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Murillo
Journalism News
Sandy Murillo (BS '12, journalism) produces and hosts "The Disability Minute," a weekly segment that debuted on Chicago's WBBM Newsradio in August 2021. "This is an exciting venture that helps us spread awareness about disabilities to an even wider audience," Murillo said. "Best of all, the… Read More
Sarah Min
Journalism News
Sarah Min (BS '93, journalism) has been appointed by President Biden as one of the commissioners to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.  The Commission will advise the President on ways the public, private, and non-profit sectors can… Read More
Seeking Best Friend by Alison Marcotte
Journalism News
Alison Marcotte (BS '15, journalism) will have her first children's picture book, Seeking Best Friend, published on January 25, 2022, by Beaming Books.  "After graduating, I continued to pursue my passion for storytelling and started a career as a children's book author," Marcotte said. "The… Read More
Dempsey Hettinger Houston
Journalism News
Journalism alumni Johnathan Hettinger (BS ’15) and Pam Dempsey (MS ’09), and Professor Brant Houston, Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting in the Department of Journalism, were part of a Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting team that won first place in a national environmental journalism… Read More
Dani Jackson
Advertising News
Dani Jackson (BS '06, advertising), VP of influencer and multicultural marketing at Edelman, received a "Rockstar" award from ADCOLOR, which champions diversity and inclusion in creative industries. The "Rockstar" designation goes to someone who, whether through their primary role or… Read More
Tina Lowrey
ICR News
Tina Lowrey (MS '89, advertising; PhD '92, ICR) has been elected president-elect of the Association for Consumer Research, effective January 1, 2022. Lowrey is a professor of marketing at HEC Paris. Her main research interests include children’s consumer behavior, materialism, the application of… Read More
Schorsch
Journalism News
Kristen Schorsch (BS '03, journalism) recently published a series of digital and audio stories she completed thanks to a fellowship with the Association of Health Care Journalists, with support from the Commonwealth Fund.  The series explores the near death of Mercy Hospital, the oldest chartered… Read More
Stu Ellis
Journalism News
Stu Ellis (BS '70, MS '72, radio and TV) was featured in the October cover story of Illinois Field & Bean, the monthly magazine of the Illinois Soybean Association that focuses on industry influencers. The magazine cover shows Ellis finishing up a TV shoot at Decatur's Progress City, for which… Read More
Windchy
Journalism News
Eugene Windchy (BS '52, journalism) has published his fourth book, Fifteen American Wars: Twelve of Them Avoidable. Concerning World War I, he disputes the common lone wolf version of the Archduke Ferdinand's assassination by reporting that 16 men were judged complicit at trial in Sarajevo. War… Read More
Fishman
Journalism News
Matt Fishman (BS '93, broadcast journalism) was recently named one of the top 50 program directors in the country by Radio Ink magazine. He works at WKNR and WWGK in Cleveland, Ohio, part of Good Karma Brands. He has spent 27 years working in radio, with 11 years as program director. "First off,… Read More
Leturia book
Journalism News
Elio Leturia (MS ’92, journalism), associate professor of journalism at Columbia College Chicago, art directed and designed the book XVI Concurso Nacional de Nacimientos (XVI National Nativity Contest), which was published last December by the Instituto Cultural, Teatral y Social (ICTYS) in Lima,… Read More
Tim Schwab
Journalism News
Updated June 23, 2021: Congratulations to Tim Schwab (MS '06, journalism) for winning the Deadline Club Award from the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists! Schwab also recently landed a book deal with Metropolitan Books (Henry Holt) to publish The Good Billionaire… Read More
Lynn Schreiber Price
Advertising News
Lynn Schreiber Price (BS '77, advertising) was recognized for her exceptional leadership, distinguished work, and a deep commitment to improving child welfare. She was named a 2021 Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America (REFCA) Champion. Price is the founder of Camp To Belong in Littleton,… Read More
Karen Hawkins
Journalism News
Karen Hawkins (BS '97, journalism) has won a 2021 Studs Terkel Community Media Award for her work as co-editor in chief of the Chicago Reader and founder of feminist media company Rebellious Magazine. The Studs Terkel Award is given by Public Narrative to Chicago reporters, editors, producers,… Read More
Dempsey and Hettinger
Journalism News
Recently, journalism alumni Pam Dempsey (MS ’09) and Johnathan Hettinger (BS ’15) were highlighted in the Global Investigative Journalism Network as part of a feature on the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit newsroom focused on in-depth reporting of agricultural issues. … Read More
Linda Goldstein
Advertising News
Linda Goldstein (BS '74, advertising), chair of Vistage, recently launched a new chief executive group in the St. Louis market. Vistage asked her to build a CEO Advisory Board just after COVID hit. "What better time than now to tap into the collective wisdom of a group of high-performing peers who… Read More
Spiro books
Advertising News
Ruth Spiro (BS '86, advertising) celebrates the publication of her 25th children's book. Her board book series, Baby Loves Science, is published by Charlesbridge and has sold more than 500,000 copies. Foreign translation rights have also been sold in 10 countries including Russia, China, Korea,… Read More
Mike Dizon
Journalism News
Mike Dizon (MS '98, journalism) has accepted a new role this year as vice president of marketing and communication and chief of staff at LPL Financial, a publicly traded financial services firm that serves 17,000 independent financial advisors nationwide. He previously served as the chief marketing… Read More
SistersInLaw podcast
Journalism News
Jill Wine-Banks (BS '64, journalism), author of The Watergate Girl, will see her memoir become a film. The book, which was released in trade paperback in March, was optioned for a film produced by and starring Katie Holmes. Wine-Banks, who won the 2019 Chicago Illini of the Year award, is the only… Read More
Far from Mars
Journalism News
Sal Nudo (MS '16, journalism) recently published Far From Mars, which contains nine creative nonfiction articles about individuals who live and work in Champaign-Urbana. The pieces range from dog walkers who adore their Greyhounds to a cassette collector who hosts a local radio show and plays on-… Read More