2017 Student/Alumni Kudos

Dec. 15, 2017

Anchors Page Jones and Brandon Dawkins led a 27-minute broadcast of Arizona Cat's Eye that includes sports anchor Gabby Goduco and on-screen reporters Ciara EncinasKylie WarrenReed Wallace and Alexa Wallen (producer). Other staffers include Savannah ShippenCourtney RiceZoe WesleyChloe Persichetti and Megan Gibbs. See the fall 2017 episode here.

Brandon James ('17) landed a year-long paid internship with Hendrick Motorsports in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a content communications specialist.

Carly Rashoff ('17) accepted a full-time job on the business development team at Salesforce in the San Francisco Bay area, supporting the Health&Life Sciences vertical.

Brittny Mejia ('14) of the Los Angeles Times has reported on the wildfires in the L.A. area, including, "Thomas fire could become largest on record in California." Check out her other stories here. Also, read stories by her Times' colleagues and fellow J-school grads, Nicole Santa Cruz, '09 and Marisa Gerber, '11.

Sarah Kezele ('11) is hosting WCC All-Access, a new 30-minute monthly magazine show about West Coast Conference sports, which airs on Spectrum SportsNet (Los Angeles), NBC Sports California (Bay Area), ROOT Sports Northwest (Washington), Stadium (national on Sling TV), and TheW.tv (online). See more info here.

Briana Sanchez ('15) is a photographer/videographer at the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after previous work at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota.

Ashley Nevel ('13) is the social media/game recap reporter for the Grand Canyon men's basketball team at Cox Communications in Phoenix

Jade Nunes ('15) is a business development manager at FITCH, a global retail and brand consultancy in Scottsdale, after previous work at WestStar Multimedia Entertainment Inc. and Habitat for Humanity.

Lisa Schnebly Heidinger ('87) was featured in an Arizona Public Media segment on Dec. 8 for her new book about her great-grandmother, "The Journal of Sedona Schnebly," which tells the story behind the Arizona town's foundation — and how it was named.

Dec. 8, 2017

Courtney Talak was selected by the university-wide Arizona Student Media Board to be the editor in chief of the Arizona Daily Wildcat for Spring 2018.  Professor Susan Knight was a member of the media board.

Rocky Baier won the Mark Finley Gold Pen Award in the school's spring 2017 best beginning news writing contest for JOUR 205 students and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Zachary Ogden finished second and Owen Zerambo third. All 17 participants received engraved gold pens. They interviewed Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías and had an hour to file a story. See more details.

Editors Andrew Paxton and Chastity Eva Laskey oversaw fall 2017 El Independiente, "Racism in Arizona," a 64-page issue with each story translated by the UA Spanish Translation and Interpretation Program. Other staffers included Issac Andrews, Brenna Bailey, Sarah Covey, Leah Gilchrist, Chad Hanna, C.J. D’Innocente, Jireh Lopez Jimenez, Erik Kolsrud, Deborah Lee, Sophie Manley, Clarisse Markarian, Tirion Morris, Monique Stewart and Steven Spooner.

Brenna Bailey, an intern at Arizona Public Media, has received a paid internship at Arizona Public Media in the spring. She has interned at AZPM for several semesters and did a radio report, "English Only: Millennials Reflect on Growing Up Latino in Arizona Schools" on Nov. 28.

Six of of the school's 13 December 2017 grads attended a get-together Dec. 7 at Gentle Ben's. Director David Cuillier handed out UA Journalism reporter's notebooks to Gabriella Vukelic, Betsy Kaplan, Danyelle Khmara, Leah Merrall, Monica Milberg and Kylie Warren. The other grads are C.J. D'Innocente, Deborah Lee, Clarisse Markarian, Briana Otanez, Noah Saunders, Monique Stewart and Jules Zappone. The ceremony was part of the Daily Wildcat/UATV3/KAMP Radio's end-of-semester bash, organized by Adviser Brett Fera. 

Ashley Mikelonis will graduate this semester with a Master's of Arts in Journalism. Here thesis is titled, "Exploring the Success and Defeat of Ronda Rousey: A Content Analysis of Twitter and Newspaper Coverage from 2014-2016." Her thesis chair is Jeannine Relly and other committee members are Linda Lumsden and Terry Wimmer.

Broadcast students previewed this semester's Arizona Cat's Eye on Dec. 6. Brandon Dawkins and Page Jones are the anchors. Stay tuned for a link to the school's television news show, which was filmed at the Arizona Public Media studios. Click here for photos.

Students shared their border reporting projects in Prof. Celeste Bustamante's class with the Ambos Nogales community on Dec. 4. The presenters included Amanda OienMaria Inés Taracena, Zeina C. Peterson and April Lanuza, Emily Ellis, Philip Rody, Kristan Obeng, Angela Martinez, Daniel Rezetko and Natalia Navarro. Click here for photos.

Students in Prof. Carol Schwalbe's Science Journalism class presented their 15-minute documentary, "A Modern Zoo" on Nov. 30, with Elizabeth Kinney, Allysa Hill, Carly Oseran, Marissa Heffernan and Nick Smallwood presenting their segments. The students — with help from alums Alan Davis, John de Dios and Julian Ibarra — profiled wildlife conservation and education at the Reid Park Zoo. The class also will produce a magazine, ZooView, by early next year. For more class projects, go to medium.com/sciview.

Jessica Suriano, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published a Sunday A1 lead story, "Fentanyl seizures skyrocket at border in Arizona," on Nov. 26; and "Local credit-card scheme aided by Ukrainian hackers, Hong Kong company" in the Dec. 1 edition.

Jessica Blackburn, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, saw her story, "UA aquatic center trespassers risk injury, arrest and punishment," published on the front page of Sunday's metro page.

Grad student Emily Ellis, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published a story on the front page of C1 on Dec. 3, "Salvadorans in Tucson fight against possibility of losing OK to stay in US."

Ava Garcia, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published "Vintage instruments fill home of music," on the Dec. 3 Home and Life front page.

Paul Barlyn, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published "Small filmmakers find a home in Tucson" on the Home and Life front page on Nov. 26.

C.J. D'Innocente, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, shared a byline with former student Murphy Woodhouse with, "Number of failed restaurants jumps to 21 in November."

Six J-school majors were among 78 students to receive $750 Magellan Circle Scholarships from the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences: Hannah Dahl, Fatuma Abas Haji, Gloria Knott, Alejandro Munoz, Elizabeth O'Connell and Haille Saal-Khalili. The Magellan Scholars met their patrons Dec. 7 at a breakfast.

The Dec. 1 Tombstone Epitaph featured stories on citizenship (by Deborah Lee), wild horses (Janie Todorovich), Chinese immigrants (Lee), holiday traditional food (Tirion Morris), guest farm workers (Steven Spooner), Bisbee Festival of Lights' fire (Leah Gilchrist), minorities in prison (Lee), Bisbee's bag ban (Garret Green), boredom (Jamie Lindsay) and mine tours (Hannah Bloom). Read the PDF.

Pascal Albright helped with the audience Q&A at the Dec. 3 showing of "Obit" at The Loft Cinema.

Zack Rosenblatt ('13) accepted a job to cover the Philadelphia Sixers for NJ.com and move back to his hometown, Cherry Hill, N.J. Rosenblatt, also an Arizona Daily Wildcat alum, has been an Arizona Daily Star sports reporter for the last five years. Read his last story in the Star.

Briana Sanchez ('15) is a photographer/videographer at the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after previous work at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota.

Jade Nunes ('15) is a business development manager at FITCH, a global retail and brand consultancy in Scottsdale, after previous work at WestStar Multimedia Entertainment Inc. and Habitat for Humanity.

Ashley Nevel ('13) is the social media/game recap reporter for the Grand Canyon men's basketball team at Cox Communications in Phoenix.

Melanie Hunter ('12), a traffic anchor and reporter at KVOA-TV in Tucson, is moving to Sacramento, California, for a similar job at KCRANews (also an NBC affiliate).

Ryan Bertrand ('17) accepted a job with the NFL Network, working in the news department in Culver City, California. 

Mary Brandenberger ('99) is now the section chief for national media affairs at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) after a previous job as press secretary for the U.S. Department of Justice's community policing services office;

Shane Dale ('04) is a digital sports journalist at ABC15 in Phoenix, co-host of the "Wildcat Country" radio show on 1580-AM in Phoenix and author of "Territorial," a book about the UA-ASU football rivalry.

Nov. 17, 2017

Ashley Mikelonis defended her master's thesis on Nov. 11 that compares the Twitter and newspaper coverage of Ronda Rousey during the MMA star's success and defeat. Her thesis chair is Jeannine Relly, and Profs. Linda Lumsden and Terry Wimmer are her committee members.

Grad student Tony Perkins of Arizona Public Media hosted MetroWeek on Nov. 18 on PBS 6. The show featured his report on the research being done at Biosphere 2, including work with hydrology and soil use, combining energy generation with food production, and how coral reefs will survive in a warming climate. If you missed the show, you can watch it here.

Ava Garcia, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, saw her story, "UA researcher Justin Schmidt is feeling the sting — of 83 different insects so far," published on the front page of the Home & Life section on Sunday, Nov. 19. She also had a spread in the Nov. 16 Caliente, "How artist Chris Gall sees Arizona."

Briana Otanez, an apprentice for #This is Tucson with the Arizona Daily Star, saw her story, "Czarina Salido fighting to help young Native American girls discover STEM" published on Nov. 11. Otanez also wrote "Put two turkeys on your shopping list and help a family in need" on Nov. 16. 

Paul Barlyn, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, saw his story, "UA Tech Park on Tucson's south side is at least a decade out" published on Nov. 11.

Jessica Blackburn, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, saw her Q&A with Vanessa Helms, "Experienced victims advocate returning to Pima County Attorney's Office," published on Nov. 11.

Jessica Suriano, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, saw her story, "Prescription drug smuggling busts spike on Arizona-Mexico border," published Nov. 11.

Elizabeth O'Connell, a sports apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, is covering UA soccer and volleyball and saw her story,  "Arizona Wildcats face tall task in second round of NCAA soccer tournament," published on Nov. 16.

CJ D'Innocente, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, helped alum Joe Ferguson and Suriano cover the local election and also saw his story, "Most hotel, apartment pools do well in county health inspections," published in early November.

The UA National Association of Hispanic Journalists volunteered at Casa de los Niños on North Fourth Avenue on Nov. 18. Students, led by Melissa Vasquez, helped pack hygiene items for youths and contributed items.

Arek Sarkissian ('03), previously with the Naples Daily News, has been hired by POLITICO Florida to cover its regulated industries beat.

Staci Matlock ('86), editor of The Taos News, guided the weekly to the top prize in the New Mexico Press Association's 2017 Better Newspaper Contest and other first-place staff awards, including for her editorial: “In effort to attract businesses, don’t mess with public process."

Nov. 10, 2017

Four School of Journalism students were selected to receive complimentary memberships in the Investigative Reporters and Editors, generously funded by alum and award-winning investigate reporter Ryan Gabrielson. The two awardees representing the school are Michelle Jaquette and Erik Kolsrud, and the two students repenting the Arizona Daily Wildcat are J.D. Molinary and Chastity Laskey.

Freshman Marquies White shared his stories as first-generation college student with professors Terry Wimmer and Carol Schwalbe and Zac Ziegler of Arizona Public Media. Freshman Pascal Albright moderated the school's First Gen club event on Nov. 9, with help from club adviser Susan E. Swanberg. Click here to see the Facebook Live replay.

Master's student Emily Ellis participated Nov. 9 in the UA Center for Latin American Studies' 13th Annual Tinker Symposium, highlighting graduate student field research in Latin America.

Students from Prof. Carol Schwalbe's science journalism class went on an overnight field trip to Biosphere 2 in early October, and Liz Connell’s video about the agrivoltaics project is featured on the Institute of the Environment websiteMarissa Heffernan provided additional footage. Go here to see some photos.

Senior Brenna Bailey and graduate student Natalia Navarro attended the Journalism and Women Symposium annual Conference and Mentoring Project in Hot Springs, Arkansas. They received travel assistance from the School of Journalism and spent three days attending journalism sessions led by women journalists from across the country. Bailey and Navarro hold leadership positions in the local JAWS group.

Grad students in Prof. Carol Schwalbe's JOUR 506 reporting class live-tweeted the All Souls Procession on Nov. 5. Lauren Trench, Chris Stidley, Jasmine Demers, Dalal Radwan, David Martinez and Kate Chisholm posted photos at tinyurl.com/uaj506.

Essays by Tim Dabrowski, Hannah Hindley, Carly Oseran, Tony Perkins and Chris Stidley appeared in the fall issue of The Blue Guitar literary and arts magazine, which is published by the Arizona Consortium for the Arts. The students wrote the essays for JOUR 465/565 Science Journalism. The magazine's co-editors are Rebecca “Becca” Dyer and Richard Dyer, both UA journalism grads.

Fatuma Haji, Erik Kolsrud, Isaac Rounseville and Alexis Whitaker are among 53 student ambassadors for the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Click here to read their profiles.

Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan, an American Indian Studies doctoral student and journalism minor, talked about covering tribes and Native American representation in the news to Prof. Jeannine Relly's master's class on Nov. 7. Ramon-Sauberan hails from the Tohono O'odham Nation.

Members of three UA School of Journalism clubs — Journalism and Women's Symposium, National Association for Hispanic Journalism and National Association for Black Journalists — hosted a discussion on Nov. 2 between people who work on DACA issues and journalists who cover DACA. The event was titled Off the Record, to give all parties an opportunity to discuss the issues of coverage openly. About 30 students and professionals attended.

Joni Hirsch Blackman ('82) published her new book "This Used To Be Chicago," with Reedy Press in September. The book tells the stories behind more than 90 Chicago buildings. Joni, a journalist who lives in Naperville, Illinois, and the Armin and Esther Hirsch Foundation fund the school's Don Bolles Fellowship. It provides expenses for a UA J-school student to live in Phoenix and cover the state Legislature each spring. Erik Kolsrud is the school's 2018 Bolles Fellow.

Murphy Woodhouse, now a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, met with students from the UA chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for appetizers and talk about his kick-starting a career in a U.S.-Mexico border town, for the Nogales International. 

Los Angeles Times reporter Nicole Santa Cruz ('09) spoke with Prof. Jeannine Relly's master's class on Nov. 3 about the newspaper's Homicide Report and other projects. Santa Cruz, a member of the school's advisory council, was named one of L.A.'s top Latina journalists by the California Chicano News Media Association. Click here to see her work.

Oct. 27, 2017

The Arizona Daily Wildcat took several honors at the College Media Association Pinnacle Awards ceremony in Dallas on Oct. 27, including first in best online sports section, second in best social media main page and sports section, and third in best general news photo (Sydney Richardson Walton), best sports game story (Ryan Kelapire) and best general news story (J.D. Molinary).

Sara Harelson and her family were one of 15 recipients of the UA Alumni of the Year Award on Oct. 27. Matt and Julie Harelson, Sara's parents, and Scott and Marisa Harelson — all major supporters of the school — and rest of the family were honored at the Student Union, representing the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The Marshall 342 reporting lab is named after Sara's grandparents, Hugh and Jan Harelson.

April LanuzaZeina C. Peterson, Natalia NavarroEmily Ellis, Philip Rody and Daniel Rezetko traveled Oct. 13-15 with Prof. Celeste González de Bustamante and Anthropology Prof. Linda Green to the El Paso/Ciudad Juárez area last weekend to work on multimedia reports comparing the border there with Nogales. They toured the newspaper El Diario de Juárez, talked with Rocio Gallegos (a co-winnner of the school's 2012 Zenger Award) and interviewed activist Dolores Huerta.

Amanda Oien attended the Online News Association conference in Washington, D.C., with Prof. Michael Mckisson and adjunct instructor Irene McKisson of the Arizona Daily Star.

J.D. Molinary of the Arizona Daily Wildcat won first place in best news story and shared a second place in best sustained coverage at the Arizona Newspaper Association awards on Sept. 30. The Wildcat, under adviser Brett Fera ('05), took first places in general excellence, page design and special section. Grad student Christopher Boan won third place in best sports story for his work on the Sahuarita Sun, while David Del Grande took third in best feature story. In all, J-school alums, students and adjunct faculty captured 13 individual first-place awards. Alexis Bechman ('08) of the Payson Roundup was chosen as Journalist of the Year in the non-daily division and won her fourth Freedom of Information award, and master's grad Kendal Blust ('16) of the Nogales International took three first places. Caitlin Schmidt ('14)) of the Arizona Daily Star and Joe Ferguson ('06) also won FOI awards. Read about the winners

Tirion Morris wrote the lead story in the Oct. 20 Tombstone Epitaph on poverty and food in Cochise County. The edition also included front-page stories on a man who wants to use drones to catch border crossers (by Erik Kolsrud); Crystal Palace Saloon remodeling (by Hannah Bloom); and H2-A visas (by Steven Spooner). Read the issue.

Ian Green took photos of the school's Zenger Award dinner, including shots of New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet with his award. See the photos. Green, a copy desk editor and photographer for the Arizona Daily Wildcat, also helped Prof. Rogelio Garcia with a video of the Q&A. Also, see the Facebook Live replay, which includes Director David Cuillier's student-faculty spotlight and speeches by Prof. William Schmidt and Baquet.

Andrew Paxton, Jamie Verwys, Pascal Albright, Marquies White, David Del Grande, Ava Garcia, Chastity Laskey, Nick Meyers and Dalal Radwan participated in the Society of Professional Journalists' Foley Freedom Run on Oct. 14 to honor freelance journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped and slain by ISIS in 2014. Paxton, Verwys, Albright and White also helped give parents tours of the school during a Family Weekend mixer afterward. 

Alexis Whitaker talked to prospective students about journalism at the UA's Meet Your Major on Oct. 4, along with academic adviser Paloma Boykin.

Zeina Peterson and Saul Bookman (NABJ), Marquies White and Pascal Albright (First Gen), Erik Kolsrud (ONA), Leah Gilchrist and Tirion Morris (JAWS), Andrew Paxton (SPJ) and Angela Martinez, Carmen Valencia, Melissa Vasquez and David Pujol (NAHJ) were among the student club officers and members who spoke at the Oct. 5 all clubs student-faculty mixer at Magpies, organized by Prof. Susan Knight.

Michelle Jaquette is on the cover of the school's alumni magazine, The Cursor, and featured in the watchdog reporting cover story. Read the magazine.

The school announced its inaugural Hall of Fame class of 14 people and two couples: Gilbert Bailon, Don Carson, Nancy Cleeland, Richard Gilman, Florence Graves, Savannah Guthrie, Jane Kay, Doug Martin, Sherman Miller, Lynne Olson, Mort Rosenblum, Jacqueline Sharkey, Frank O. Sotomayor and Bill Walsh; and Hugh and Jan Harelson and Luda and Don Soldwedel. They will be inducted Saturday, April 7, 2018, at a venue to be announced. Read the story.

Lorraine Rivera ('04), host of Arizona Public Media's "Arizona Week," gave students in the UA National Association of Hispanic Journalists club some career tips on broadcast journalism Oct. 24 in the Reading Room. Students enjoyed authentic tacos while listening to Rivera, an adjunct professor who emceed the school's Zenger dinner. 

Caitlin Schmidt ('14), an award-winning reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, spoke to Prof. Jeannine Relly's graduate students Oct. 10 about using public records in the law enforcement beat and sports desk investigations. She shared public records with the class, including from the Tucson Police Department Office of Internal Affairs and several databases. 

Alums Sam Stanton and Cynthia Hubert of The Sacramento Bee helped cover the devastating wildfires in California's wine country.

Bethany Barnes, a 2013 master's grad, gave the Columbia Journalism Review, insight into her investigative story: "Benefit of the Doubt: How Portland Public Schools helped educator evade allegations of sexual misconduct." Catch up with the investigation.

L.A. Times reporter Nicole Santa Cruz ('09) was honored as one of the 45 most influential Latina journalists in Los Angeles by the California Chicano News Media Association (CCNMA). Santa Cruz is a member of the UA J-school's advisory council.

Leon Drouin-Keith ('91) has been named the weekend global news manager for The Associated Press. He returned to the AP's Nerve Center in New York after a five-year stint in Bangkok, where he served most recently as deputy director for news gathering in the AP’s Asia-Pacific hub. In 2015, he helped edit the "Seafood From Slaves" investigative report, which won the AP's first Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2016. Drouin-Keith was assistant city editor at the Arizona Daily Star from 1997 to 2000, before joining the AP's Los Angeles bureau as a reporter.

Sept. 29, 2017

Erik Kolsrud has been named the 2018 Don Bolles Fellowship winner. In the spring, the senior will report from the Arizona Legislature in Phoenix for the school’s Arizona Sonora News media service, under the guidance of professor Terry Wimmer. The fellowship is named after Bolles, an investigative reporter for The Arizona Republic who was killed in a car bombing in 1976. The award has been handed out since 1977. Read a story about Kolsrud, and see a list of past winners.

Jessica Suriano saw her first major apprentice story for the Arizona Daily Star, "Prosecutors: Crime group used computer hackers in $400K Tucson fraud case," run as the lead off-play on the Sept. 25 front page.

Amanda Oien and Erik Kolsrud helped Prof. Michael McKisson give UA President Robert Robbins the lowdown on drones, 360 cameras, virtual reality journalism and the school's bordering110.com project at the Sept. 22 SBS Showcase at the Student Union rotunda. Master's grad Anna Augustowska ('14) filmed the event for the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Danyelle Khmara (Tucson Weekly) and alums Joanna Willett ('13) and Caitlin Schmidt ('14) participated in the Sept. 27 Pizza & Portfolios, giving job-preparation advice and reviewing students' resumes, cover letters and clips.

Carmen Valencia and David Pujol were interviewed by KOLD-TV reporter Kevin Adger on Sept. 20. They and their fellow National Association of Hispanic Journalists club members were planning a donation drive for victims of the Mexico City earthquake. 

Seventeen students participated in the all-clubs leadership retreat on Sept. 16, including freshmen Marquies White and Pascal Albright in the school's new First Gen club. Th others were Zeina C. Peterson, Natalia Navarro, Andrew Paxton, Amanda Oien, Brenna Bailey, Nick Meyers, Melissa Vasquez, Erik Kolsrud, Ava Garcia, David Joseph Del Grande, Angela Martinez, Chastity Eva Laskey, Courtney Talak, Tirion Morris and Dalal Radwan.

Christianna Silva ('17) accepted a job as a reporter for Newsweek in New York. Silva, who finished up an internship at NPR in Washington, covered the Arizona Legislature as the school's spring Bolles Fellow, and received the school's Philip Mangelsdorf Award for Outstanding Newsperson of the Year in May.

Bethany Barnes ('13) of The Oregonian did a Sept. 19 Skype interview with Prof. Jeannine Relly's master's theory class. Barnes, a master's grad, talked about how she used public records and tracked down victims for her emotional investigative story: "Benefit of the Doubt: How Portland Public Schools helped educator evade allegations of sexual misconduct." Click here to read about Barnes' reporting process, and read her winning order for the records request.

Andrea Kelly ('05), assistant news director at Arizona Public Media, spoke about the station's code of ethics and editorial standards and policies with Prof. Jeannine Relly's master's theory and practice class today. Kelly has a master's degree in legal studies from the UA law college.

Hannah Gaber ('16), a master's grad, is leaving the Arizona Republic as a video and multimedia journalist to make a film in Cyprus through a Fulbright research grant. She contributed to a USA Today Network project on the border, "The Wall." She did more work on these podcasts connected to the report.

Brett Fera ('05), student media adviser for the Arizona Daily Wildcat, spoke at a Wildcat alumni meet-up on Sept. 21 at the Rail Yard near downtown. The event was hosted by former adviser Mark Woodhams. Click here to see some photos.

Brittny Mejia ('14) of the Los Angeles Times worked on a major project, "Leaving America: With shaky job prospects and Trump promising crackdowns, immigrants return to Mexico with U.S.-born children."

Sept. 15, 2017

Grad students April Lanuza, Emily Ellis and Zeina Peterson presented their summer projects to other M.A. students, faculty and staff in Marshall 340 at the Sept. 14 "Talk & 'Tizers." The group went to Gentle Ben's afterward for appetizers. Lanuza interviewed Latinos living in the oil boomtown of Williston, North Dakota. Ellis did archival research in Mexico City and an internship with journalist Franc Contreras. And Peterson mentored teens in the school's Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students.

Carmen Valencia and Moe Irish staffed the school's table with Prof. Celeste González de Bustamante at the Sept. 13 Study Abroad Fair at the Student Union's Grand Ballroom. They talked to students about the school's reporting trip to Costa Rica in Summer 2018. Click here for more info.

Emmalee Mauldin continued her a science journalism internship at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, despite losing her car and many belongings in the flooding after Hurricane Harvey. "I was rescued by a series of heroes," says Emmalee, who stayed with another NASA employee until she found a new place to live. 

Gabriella Vukelic, a summer intern at Family Circle, saw some of her work published in the magazine's October issue that hit the stands Sept. 12.

Hannah Dahl of the Arizona Daily Wildcat wrote about a new, long-lasting sunscreen developed by UA scientists that won’t break down or absorb into your skin. Read it here.

The Arizona Daily Wildcat staff was named one of the nation's 43 finalists in the Pacemaker competition for collegiate newspapers. Chastity Laskey is the current editor, and Brett Fera ('05) is the Wildcat's adviser.

Brandon Dawkins accounted for six touchdowns — three passing and three running — in UA's 63-16 win at UTEP last night. Check out the Arizona Daily Wildcat's coverage from the J-school's Saul Bookman and Alec White and photographer Heather Newberry. Dawkins is closing in on the UA football career rushing record for quarterbacks.

Justin Spears ('17) accepted a job with the Arizona Daily Star as its online sports producer. Spears, an Arizona Daily Wildcat/UA-TV3 and KAMP Student Radio alum, had been working for Cox Media's Pac-12 Diehards after graduation, and was freelancing for the Star.

Brenna Goth ('13) started "a new adventure" as a correspondent for Bloomberg BNA. The former Arizona Republic and Arizona Daily Wildcat reporter is cover business and government news in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada.

Arek Sarkissian ('03), the Tallahassee bureau chief for the Naples Daily News, helped cover Hurricane Irma after it slammed the state Sept. 9-10.

David McGlothlin ('16), associate editor of AZ Big Media in Phoenix, had two holes-in-one during a round of golf Sept. 8. "Unfortunately, I think this was the peak of my golf career and it's all downhill from here," joked McGlothlin, who covered the state Legislature as a Bolles Fellow in spring 2016. Click here to read his story about the day.

In memory
Peter Potter, a 1973 J-school master's grad, died at 89 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Potter was a longtime copy editor at the Tucson Citizen. Read his obit here

Sept. 1, 2017

Alec White was hired by the BBC World News Service to shoot video and gather audio of Glenn Schneider, an astronomer at the UA who is “addicted” to solar eclipses. This report ran Aug. 19 as a preview to the Aug. 21 eclipse. Alec is a reporter for the Arizona Daily Wildcat, an on-air host for KAMP Student Radio, and the sports director for UATV-3.

Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan of the Tohono O'odham Nation tells how she and her family were harassed by a man this summer while picking fruit in Saguaro National Park-West. She is an American Indian Studies Ph.D. student and a journalism minor. Her interview comes at the 31:00 mark of the "Traditional food foraging" radio segment.
Recent grad Stephanie Soto was hired by Telemundo. She will be reporting out of Tucson after a month of training in Phoenix. Stephanie, a former digital producer at KOLD-TV, narrated our "Welcome to the School of Journalism" video. "Stephanie is committed to news excellence and our viewers will benefit from her outstanding journalistic work,” said Telemundo's Miguel Gaytan (read the news release).
Master's grad Jenny Hijazi ('17) has accepted a news assistant position at PBS NewsHour. She'll be moving to the Washington, D.C., area the beginning of September. 
Karen Lizarraga ('17) accepted a job as digital marketing manager for fashion designer Shahida Clayton's clothing brand, Shahida Parides, and will work out of Tucson.
Arizona Public Media received 13 nominations for the Oct. 14 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, including producer/photographer/editor Sandra Westdahl ('12) for five segments and Sara Hammond ('77) as co-producer of "OSIRIS-REx: Countdown to Launch." AZPM also is up for Overall Excellence, which it won last year. See the list
Journalist Kristen Cook ('92), a perennial Arizona Press Club winner, is leaving the Arizona Daily Star and hopes to write a book. Read her heartfelt "resignation letter."
Arizona Daily Star reporter Caitlin Schmidt ('14) did strong public records reporting with the story, "Tucson detective fails to properly investigate dozens of abuse."
Master's grad Hannah Gaber ('16) was one of 17 Arizona Republic and azcentral reporters and photographers caught up in the tear gas and pepper spray after the Aug. 22 Trump rally in Phoenix. "I was actually right where it all began," she says, "and saw people throwing bottles and stuff at the police. I didn't get it as bad as some though. I was live-streaming, so my boss saw it as it was happening and called me hollering, "Get away from the gas!" Despite that, Gaber says she continued to film for as long as she could. Read a Republic editor's story here, and watch the video of the turmoil.
Houston Chronicle investigative reporter Susan Carroll ('99) and her colleagues covered the epic flooding in the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey. Carroll, who joined the Chronicle in 2006, focused on the U.S.-Mexico border for the Tucson Citizen and Arizona Republic after graduating from UA.

Master's grad Bethany Barnes ('13), a reporter for The Oregonian, wrote about how an educator continued teaching for years after female students repeatedly accused him of sexual misconduct. Read the story here.

Jen Levario Cieslak ('02) designed Barnes' package for The Oregonian and the front page of the Aug. 22 Oregonian on the eclipse. Her editor produced a timeline on the process. 

Jeanie Bergen ('07) is now a story editor in L.A. for Awesomeness TV’s "Zac & Mia," a new dramedy about two teens with cancer who fall in love. It's set to air later on go90.

Master's alum Judy Nichols ('97) and her husband, Tom Nichols, another former J-school student, both quit their jobs in 2014, sold their Scottsdale home and hit the road in their "Epic Van," blogging about their adventures on their New American Nomads website. The former Arizona Republic reporter/editors and Arizona Daily Wildcat alums are now volunteering at a redwood state part near Eureka, Calif.

Aug. 18, 2017

The school's new master's students met faculty and current grad students Aug. 18. Welcome Chris Boan, Matt Brockman, Katie Caldwell, Vivian Colter, Jasmine Demers, Krys Estes, Ava Garcia, Dominika Heusinkveld, Danyelle Khmara, David Martinez, Krissy Obeng, Zeina Peterson, Karissa Pottorff, Dalal Radwan, Alyssa Schlitzer, Chris Stidley, Jessica Suriano and Lauren Trench, and Ph.D. minor students Kate Chisholm and Maria del Mar Navarro.

The school's digital-winning Bordering110.com project — reported on by Julia Leon, Brenna Bailey, Maritza Dominguez, Mark Flores, Jenny Hijazi, Erik Kolsrud, Genesis Lara, Chastity Laskey, Amanda Oien and Stephen Oliver — was presented at the at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference in Chicago. The project took first place in the Best of Digital Competition in the Individual/Single Class website category. Read a story about the conference.

Danyelle Khmara was hired as a staff writer at the Tucson Weekly, where she has been freelancing and producing cover stories. Khmara is enrolled in the school's Accelerated Master's Program. Read the editor's note about her.

Incoming graduate student, Dominika Heusinkveld, published a science story on Scienceblogs, a highly-regarded science blog network, "NASA team provides free satellite public health data to researchers and communities." She wrote the story in Prof. Susan Swanberg's class last semester.

Gloria Knott, a summer apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, will continue to freelance food stories for the Star and at Edible Baja. For the Star, she also wrote about a mermaid parade in downtown Tucson.

Jamie Verwys detailed the lack of inspections of the city's splash pads as a summer apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star. She is the opinions editor at the Arizona Daily Wildcat.

Ciara Encinas completed her internship at CBS News in Washington, and got to do a mock news update in the studio. Encinas visited the White House and Capitol, and went on shoots with field producers and reporters. She worked in the Newspath department, editing stories to send out to network affiliates such as Tucson's KOLD.

Ashley Fredde, an intern at Good4Utah in Salt Lake City, received some major air time this summer for her on-air segments about "bath bombs" and "Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats."

Amanda Oien finished her internship at Experience Arizona by doing a piece on indoor skydiving. Among other stories, she did a video piece on  also can watch her video story, "The Bisbee Fly Swatting Contest."

Brenna Bailey, an intern at Arizona Public Media, wrote about a decreasing freshmen class, "UA looks to nontraditional students to offset enrollment losses," on Aug. 8.

Julianne Stanford ('17) accepted a reporting job at the Kitsap Sun in Bremerton, Washington, where she'll cover the Naval base and shipyard. "If anyone has recommendations for a good pair of rain boots, let me know," she writes on Facebook. Stanford had five internships while at the J-school, including a Pulliam Fellowship. Read earlier stories on her Maggie Award and her internships.

Master's grad Mikayla Mace ('17) received the top student paper award from the Graduate Student Interest Group from Ohio University's Burton Speakman at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference in Chicago. Mace, now a science reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, presented her paper, “Newspaper Coverage of Mars in the U.S. and the U.K. 2011-2016.”

Jenny Hijazi ('17) presented her master's paper at the AEJMC Conference in Chicago, a collaboration with School Director David Cuillier“Effects of virtual reality news video on transportation, attitudes, fact-recall and intentions to act.”

Steve Choice ('16) presented his master's paper, “Love and courage: Resilience strategies of journalists facing trauma in northern Mexico," at the AEJMC Conference in Chicago.

Bakina Wellars ('17) had his master's paper, "Influence of Foreign News Programs on the International News Agenda of Rwandan Television and Newspapers.” presented by Prof. Carol Schwalbe at the AEJMC Conference in Chicago. Wellars could not attend after being named an acting journalism dean at the Catholic Institute of Kabgayi, Rwanda.

Alum Ryan Gabrielson of ProPublica gave insight into Joe Arpaio — and how Gabrielson and alum Paul Giblin won a 2009 Pulitzer Prize for revealing that immigration enforcement by Arpaio's office undermined investigations and emergency response.

Alicia A. Caldwell, a UA Comm alum took J-school classes, had her first byline Aug. 9 for the Wall Street Journal, "Arrests at southern border rise for third straight month." She's now an immigration reporter for WSJ, based in Los Angeles, after a 12-year stint at The Associated Press.

La Monica Everett-Haynes ('01) is director of communications services for student affairs at San Diego State University after the former Tucson Citizen reporter left the UA as a senior communications manager.

Michael Chihak ('71), former Citizen publisher, has retired as news director at Arizona Public Media and is teaching Reporting Public Affairs for the UA J-school this fall.

Andrea Kelly ('05), a former Arizona Daily Star reporter, has been promoted to assistant news director at AZPM.

Frank Sotomayor ('66) was the subject of an Aug. 5 column by the Arizona Daily Star's Ernesto Portillo Jr., "1983 project launched new era of Hispanic journalism." Read Sotomayor's e-book, "The Pulitzer Long Shot."

Aug. 4, 2017

Master's student Chris Stidley's research paper, 'The Thalidomide Tragedy: An Agenda-Setting Analysis of Early News Media Coverage,' has been accepted by the American Journalism Historians Association for presentation at its annual conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, in October. The paper was her final research project in the spring 2017 session of American Journalism History.

Clarisse Markarian, a business apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, saw four of her stories published in one week, including the "Cash mob aims to infuse Tucson businesses." Others included 3-D home toursstate sick leave and a 90-year-old business owner.

Elise McClain, a Tucson Weekly summer intern, wrote the July 20-26 cover story, "Trumpcare is dead." "A great job with a complicated story that was changing right up until deadline," said editor Jim Nintzel, a J-school adjunct instructor.

Jessica Suriano, a summer intern at the East Valley Tribune, wrote a poignant story about a Mesa teen with a terminal illness. Suriano also has been accepted into the school's Accelerated Master’s Program. 

Master's grad Anna Augustowska ('14) and her team's documentary, "Our Desert Farms," was named an official selection for the IFF Earth Talks international film festival in Prague in early October. Of the 853 films submitted from 81 countries, only 80 made the final cut. Augustowska is a video and multimedia producer for the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Master's grad Alex Devoid ('17), who is doing a fellowship at the Arizona Republic, saw his "Trump waives environmental laws to speed border wall construction" story run on A1 on Aug. 2. 

Master's grad Hannah Gaber ('16), a video and multimedia journalist for the Arizona Republic, helped produce an Aug. 3 interview with Sen. John McCain following his cancer diagnosis and vote on health care. Her duties include production of the weekly video and podcast The Gaggle. Check out her other work here.

Master's grad Mikayla Mace ('17), the Arizona Daily Star's new science reporter, had the Aug. 2 A1 centerpiece on record July rainfall accompanied by a lightning photo by Mike Christy ('11). Mace also wrote the Sunday, July 30 A1 centerpiece on wildfires threatening area telescopes.

Ivan Leonard ('17) is now a freelance high school sports reporter for the Sahuarita Sun.

Rebecca Noble ('17), an intern at the Billings Gazette in Montana, saw her wildfire photos were the lead art on A1 twice in late July. Check out some the photos and her Shakespeare in the Park images of MacBeth.

Julianne Stanford ('17) saw her story on Hepatitis C and the opioid epidemic run on the July 25 front page of the Arizona Republic. "Everyone says that newspapers are dead, but I still think making A1 is probably one of the greatest feelings ever," said Stanford, a Pulliam Fellow for the Republic and azcentral.com.

Hank Stephenson is the new K-12 education reporter for the Arizona Daily Star. Read his Aug. 3 story on a TUSD "Stuff the Bus" event. Stephenson covered the Legislature for Arizona Capitol Times and won numerous investigative reporting awards from the Arizona Press Club, including the 2016 Virg Hill Journalist of the Year.

Ari Wasserman (’09) is now the Ohio State football beat writer for The Athletic — a website for fans of pro and college teams in Ohio, Michigan, Chicago and Toronto. Read about him here. Wasserman, previously of Cleveland.com, covered football for the Arizona Daily Wildcat and was an assistant sports editor.

Morgan Loew ('98), an investigative reporter for KPHO-TV, CBS 5 in Phoenix, did a breaking news report on July 31 after a judge ruled that ex-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was guilty of criminal contempt. Watch it here. "I've covered big stories and small ones. This is big," says Lowe. Alums Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin won a 2009 Pulitzer Prize for stories that showed immigration enforcement by Arpaio's office undermined investigations and emergency response.

After 19 months, John D'Anna ('83) and the Arizona Republic won a legal battle to protect his unpublished notes in a crime case. The decision "provides some critical protections for journalists that will allow us to continue to do our jobs, remain independent and keep our promises to our sources," says D'Anna, a Republic editor and member of the school's Journalism Advisory Council.

Brandi Milloy ('06), an English major and Journalism minor, was a guest judge on “Food Network Star” in late July with Bobby Flay and Giada de Laurentiis. Milloy also is a PopSugar Food host online (via YouTube and other social platforms), a Cooking Channel personality and a contributor to NBC's "Today Show," appearing with J-school grad Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer. See her website and a 2008 Arizona Daily Wildcat story.

Abe Kwok ('88) is deputy opinion page editor at the Arizona Republic and writes a weekly column.

Brian Ballou ('92) is a reporter for the Sun Sentinel in South Florida and helped The Boston Globe win a 2014 Pulitzer Prize. Read his work here.

July 21, 2017

David Del Grande, a summer intern for NJ.com, saw his story, "Museum discovers lost wines almost as old as the country itself," get picked up by The Associated Press, New York Times, ABC, CNN, The Seattle Times, The Daily News, the Japan Times, the Arizona Daily Star and others.

Nick Meyers, an Arizona Daily Star apprentice, had the A1 centerpiece in the July 17 newspaper: "Tucsonans head by van twice a week to dentists across the border" for cheaper care. Meyers is also news editor for the Arizona Daily Wildcat and an assistant editor at the Tucson Weekly.

More summer interns continued to get published, including Paige Carpenter (Edible Baja, "Five Yummy Meals in Tucson under $10")Paul Barlyn (The Intelligencer, Doylestown, Pa., "Man charged with DUI"; and Anna Frazier (Capitol Weekly, covering California, "Proposition bills." Click here to see all the school's interns and apprentices.

Taylor Dayton ('17) accepted a job offer from WDIO-TV in Duluth, Minnesota, to be the weather anchor for the ABC affiliate's Monday-Friday morning show. Dayton, a student meteorologist at UATV 3, also enrolled in Mississippi State's distance education program to pursue another degree in Meteorology.

Brandi Walker ('17) accepted a job as a news assignment editor with KGUN 9 in Tucson. "Thank you to all who have helped me grow as a journalist!" she said on Facebook. Brandi, a former Arizona Daily Wildcat reporter and photographer, apprenticed at the Arizona Daily Star in the spring and is a former Tucson News Now intern.

Elizabeth Eaton ('16) started July 10 at BioCentury Publications in Redwood City, Calif., near San Francisco. She's a staff writer "reporting on the ins and outs" of the pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology, such as clinical trials and company business deals, she says. The former Science News intern is writing for BioCentury's daily site, and hopes to do long-form pieces for its weekly publications.

Justin Spears ('17), a who covers the Pac-12 for Cox Media, did his first freelance story July 12 for the Arizona Daily Star on a Tucson Saguaros pitcher. He also made his professional radio debut on 1290-AM on July 10. Check out his Pac-12 posts here.

Michelle Floyd ('17), a former UA softball pitcher, was named the NFL-AIM Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year and honored in Flagstaff with Joe Namath and others. Read her blog about the ceremony.

Julianne Stanford ('17) saw her Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting package on aging facilities at UA, ASU and NAU ("State funds to address maintenance needs for state's universities") published by the Arizona Daily Star on July 4 — along with an Arizona State Museum sidebar. She's now doing her Pulliam Fellowship at the Arizona Republic, where one of her stories focused on how to prevent "hacking" a heart pacemaker.

Master's grad Alex Devoid ('17) published his first story for the Arizona Republic, on the Mexican wolf recovery plan. It was the July 3 centerpiece on A1. Alex has an environmental reporting fellowship at the Republic.

Photojournalist Noelle Haro-Gomez ('15) moved to the Tri-City Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in southeastern Washington that serves Pasco, Kennewick and Richland. Noelle left the Public Opinion in Chambersburg, Pa., at the end of May.

Brian Danziger ('16) accepted a job as a production assistant for NFL Network and Spectrum Sportsnet.

Jordan Christopher McMahon ('14) landed an editorial fellowship with WIRED magazine. 

Master's alumna Bethany Barnes ('13), a reporter for The Oregonian, who was chosen as a USC Annenberg Journalism Fellow for her health journalism project. Click here to see the other recipients.

Alicia A. Caldwell has left The Associated Press in Washington to cover immigration for the Wall Street Journal. Alicia, a 1998 UA Communication grad who took J-school classes, met with Prof. Susan Knight and students during a spring 2016 trip to D.C. Alicia received an Arizona Daily Wildcat Young Alumni Award in 2008.

NBC honored J-school grad Savannah Guthrie ('93) on her fifth anniversary of co-anchoring the "Today" show. Click here for the clip.

June 30, 2017

Mikayla Mace, who received her M.A. in Journalism in May 2017, will begin working at the Arizona Daily Star as a reporter covering science and the University of Arizona.

May grad Madison Brodsky landed a full-time job with TMZ and toofab.com as an entertainment reporter. Brodsky logged long days (and nights) as an intern for TMZ/toofab in L.A., where she reported from the Academy Awards and did many actor interviews.

Danielle Fork accepted a position with Kirkman Broadcasting in Charleston, South Carolina — home of three ESPN radio stations and two The Zone sports radio stations. They cover SC Gamecocks, Clemson Tigers, Atlanta Braves & Falcons, College of Charleston and the Citadel. "I've learned some sports TV," she says, "so now I'm ready to learn some sports radio and sports sales!"

May master's graduate Bakina Wellars was named acting dean of the faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies at the Catholic Institute of Kabgayi, Rwanda. 

Grad student Emily Ellis published a story on Mexico's first indigenous woman presidential candidate for Public Radio International (PRI).

Kim Newton's photojournalism students finished up their study-abroad program in Orvieto, Italy. They were: Elizabeth Quinlan, Raquel (Rocky) Baier, Hailey Freeman, Corinna Tellez, Michelle Jaquette, Nels Bergeron, Nikki Baim, Elena Gonzalez, Sara Harelson, Shea Kelly, Octavio Lopez, Jessica Emmert, Julia Togneri and Connor Redmond. Click here to see their photos and videos.

Summer interns at Arizona Public Media include Caryn Vieira ( tinyurl.com/ycyolf2k), Brenna Bailey (tinyurl.com/y7fhur2t) and Chastity Eva Laskey (tinyurl.com/ybgusbn8). Angela Vera also is writing broadcast scripts for AZPM's PBS NewsBreak. See a list of all our summer interns.

Summer apprentices at the Arizona Daily Star are Auroa BegayShaquille Montrel DavisClarisse MarkarianNick MeyersNick SmallwoodJamie Verwys and Lauren Whetzel. Click on some of their names for samples of their work.

Reporter Danyelle Khmara and photographer Nick Smallwood teamed up for an Arizona Daily Star story on greyhounds that was picked up by the Arizona Republic. Khmara, a freelance reporter, also wrote the cover story for the current Tucson Weekly on homeless companions.

Maritza Cruz, a summer intern at Edible Baja magazine, published a story on "Barrio Barista: Blends, Brews and Burritos" and wrote about how to make a watermelon slushie. Read her staff profile here.

Emmalee Mauldin began her NASA journalism internship in Houston, where she helped out with an astromaterials division event and had time to visit the Space Center Houston. 

David Joseph Del Grande covered the New Jersey gubernatorial primary (see video) as a summer intern for the breaking news team of NJ.com, which serves 15 print newspapers in New Jersey. He also wrote about people protesting a bear's death. He's doing an in-depth story on a local school district in financial disarray and hopes to cover some criminal trials.

Betsy Kaplan published seven articles during the first week of her summer internship at Playbill, including her first one on Tony winner Ben Platt and a Tony trivia quiz.

Michelle Jaquette saw her final apprentice piece for the Arizona Daily Star, "Controversial charity take steps to address violations" run on C1 in the Sunday, June 11, paper.

Caitlin Schmidt ('14) of the Arizona Daily Star for winning the Don Bolles Award for investigative reporting from the Arizona Press Club for uncovering wrongdoing in the Pima County Sheriff's office. And congrats to alum Hank Stephenson of the Arizona Capitol Times for being named the Virg Hill Journalist of the Year – and for winning first place in community investigative reporting for his stories on Arizona House speaker David Gowan's high-spending ways. Press club website

Those with UA Journalism ties also won 14 Arizona Press Club awards in the community news writing and student contests. Hank Stephenson ('10) and Bill Coates ('78) took first in investigative reporting and column writing, respectively, while current UA student Ezra Amacher of the Arizona Daily Wildcat placed first in sports beat reporting and adjunct instructor Megan Kimble of Edible Baja was first in education reporting. Glenn Gullickson ('86) was second runner-up for Community Journalist of the Year at the West Valley View in Avondale. Christianna Silva ('17), Kendal Blust ('16), Murphy Woodhouse ('14) and Adam Gaub ('06) won second-place awards, while Justin Spears ('17), adjunct Jim Nintzel, Stephenson and Blust took third-place honors.

May grad Christianna Silva wrote three stories in four days in her digital news internship at NPR in Washington, including today's "H.P. Lovecraft's Monster Is Wrapping Family Game Night Up In Tentacles," "The Internet of Things is Becoming More Difficult to Escape (below) and "The Millennial Obsession With Self-Care." Follow her stories here

Houston Chronicle reporter Susan Carroll ('99) received an IRE innovation in investigative journalism award with Matt Dempsey on behalf of the Chronicle's "Chemical Breakdown" team that investigated an explosion that killed four at a DuPont plant. View all the Investigative Reporters & Editors conference awards here.

Kelly Lewis, a 2008 J-school grad, started the travel outfit Damesly less than a year ago, and it's already No. 4 on Travel + Leisure's list of 10 female-focused companies to know in this month's issue. Lewis also founded Go! Girl Guides (travel guidebooks for women) and the annual Women’s Travel Fest.

Jade Nunes ('15) left her Habitat for Humanity communications job in Tucson to work on the editorial team for "The Kim Komando Radio Show" in Phoenix. Nunes manages the Twitter feed and pulls analytics for Komando, a digital expert who is on air in 400-plus markets across the U.S. and Armed Forces Network.

June 2, 2017

The school's "Bordering110.com" project captured first place nationally in the Best of the Web competition from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Ten students — Brenna Bailey, Maritza Dominguez, Mark Flores, Jenny Hijazi, Erik Kolsrud, Genesis Lara, Chastity Laskey, Julia Leon, Amanda Oien and Stephen Oliver — compared the towns of Nogales with two in Montana/Alberta with help from Celeste Bustamante and Mike McKisson. The project will be presented at the 2017 AEJMC conference in Chicago on Aug. 10.

Carmen Valencia began an internship this week at the NBC affiliate in Phoenix on the 12 News watchdog investigative reporting team with Joe Dana and Wendy Halloran. "I love it," Valencia told internship coordinator Renee Schafer Horton. "The environment and the people are awesome." The station's website is at 12news.com.

The Arizona Daily Wildcat/UATV-3 interviewed new UA President Robert Robbins on his first day on the job, June 1, led by journalism majors Chastity Laskey (editor), Nick Meyers, Jamie Verwys, Kathleen Kunz, Alec White, Hector Ponce and Simon Asher and Heather Newberry.

Leah Merrall's final apprenticeship story for the Arizona Daily Star, "Tucson-area schools shell out $2.3 million for Arizona's new minimum-wage hike," was the A1 centerpiece on Sunday, May 21.

Alex McIntyre ('17) took second place as college photographer of the year in the Arizona Press Club awards for his work at the Arizona Daily Wildcat. He also landed a six-month internship at the Bloomington (Indiana) Herald-Times.

Jordan Glenn ('17) took a reporting job at the White Mountain Independent in Show Low, Arizona. Beyond city government and general assignment, he plans to tackle outdoor/environmental stories and a video series — and help with wildfire coverage. The twice-weekly's website is at wmicentral.com.

Alex Devoid ('17), a recent master's graduate, accepted an environmental reporting fellowship at the Arizona Republic. He'll work with reporter Brandon Loomis on in-depth stories "on the resources that matter most to Arizona: our water, our air, our land, our wildlife," according to editor Nicole Carroll.

Rebecca Noble ('17) began her photography internship at the Billings (Montana) Gazette and joked about one of her first assignments. "Today they sent the intern from Arizona who hasn't seen winter in four years up to a blizzard at 10,000 feet," she said. 

Mike Christy ('11) of the Arizona Daily Star tied for third as news photographer of the year at the Arizona Press Club awards and also snagged a third place in the picture story division.

Alum Hank Stephenson of the Arizona Capitol Times won the Arizona Press Club's Sledgehammer Award for efforts to expose the truth.

Curt Prendergast ('11) of the Arizona Daily Star took first place with Perla Trevizo for Spanish-language news reporting in the Arizona Press Club Awards.

Alfredo Edwardo Araiza ('80) of the Arizona Daily Star placed second in the portrait division at the Arizona Press Club awards.

Colleagues, family and friends paid tribute to J-school alum Bill Walsh on May 19 at the Washington Post, where he worked as one of the nation's top copy editors for 20 years. Read more about Bill, an Arizona Daily Wildcat Hall of Famer, and read his wife's eulogy at journalism.arizona.edu/walsh.

May 19, 2017

Mikayla MaceStephen ChoiceJenny Hijazi and Bakina Wellars had their master's research papers accepted to be presented at the national AEJMC conference in Chicago in August. "We’re 4-for-4 this year," Prof. Carol Schwalbe says. "It’s relatively rare for master’s students to present a paper at a national conference." Mace won first place in her division. Click here for a full story.

Ten students from the school's fall U.S.-Mexico border reporting class placed 16th in the Hearst Team Multimedia Competition Top 20 with their project, "Bordering 110°." Julia Leon, Brenna Bailey, Maritza Camila Dominguez Azua, Mark Flores, Jenny Hijazi, Erik Clark Kolsrud, Genesis Lara, Chastity Eva Laskey, Amanda Oien and Stephen Oliver compared the towns of Nogales with two in Montana/Alberta with help from Profs. Celeste Bustamante and Mike McKisson. It was the school's second Hearst this year, with Maritza Cruz placing 11th with her Arizona Sonora News video, "Shelter me."

In a new website, students from Linda Lumsden's history class posted interviews with 15 Tucson journalists. "Sonoran Desert Journalists" includes anecdotes about covering 9/11 (Ryan Finley), the Gabby Giffords shooting (Christopher Conover), undocumented migrants (Margaret Regan) and the jaguar ‘Macho B’ (Tony Davis). The student interviewers included Nick Cada (Alfredo Araiza), Reina Morrison (Douglas Biggers), Victor Herrera II (Cathy Burch), Ashley House (Conover), Chris Stidley (Davis), Gabrielle Mix (Carmen Duarte), Christian Torres (Joe Ferguson), Fernando Galvan (Finley), Marie Teemant (David Fitzsimmons), CJ D’Innocente (Sarah Gassen), Joshua Steele (Stephanie Innes), Nathan Delfs (Irene McKisson), Elsayed Issa (Todd Miller), Zeina C. Peterson (Regan) and Ashley Mikelonis (Zac Ziegler). Click here for a full story.

Anchors Riley Brown and Spencer Halliday, along with Danielle Fork, Chris Delgado, Andie Milkis, Jamie Hewitt, Cherie Cole, Jamie Lobel and Steph Soto produced the latest "Arizona Cat's Eye." The student-run news broadcast includes stories on the new UA president, local job growth, the UA Campus Pantry and a blind radio DJ, to name a few, plus a promo with alumna and "Today Show" co-anchor Savannah Guthrie. Watch the episode. 

Graduate student Anna Mae Ludlum defended her master's project proposal titled "Apologias of the Millennial Generation." Her committee members serving are: Jeannine Relly (chair), Nancy Sharkey, and Renée Schafer-Horton.

At the SBS Convocation at McKale Center, Nick Johnson watched a special message from his sister, who is serving overseas, when he went on stage. Click here for photos. Go here for photos of the SBS grad students' ceremony.

Justin Spears accepted a job with Cox Media Group in Atlanta, covering Pac-12 sports for a new site that will include stories and a podcast. Spears received the Donald Still/Arizona Daily Wildcat award from Student Media adviser Brett Fera at Just Desserts

Student Tobey Schmidt and recent master's grad Kendal Blust each had front-page bylines in the latest Tucson Business and Daily Territorial editions, respectively. Blust, whose "mothers" story is at tinyurl.com/lstg8xp, works for the Nogales International. Schmidt, whose "YWCA" story is at tinyurl.com/mjql88n, starts an internship at Alaska's Skagway News soon.

Pitcher Michelle Floyd, a graduating journalism senior, and the UA softball team won the Pac-12 title yesterday for the first time since 2007. 

Fernanda Echavarri ('07) received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for Radio Journalism for "The Strange Death of José de Jesús." Echavarri, of NPR's "Latino USA," worked on the two-part documentary with Marlon Bishop. She will be honored May 23 at Washington's Newseum. Click here to see the winners. Echavarri also was nameda finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists for the story.

Jazmine Woodberry ('12) won a prestigious Ragan & PR Daily ACE award for "industry newcomer." Judges in the global communications contest said Woodberry, of Longboard Asset Management in Phoenix and a former Arizona Daily Wildcat reporter/editor, "knew what journalists wanted." Click here to see the awards.

The Kentucky Derby had more UA connections: Lexington Herald-Leader reporter Dan Desrochers, a 2015 J-school grad, and Louisville Courier-Journal reporter Justin Sayers ('14) helped cover the event at Churchill Downs. Trainer Todd Pletcher, a UA Race Track Industry Program grad, won his second Derby with Always Dreaming. 

Lynn C. Elder, a 1976 journalism master's graduate. Lynn, 68, of Naples, Florida, worked as a reporter and copy editor for newspapers in New York and Massachusetts. Later, she wrote fiction, including an autobiographical novel, and several plays and screenplays. Our condolences to her family. Click here to read the obit.

May 5, 2017

Christianna SilvaChastity Eva LaskeyJamie Verwys and Jenny Hijazi captured top honors at the school's 51st Just Desserts student awards celebration May 4 at the Arizona Historical Society. Silva, a senior, received the Philip Mangelsdorf Award for Outstanding Newsperson of the Year; Laksey captured the Sherman R. Miller Award for outstanding senior; Verwys received the Brewster P. Campbell Award for outstanding junior; and Hijazi took home the award for outstanding graduate student. Click here for a story and list of all the award and scholarship winners and watch our Facebook Live video of the event.

Senior Julianne Stanford won a prestigious Maggie Award in the "Best Print Article/Student" category on April 29 for her reporting on Central American children who fled gang violence, poverty and political instability to find refuge in the United States. Kendal Blust won the award last year, making it two in a row for the school. Read the story (pages 16-20)

Nels Bergeron won the spring 2016 Drew Gyorke Memorial Fund Photo Contest for his image of a homeless man at a bank. Simon Garelick-Mettler took second with a shot of basketball's Kadeem Allen, and Cory Kennedy was third with a bungee-jump image. The photos and nine others from Prof. Kim Newton's 203 class are now on display in the hallway near Marshall 327. The other photographers are: Katie FletcherAddie StansburyTommy KearnSienna LeoneGabbi SamVictor GarciaMichaela WebbPearl Dixon and Jiaqi Gao. Click here to see the images.

Alex Devoid defended his master's thesis, "Collaboratively Mapping Militarized Borders and Law Enforcement: A Crowdsourced Mobile App,” on May 5 in Marshall 340 before committee members Celeste González de Bustamante (chair), Chris Lukinbeal (via Skype) and Michael McKisson. Devoid is getting an M.A. in Journalism and Latin American Studies. 

Riley Versfelt defended her master's thesis, "Finding Hope Through Dance: The Healing Properties of Dance for Victims of Sexual Abuse," May 1 in Marshall 340. Celeste Bustamante (chair), Rogelio Garcia and Mike McKisson were her committee members. 

Jenny Hijazi defended her dual master's project, "Peripheries: Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Storytelling Through Borderland Reporting," on April 24 in Marshall 340 with committee members Leila Hudson (chair), Celeste Bustamante, Mike McKisson and Maggy Zanger. Hijazi, whose master's is in journalism and Middle Eastern and North African Studies, provided virtual reality goggles to view some of her stories. 

UA senior Brittan Bates, a Pueblo High School journalism volunteer this semester, gave five Pueblo seniors and newspaper adviser Rana Medhi a tour of the school on April 29. Nancy Sharkey and outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick also talked to the group about the school.

Senior Jordan Glenn spent four months making "Out of the Gates," a short documentary on Tucson's Amelia Hauschild, the West's youngest female jockeys. You can also read his earlier Arizona Sonora News story on Amelia.

Students produced the spring 2017 edition of El Independiente: "Living in Shadows: The long-term undocumented." Elisabeth Morales, Christina Duran, Brittan Bates, Jorge Encinas, Andrew Paxton, Erik Kolsrud, Lauren Renteria, Jordan Glenn, Taylor Dayton, Chastity Laskey, Amanda Oien and Fatuma Shiwoko wrote stories, and Lilly BerkleyReina Morrison, Ashley House and Paxton did reporting and deign for two double-truck graphics. Gisele Smith and Maxie Ruan helped with the production. Read the issue.

In "Mexico: The Storytellers," 21 students in Celeste González de Bustamante's U.S. Press and Latin America class presented their research on April 25 at a symposium at UA Special Collections: Christina Duran, Genesis Lara, Victor Garcia, Monique Irish, Brenna Bailey, Julia León, Maritza Domínguez, Zeina Cabrera-Peterson, Fernando Galván, Natalia V. Navarro, April Lanuza, Justin Spears, Hannah Bloom, Amanda Oien, Carmen Valencia, Mike González, Elena González, Simone McCarthy, Emily Ellis, Elise McClain and Melissa Vásquez. Click here for photos.

Senior Madison Brodsky talked to Rogelio Garcia's 385 broadcast class about how to break into the entertainment news industry. Brodsky is wrapping up her internship with TMZ's toofab.com, where she reported from the Academy Awards and interviewed actors such as Salma Hayek and Rob Lowe (see clip)

Gloria Knott, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote the cover story on the Tucson folk festival for Caliente on May 4.

Five members of our student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists — Brenna Bailey, Chastity Eva Laskey, Ava Garcia, Jamie Verwys and Andrew Paxton — attended the SPJ Western Regional Conference in San Diego last weekend. The Arizona Daily Wildcat won two awards at the event.

The Graduate Student Interest Group has accepted Mikayla Mace’s manuscript, “Newspaper Coverage of Mars in the United States and the United Kingdom 2011-2016,” for presentation at this summer’s annual AEJMC Conference in Chicago. The paper was blind reviewed.

Graduate student Ashley Mikelonis defended her thesis proposal titled "Exploring the Success and Defeat of Ronda Rousey: A Content Analysis of Twitter and Newspaper Coverage" on Thursday. Her committee members are Jeannine Relly (chair), Linda Lumsden and Terry Wimmer.

Graduate student Anna Mae Ludlum defended her master's project proposal titled "Apologias of the Millennial Generation" on Wednesday. Her committee members serving are: Jeannine Relly (chair), Nancy Sharkey, and Renée Schafer-Horton.

José Galvez ('72), who helped the L.A. Times win a 1984 Pulitzer Prize for its Latino series, became the first Mexican-American photographer to have a solo exhibition at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis and at the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y. 


Andrea Esquer, a 1988 journalism grad, died April 15 at 51. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer five years ago, she was the public information officer for the Maricopa County Department of Transportation. Andrea, a 2011 ASU law grad, also was the press secretary for former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and worked for the Department of Energy and NASA. Services are Friday in Phoenix.

April 21, 2017

Hannah Dahl won the Mark Finley Gold Pen Award in the school's spring 2017 best beginning news writing contest for JOUR 205 students on April 17. Gabrielle Mix finished second, and Michaela Webb took third. Dahl will receive $1,000 in scholarship money, followed by Mix ($750) and Webb ($500). Click here for more details.

Ciara Encinas landed a CBS News summer internship in Washington D.C. Encinas, a KOLD-TV/Tucson News Now intern and reporter for the Arizona Daily Wildcat's UATV 3, will work with the CBS Newspath team —reporting on stories, coordinating scripts and assisting on shoots, to name a few duties.

David Del Grande accepted a summer internship with NJ Advance Media and NJ.com, which creates content for 15 print newspapers in New Jersey, including The Star-Ledger in Newark.

Ten students from the school's U.S.-Mexico border reporting class produced the multimedia project, "Bordering 110°," which compares the towns of Nogales with two in Montana/Alberta. Brenna Bailey, Maritza Camila Dominguez Azua, Mark Flores, Jenny Hijazi, Erik Clark Kolsrud, Genesis Lara, Chastity Eva Laskey, Julia Leon, Amanda Oien and Stephen Oliver used drones, 360° video and audio to enhance the project. See it here.

Chastity Laskey was named editor-in-chief of the Arizona Daily Wildcat for the summer and fall. "I'm very thankful for all the experiences the Wildcat has given me ... every day I get to meet and work alongside great journalists and amazing people," said Laskey, a Wildcat reporter and editor for the last six semesters.

Mikayla Mace defended her master's thesis, "Newspaper Coverage of Mars in the United States and United Kingdom 2011-2016" on April 14 in Marshall 340. Mace, who wants to be a science journalist, received her B.S. from UA in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, with a minor in Astronomy. Carol Schwalbe (chair), Jeannine Relly and Susan E. Swanberg were her committee members. 

Bakina Wellars defended his master's thesis, "The Influence of Foreign News Programs on the International News Agenda of Rwandan Television and Newspapers," on April 14 in Marshall 341.Carol Schwalbe (chair), Jeannine Relly and Sally Ann Cruikshank (Auburn) were his committee members. Wellars plans to return to Rwanda and teach. 

Andrew Paxton and other students in SPJ sponsored a panel discussion, "The Future of Press Freedom in an Era of Fake News," on April 12 at the UA Main Library. David Del Grande filmed the event for Facebook live. Click here to see it. 

Justin Spears saw his Arizona Sonora News story about Tombstone charging $3 to visit the Boothill Graveyard run on A1 of the April 10 Arizona Daily Star. Read it here.

Michelle Jaquette, a Star apprentice, saw her story, "Tucson Water old treatment plant on South Side now unnecessary," published on April 15.

Isaac Andrews wrote a story for the Arizona Daily Wildcat on fake news, quoting school Director David Cuillier and Arizona Daily Star editor Jill Jorden Spitz ('88). Click here to read it.

Michelle Floyd, a UA softball pitcher and journalism major, received the Wildcat Way Award of Distinction at the April 19 CATSYS athletic awards. Floyd met Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton, a former Wildcat star who co-hosted the event at McKale.

Houston Chronicle reporter Susan Carroll ('99) contributed to a series ("Special Education Denied") that finished as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service (read her story). ProPublica and the New York Daily News won the award, led by Sarah Ryley's reporting on police abuse of eviction rules. Another J-school alum, 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner Ryan Gabrielson, works for ProPublica. 

The school welcomed three new members to its Journalism Advisory Council, all UA journalism grads: Hipolito Corella ('90), senior editor at the Arizona Daily Star; Chyrl Hill Lander ('76), former Star journalist and adjunct instructor; and Nicole Santa Cruz ('09), reporter at the Los Angeles Times. Click here to read about all the council members.

Kayla S. Samoy ('15) started last week at The Associated Press in Chicago as a news associate, responsible for South Dakota, Indiana and Texas.

Samantha Munsey ('12) of the Arizona Daily Star won two second-place awards in the regional Best of the West competition for online presentation and for border reporting in the Star's Beyond the Wall project with a team that included Curt Prendergast ('11) and Mike Christy ('11).

Savannah Guthrie ('93), co-anchor for NBC's "Today Show," gave advice and reflected on her career in a a Skype interview on April 20 with 50 students in Marshall 340. See photos here and stay tuned for a video.

Frank O. Sotomayor ('66) talked to Jeannine Relly's beginning reporting class about diversity, content and sourcing. Sotomayor, who chairs our Journalism Advisory Council, also gave insight into his new online book, "The Pulitzer Long Shot" — about the L.A. Times series he co-edited on Latinos that won the 1984 Pulitzer for public service.

April 7, 2017

Maritza Cruz placed 11th among 20 national finalists for the Hearst Multimedia News competition for her Arizona Sonora News video, "Shelter me: Homeless youth find help in Tucson."

Emmalee Mauldin was awarded a NASA journalism summer internship at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Among her duties, she will create electronic templates with "information for the public about the Lunar or meteorite samples," with descriptions about where the astro materials came from, how they were discovered, who discovered them, what missions they went on, she says. The position is similar to her current job at Steward Observatory, she says.

Julianne Stanford was named a finalist for the MAGGIE awards April 28 in L.A. for her El Independiente story, "Seeking safe haven," and was selected to participate in the Hertog Foundation's War Studies Program this summer. Click here to read a full story.

Christianna Silva landed a summer internship at NPR in Washington, D.C., on the digital news desk. "It basically means I'll be writing — a lot," she says. Silva, the school's Bolles Fellow, is covering the state Legislature now and is a past intern at FiveThirtyEight. She will follow master's alum Jorge Encinas, who is a current NPR intern in D.C.

Tobey Schmidt will be a summer intern at The Skagway News, an award-winning community paper in Alaska. She follows Julianne Stanford, another UA J-school student who beat out national applicants for a Skagway spot last year. "I've always wanted to explore Alaska, and this will be a perfect opportunity for me to do that and work on my career," says Schmidt, a current intern at Inside Tucson Business and Campus Rec outdoor marketing coordinator.

Danielle Fork worked for ESPN during the NCAA men's basketball Final Four in Glendale.

Saul BookmanJustin SpearsAlec White and Danielle Fork shared their experiences covering this year’s NCAA tournament for the Arizona Daily Wildcat, UATV3 and KAMP radio during a Sports Journalism Club talk, "Tales from the Tournament," on April 4 at the Reading Room. The four gave about 15 to 20 students tips on how to become successful at covering sports.

Brenna BaileyCourtney Talak and Chastity Laskey led a JAWS Tucson club roundtable discussion about what it means to be a woman journalist on April 3 in the Reading Room. Among professional journalists attending were Andrea Kelly ('05) of Arizona Public Media, and Becky PallackMamta PopatYoohyun Jung ('15) and Mike Christy ('11) of the Arizona Daily Star. Professors Susan Knight and Celeste González de Bustamante also attended.

Arizona Daily Star apprentice Gloria Knott had the lead story in a Sunday Home & LIfe on seniors, "Tucsonans turn to tai chi for health and serenity," and the cover story for Caliente on the street fair.

Star apprentice Brandi Walker had a front-page story, "University of Arizona researcher offers diet tips to help prevent cancer."

Star apprentice Mikayla Mace had a front-page story, "Science fair gives students chance to solve real-world problems," and a business story, "Tucson-built cameras go very big and very small."

Frank O. Sotomayor ('66) published his online book, "The Pulitzer Long Shot," with the help of web designer Kedi Xia ('13). Frank, who chairs our Journalism Advisory Council, co-edited a series written and photographed by Mexican-American journalists at the Los Angeles Times that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1984. The series, Frank says, "broke through the fog of often-stereotypical coverage about Latinos."

Staci Matlock ('91) is the new managing editor of The Taos News. Staci, a master's classmate with Professor Jeannine Relly, was a longtime reporter at The Santa Fe New Mexican. While in Tucson, she started the bilingual Sonoran Journal and was editor of Tailwinds, an outdoor sports publication.

Josh Morgan ('12) is joining the Greenville (S.C.) News as a staff photographer. Formerly at the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal and a freelancer, he spent the last few months shooting photos at the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Meryl Engle ('16) is a program/production coordinator at NBC’s “Dateline” in Los Angeles. “I help with anything needed from story conception to broadcast," she told Prof. Susan Knight. "Some days I'm in court covering stories. Some days I'm interviewing victims’ families for web pieces."

Among J-school grads covering the Final Four in Glendale were Zack Rosenblatt ('13) of the Arizona Daily Star; Sarah Kezele ('11), a West Coast Conference correspondent for Campus Insiders; Zach Clark ('12) of ESPN Tucson. Anthony Gimino ('90) of AllSportsTucson also got to cover his first Final Four; and Adam Green ('06) of Arizona Sports and KTAR in Phoenix was there at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The American Copy Editors Society has set up the Bill Walsh Scholarship, a national award for journalism students seeking an editing career. Walsh, a 1984 UA J-school grad and Washington Post copy chief, died March 15. Click here to donate.

March 24, 2017

Michelle Jaquette, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, had two stories published in the March 11 paper: the lead off-play on A1, "City Council weighs harsher penalties for hate-driven misdemeanors," and the lead story on C1: "Arizona DES vocational rehab program spends more than its peers."

Michael Hernandez, an intern at Arizona Public Media, did a March 15 story on Gov. Ducey's plan to fund all-day kindergarten in Arizona.

Elena Gonzalez, an intern at Tucson Weekly. She wrote the cover story in the most recent issue, "Eat this, Tucson: Passionate food and drink creatives bring deliciousness to this special food region."

Twelve students from Prof. Celeste González de Bustamante's Press and Latin America class traveled to Mexico City to interview journalists, tour media outlets and other sights and present their projects at the end of the trip. They were Amanda Oien, Brenna Bailey, Maritza Dominguez, Fernando Galvan, Victor Garcia, Moe Irish, April Lanuza, Julia Leon, Natalia Navarro, Zeina Peterson, Carmen Valencia and Melissa Vasquez.

Nine honors students with Prof. Nancy Sharkey traveled to New York City to tour media outlets, including the "Today Show" with alum Savannah Guthrie ('93). The students were Mariah Hope Latimer, Lauren Olson, Caryn Vieira, Christina Duran, Adam Kull, Teresa Velasco, Jessica Suriano, Leah Merrall and Isaac Rounseville

Justin Spears, Saul Bookman, Danielle Fork, Chris Deak, Simon Asher, Alec White and Courtney Talak helped cover the UA men's basketball team's Pac-12 championship and NCAA tournament run to the Sweet 16 for the Arizona Daily Wildcat, UATV3 and Kamp Student Radio. See the coverage.

Michelle Floyd threw just the ninth perfect game in UA softball history on March 11 in an 18-0 win over Hartford. FYI, J-school alum Kenzie Fowler ('13) was the last UA softball pitcher to pitch a perfect game in 2010. See the Star's story.

Bill Walsh, a 1984 J-school grad and Washington Post copy chief, died March 15 after being diagnosed with cancer nearly nine months ago. Bill, 55, wrote three books on copy-editing and started theslot.com in the mid-1990s. A member of the Arizona Daily Wildcat Hall of Fame, he was a good friend to the school and met UA students on a tour of the Post last spring. Read our website obit and the Post's obit.

Arizona Sonora News Service published Jorge Encinas' story for his master's project, "Immigrant possessions disappear during deportation." Encinas has a month left in his internship with NPR's Code Switch team in Washington. UANews also ran our website story on Encinas.

Eric Swedlund ('02) reviewed a new album by fellow J-school alum Austin Counts ('11)  "Pima County Soul" — in the Tucson Weekly.

March 10, 2017

Stephanie Soto narrated a new promotional video for the UA School of Journalism. The video was produced by master's alum Anna Augustowska for the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The video is on the school’s Youtube channel and will be added to the school’s website.
Danyelle Khmara wrote the cover story for the Feb. 23-March 1 issue of the Tucson Weekly: “Tucson Hip Hop fest is more than dope flow and strident rhymes.”
Madison Brodsky, an intern at TMZ and toofab.com, covered the Oscars and interviewed celebrities after the Best Picture mix-up. She also interviewed Elton John and did a story on his Oscar viewing party’s chef.
Brenna Bailey, Courtney Talak and Chastity Eva Laskey started up a local club group affiliated with the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS).
Brandi Walker, an apprentice reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, saw her story, “Babies exposed to opioids are-focus of Tucson drug-program,” as the A1 centerpiece on March 6.
Leah Merrall, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, saw her story, “Arizona LGBT students face hostility, survey says, run as the A1 centerpiece in the Feb. 27 paper. Other stories by Merrall of note: “Tucson nonprofit provides discounted hearing aids in exchange for volunteer work” and “New ridesharing service helps Tucson seniors stay active” and a Sunday business section cover story, “Tucson couple makes their mark on tattoo scene as artist, removal tech.”
Courtney Talak, a photography apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published these galleries recently: “Ted Walker Youth Day at Old Tucson”; and “Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase”; and saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy (“A decade later, a cowboy and reporter reconnect”); and more Tucson Rodeo photos and a Salpointe basketball game; and Tucson rodeo parade collection; and a photo on Seattle Sounders soccer player; and “Record number of MLS teams” photo.
Gloria Knott, a features apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, did a story, “The two sides to Tucson’s steampunkers” and also had these stories published: “Fort Lowell Day features games and an amputation”; and “Something Something tackles 'What Every Girl Should Know’”; and “Tucson Rodeo Parade: 2,200 people, 650 horses and 128 floats — a behind-the-scenes look at how the Tucson rodeo parade is put together.”
Mikayla Mace, a grad student and Arizona Daily Star apprentice, published “On long journey to asteroid hookup Osiris Rex seeks Trojans.” And “In test, UA-led Osiris Rex team snaps photos.”  
Nate Airulla, an Arizona Daily Star apprentice, published “Nogales produce distributor banned for failing to pay growers.”
Maxie Ruan played her video on Native American students and talked to Hopi High students on March 4.
Marcy Jones ('10), a reporter at Fox 10 in Phoenix, spoke to Prof. Rogelio Garcia's broadcast class about live reporting and her experience in the news business.
Susan Carroll ('99), a Houston Chronicle reporter, contributed to a seven-part series ("Special Education Denied") that won the Scripps Howard Public Service Reporting Award. The story she co-wrote also helped colleague Brian M. Rosenthal win USC's Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting.
Jacquelyn Abad ('14) left the ABC affiliate in Medford, Oregon, to join the CBS affiliate in Milwaukee as a reporter. 

Feb. 24, 2017 

Grad student Ashley Mikelonis, writing for Arizona Sonora News, scooped other publications with news that UA interim athletic director Erika Barnes won't pursue the permanent job at this time. The Arizona Republic and others ran the story online. She also wrote a story on women being underrepresented in key leadership positions in Division I athletics.

Senior Madison Brodsky, an intern at TMZ and toofab.com, will cover the red carpet for the Oscars and the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party Sunday in L.A. She interviewed Ice Cube for the premiere of "Fist Fight,” and has written more than 50 articles and published galleries and videos for TMZ or toofab.com.
Lauren Renteria and her team at News Hack Arizona had the winning project in sensor journalism. The team used light and motion sensors — overlaid with crime data — to determine the safest places to run or walk around the UA campus. Yoohyun Jung ('15) of the Arizona Daily Star wrote a story on the Feb. 18-19 event.
Senior Rebecca Noble landed a photography internship at the Reading Eagle in Pennsylvania this summer. "I'm super-excited," Rebecca says, because the paper has a nine-person photo staff despite a circulation of 50,000. Rebecca, an Arizona Daily Wildcat senior photographer and former Arizona Daily Star intern, covered the Trump inauguration and the Women's March on D.C.
Junior Erik Kolsrud saw his Arizona Sonora News story on Naco's new border fence run in the A1 lead off-play position of the Feb. 13 Arizona Daily Star.
The Arizona Daily Wildcat and Saul Bookman got a shout-out from ESPN's Jay Bilas and Lewis Johnson for a Feb. 22 story and cover about UA basketball, “For all the marbles” on the eve of the USC and UCLA games.
Former J-school student Murphy Woodhouse, a reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, broke a big story on Monsanto nixing a property tax deal with Pima County on Feb.  15.
Seth Pines, who graduated in May 2016 and has been an assignment editor at KGUN TV in Tucson, will be starting a new position as a real-time editor at ABC-15 in Phoenix in March.

Feb. 10, 2017 

Bolles Fellow Christianna Silva's stories included “Arizona law enforcement might not back up Trump’s immigration order," and she had stories on teacher pay, Ducey's "miracle drug" and a Legislative roundup.

In addition to Silva’s stories, the school's Arizona Sonora News website had articles from Erik Kolsrud on a new border fence in Naco; Jordan Glenn’s feature on a young female jockey from Tucson; and Taylor Dayton's story on winter storms.

Recent master's grad Jorge Encinas, an intern with NPR’s Code Switch team, had his second byline on Feb. 1: "There's A Long, Ignominious Trail Of Bans, Registries And Forced Relocation." Read a story about Encinas:
Recent grad Elizabeth Eaton published several stories already as an intern at Science News, including the latest on penguins! Go here to see her bylines.
Ian Friedman, a 2010 alum, was named the 2016 Young Attorney of the Year by the San Diego Defense Lawyers. Friedman (bio), who earned his law degree from the University of San Diego in 2013, is a former editor at the Tombstone Epitaph and Arizona Daily Wildcat, and a business intern at the Arizona Daily Star.
Sam Stanton (’82)’s investigation of the UC Davis chancellor helped The Sacramento Bee win the James Madison Freedom of Information Award from the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists. Cynthia Hubert, another Bee reporter and UA alum, won an SPJ NorCal award in October for a feature on the death of a homeless woman.

Annie Chandler-Grevers ('10), a seven-time NCAA champion swimmer and former editor of the Tombstone Epitaph, was named to the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame. Annie, assistant managing editor for Swimming World and a Tucson swim coach, and her husband (Olympic medalist Matt Grevers) welcomed a baby girl, Skylar, in November.

Jan. 27, 2017

Danyelle Khmara wrote the cover story for the Jan 12-18 Tucson Weekly on Pima County's efforts to protect immigrants' rights on the eve of Trump's presidency.

Senior Julianne Stanford's final apprentice story for the Arizona Daily Star, “More drug profits slipping into Mexico as border seizures plummet,” was the paper's A1 centerpiece on Jan. 26.

D.C. Bolles Fellow Christianna Silva wrote a first-person story about the Women's March on Washington for the Arizona Daily Star's This is Tucson and worked with photographer Rebecca Noble on a Tucson Sentinel story. Noble also took inauguration images used by the Daily Wildcat. Michelle Jaquette also traveled to D.C., and December grad Elizabeth Eaton, who is beginning her Science News internship in D.C., took photos. Click here for the J-school website story.
Senior Madison Brodsky began an internship at TMZ in Los Angeles. She's working for the celebrity news website's toofab.com, saying she "is responsible for writing entertainment stories on the site, interviewing celebrities in the studio and on the red carpet, and researching story pitches."

Martiza Dominguez and Carmen Valencia spoke to Cholla High School students about journalism and the J-school on Jan. 27 in Marshall 340.
December grad Emily Gauci accepted a job in page design and copy editing at GateHouse Media in Austin, Texas. GateHouse publishes 121 daily newspapers and owns the parent company of the Arizona Capitol Times. Gauci was a designer for the Epitaph and a designer and photog for the Daily Wildcat.
Jorge Encinas, a December master's graduate, co-wrote a story for NPR's Code Switch website, "As Trump Is Sworn In, Supporters Debate His Role In Healing Racial Wounds." Encinas has an NPR internship in Washington, D.C., through April.

Filmmaker Ania Augustowska (’14) and the team who worked on "Our Desert Farms" saw their short documentary become an official section for the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, Feb. 23-25 in Golden. It examines climate change, drought and global market through the lens of a local story on Central Arizona farmers.

Kristen Davis ('00) says her birthdaughter, Carlie Scupin, has accepted a scholarship offer to play for the UA softball team. Kristen covered UA softball for the Arizona Daily Star in 2002 while pregnant with Carlie. "I’m so happy for Carlie and for her tremendous family," says Kristen, now the social media and "Best of" manager at cleveland.com.

Jan. 6, 2017

Recent master's grad Jorge Encinas landed a Chips Quinn internship at NPR in Washington, D.C. He'll be working with the "Code Switch" team, which explores race, ethnicity and culture in communities. “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with NPR in D.C., especially with the inauguration and public anxiety over the incoming administration,” says Encinas, whose internship runs until April 21. See the Code Switch website.

Students in the school’s fall broadcast class posted the latest Arizona Cat's Eye, including stories on the election, education, refugees, AIDS fundraising, UA sports, an art gallery and festivals. The anchors Brandon Mejia and Madison Brodsky, The reporters were Ryan LopezSamantha StoneStevie KatzBrian DanzigerJB Coronado, Karen Cruz-Orduna and Maritza DominguezWatch the episode.

Hannah Gaber, who received her master’s in May, saw her MA film on Oman, “A Young Nation,” become an early official selection to screen at Boston's Global Cinema Film Festival. It's the third film festival for Gaber, who is a video journalist at the Arizona Republic. Watch her video.