Alumni updates

Jim Gray (’81) interviewed President Obama during halftime of Westwood One Sports’ broadcast of the Veteran’s Day game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and Michigan State Spartans on Friday, Nov. 11.

The 1960s

Terry Marshall

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.

The 1970s

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.

Sheila Hollis (’71), a lawyer in Washington, D.C., chairs the Silver Gavel Awards Committee of the American Bar Association.

Terry Frei (’76), a sports writer at The Denver Post, recently published his fifth book, “Playing Piano in a Brothel.

Eric Belcher (’79) is the president and CEO of Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, LLC in Burbank, Calif.

Richard Rhinehart (’79) is the communications manager for World T.E.A.M. Sports in Virginia. Rhinehart released his second book, “Cave of the Winds: Then & Now,” in June.

The 1980s

Jim Gray (’81) interviewed President Obama during halftime of Westwood One Sports’ broadcast of the Veteran’s Day game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and Michigan State Spartans on Friday, Nov. 11.

Bob Downs (’83) recently launched “Evil Crayon,” a Web comic that takes a light-hearted approach to American idioms.

 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 will begin his Ph.D. at CU through the ATLAS program in January. Moloney’s research focuses on trans-media storytelling.

Kimberly Smith (’87) is the vice president of education for PBS in Washington, D.C. Smith helps develop PBS’s educational services for both teachers and learners.

The 1990s

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.

Matt Reed (MA ’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.

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.

Jason Gewirtz (’95) recently moved back to Colorado from southern California. Gewirtz is working from home for SportsTravel magazine.

Julie Marshall (’95) created a music program called “BrainSong: Music for Autism,” which allows autistic children to enjoy the power of music through performances. BrainSong is currently only at Ryan Elementary School in Lafayette.

Doug Griffin (’96) returned to Colorado from San Francisco in 2008 and is now the management supervisor at HenryGill Communications in Denver, which was recently acquired by Phoenix-based marketing agency E.B. Lane. Griffin leads all agency accounts, teams and strategic planning.

Antoinette (Toni) Kemper (’96) has recently retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving more than 21 years as a public affairs officer.

Sarah Wilde (’96) lives in Chicago where she works as the group director of audience insights for Sun-Times Media.

Tom Cross (‘97) is the creator and CEO of TECHtionary, an animated dictionary on telecommunications, data networking and Internet technology.

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.

Elizabeth Newman on the women in spors media panel on Oct. 21. Photo by Robert R. Denton.

Elizabeth Newman (’98), is associate editor at Sports Illustrated.

Leigh Steere (MA ’98) recently became a contributor for the Lead Change Group blog based in Oklahoma.

Steven Alvarez (’99) recently retired from the U.S. Army Reserve after serving 25 years and receiving numerous medals. Alvarez lives in Austin, Texas, where he teaches youth lacrosse.

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.

The 2000s

Randy Barber (’00) is the director of media relations and events for the Douglas County School District.

Kami Carmann at the Oct. 21 panel on women in sports media. Photo by Robert R. Denton

Kami Carmann (’01), has joined Fox31 Denver as a sports reporter and anchor.

Hadara Katarski (‘01) recently became the assistant coach for men’s and women’s cross country at Niagara University in New York.

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 geographical information systems from the Korbel School of International Studies at DU. While working in Brazil in 2003, he produced a documentary about homeless recycling collectives in the area.

Danny DeBelius (’03) is the senior user experience designer at NPR on the ongoing “Impact of Government” project in Washington, D.C.

Lauren Dewind Eisner (‘02) is the special events director for Teen Vogue magazine. Eisner lives in New York with her husband.

Alanna Rizzo (MA ’03). Photo by Robert R. Denton.

Alanna Rizzo (MA ’03), has joined Root Sports. She covers the Colorado Rockies, Pac-12 football and basketball.

David Pulsipher (’03) is a planner at Alta Planning & Design in Bozeman, Mont.

Garrett Cortese (’04) is the editor-at-large for Alliance Wakeboard Magazine in Orlando, Fla. Cortese is going on his sixth year with the company.

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. She lives in Berlin.

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.

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.

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.

Alysen Hargrove (’06) is an associate producer for The Mtn.: MountainWest Sports Network, the first college sports network to only feature the Mountain West Conference. Hargrove has been with the company for almost five years.

Amber Miller (’06) is the press secretary for Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock.

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.”

Aggarat Bansong (MA ’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.

Sean Hauser (’07) is an associate producer at High Noon Entertainment. Hauser is currently working on projects for several cable networks including HGTV, MTV, TCL, Discovery, DIY, and A&E.

Felicia Russell Struve (MA ’07) is managing editor for the Coast River Business Journal in Astoria, Ore.

Jeff Todd

Jeff Todd (’07) is KCNC Channel 4′s new Mountain Newsroom reporter. Todd came from the  CBS affiliate KRQE-TV in Albuquerque, N. M., where he was a general assignment reporter.  Previously, Todd was as a reporter and anchor at the CBS affiliate, KFDA-TV, in Amarillo, Texas where he covered the panhandle regions of Texas and Oklahoma.

Joanie Kindblade (MA ‘08) is the senior communications manager of corporate communications at CenturyLink.

Jennifer Bergen (’08) works as a staff editor for

Stephanie Clary (’08) recently became the senior editor for at MSNBC. Clary won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize with The Seattle Times staff for breaking news reporting.

Benjamin Dignan (’08) works at Showtime Television as the digital sports strategist. Dignan is a sports enthusiast who enjoys working in this quickly growing field.

 Lisa Jacobson (’08) is a content producer at Tribune Broadcasting in Chicago.

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.

Ashleigh Oldland (’08) was recently promoted from staff writer to editor at Gazette Newspapers in Long Beach, Calif.

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.

Marissa Hermanson (’09) is the editor-in-chief of Breathe Magazine in Charlottesville, Va.

Megann Holmes (’09) works as a partner manager for Blackboard Inc. in Washington, D. C.

 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.

Alexandra Wald (’10) is a PR intern with the Starworks Group in Los Angeles.

Kalin Adams (’11) is an intern in the Interactive Production department of Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Boulder.

Nick Grossman (’11) is an outreach and communication specialist for the City of Boulder’s Local Environmental Action Division, Department of Public Works, and Planning & Development Services.

Matthew Hanlon (’11) is a production assistant at Elevation Digital Media in Denver.

Ryan Jelniker (’11) is an executive assistant at Edelman Public Relations in New York City.

Joey Maestas (’11) is a digital media master’s student at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Sports Reporter for The Brooklyn Ink. 

Anthony Martucci (’11) is interning in San Francisco with Andrew Freeman & Co., hospitality and restaurant consultants.

Elizabeth Miller (MA ’11) spent a year freelancing for The Chaffee County Times in Buena Vista before accepting her current position at the 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.

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.

Madison Seyfried (’11) is a producer for the 6 p.m. show at 4029 News in Arkansas. 4029 is an ABC affiliate owned by Hearst. Seyfried writes the VOs, VOSOTS and readers and coordinates and assigns stories. She also coordinates live shots and request all the graphics for the newscast.

S. Gouri Srinidhi (’11) is going to Bangalore, India, to work with Swagath Education and Community Action, a non-governmental organization focused on development in a slum in Bangalore.

Kiki Wilson (’11) is a graphic designer for a national magazine based in New Jersey. She lives in New York City.


The late Gary Wright (’84) attended the School of Journalism in the late 1970s and graduated in 1984.

J.K. Metzker (’93) died Nov. 13, after being hit by a car as he was walking away from a University of Nevada football game.

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