Where Are They Now? Alumni Updates
JMC alumni are at work across the world in journalism and advertising, public relations and academia. Some are actually enjoying retirement! We want to know what you’re doing, too.
For a quick list of where JMC graduates are working, see here.
Ruth Seabury Oakes (’50) is the editor of the monthly Westminster Villager. That means, she says, that she is “finally” using her journalism education. Oakes and her husband, Harold “Hal” (’50) were married in 1947 and lived in Vetsville housing in a trailer with electricity but no running water or bathroom. After graduation, Hal got his master’s degree in engineering from MIT. Ruth had six children, earned a master’s degree in education from Southern Connecticut State University and taught English for 20 years.
Dusty Saunders (’53) is the author of “Heeere’s Dusty: Life in the TV and Newspaper World,” chronicling his 54 years at the Rocky Mountain News, 40 of which were spent covering broadcasting.
Norma Klefstad Connor (’55) recently published “Cabin Stories–an Arkansas Memoir,” available at Amazon. She’s also the author of “Dreamspeak,” a paranormal mystery, and has written non-fiction for Flight Journal magazine, along with a story for “Duty, Valor & Honor,” a veterans’ anthology. She and her husband Jim, (Bus. ’57) share time in Illinois and Arizona. Norma worked for the Boulder Daily Camera from 1955 to 1958. Jim ran the Reinert’s Men’s Store on the Hill while attending CU.
Margaret McCutcheon Lauterbach (’56) is the author of “Gardening in the Treasure Valley,” published by The Idaho Statesman, in Boise, Idaho. The book is a compilation of garden columns she wrote over the past 20 years. Lauterbach still writes a weekly column for the paper.
Scott Ransom (’63) lives in Telluride, where he is freelance director/cameraman with credits from National Geographic Discovery and all the networks. He still shoots regularly. http://scottransom.com
George (Ted) Wells, (’65) is a published writer and poet since he retired in October 2008, after a 38-year career as a software engineer, teacher, and consultant in computer technology at Fortune 500s, start-ups, and colleges and universities in the U.S. and Italy. His current project is a blog site for better living named www.gypsywells.com. He wrote an essay for CU Alumni Voices in March 2010.
Terry Marshall(’64) recently published a novel, Soda Springs: Love, Sex, and Civil Rights, about the Chicano struggle for civil rights in the 1960s. Marshall lives in Las Vegas.
Linda Shoemaker (’69) is the Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional District seat on the CU Board of Regents. She is president of the Brett Family Foundation, which funds state-level public policy programs and local nonprofits serving disadvantaged teens.
Rick Taylor (’70) is the newsletter editor for a local Mended Hearts Chapter in Lacey, Wash. Taylor also occasionally writes for several Northwest boating magazines.
Steve Volstad (’70) is director of marketing and communications at UNC-TV, North Carolina’s statewide public television network. He has been in public television in North Carolina since 1998, after 28 years in various public relations and advertising positions in the corporate world.
Sheila Slocum Hollis (’71), a partner in the Washington D.C. law firm of Duane Morris, has been named to the board of advisors of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS), a national, independent research center at the University of Denver. The institute is dedicated to continuous improvement of the process and culture of the civil justice system.
Marc Wilson (’71) is the CEO at townnews.com. In 2009, Wilson published his book Hero Street, U.S.A.
Jon W. (Jack) Raese (M.A.’72) retired Oct. 31 from the Science Publishing Network of the U.S. Geological Survey, Denver Publishing Center. Raese is volunteering this summer at McGraw Ranch in Rocky Mountain National Park. His duties include assisting the Continental Divide Research Learning Center staff in producing reports and providing hospitality for researchers who stay at the ranch.
Luke Clarke (’76) is a communications consultant for Kaiser Permanente after 20 years in newspaper journalism. Clarke lives
in Golden, Colo.
Vicky Collins (’76) is an Emmy award-winning television producer based in Denver, with a diverse portfolio of production projects that include network news, cable programming, Olympic sports, documentaries, nonprofit videos and web content. She is also an accomplished photographer and blogger who is particularly interested in world travel and issues of global poverty. You can learn more about Vicky at http://teletrendstv.com.
Terry Frei (’76) is a writer at the The Denver Post. Frei recently published his fifth book, Playing Piano in a Brothel.
Susan Eastman Walton (’77) owns RecoFit Compression Gear, an active wear company based in Boulder that is currently is moving its products into specialty running, cycling and triathlon stores nationwide. The company makes compression products to help athletes perform better and recover more quickly. Its carbon-based fabric offers gradient compression to help oxygenate leg muscles more efficiently, delay fatigue, reduce damaging muscular vibration and enhance recovery. Walton’s daughter recently graduated from CU with a BA in art/photography.
Dave Curtin (’78) has been assistant executive communications director at the University of Colorado Boulder since 2007, following a 30-year Colorado newspaper career in which he won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1990.
Alan Felyk(’78) recently retired as the manager of editorials and graphics for Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver. In 2011, Felyk published Damaged Tweets: Volume 1. He is currently working onDamaged Right Out of the Box, a personal anthology.
Dulcie Leimbach (’78) has started a blog that provides coverage of the United Nations. She lives in New York. Leimbach previously worked for the New York Times and the United Nations Association of the USA.http://passblue.com
Eric Belcher (’79) is president and CEO of Cast & Crew Entertainment Services LLC in Burbank, Calif.
Tom Hess (’79) is editor of the bimonthly travel magazine EnCompass. Hess also edits the website, two e-mail newsletters, Facebook content and tweets for EnCompass.
Richard Rhinehart (’79) is communications manager for World T.E.A.M. Sports in Virginia. Rhinehart released his second book, Cave of the Winds: Then & Now, last year.
Cindy Cossid Stern (’79) is executive director of the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema. “I learned almost everything I know about turning ideas into compelling stories that educate, inform and enlighten from my profs and fellow students at CU,” she writes.
Dave Migdal (’80) is president and co-founder of Migdal-Underwood Consulting, which provides public relations, corporate communications and social media services for tech and consumer companies.
Marty Banks (’82) recently published her third book, “The Adventures of Tempest and Serena,” a children’s chapter book. You can pick up Banks’ books at all major bookstores.
Shannon Lukens (‘82) is a news anchor and afternoon DJ for Easy 94-1 and ESPN 98-9 in Steamboat Springs. She is also a social media manager for businesses throughout Steamboat, and continues in her 17th year as a Colorado columnist for http://onthesnow.com. She is proud to continue her Buff legacy through her two children, Meghan and Penn.
Michael Gelman (’83) is the executive producer of Live! With Kelly. Gelman has been has made appearances on Hope & Faith, Spin City, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Live! and has been consecutively nominated for a Daytime Emmy award since 1992.
Kathy Day (’84) APR, moved to Alaska after graduating from CU and has owned her own public relations firm, Kathy Day Public Relations (KD/PR) Virtual, in Anchorage for 14 years. In April, she was inducted into the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Athena Society, recognizing women who support other women in business and who give back to the community. Connect with Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://kdprvirtual.com.
Brent Cannon(’84) is an anchor and managing editor of NBC Bay Area News at 7. Cannon has won multiple Emmy awards for field reporting, special assignment reporting, and best daytime newscast with his wife and former co-anchor Laura Garcia-Cannon.
Latrina Peebles (’85) is on the board of directors of The Peebles Corporation, a commercial and residential real estate company, and was recently appointed to the President’s Advisory Committee on Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Nancy Actis Smith (’85) is the owner of Mountain Medical Care. Smith evaluates and treats patients who have been injured in
accidents or have chronic pain.
Kevin Moloney (’87) recently finished his master’s degree in digital media studies at the University of Denver and has begun working on his Ph.D. at ATLAS (the Alliance for Science, Technology, and Society) at CU-Boulder. Moloney’s research focuses on transmedia storytelling. Kevin married Bette Smith last fall.
Kia Seligman Kofron (’87) and her family have been traveling east, around the world, since last June. They expect to find their way home to Colorado sometime this summer. Her 10-year-old son is blogging about the experience at http://worldsnoop.com.
Kimberly Smith (’87) is vice president of education for PBS in Washington, D.C. Smith helps develop PBS’ educational services
for teachers and learners.
Jennifer Campos (’88) is the recruitment advertising specialist for the Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction.
Peter Finch (MA ’88) recently left San Francisco’s KFOG after 18 years and is now an evening anchor for KGO Newstalk. Finch will continue his feature reporting with the Finch Files.
Tanya (Rinehart) Ishikawa (’89) co-founded BAT PR & Associates in October 2013, a Denver-based marketing and public relations firm. BAT PR focuses on delivering services targeted at business growth, including branding, graphic design, writing support, video production, etc. BAT PR’s outstanding work and commitment to the community has been recognized through numerous from the Colorado Association of Black Journalists, Public Relations Society of America, Society of Professional Journalists, National Press Foundation, American Press Institute, and many others.
Beth Potter (’90) is a reporter at the Boulder County Business Report. Potter has been a reporter and editor in print publications for more than 20 years, as well as working overseas at a variety of freelance jobs, most recently at The Prague Post in the Czech Republic. Her first newspaper job was at the Colorado Daily in Boulder in 1989. In Colorado, she has worked at The Denver Post, the Boulder Daily Camera and at the Longmont Times-Call, as well as the Summit Daily News in
Frisco and the now-defunct Mountaineer, which was headquartered in Edwards, Colorado.
Piet Sawvel (’90) is web production lead at IBM and recently supported the University of Malaysia, Pahang as a participant in IBM’s Corporate Service Corps. The Corporate Service Corps sends IBM employees to assist with community-driven economic development projects in Kuantan,
Emily Narvaes Wilmsen (’90) is the new public relations coordinator for the City of Fort Collins Sustainability Services Area, handling strategic communications for the Economic Health, Environmental Services and Social Sustainability departments of the city. She previously worked as senior media relations coordinator for Colorado State University.
Heidi Dewell (’91) is vice president, creative, for WIlliams-Sonoma in San Francisco with responsibility for the catalog and brand packaging. In her 16 years at Williams-Sonoma, she has worked on multiple brands under the corporate umbrella, including launching the West Elm and Pottery Barn Teen brands. She is thrilled to be on her second stint for the Williams-Sonoma brand, bringing her passion for food to life through beautiful photography, compelling copy and great graphic design.
David Oliver (’91) is the senior vice president of communications and marketing for the Georgia Bankers Association. Oliver provides communications and public relations leadership for the company.
Ron Zwerin (’91) works for NASA’s signature Earth system science program, GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment). GLOBE is an international K-12 science and education program connecting students, teachers and scientists around the world to better understand and improve Earth’s environment at local, regional and global scales. Zwerin works in Boulder as GLOBE’s director of brand marketing and communications, which, he writes, keeps him close to his journalism roots. “It’s still about telling compelling stories and finding new ways to connect with your audience.” GLOBE is about to launch an international campaign to have students use their cellphones to make videos of their GLOBE activity in action.
Matt Reed (M.A. ’92) was recently appointed public interest editor at Florida Today. Reed manages the opinion pages and editorial board and continues to write his public affairs column.
Roderic Antone (’94) is the communications director for the County of Maui.
Jill Painter (’94), a sports columnist for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, recently was named one of the top 10 sports columnists in the nation by the Associated Press Sports editors. Painter earned the honor in the highest newspaper circulation category (more than 175,000), competing with top papers in the country. Painter is the lone woman to make the top 10 this year and one of the few women to have been recognized for the honor in the award’s history.
Dylan Bain (’95) is studying kinesiology and geology at Mesa State College. He is married and lives with his family of three in Grand Junction.
Bonnie Burton (’95) recently published two books, The Star Wars Craft Book and Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Burton is the senior editor of StarWars.com and is a monthly columnist for SFX magazine in the UK.
Jason Gewirtz (’95) was recently promoted to editor of SportsTravel magazine. He is responsible for the editorial content as well as organizing the educational components of the magazine’s live events. “Since he joined our company nearly six years ago, Jason has helped refine and expand the editorial content in SportsTravel and has become a respected authority on the sports-event industry,” said Timothy Schneider, publisher of SportsTravel. Gewirtz lives in Castle Rock with his wife and son.
Julie Marshall (’95) created a music program called BrainSong: Music for Autism, which allows autistic children to enjoy the power of music through performances. http://brainsong.net
John Branch (‘MA 96) is a sports reporter for the New York Times. He and several colleagues received a 2013 Top Ten award from the Associated Press Sports Editors for explanatory sports reporting.
Carolyn Collins Petersen (M.A.’96) works in science media production and is currently CEO of Loch Ness Productions. The company recently produced a short fulldome planetarium show about light pollution called “Losing the Dark.” The show, a collaboration between Loch Ness and the International Dark-Sky Association, recently was honored at the Jena Fulldome Festival in Germany. “The feedback…has been phenomenal,” Petersen writes. “…The issue cuts across many areas of science: astronomy, health science, medicine and so on.” The International Dark-Sky Association provides educational materials about light pollution. “Now this video has taken its place in their toolbox,” Petersen said.
Doug Griffin (’96) returned to Colorado from San Francisco in 2008 and is now the management supervisor at HenryGill Communications in Denver. Griffin leads all agency accounts, teams and strategic planning.
Antoinette (Toni) Kemper (’96) recently retired from the United States Air Force after serving more than 21 years as a public affairs officer.
Tracey Marx Bernstein (’96) is in her seventh year as a producer for ABC News’ Good Morning America. The Associated Press Sports Editors named USA TODAY reporter
Brent Schrotenboer (’96) to their 2013 Top 10 list in three categories – investigative, features and projects reporting
Sarah Wilde (’96) lives in Chicago where she works as the group director of audience insights for Sun-Times Media.
Justin Crawford (’97, M.A. ’07) is the CEO of dojo4, a custom software design and development agency in Boulder.
Deserai Crow (’97) is the co-editor of “Culture, Politics and Climate Change,” a collection of articles that draw from different perspectives to look at our current understanding of climate change, politics and culture. She is an assistant professor in the environmental studies program at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research and the Center for Environmental Journalism at CU-Boulder.
Christine Herbert Marckesano (’97) is a communications director at OUR Center, a non- profit dedicated to help those in need in the St. Vrain Valley north of Boulder.
Gerard O’Brien (’97) is the editor of both the Montana Standard and the Helena Independent Record.
Laura Schneider (M.A. ’97) is the manager of executive communications and associate recognition programs at Willis Group in New York.
Wendy Redal (’97) is editorial director at Natural Habitat Adventures, where she manages, writes and edits the text-based side of a slate of marketing communications for this official conservation travel partner of World Wildlife Fund.
Nicolle Davies (’98) was recently appointed executive director for the Arapahoe Library District. Davies worked as the deputy director and director of development and communications prior to her promotion.
Joseph Jide (’98) is an administrative assistant at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Jide also volunteers at the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado.
Leigh Steere (M.A. ’98) recently became a contributor for the Lead Change Group blog based in Oklahoma. http://leadchangegroup.com/author/leighsteere/
Steven Alvarez (’99) recently retired from the U.S. Army Reserve after serving 25 years and receiving numerous medals. Alvarez now lives in Austin, Texas, where he teaches youth lacrosse.
Beth DeFalco (’99) is a general assignment reporter at the New York Post. She spent the past six years with the Associated Press in New Jersey, including the last two years as a statehouse reporter, where she covered Gov. Chris Christie. DeFalco began her career at the Denver Post, spent three years at the Arizona Republic and three years at the AP in Phoenix.
Justin George (’99) is a staff writer for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida. George was a finalist for the 2010 Livingston awards for his reporting on alleged sexual abuse in a group home for the developmentally disabled. http://www.tampabay.com/writers/justin-george
Jordan Maness (’99) is a counseling manager and instructor at the UCLA Career Center. Maness and his wife, Jennifer, recently celebrated the birth of their first child.
Amy Nigrini (’99) is the campus director for the Ohio Center for Broadcasting – Colorado Campus. Nigrini was recently elected
to serve a three-year term on the Colorado Broadcasters Association board of directors. She and her husband celebrated the birth of their second son in March.
Magdalena Kulig Rittenhouse (MA ’99) recently published a book on New York in her native Polish. The book is now in its second printing. Rittenhouse’s thesis adviser at JMC was Professor Janice Peck.
Meg Strittmatter (M.A. ’99) is executive director of the nonprofit Jeffco Action Center, which provides human services and promotes self-sufficiency for residents of Jefferson County, Colo., and for the homeless.
Chelsea Baker-Hauck (M.A.’00) is the senior director of marketing and internal communications at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Baker-Hauck was previously the editorial director at the University of Denver and the managing editor of the University of Denver magazine.
Randy Barber (’00) is director of media relations and events for the Douglas County School District.
Lindsay Feitlinger (’00) is executive producer of programming at the National Restaurant Association. Before taking her current job, Feitlinger spent 12 years as a producer at the Oprah Winfrey Show and Harpo studios. When she left the company she was co-executive producer on “Oprah’s Favorite Things” for OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Alan Jackson (’00) produced the February, 2014 Super Bowl for NewsRadio 850 in Denver. “As a lifelong Broncos fan it was obviously a horribly disappointing game,” he writes. “However, it was still an incredible experience!” Jackson is the creative services director and executive producer of Broncos football at Clear Channel Media + Entertainment. He’s in his 13th year at Clear Channel and just finished producing his fifth season of Broncos broadcasts.
Angela Lapre (’00) is communications manager for HireRight, a leading background screening company based in Irvine, Calif. She lives in Orange County and last December self-published her first children’s book, “Mika, the Little Snail.”
Tara Manthey (’00) is communications director for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Prior to working in nonprofit communications and moving back to Colorado, Manthey was a journalist in Arkansas, Washington and Oregon.
Jennie Walker (MA ’00) is director of global learning and marketing development at Najafi Global Mindset Institute at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Walker received her PhD from the University of Denver in 2011 and just released her first book, “Developing Your Global Mindset: The Handbook for Successful Global Leaders.” She lives in Phoenix with her husband and two daughters.
Hadara Katarski (’01) recently became the assistant coach for men’s and women’s cross country at Niagara University in New York.
Brady McCombs (’01) is covering politics, including the 2012 congressional and Senate elections, at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, where he has worked since 2006. He previously covered the border and immigration for the Star, which won the 2011 Maria Moors Cabot Prize for outstanding reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean from Columbia University. The award honors newspapers that have promoted inter-American understanding. Combs was the author of five of the 10 border coverage stories submitted to the contest.
Matt Schick (’01) is a studio host for ESPNU in Charlotte, NC. ESPNU covers numerous college sports and NCAA championships. Schick hosts various shows including “BCS Countdown”, “Final Verdict” and College Football Daily,” among others. He also anchors the Saturday night studio coverage during the college football season, working with analysts, navigating highlights and interviewing news makers.
Piya Sorcar (’01) is the founder and CEO of TeachAids.org, a nonprofit that provides AIDS education software in more than 70 countries. In 2011, Sorcar was named one of the top 35 innovators in the world under 35 by MIT Technology Review’s “TR 35″ list.
Dawn Bowen (’02) is the scheduling manager at PBS KIDS Sprout in Philadelphia.
Ethan Crawford (’02) works as a digital instruction specialist for the University of Denver School of Social Work. Recently, Crawford has undertaken a part-time master’s program in international security and is earning a certificate in geographic information systems from the Korbel School of International Studies at DU. While working in Brazil in 2003, Crawford produced a documentary about recycling collectives in the area.
Lauren Dewind Eisner (‘02) is the special events director for Teen Vogue magazine. Eisner lives in New York with her husband.
Courtney Staufer (’02) was promoted to director of marketing and communications in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU-Boulder. Staufer received her MBA from the University of Colorado Denver in December 2012.
Chris Taylor-Shaut (’02) covered cycling events for the London 2012 Olympics as a producer for NBC.
Marshall Zelinger (’02) Zelinger is a reporter at KMGH-TV in Denver, where he covered the 2012 campaign season, the 2012 wildfire season, and the Aurora theater shootings. Zelinger spent six weeks investigating the Lower North Fork Fire, a prescribed burn west of Denver that blew up into a wildfire and killed three people. The result was a 30-minute special entitled Investigating the Fire that won a George Foster Peabody Award, a National Headliner Award and the Scripps Howard Jack R. Howard Award for local in-depth coverage. Zelinger’s political coverage earned him the 2013 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.
Nathan Charlan (’03) is director of development and an executive producer at Warm Springs Productions. Currently, Charlan is working on a mini-series for the Travel Channel called Making Monsters.
Abigail Chin (’03) is a reporter and anchor at WIAT CBS42 in Birmingham, Ala.
Danny DeBelius (’03) is the senior user experience designer at NPR on the ongoing Impact of Government project in Washington, D.C
Hart Van Denburg (’03) is editor of online news at Minnesota Public Radio, which took first place nationally in the Edward R. Murrow Awards for Best Website. Van Denburg was promoted last winter to editor for MPR’s digital platforms (web and mobile).
Todd Giery (’03) is a producer and editor for T3Media at The Masters golf tournament. He has co-produced 600+ leaderboard highlights for http://asters.com and Masters apps for mobile devices resulting in over 3 million unique views in 4 days. He also works as a freelance producer and editor for professional and college sports broadcasts, continuing his CU legacy as a founding member of the CU Sports Magazine.
Tracee Herbaugh (’03) recently published an essay in the Washington Post about her relationship with her mother, an Associated Press foreign correspondent who died while on assignment in 1993.
Nicholas Kant (’03) is a deputy attorney general at the New Jersey attorney general’s office where he specializes in consumer cases including actions against a dress store that shut down before providing prom dresses that had been paid for; a chimney repair firm that allegedly duped its customers; and a gas company accused of gouging companies after Hurricane Irene.
David Pulsipher (’03) is a planner at Alta Planning & Design in Bozeman, Mont.
Alanna Rizzo (M.A. ’03) joined the MLB Network on-air team and covered the 2012 baseball season. Previously, Rizzo was a sideline reporter for Root Sports Rocky Mountain.
Alex Stone (’03) is in his eighth year as a radio correspondent with ABC News, based in Los Angeles. He and his wife Allison are parents of a three-month-old baby boy named Jackson.
Robin Truesdale (MA ’03) is in post-production for her hour-long documentary film, “A Beautiful Equation,” which explores the humanitarian philosophies of physicists Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr through stories told by eight grandmothers. It will hit the festival circuit in July.
Alicia Wallace (’03) is the business reporter for the Boulder Daily Camera. She recently received the National Association of Real Estate Editors Gold Award for best report in a daily newspaper under 150,000 circulation for her Sept. 26, 2012 article “Walmart buzz grows around mystery grocer opening at Boulder’s Diagonal Plaza.”
Staci Dyer Clark (’04) is global marketing manager for Cisco Live, Cisco’s global customer conferences.
Garrett Cortese (’04) (’04) is an editor/director of photography at Alliance Multimedia, where he writes, edits, plans, photographs content and approves submissions for the 8-issue Alliance Wakeboard Magazine. In his time with the company, the magazine has become the most widely distributed publication in the sport and the website has become the dominant resource for fans and industry alike. He also freelances for clients including Monster, Red Bull, Body Glove, O’Neill, Spy, Dragon, Electric, Oakley, Liquid Force, Slingshot, Polaroid, Axis, Centurion, Kicker, and more.
Meghan Lee (’04) is a group director at Allison & Partners, a mid-sized international public relations firm in San Francisco. Lee oversees public relations strategies and their execution. Allison & Partners is her third agency.
Ashleigh Walters (’04) is a reporter for WPTV/ WFLX in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Kristen Allen (’05) is an editor at Spiegel Online International, the English page of Germany’s top news magazine Der Spiegel. Allen lives in Berlin, Germany.
Eric Bontrager (’05) is the press secretary for the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, D.C. Bontrager also served as deputy communications director for Rep. Joe Sestak’s senate campaign in Pennsylvania in 2010.
Alexis De La Cruz (’05) recently graduated cum laude from the Seattle University School of Law.
Robert Drews (’05) is manager of media programming at PlaceWise Media, where he manages a mix of programmatic, data-driven direct sales, affiliate and re-targeted display advertising to monetize a network of more than 400 websites.
Cory Gilman (’05) is a senior copywriter at Alcone Activation Agency in Connecticut. Gilman is currently transitioning into a strategic concept role, combining brand architecture, consumer insights and concept development.
Sadie Hughes (’05) was named Iowa’s best anchor for 2011 by the Iowa Broadcast News Association. Hughes works for BCS2/FOX28 in Cedar Rapids. She began her career at Denver’s 850 KOA Radio, was a producer at CBS4 in Denver and also worked in St. George, Utah. At CU, she was nominated for a Heartland Emmy for her work as host of CU Science Update. She also served as a host for the CU Space Class Program sponsored by NASA and Lockheed Martin.
Kimberly Morrison (’05) is a marketing communications specialist for Availity, a leader in health information technology. Prior to working with Availity, Morrison was the health care and technology reporter for the Jacksonville Business Journal, and she received first place in business writing from the Florida Press Club in 2010.
Yuri Obata (Ph.D.’05) recently was promoted to associate professor and was tenured at Indiana University South Bend. Obata’s research centers on media censorship and free speech around the world. In nominating her for tenure, IU South Bend’s associate chancellor for academic research said “the influence of Professor Obata’s research extends beyond physical and cultural borders,” demonstrating deep understanding of legal and social changes in censorship.
Bianca Prieto (’05) is a SWAT reporter for Project Thunderdome at Digital First Media. Prieto is based in New York and travels to cover breaking news for Digital First around the country. She was previously a criminal justice reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a police reporter at the Rocky Mountain News.
Jordan Stinnett (’05) is an account executive for Scott Circle Communications in Washington, D.C. Stinnett is a master’s student at Georgetown University.
Laura Barton (’06) is an account manager at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco.
Adam Creapo (’06) teaches English as a Second Language at Northglenn High School in suburban Denver. He and his wife Amanda recently purchased their first home and welcomed a son, Colt, to the family. Creapo is attending the University of Colorado at Denver where he expects to receive his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis in linguistically diverse education, this fall.
Alysen Hargrove (’06) is an associate producer for The Mtn. – MountainWest Sports Network, the first college sports network that focuses entirely on the Mountain West conference.
Troy Hendershott (’06) is retiring from his position at HDNet to pursue his lifelong dream of traveling around the world. Hendershott will chronicle his experiences on his blog, http://rtwexperiences.com.
Amber Miller (’06) is the press secretary for Michael Hancock in Denver.
David Tauchen (’06) works in corporate communications for DaVita, which is a Fortune 500 health care company focused on kidney care. His main responsibilities are in crisis communications for the company’s 2,000 clinics in the U.S., but he also manages corporate communications for DaVita’s international operations. The company operates in nine countries in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
Anna Wolferman (’06) is the digital events manager at AEG Digital Media in Los Angeles. Wolferman works with clients such as Google, NBC and ABC.
Lauren Back (’07) is an associate producer for on-air promotions for HDNet in Denver. Back produces promos for the network’s travel documentaries and occasionally works with news programs such as World Report and Dan Rather Reports. HDNet is merging with several other media companies and becoming AXS.tv – a network geared toward live programming and pop culture. The targeted launch of the first show is July 1.
Aggarat Bansong (M.A. ’07) is a producer at the BBC Bangkok bureau, where she has worked on stories such as the 2011 Thailand elections and the tsunami in Japan.
Joni Borzcik (’07) is an associate with the San Diego office of Gordon & Rees, LLP, a law firm with 27 offices nationwide. Joni specializes in commercial litigation, where she represents businesses in a broad range of matters, including general business litigation, consumer class actions, fraud and misrepresentation claims, and contract disputes. She is admitted to practice in both California and Colorado.
Sean Hauser (’07) is a senior producer at High Noon Entertainment in Denver. He is currently producing and writing two shows for the Travel Channel: “RIDE-iculous” and “Xtreme Waterparks.” At High Noon Entertainment, Hauser has produced shows for HGTV, TLC, DIY and The Weather Channel.
Karissa Marcum (‘07) is responsible for writing and editing Congressional testimony at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where she serves as a message strategist to Congress.
Tara Miller (’07) is a public information specialist for the Denver Regional Transportation District’s FasTracks program, handling public outreach, media relations, internal communications and public relations support. FasTracks is a multi-billion-dollar transit expansion plan for the region.
Ef Rodriguez (‘07) recently returned to the United States after living in Amsterdam for a year and a half, where he was a creative at Wieden+Kennedy. Rodriguez is now the director of digital strategy at McGarryBowen in Chicago, an Advertising Age “Agency of the Year.” Rodriguez is excited to explore Chicago and looks forward to marrying the woman of his dreams in March.
Army Lt. Col. Richard Spiegel (M.A. ’07) has returned to the United States after a 12-month tour as chief of public affairs for the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and chief of public affairs for the U.S. Army’s V Corps in Afghanistan. He is moving to the Washington D.C. area to assume duties as the Afghanistan-Pakistan desk officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Public Affairs.
Gwendoline Van Doosselaere (M.A. ’07) is traveling around the world and documenting her experiences. Follow her adventures!
Jennifer Bergen (’08) works as a staff editor for Geek.com.
Stephanie Clary (’08) is the senior editor for breakingnews.com at MSNBC.com. Clary won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize with the Seattle Times staff for breaking news reporting.
Ben Dignan (’08) is manager of digital and social media marketing at Showtime Networks Inc. in New York. His specialties include marketing, new media, social media, strategy, technology, community and brand management, content creation, writing and analytics.
Natasha Gardner (M.A. ’08) is an assistant editor for Denver’s 5280 magazine. Gardner won the 2011 Knight-Risser Prize for Western environmental journalism for her report on state water shortages. She is a finalist for this year’s National Magazine Award for a story about charging children as adults in criminal cases.
Thomas Hendrick (’08) is a digital content manager at KDVR-Fox31 in Denver.
Lisa Jacobson (’08) is a content producer at Tribune Broadcasting in Chicago.
Joanie Kindblade (M.A. ’08) is the senior communications manager of corporate communications at CenturyLink.
Rachel Losowski (’08) is a marketing coordinator at Schulte Roth & Zabel, a law firm in New York. Losowski specializes in public relations and business development.
Adam McPherson (’08) and Ariel Peele (’09) Peele is a producer at 9NEWS in Denver on the 6 a.m. show, where she works with McPherson (’08), who is a director. Peele and McPherson have been working together since 2008 and both joined 9NEWS in 2011. Last summer they won the Associated Press award for best morning newscast in a large market, and they are excited to work on Light the Lights together this winter. Aside from directing, McPherson is teaching TV1 at JMC this fall, where Peele will be a guest speaker.
Ashleigh Oldland (’08) was recently promoted from staff writer to editor at Gazette newspapers in Long Beach, Calif.
Jessica Rubino (’08) works at New Hope Natural Media, a publishing and trade show company that raises awareness about natural and organic products, health and wellness. After the recent re-launch of the company’s consumer website, deliciousliving.com, Rubino is leading the company’s digital content monetization initiatives, including executing sponsored content and content syndication. Rubino joined New Hope three-and-a-half years ago as associate editor of the print publication Delicious Living, and moved up to positions of deputy director of consumer and digital, as well as natural beauty editor.
Lauren Snell (’08) is manager of original programming for Specific Media/Myspace in New York City.
Mandy Walker (MA ’08) recently launched MyDivorcePal a self-paced online divorce-coaching service. She created the program after more than 100 interviews with people about their lives after divorce. (http://mydivorcepal.com/)
“I didn’t realize where these interviews would take me,” Walker writes. “But I will say that many of the skills I needed to create my program I learned while doing my degree – technical skills with audio, video and digital reporting as well the craft of interviewing and storytelling.
Isabel Zhang (’08) is an assistant account director at Genedigi Group in Beijing. Her key clients are in the automotive industry, including GAC FIAT, Ford and BMW. The company provides communications strategies to help clients build brand and product awareness.
Megan Anderson (’09) is an account executive at On-Line, an online marketing firm in San Diego. Anderson’s clients include Watkins Spas, Milgard Windows and Rail Europe.
Jason Bartz (’09) is the embedded newsroom developer at the Washington Post. Bartz writes code that is used for news apps.
Amanda Blackwell (’09) is an on-camera reporter for the West Coast Conference, doing features and some sideline reporting. Much of her current work is online, but the conference is starting its own network and she will be a correspondent.
Maya Gurarie (M.A.’09) is a communications specialist for the CU Foundation. She writes articles for the philanthropy magazine Creating Futures and puts together fundraising brochures for CU.
Travel writer Marissa Hermanson (’09) published a story on Lynchburg, Virginia in the April issue of Southern Living and another on Shepherdstown, West Virginia in the May issue of the Magazine. Hermanson lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Megann Holmes (’09) works as a partner manager for Blackboard Inc. in Washington, D.C.
Chad Neidt (’09) is a producer, video editor and writer for The Collective LA.
Julia Yugel (’09) is the marketing coordinator for Rose Medical Center in Denver.
Isabel Zhang (’08) went back to China at the end of 2009 and is now working in PR industry in Beijing.
Kyle McDaniel (’09) graduated from with honors from the University of Denver Law School, receiving the Order of St. Ives recognition for scholarship. In May, he passed the Colorado bar exam and was admitted to practice law. He accepted a position as a district attorney in Adams County.
Danielle Alberti (’10) has been the digital news producer/website administrator at Scripps Howard News Service since August 2011. SHNS is the Washington, D.C., bureau and investigative branch of E.W. Scripps Co. She spends most of her time managing the news service websites and developing data-based web applications for investigative projects, parsing data and experimenting with code to produce a product that will help a story hit home for users. She specializes in mapping but frequently works with other data visualizations, videos, slide shows, magazine design and interactive databases.
Adrienne Isaac (M.A. ’10) works in the marketing department at Arapahoe Basin ski area. Isaac speaks with and coordinates local media, television/radio interviews, composes press releases, maintains website copy and runs social media initiatives.
Kelsey Kimball (’10) is a broadcast associate at CBS Sports in New York.
Alexander Kirk (’10) is a director at KGWN-TV in Cheyenne, Wyo.
Keith Moore (M.A. ’10) is a feature writer for the BBC news website, primarily covering stories about health, science and history. He’s written about subjects ranging from Britain’s most gentrified street to the possible early onset of Alzheimer’s in rugby players. Before joining the BBC, Moore worked in Stockholm as an AP reporter covering news and sports in the Nordics and the Baltics. His assignments included an interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Will Patterson (’10) has published his first novel, All the Lion’s Men. Will is now a junior copywriter at Amelie Company/Advertising and PR.
Katie (Gauthier) Pelton (’10) and Ryan Pelton (’10) got married last year and live in Hastings, NE. Katie was recently promoted to evening anchor at KHAS-TV, and Ryan is a sports writer for the Hastings Tribune.
Jordan Steffen (’10) joined the Denver Post as a reporter in 2011. Since then she has been heavily involved in covering major news stories including the Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning reports about the Aurora theater shootings, and its coverage of catastrophic wildfires in 2012 and 2013. In 2012 Steffen worked on the Post’s investigative series “Failed to Death,” which profiled more than 70 children who died of abuse and neglect while in the state’s child welfare system. Steffen says she enjoys “exploring new ways to report and tell stories.” In addition to using tools such as Twitter and Facebook she has worked to bring interactive storytelling to several of her stories and projects.
Alexandra Wald (’10) is a PR intern with the Starworks Group in Los Angeles.
Jordan Wirfs-Brock (M.A. ’10) is a data curator at Piton, where she does a combination of data management, applied data research, data communications and technology development. “In short,” she writes, “I tell stories with data and build tools so that other people can do that same. Piton is developing two data and storytelling projects funded through the Knight Community Information Challenge: Floodlight, a community storytelling tool for people to create and share data and multiple rich stories; and The Colorado Data Commons, a public data engine where people can find and visualize information.
Kalin Adams (’11) is an intern in the interactive production department of CP+B in Boulder.
Brandon Fox (’11) is a junior copywriter at Arnold Worldwide in Boston.
Kylie Bearse (’11) is an anchor/reporter/ weather forecaster at Local News 8 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. http://KylieBearse.com
Taylor Coughlin (’11) recently joined the International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville, Tenn. as the publications editor and special projects director. Her primary jobs are to produce a newsletter that is distributed internationally, manage web content and social media, and assist in planning the annual World of Bluegrass conference, held in September in Raleigh, N.C.
Nick Grossman (’11) is working as an outreach and communication specialist for the city of Boulder’s Local Environmental Action Division, Department of Public Works, and Planning and Development Services.
Matthew Hanlon (’11) is a production assistant at Elevation Digital Media in Colorado.
Ryan Jelniker (’11) is an executive assistant at Edelman Public Relations in New York City.
Ron Knabenbauer (’11) just finished his second season as a full-time member of the Avalanche communications department. He was hired January 2013 after spending the fall season in the CU Sports Information office as a graduate assistant, helping mostly with football. In his current role, he focuses on producing content (written and video), in addition to managing the official team website (ColoradoAvalanche.com) and social media accounts on a daily basis. He also contributes in the team’s communications efforts and assists the hockey operations department.
Danielle Kreutter (’11) is a nightside multimedia reporter at KREX-TV in Grand Junction.
Stephanie Lyra (’11) has spent the last year working in Los Angeles with Bunim/Murray Productions as a post-production coordinator for Project Runway and project Runway All Stars. Lyra writes that “JMC helped me so much and gave me all of the tools, if not more, that I needed in order to be competitive in this industry.”
Baker Machado (M.A. ’11) is the legal news correspondent for E! News and E! Online. Machado has covered Lindsay Lohan’s numerous court hearings and last November’s Conrad Murray trial.
Joey Maestas (’11) is the social media director at Sports Illustrated/SI Swimsuit. Maestas oversees the development of social and digital strategies for engagement between Sports Illustrated’s content and its millions of sports fans Worldwide. He was named to the Huffington Post’s 2013 list of ‘Rising Stars’ in Social Media and Journalism, has received an Eddie Digital Award, and was awarded the Best Use of Social Media on Instagram.
Anthony Martucci (’11) is interning in San Francisco with Andrew Freeman & Co., hospitality and restaurant consultants.
Elizabeth Miller (M.A. ’11) spent a year freelancing for the Chaffee County Times in Buena Vista, Colo., before accepting her current position at Boulder Weekly as a special editions editor.
Adam Milner (’11) is a visitor services representative at the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver.
Christina Onpeng (’11) is an intern at Jeremy Bloom’s Wish of a Lifetime in Denver.
Kylee Perez (’11) is the online content developer for Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
Suzanne Popovich Chandler (M.A. ’11) was one of 15 contributing broadcasting photojournalists for the documentary V-Day 11.11.11, a nationwide “day in the life” exploration of what it means to be a military veteran in America. The documentary has appeared nationwide on select PBS stations and received a Silver Screen Award at the Las Vegas International Film Festival.
Vignesh Ramachandran (’11) is pursuing a graduate degree at Stanford University’s department of communication.
Maggie Schoonmaker (’11) is the coordinator of corporate Estee Lauder global communications in New York City. Schoonmaker focuses on Estee Lauder’s philanthropic efforts, specifically breast cancer awareness.
S. Gouri Srinidhi (’11) is going to Bangalore, India, to work with Swagath Education and Community Action (SECA), a non-governmental organization focused on development in a Bangalore slum.
Kimberly Casteline (Ph.D. ’12) has landed a tenure-track job as an assistant professor in the communication and media studies department at Fordham University in New York.
Rachel Dubrovin (’12) works at KLEW News, the CBS affiliate in Lewiston, Idaho. Dubrovin is the Palouse bureau reporter, which means she independently runs a bureau about 30 miles north of the station.
Esteban L. Hernandez (’12) recently moved to Torrington, Conn. to work as a staff reporter for the Register Citizen. He also works as a photographer for most of his stories. Hernandez covers the city of Torrington, and his work ranges from covering city government to reporting about new businesses and even writing stories about parades. He’s excited to cheer on his Buffs from New England.
Bryn Jacobs (’12) is a production manager at Black Watch Productions in New York.
Katie LaSalle (’12) joined KCBY-TV in Coos Bay, Ore. in May as a reporter/anchor. Before taking that job she interned at Plum TV in Aspen as a host, editor and production assistant. LaSalle was also the host of the most recent edition of JMC’s video podcast, CU Science Update. The episode is titled Observatory: Lens to the Universe and CU’s Sommers-Bausch Observatory plays a central role.
Jessica Leicht (’12) recently celebrated her anniversary as a reporter at WTVY in Dothan, Alabama. She loves being near the beach, as well as her station and coworkers. "This is a great place to grow!"
Chelsea Long (’12) is the digital media assistant at Hilsinger Mendelson East, a literary public relations firm in Manhattan. She recently worked on a social media campaign for Kate White, former editor-in-chief for Cosmopolitan magazine.
Morgan Aguilar (’13) works at KLEW News, the CBS affiliate in Lewiston, Idaho. She produces all three of KLEW’s shows and anchors the 11 p.m. broadcast.
Adam Lucas (‘13) just landed his first job at CBS affiliate KREX in Grand Junction as a weekend sports anchor/reporter.
Lauren Moniz (‘13) recently got a job as an air tech scheduler at NBC Universal in Centennial, Colo.
Joe Terry (Ph.D. ’13) has been hired for a full-time lecturer position in media studies in the Department of Communication at the University of New Hampshire.