently plans Daily and Sunday A1 centerpiece stories, in addition to updating the newspaper's website, nwi.com. He also was selected to direct the photography department.
- Matt Spartz '08 JOURN
Army Lt. Matt Spartz '08 JOURN, a lifelong Lombard resident, was deployed to Afghanistan in May with the 101st Airborne Division. He is submitting occasional reports for the Daily Herald. Read more...
- Brian Paruch '95 JOURN
Brian Paruch '95 JOURN, whose Chicago radio nicknames over the years have ranged from “The Whipping Boy” to “King Paruch,” could be ready for a new one. Starting Oct. 18, he’ll succeed Mark Suppelsa as news anchor for Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart’s top-rated morning show on Bonneville International hot adult-contemporary WTMX-FM (101.9). Paruch has been at CBS Radio sports/talk WSCR-AM (670) since 2006.
- Cecilia Marizu '10 JOURN
Cecilia Marizu '10 JOURN was profiled by the Big Ten Network's Give Big campaign in a video about her work with Hometown Heroes helping students excel in and out of the classroom from Illinois to Kenya. Through her work with Hometown heroes, Cece co-founded Students Leading Social Change, a non-profit organization that raised funds to build a school in Kenya. Cece also traveled to Kenya to help start the school’s construction and meet its future students. Cece is back at U of I as a graduate student in the Educational Policy Studies program. She is continuing her work with Hometown Heroes as a graduate assistant in the Athletic Academic Services Department.
- Erica Quednau '10 JOURN
Erica Quednau '10 JOURN has been named the producer of WCFN-TV's (Springfield-Champaign) 7 p.m. newscast. Erica, who is a native of Geneva and Glenbard North High School, will be based in Champaign's WCIA newsroom, which produces the newscast that airs on WCFN in the central Illinois TV market.
- Nancy Hadler '76 JOURN
Nancy Hadler '76 JOURN is the owner of Tower Rock Vineyard & Winery in Altenburg, Mo. She was previously vice president of public relations and corporate communications for the global technology and operations headquarters of MasterCard in O'Fallon, Mo.
- Sam Waltz '71 JOURN/'73 MS JOURN
Sam Waltz '71 JOURN/'73 MS JOURN has moved his marketing and organizational consultancy, Sam Waltz & Associates, into investment banking and mergers and acquisitions through an affiliation with the Delaware firm of RLS Associates. He lives in Wilmington, Del.
- Alison Trouy '11 JOURN
Alison Trouy '11 JOURN produced “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” for the Penny Dreadful Players in December 2009. Trouy placed second in Radio News Reporting for the Illinois Broadcasters Association SINBA Award.
- Ilana Strauss '13 JOURN
Ilana Strauss '13 JOURN wrote a guest blog entitled “Professional wardrobe on an intern budget” for the Washington Post in June 2010.
- Julie Ulstrup '85 JOURN
Julie Ulstrup '85 JOURN has taken a year's sabbatical from her job as a counselor at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colo., to immerce herself in the language and culture of Spain at the University of Alicante. Follow her experiences at www.julieulstrup.com.
- Lauren Yang '11 JOURN
Lauren Yang '11 JOURN wrote multiple articles for Buzz Magazine during the 2009-2010 school year including "Get saavy on social dancing," "Kids Art 4 Kids benefits Crisis Nursery," and "Artist Against Aids." Yang also wrote reviews of different labels for the Music Issue. She received the Todd S. Tomiyama Memorial Scholarship.
- Lorien Menhennett '03 JOURN
Lorien Menhennett '03 JOURN was in the publishing field as a newspaper editor, magazine editor, and textbook editor for the past seven years. Menhennett was laid off in March 2010 and decided to start a career in medicine. She was admitted into Dominican University in River Forest to complete her medical school prerequisites.
- Alex Quigley '01 JOURN
Alex Quigley '01 JOURN has been promoted to Interim Assistant Program Director effective Monday, September 13. He is also the host for a new sports show on the station, "Chicago Preps Plus," which will be a live wrap up of Friday night's high school football action. The 30 minute show will air each Friday night at 10:30pm throughout the high school football season, or immediately following any Chicago Cubs or Chicago Blackhawks Friday night game broadcast. Quigley is also co-host of Chicago Now Radio" with Amy Guth. He is a sports blogger for the Tribune's ChicagoNow blog site. Prior to joining WGN-AM, Quigley was best known in Chicago as one of WKQX-FM's top rock jocks, working various shifts for the station on & off for nine years. Before WKQX, Quigley spent two years working at a radio station in Bakersfield, CA as Program Director and drive time DJ.
- Roger Ebert '64 JOURN
Roger Ebert '64 JOURN announced he will be launching a new weekly half-hour film review show, "Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies," on PBS in January. It will be hosted by Christy Lemire, film critic of The Associated Press, and the controversial Elvis Mitchell of NPR and formerly The New York Times. Read more...
- Katherine Ropiequet Inman '39 JOURN
Katherine Ropiequet Inman '39 (92 years old and still active!) visited Champaign in August for a booksigning of her seventh book, "Rose Haven Farm," the story of her grandmother, Mary Cranston Green. A student of the first Illini class to admit women, Green went onto to raise seven children, all of whom became Illini and most married Illini, too. "My grandmother's motto, 'use it up, wear it out, and make it do," will encourage people experiencing hard times," said Inman. "Life can be especially rewarding in old age or hard times when we find we have the needed ingenuity and courage to overcome."
- Christine Kim '09 JOURN
Christine Kim '09 JOURN of KTUU TV in Anchorage has landed a role as a reporter in an upcoming movie being filmed in Alaska. “Everybody Loves Whales” stars Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, and John Krasinski. Christine said she answered a casting call and audition to play a slew of reporters covering three trapped whales…and won the part. She hopes she gets a speaking part. She is also scheduled to be featured in a Korean Television documentary called “Dream It: You’re the Next Generation.” It features a variety of Korean Americans pursuing their dreams.
- Kathlyn Ferdinand JOURN
Kathlyn Ferdinand JOURN recently worked behind the cameras on the Chicago filming of Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore's new movie called “LOL.” Kathlyn says she’s been working off-and-on for the Chicago Film Office. She hopes to be hired on the next movie filming in Chicago called Contagion.
- Cynthia Edwards '06 JOURN
Cynthia Edwards '06 JOURN will begin work with the American Medical Association as the "Site Licensing Account Coordinator" in the Worldwide Sales Department of Periodical Publishing in September 2010. In addition, she was recently featured in an article in the American Bar Association Journal. Read article...
- Karis Morrall '10 JOURN
Karis Morrall '10 JOURN got a job as the assistant editor for Arrowhead Films, a documentary company in Austin, Tex. She's working on a program for the Discovery Channel about melting glaciers in the Himalayas.
- Jackie Orozco '07 JOURN
Jackie Orozco '07 JOURN has a new job at WPTY-TV (ABC) in Memphis as a reporter and fill in anchor. Previously, Jackie worked at KIVI-TV in Boise, Idaho. Jackie is a bilingual reporter, and reports stories in English and Spanish.
- Elliot Kolkovich '02/'03 MS JOURN
Elliot Kolkovich '02/'03 MS JOURN graduated from St. Louis University Law School where he won the Everett Hullverson Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. He will be working for the Akron prosecutor's office in the fall.
- Eric Horng '97 JOURN
Eric Horng '97 JOURN, Chicago-based ABC News correspondent, has joined joining ABC's Windy City O&O, WLS-TV, as a general assignment reporter. Horng joined ABC's NewsOne in 2003 and was named a network correspondent in 2007. Previously, he reported for CNN and for CNN Newsource.
- Julie Samuels '00 JOURN
Julie Samuels '00 JOURN has taken a position as a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit center that champions cases that set important precedents for the treatment of rights in cyberspace.
- Larry Doyle MS '83 JOURN
Larry Doyle MS '83 JOURN, author of the runaway coming-of-age hit "I Love You, Beth Cooper" is coming back to shelves with another tale of high school agony and hilarity, "Go, Mutants!" It feels a bit like a fifties b-movie mashup, with aliens walking (and sliming along) the high school halls. Read more...
- Laura Frank '90 JOURN
Laura Frank '90 JOURN, founder and executive director of I-News, the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network, a nonprofit in-depth news service with media partners across Colorado, has been named to the board of the Investigative News Network, a consortium of more than 40 nonprofit journalism organizations that produce nonpartisan investigative and public service stories. Frank is a Denver native with two decades experience at metropolitan daily newspapers, radio, and public television. She was an investigative reporter at the Rocky Mountain News when it closed in 2009. Her work has been recognized in both broadcast and print, including a regional Emmy award in 1990 for documentary production. In 2007, she was a top-10 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting. Her work has helped release innocent people from prison, protect abused children, and win aid for sick nuclear weapons workers. Frank has been a Scripps Fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado and a Knight Fellow at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. She opened her first business when she was 16 and began syndicating her reporting the same year to two newspapers and a radio station – making her multi-media before it was cool. Her recent work includes a piece for PBS...
- Rosemary Randolph '52 JOURN
Rosemary Randolph '52 JOURN died July 2, 2010 at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria after a brief illness. A native of Illinois, she graduated with a journalism degree in 1952. While at the U of I, she met William L. Randolph of Macomb, a law student there; they were married in 1953. After staying home with her children for several years, she returned to school and earned a master’s degree in education from Western Illinois University. She began her teaching career at Macomb High School in 1967 and in her first year there was voted “Teacher of the Year.” Over her 20-year career at MHS, she taught American literature, creative writing, journalism, and other courses and was the longtime advisor for the school newspaper, the Sentinel. Read a full obituary...
- John Everson '88 JOURN
John Everson '88 JOURN was a featured alumni author at the Illini Union Bookstore's Off the Page Summer Book Festival in July 2010. He won the Bram Stoker for First Novel in 2005 for his book Covenant. In addition to writing, Everson is the co-founder of the publishing company Dark Arts Books. His latest novel is Siren from Leisure publishing.
- Heidi Isenhart '93 AGCOMM
Heidi Isenhart '93 AGCOMM, an attorney with Shuffield Lowman in Florida, was named to Florida Trend magazine’s “Legal Elite” which features the top two percent of lawyers practicing in the state of Florida, chosen by fellow members of The Florida Bar. Consistently named one of the Florida Trend Legal Elite since 2007, Isenhart is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney who specializes in elder law, Medicaid planning, guardianship, probate and trust administration, estate planning and special-needs trusts.
- Roger Ebert '64 JOURN
ASSOCIATED PRESS (June 28, 2010) -- Four years after cancer surgery left the famed film critic unable to speak or eat, Roger Ebert '64 JOURN is publishing a cookbook dedicated to rice cookers, a kitchen appliance he lovingly calls "The Pot" and champions as an answer for those strapped for cash, time and counter space. Read more...
- Tony Cipolla '85 JOURN
After 20 years at KSBY as news anchor and reporter, Tony Cipolla '85 JOURN is leaving the San Luis Obispo, Calif. station. His last day will be June 3.
"It's been a great ride, and I'm very proud of the fact I was the longest-serving anchor at KSBY and that we were number one in the ratings all those years," he said.
- Robert D. Leonard Jr. '65 JOURN
Robert D. Leonard Jr. '65 JOURN has published his second book, Curious Currency: The Story of Money From the Stone Age to the Internet Age, Whitman Review, 2010). Leonard tells the story of money from the Stone Age to the Internet Age. The richly illustrated book includes many images from the collection of researcher Charles J. Opitz, as well as rarely seen items from the British Museum; the Royal Coin Cabinet of Stockholm, Sweden; the Minnesota Historical Society; and other personal and public collections and archives. He will have a book signing on Wednesday, June 23, at 7:00 p.m. at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm St., Winnetka, IL, and would be glad to greet fellow classmates there. More about the book...
- Roger Ebert '64 JOURN
Associated Press (May 4) — Though Roger Ebert lost his ability to speak after surgery for cancer, he has found a new and powerful voice online. The film critic was chosen as person of the year by the Webby Awards.
The 13th annual Webbys, which celebrate Internet achievement, were announced Tuesday by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-member group of Web experts.
Ebert was singled out for "raising the bar for online journalism" with his blog on the Chicago Sun-Times' website. He is also an avid Twitterer and is planning a new movie-review TV program that he says will have a strong presence online.
- Chris LaFortune ' 99/'00 MS JOURN
Pioneer Press staffer Chris LaFortune ' 99/'00 MS JOURN was named Illinois Reporter of the Year from the Illinois Press Association Thursday. LaFortune was honored for his work in 2009, which included standout news and feature reporting on the Oak Park and River Forest communities. LaFortune started and maintains the popular Oak Park 365 blog and was one of the first reporters to grow his reader base through Facebook and Twitter. He mentors other newsroom staff on adopting social media. Read entire article...
- Ted Land '07 JOURN
Ted Land '07 JOURN was honored with one of three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association for excellence in journalism won by the KTUU news team in Anchorage, Alaska. Land and photographer Dan Carpenter won for Video Feature Reporting for their story "A season to remember," about the bowhead whaling season in Barrow. KTUU competes in Region 1, Small Market, which includes radio and television stations from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
- Ash-har Quraishi '97 JOURN
Ash-har Quraishi '97 JOURN, a former CNN correspondent and bureau chief in Islamabad, Pakistan, and, most recently, chief investigative reporter for Meredith's KCTV-5-CBS in Kansas City (Market #32), has been hired as a multimedia journalist in his hometown of Chicago (Market #3). He will alternate working for WTTW-11-PBS and the Chicago News Cooperative, where he will help staff "broaden their talents for video-based reporting." He'll also contribute to WTTW's severely understaffed "Chicago Tonight."
- Natalie Bomke '04 JOURN
Natalie Bomke '04 JOURN, news anchor and reporter for FOX40 Live, has relocated to Texas for a job at Houston FOX station KRIV-TV.
- Thornton Chuck Gilchrest '53 JOURN
Thornton "Chuck" Gilchrest '53 JOURN died November 15, 2009. After earning his degree, a long career led him from teaching English to association work. He was CEO of American Supply Association and later, CEO of The National Safety Council. He retired in 1994.
- Roger Ebert '64 JOURN
CHICAGO (Sun-Times) - Nearly four years after Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert lost his voice to cancer surgery, "Roger Jr." made his national debut this morning on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." "How are you feeling?" Winfrey asked Ebert, greeted by rapturous applause. "Terrific," Ebert replied, using special computer technology that voices what he types. Read entire article...
- Terrell Starr '09 MS JOURN/REES
Terrell Starr '09 MS JOURN/REES, awarded a Fulbright to Ukraine in 2009-2010, is in the critical language component of his research project. He has adjusted to life abroad and the difference in research pace he has encountered.
- Howard Anderson '77 JOURN
Howard Anderson '77 JOURN, an experienced healthcare information technology journalist, has joined the staff of Information Security Media Group Corporation, Princeton, N.J., where he'll serve as Managing Editor.
- Kurt Wehrmeister '79 JOURN
Kurt Wehrmeister '79 JOURN wrapped up 30 years of calling football games at Burgess Field in Geneva, Ill. Of his experiences in this role, Wehrmeister said, "It's been 30 years of having the best seat in the house."
- Morris Beschloss '52 JOURN
Morris Beschloss '52 JOURN was the recipient of dual honors in September 2009 in California. Senator John Benoit and Assemblyman Brian Nestande officially awarded Beschloss for outstanding dedication and service. Presentation of the State Resolution was made by Cheryl Bisco, Field Representative for Assemblyman Nestande, at the September luncheon of Rancho Mirage Republican Women where Beschloss was the featured speaker.
- Alison Heimburger Ramsey '02 JOURN
Alison Heimburger Ramsey '02 JOURN and Steven Ramsey '02 LAS had a baby boy, Everett James, on July 2, 2009. The family lives in Itasca.
- Jessica Payne Williams '08 JOURN
Jessica Payne Williams '08 JOURN and her husband Kent are now parents of a baby girl, Kennedy, born Christmas Day. Williams is a reporter at KOLR TV in Springfield, Missouri. Her husband is an assistant basketball coach at Missouri State University.
- Bob Reilly '83 JOURN
Bob Reilly '83 JOURN was elected First Vice President of the University of Illinois Dad's Association at its 2009 annual meeting. He has been a Dad's Association Director since 2008. According to protocol, Reilly will be a candidate for President of the group during Dad's weekend in November 2010. He is the father of Megan Reilly '11 LAS, who is on the staff of Technograph and a member of the Marching Illini Flag Corps.
- Beth Vaughn '07 JOURN
Beth Vaughn '07 JOURN, morning and midday news anchor at New Vision's KSNT-27-NBC in Topeka (Market #136), has been hired as a reporter at Scripps-owned KSHB-41-NBC in Kansas City (Market #32). She starts Jan. 20.
- Elaine Quijano '95 JOURN
Elaine Quijano '95 JOURN is leaving CNN and Washington, DC and joining CBS News in New York as a general assignment reporter early next year. Quijano joined CNN Newsource in 2000 and moved to CNN as a Washington, DC-based correspondent in 2004, primarily covering the White House. In a note to colleagues, Quijano writes, "Today is my last day at CNN. I'm off to the Big Apple and a new adventure. Many thanks to those of you I've had the privilege of working with through the years. What a remarkable experience it's been." Quijano joined CNN after working as a reporter at WFTS-TV in Tampa.
- Gustave Gus Axelson '97 JOURN
Gustave "Gus" Axelson '97 JOURN has been accepted for a one-week fellowship program in multimedia journalism at the University of California, Berkeley's Knight Digital Media Center. The program will teach him the skills and concepts for Web production, audio and podcasts, and multimedia video, as well as ideas for how print and online stories can work symbiotically.
- Merrill Clark '59 JOURN
Merrill Clark '59 JOURN is currently writing a book about her family, especially her mother's writing and photography. Clark's mother was much appreciated by Ladies Home Journal readers around the country for a 14-page spread in the July 1944 issue featuring the entire family. Clark and her husband went on to become organic farmers in Michigan. She served on the charter National Organic Standards Board, which was charged with writing the rules for production and processing of organic foods.
- Pamela Strobel '74 JOURN
Pamela Strobel '74 JOURN was honored at an Arts Alliance Illinois fundraiser in October for her commitment to the Joffrey Ballet.
- Morris R. Beschloss '52 JOURN
Morris R. Beschloss '52 JOURN was the recipient of dual honors by California State Senator John Benoit and Assemblyman Brian Nestande. Beschloss was awarded for his outstanding dedication and service at the September 2009 luncheon of Rancho Mirage Republican Women (Indian Wells Country Club). Beschloss was the featured speaker.
- Judy Hsu '93 JOURN
Judy Hsu '93 JOURN, an anchor with WLS-Ch. 7 in Chicago, delivered her fourth baby -- while riding in the front seat of a car on the Eisenhower Expressway on October 13, 2009. Hsu and her husband were on their way to Northwestern Memorial Hospital when Alexander James made his debut, weighing in at 8 pounds, 13 ounces, as reported by WLS-Ch. 7.
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- Melanie Magara '81 JOURN
Melanie Magara '81 JOURN, assistant vice president for public affairs at Northern Illinois University, has won the Public Relations Society of American Award for Best Crisis Communications for her quick response to the shooting that took place at NIU's campus in February 2008. She now travels across state talking to educational groups about how her office handled that tragedy.
- Douglas Isbell '88 MS JOURN
Douglas Isbell '88 MS JOURN is the new manager of communications and media relations for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, CA. This U.S. Department of Energy research laboratory conducts a wide range of unclassified civilian research in renewable energy, physics, nuclear science, Earth science, energy efficiency, astrophysics, and life sciences. The lab is also aiming to expand its direct communication with the public through effective use of social media.
- Jeffrey Katz '78 JOURN
Jeffrey Katz '78 JOURN was recently named National Public Radio's Deputy Managing Editor for Digital News. Since 2005, Katz has taken a leading role in coordinating and developing NPR's news presence at www.npr.org. Katz sets the Web site's daily and long-term news assignments and priorities, serves as an advocate for online coverage with the network's news desks and programs, and helps oversee coverage of breaking news events. Katz joined NPR as an editor in 1999, first on the network's National Desk, then at Morning Edition. Before then, Katz spent two decades as a newspaper and magazine reporter at The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal, The Milwaukee Journal, Governing Magazine and the Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report.
- Eugene Windchy '52 JOURN
Eugene Windchy '52 JOURN has published his second book, "The End of Darwinism; And How a Flawed and Disastrous Theory Was Stolen and Sold" (May 2009; Xlibris Corporation), along with several articles. His first book, "Tonkin Gulf (January 1971; DoubleDay) was reviewed by The New York Times as "superb investigative reporting." While a student at Illinois, Windchy was Campus Editor of The Daily Illini.
- Pamela Strobel '74 JOURN
Pamela Strobel '74 JOURN is being honored by the Illinois Arts Alliance in October 2009 with an awards ceremony in Chicago. Strobel will be presented with the Arts Advocate Award for her work.
- Paul Ingrassia '72 JOURN
Paul Ingrassia '72 JOURN has just finished his new book, "Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry's Road from Glory to Disaster," about the sad descent of General Motors and Chrysler into bankruptcy. It will be published by Random House in January 2010.
- Aubrie Morrison Williams '01 JOURN
Aubrie Morrison Williams '01 JOURN and her husband, Kristopher Williams '00 LAS welcomed their second child, Kathryn Adele Williams, on January 18, 2009. She joins Annalise, 3, at home in Champaign.
- Cheryl Berman '74 JOURN
Cheryl Berman '74 JOURN has founded a new boutique advertising agency called Unbundled in Wilmette on the shores of Lake Michigan, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "In the more than 30 years that she was a driving force in Leo Burnett's creative department and even after she ascended to the top managerial ranks, including Burnett chairman, Berman championed much of what great advertising is all about -- emotions, strong storytelling and catchy music that bonds consumers with the advertising and its message." These aspects of advertising were seen in many commercials for Burnett clients such as McDonald's, Hallmark Cards and the Walt Disney Co. Read entire Sun-Times Article.
- John A. Penning III '98 JOURN
John A. Penning III '98 JOURN married Mary Loos, Oct. 25, in Portland, Ore. The groom's Illini relatives include father John A. Penning Jr. '70 BUS, mother Linda Hollinger '71 LAS, sisters Michelle Ochs '07 AHS and Jill Penning Darrah '02 JOURN and brother-in-law Kevin Darrah '01 LAS.
- Kevin Cullen '77 JOURN
Kevin Cullen '77 JOURN, originally from Danville, currently serves as communications director for the 24-county Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, and editor of The Catholic Moment, the diocese' weekly newspaper. Before taking the job in December 2006, Cullen spent 30 years as a reporter, columnist, and editor at The Commercial-News (Danville, Ill.), The Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Ind.), and The Cincinnati Enquirer. He worked as Urbana city reporter and copy editor for The Daily Illini. He and his wife, Laurie, have two daughters, Ruth and Elizabeth, both students at Purdue University.
- Michael Gordon Brown '70 JOURN
Michael Gordon Brown '70 JOURN recently started as the ALDAR Dean of Business at Abu Dhabi Women’s College, the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He was previously Fellow of the University and Head of the Real Estate Management and Development Group at Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands.
- Charlie Meyerson '77/'78 MS JOURN
Charlie Meyerson '77/'78 MS JOURN is leaving the Chicago Tribune to become WGN-AM 720's news director, a move that will take him from the fourth floor of Tribune Tower to the ground floor and back to radio, where he made his debut as a Chicago newsman 30 years ago this month. Meyerson, winner of dozens of radio journalism awards, including a 1989 national UPI award for investigative reporting, has helped lead chicagotribune.com to a number of honors, including a Chicago Headline Club Lisagor Award for best news Web site in 2008. Meyerson, a 2008 inductee to the Illini Media Alumni Hall of Fame at the University of Illinois, joined the news team at WXRT-FM 93.1 in July 1979, leaving in 1989 to serve as WNUA-FM 95.5's news and public affairs director until 1998. "I joined chicagotribune.com almost 11 years ago to help create some of the excitement, urgency and fun of radio news. It's a thrill now to have the chance to bring what I've learned on the Internet back to radio," said Meyerson. Read full article from The Chicago Tribune.
- Dave Eggers '02 JOURN
Dave Eggers '02 JOURN delivers new book on Katrina survivor, movie on growing up, and screenplay on adored children's book. "Zeitoun" -- a new work of nonfiction -- distills the sprawling chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina into a single family’s story. The narrative follows a Syrian-American contractor who navigates the postapocalyptic streets of New Orleans in a second-hand canoe, then mysteriously disappears for several weeks after armed officers take him aboard their boat. The book is one of a number of new offerings from Eggers. His current works include the screenplay for the indie romantic comedy “Away We Go,” in theaters now, and the coming screenplay and novel based on the children’s picture book “Where the Wild Things Are.” Read the Wall Street Journal review. | More on Powells.com.
- Kirstin Skurka '09 JOURN
Kirstin Skurka '09 JOURN started in July at WHBF TV in Rock Island, Ill., as assignments editor. She took part in the Department of Journalism's study abroad program, "Revealing Romania," in June 2009.
- Susanna Pak '09 JOURN
Susanna Pak '09 JOURN was featured in the Illinois News Broadcasters Association's July e-newsletter for her summer internship with KHON2 in Hawaii. Asked what her most interesting assignment has been so far, Pak said, "I have to say the best assignment was our coverage of 20 Hawaiian students who were quarantined in South Korea because several students were suspected of having H1N1. We had very little information, so I called different government agencies in Korea, speaking in Korean. After two hours, I was able to get a representative of the CDC to confirm that five students tested positive for H1N1. We had that information 15 minutes before our 6 o'clock newscast. It ran as our top story, and we were the only station to report there were five confirmed cases. The station manager and the news director personally thanked me for my work. I had a byline on our web article, and I was featured in a promo about this story."
- Cameron Kline '96/'98 MS JOURN
Cameron Kline '96/'98 MS JOURN was just named Director of Corporate Communications for Philadelphia Gas Works.
- Larry Doyle '80 LAS/'83 MS JOURN
Larry Doyle '80 LAS/'83 MS JOURN turned his 7th grade dream into a reality with the opening of the movie based on his 2006 book, "I Love You, Beth Cooper." The former writer for Spy magazine and Emmy-winning writer for the "The Simpsons," Doyle also wrote the screenplay for the movie and admits that the material is semi-autobiographical. "This was based on a dream. I was giving my graduation speech and I was proclaiming my love for someone."
- Dave Wischnowsky '98 JOURN
Dave Wischnowsky '98 JOURN has started writing a weekly Wisch List newspaper column for his hometown area paper, the Kankakee Daily Journal. A Chicago-centric column, the Wisch List runs on Saturdays with the intent to "bring Chicago closer to home." Read the Wisch List online.
- Don Heimburger '69 JOURN
Don Heimburger '69 JOURN has published a new 380-page hardbound book, "Trains to Victory" (Heimburger House: 2009), telling the dramatic story of World War II, when U.S. railroads, using fewer cars and locomotives than in WWI, carried more tonnage and more passengers than ever before. Divided into 13 chapters, plus a 32-page four-color section, an introduction, bibliography and a complete index, the 8 1/2 x 11" volume will appeal to railfans, historians, military historians, and anyone who wants to learn more about WWII.
- Jim Hattendorf '66 JOURN
Jim Hattendorf '66 JOURN has joined MBI Media, Covina, Ca, as Vice President of Operations. MBI Media is an award-winning strategic communications firm with over 30 years of broadcast media, corporate, and public relations.
- Biloine Young '61 RADIO-TELEVISION
Biloine Young '61 RADIO-TELEVISION published "Cahokia, the Great Native American Metropolis" through University of Illinois Press. The story of Cahokia, a vast urban center built by indigenous North Americans on the site of modern East St. Louis, the book tells the lives, personalities, and conflicts of the men and women who excavated and studied it.
- K. Stephen Anderson '55 JOURN
K. Stephen Anderson '55 JOURN retired in June as editor of the Illinois State Bar Association's Bar News. He has been on the staff of the ISBA since 1988 after a long career as a suburban newspaper executive in the Chicago area. Anderson is past president of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association and the Chicago Headline Club. He serves on the board of the Illinois Press Foundation.