Dec. 7, 2018
Kasey Adrian won the fall 2018 Drew Gyorke Memorial Fund Photo Contest for her image of a student walking home after a long day at the UA Library. Alana Minkler took second with a photo of a rock climber on Mount Lemmon, while Karyme Cuadras finished third with a portrait of a tattoo artist. Adrian will receive $200, with Minkler getting $125 and Cuadras $75. They were among 11 finalists in Prof. Kim Newton's beginning photojournalism class (JOUR 203). The others were Nicole Danigelis (two photos), Colin Green, Julia Keymer, Joseph Ledesma, Sofia Moraga, James Parisi, Mekayla Phan and Griffin Riley. All 12 photos will hang in the hallway near Marshall 327. Click here to see the images, and go to journalism.arizona.edu/Gyorke to see past winners.
Zeina Cabrera-Peterson defended her master's thesis, "Politicking While Black," before a packed house today in Marshall 340. Professors Jeannine Relly (chair) and Linda Lumsden with the J-school and Bryan Carter (Africana Studies) and Kevin Henry (Educational Policy Studies and Practice) were Cabrera-Peterson's committee members. Her family also attended the presentation, which compared the media coverage of three African-American U.S. House candidates in the 2018 midterm election. Click here for photos.
Kathleen Kunz accepted a full-time reporting position with the Tucson Local Media group, which includes the Tucson Weekly, Explorer, Marana News and others. "I couldn't be happier since this is where I wanted to end up after college," she wrote on Facebook. Check out an editor's note on Kunz.
The Dec. 7 Tombstone Epitaph at tinyurl.com/y8f9ctyh featured stories on Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada (Eddie Celaya), Tombstone's future (Cedar Gardner), native Aravaipa fish (Moe Irish), the St. David school superintendent (Hannah Dahl), climate change in national parks (Kaitlyn Fletcher), medical marijuana (J.D. Molinary), the desert's influence on beer (Chandler Donald), a Havasu Canyon trip (Michelle Jaquette), Kitt Peak renovations (Corinna Tellez) and Bisbee's meth woes (Harry Reed).
Professor Jeannine Relly's master's theory and practice class participated in the taping of Arizona Daily Star's Dec. 7 "The Point Being" podcast with Luis Carrasco, David Fitzsimmons and Jonathan Hoffman. Students Claude Akins, Monika Damron, Sascha Fruehauf, Ty Hudson, Alisa Ivanitskaya, Nina Kolodij, Meredith O’Neil, Alexis Richardson, Chris Stidley, Elizabeth Whitthorne, Ambur Wilkerson and Justin Wiley talked about themselves, their projects and research, and reacted to current events.
Winter graduates Michelle Jaquette, Rosalina Emnace, Maria Marzano and Simon Asher received J-school reporter's notebooks from Professor Nancy Sharkey at the Dec. 6 year-end bash for the Arizona Daily Wildcat at Gentle Ben's. Click here for photos.
Koleia Bungard, Ivan Ford, RuthAnn Grumbling, Olivia Jackson and Pablo Padilla shared their border research with the Nogales community during the Dec. 3 "Border Journalism and Anthropology Showcase." They are part of the Reporting in the U.S-Mexico Borderlands and Anthropology classes taught by Profs. Celeste González de Bustamante and Linda Green. Click here for photos.
Kristan Obeng, a digital apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, covered El Tour de Tucson and the Bicycle, Health & Fitness Expo at http://wke.lt/w/s/T5eCC. She did video interviews with fans, race winners, cyclists and an Olympian, and tweeted all the videos. She also produced a video about the expo. She produced a video for a play called "SNOOPY" and wrote an Instagram post to highlight a reporter's story about the re-opening of a South Tucson restaurant that was damaged by a fire. Finally, Obeng gave a presentation to her desk editor and a sports producer about a sports analytics analysis she did to help improve the Star's coverage.
Jordan Williams, an apprentice reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, published a Nov. 13 story, "Stolen birthday checks, illegal Tucson gun purchases lead to 40-month prison term."
Haille Saal, a sports apprentice reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, published several volleyball stories, including "One week after NCAA Tournament elimination, Arizona Wildcats reflect on season," "Wildcats know NCAA Tournament match with Tigers is a chance to earn their stripes" and "Wildcats prepare for second-round NCAA Tournament match against Tennessee."
Sarah Workman, a features apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published a handful of stories, including "This 11-year-old Tucson boy's tortillas are flying off the shelves," "Green tea: The new health food must have," "'Mamma Mia!' aims to have you dancing in the aisles," "Tamales aplenty at annual Tucson Tamal & Heritage Festival" and "Get your ski on with Warren Miller film screening at The Loft."
Alexa Agostinelli, a features apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published "In a galaxy far, far away — that's where the TSO is headed this weekend."
Nick Trujillo helped the J-school recruit students from Tucson High, his alma mater, in a Nov. 14 visit. Trujillo also told students about the opportunities of working at the Arizona Daily Wildcat.
Pueblo High students invited Arizona Daily Star reporter Gloria Knott ('18) to visit their English class.They wrote her letters after reading her spring 2018 El Independiente story on the gender wage gap. Go to tinyurl.com/y9v82h4k to read the J-school's award-winning bilingual magazine and Knott's story.
Andrew Paxton, assistant editor at the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun, spoke to William Schmidt's 306 class on Nov. 14 about local reporting. Paxton is the school's former SPJ president. Read his work at www.gvnews.com.
Danyelle Khmara ('17) and Brenna Bailey ('18) accepted jobs as reporters at the Arizona Daily Star. Khmara is covering public safety after making her mark as an award-winning journalist at the Tucson Weekly. Bailey is the Star's new K-12 education reporter after a Pulliam Fellowship at the Arizona Republic and internships at Arizona Public Media. The two former Star apprentices are also Arizona Daily Wildcat alums.
Fernanda Echavarri ('07) is joining Mother Jones as a reporter-producer on immigration and identity after a three-year stint at NPR's Latino USA in New York. "She'll also be, after a move, establishing a beachhead for us in Los Angeles," tweeted Clara Jeffery, editor of Mother Jones, a nonprofit, independent journalism site (motherjones.com) and magazine. Hear Fernanda's podcast, "The 30 Days" about a family reunited after a nine-year separation because of immigration laws. It was a joint project with Arizona Daily Star reporter Perla Trevizo and photographer Mike Christy ('11).
Daniel Scarpinato ('04) will become Gov. Doug Ducey's chief of staff after Kirk Adams announced he's resigning from the post. Scarpinato, who headed up Ducey's communications team, is a former Arizona Daily Star and Arizona Capitol Times reporter and a 2011 Arizona Daily Wildcat young alumni award winner. Click here to read a story by the Tucson Sentinel.
Arizona Daily Star investigative reporter Caitlin Schmidt ('14) spoke to students at the Nov. 13 Talk & 'Tizers about her work with public records — most recently for her reporting on Title IX issues in the UA athletic department. She met with grad students and faculty afterward at Gentle Ben's for appetizers.
Nov. 9, 2018
Jordan Williams received the school's prestigious Bolles Fellowship for spring 2019. The senior will cover the Arizona Legislature for Arizona Sonora News. Go to tinyurl.com/yddyared to read about Jordan in the November e-Cursor.
The Nov. 9 Tombstone Epitaph had stories on Martha McSally (Eddie Celaya), poverty (Nels Bergeron), pecans (Hannah Dahl), literacy (Clara Lovell), Eegee's (Michelle Jaquette), Red for Ed (Bria Fonteno), the Sasabe port (Corinna Tellez), the Bisbee 1000 (J.D. Molinary), climate change (Molinary) and new lie detection technology (Chandler Donald). To read the issue, go to tinyurl.com/ybgkmjap.
Kristan Obeng, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, saw her "Where to see fall colors in Tucson," "Your guide to All Souls" and "Ghost tours to try" video stories get play on tucson.com, Facebook and youtube. The fall colors video had more than 3,000 views on Facebook. She also wrote a breaking news story, "Woman flips SUV near front of Tucson Bank of America."
Sarah Workman, a features apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, did an earlier story on the "Glow Festival."
Haille Saal, a sports apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, shared a byline with Caitlin Schmidt ('14), "Misconduct claims led to probes of 16 University of Arizona athletes, staffers since 2012," and wrote more UA soccer stories, including "Arizona Wildcats 'up for a fight' against Denver in first round of NCAA Tournament."
Alexa Agostinelli, a features apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published "EDM superstar Jai Wolf brings chillwave vibes to Dusk Music Festival" and "Tucson's Dusk Music Festival will feature the same diverse music at a new home this year."
Pascal Albright and other students in the school's Society of Professional Journalists chapter made buttons to promote the values of press freedom and raise funds for the club. The buttons are $2 each, or three for $5. To order, go to PayPal.Me/SpjUAChapter. In the notes section, signify which buttons (below) you want, your shipping address and an email to contact you with questions. Email Spjuniversityofarizona@gmail.com or email@example.com if you have questions.
Members of the 2017-18 Arizona Daily Wildcat staff won a Pacemaker for the second year in a row – this time for online – under the guidance of editors Chastity Eva Laskey ('18) and Courtney Talak ('18) and adviser Brett Fera. The award was announced last month at the national convention in Louisville.
Eight students from the Arizona Daily Wildcat, UATV and KAMP Student Radio covered the UA-UCLA football game last month at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Zach Lazarus, Robby Leaño, Jack Cooper, Alec White, Rob Kleifield, David Skinner, Maddie Viceconte and Amy Bailey also got to tour ESPN's L.A. studios, thanks to J-school alums and ESPN content specialists Michael Schwartz ('06) and Eitan Cramer ('12).
Paige Helfinstine was one of five nominees for Homecoming queen. Students, alumni and faculty voted on the winners, Jalon Jackson (queen) and Ahmed Al-Shamari (king). Read the Arizona Daily Wildcat story at tinyurl.com/yd4y4hlv.
Sam McNeil ('14, M.A.), a video journalist for The Associated Press, talked to students Oct. 23-24, including Maggy Zanger's international crises course and Kim Newton's photojournalism classes. McNeil is based in Beijing, producing breaking news and features, after earlier work in Jordan and the Middle East. Check out his recent multimedia story, "Melting glacier in China draws tourists, climate worries."
Brittny Mejia ('14) of the Los Angeles Times covered back-to-back tragedies: the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where she had the lead byline on the profile of the responding sheriff who was killed; and the wildfire that engulfed Malibu and Thousand Oaks, including a story on humans and animals seeking refuge at Zuma Beach.
Brittny Mejia ('14) talked about her recent stories on immigration and race in an Oct. 30 video chat with Jeannine Relly's graduate students. The stories included a migrant minor held at an adult detention facility, female janitors' safety and parents dealing with their 3-year-old's trauma of separation at the border. Mejia also did strong reporting last spring in the series, "A Dream Displaced" with a story on gentrification.
Hannah Gaber ('16 M.A.) began a new job last month as a video producer for USA TODAY in Tysons Corner, Virginia, near Washington. As a former video journalist at the Arizona Republic, her podcasts and videos helped the newspaper and the USA TODAY Network win the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting for the project, "The Wall: Unknown stories. Unintended consequences." For the past year, Hannah worked on a film in Cyprus through a Fulbright research grant.
Amanda Martinez ('17) of the Rio Grande Sun won a Sunshine Award from the New Mexico Press Association and captured second place in both investigative reporting and business reporting.
Gloria Knott ('18), a reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, received 42 letters from English students at Pueblo High School who read her spring 2018 El Independiente story on the gender wage gap. One student wrote, “Your article inspired me to work hard so women get treated the same.” Go to tinyurl.com/y9v82h4k to read the school's award-winning bilingual magazine and Knott's story.
Jill Jorden Spitz ('88), editor of the Arizona Daily Star, spoke to apprentice students in Susan Knight's class Oct. 24 about success, jobs and the current state of affairs in the media business.
Erin Shanahan ('15) started a new job in June as the external affairs coordinator at the Bullock Texas state History Museum in Austin, assisting with marketing and photography, after previous work at The Learning House Inc.
Adam Green ('06) began a new sports radio job, co-hosting The Daily Blender with Jeffry O'Brien on 1580 The Fanatic in Phoenix (1 to 3 p.m., weekdays) after previous work at KTAR-AM 620.
Danielle Fork ('17) started work as a development coordinator at Promise House, a Dallas center serving neglected, abused and at-risk youth after previous work for Kirkman Broadcasting in Charleston, S.C.
Kimberly Kolliner ('15) has been hired as a weekday news reporter and weekend weather anchor at Sinclair's KMPH-TV (Fox 26) in Fresno, California, after previous work at KTVL-TV in Medford, Oregon.
Veronica Cruz-Mercado ('09) has joined Arizona Public Media, where she is a community engagement and outreach specialist after earlier work at UA BookStores and the Arizona Daily Star.
Abragail Kappel ('12), a former broadcast journalist, has been promoted to director of promotions and production for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Triple-A baseball team for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Christopher Rowland ('86) joined the Washington Post as a health care business reporter after 17 years as the Boston Globe's Washington bureau chief (story: tinyurl.com/ybjw29xz).
Silvia Sanchez ('16) started as a border reporter for Univision Arizona after earlier work as a radio host at La Poderosa (105.3-FM) and internships at the Arizona Daily Star and KVOA-TV. Watch her announcement at tinyurl.com/yb2nht45.
Sarah Covey ('18) landed a position as a real-time editor at KGUN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Tucson.
Oct. 20, 2018
Led by Editor Courtney Talak, the spring 2018 El Indpendiente staff placed third nationally in the 2018 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Student Magazine Contest with the issue, "Equality. The Status of Women in Arizona." Talak designed the cover of the bilingual magazine. Other staffers were ; Nick Smallwood (photo editor); Andrew Koleski (copy editor); reporters Gloria Knott, Isaac Rounseville, Allison Suarez, Jessica Suriano, Talak and Lauren Whetzel. Click here to read the issue.
Students in adjunct instructor Irene McKisson's editing class prompted AP Stylebook editors to change an entry on "hedging" that "presumed maleness." Click here to check out the new and old versions.
Pascal Albright, Claudio Cerrillo, Zoe Crowdus, Ava Garcia, Dalal Radwan and Green Valley News' Andrew Paxton were among those participating in the James W. Foley Freedom Run/Walk on Oct. 20. The global event honoring Foley, a freelance journalist who was slain by ISIS, was sponsored by the Center for Border & Global Journalism and the school's Society of Professional Journalists' chapter. See the photos and watch the video.
Grad students Dalal Radwan and Ava Garcia traveled to Baltimore in late September for the Society of Professional Journalists conference. They met Diane Foley, mother of American freelance journalist James Foley, who was killed by ISIS in 2014. Radwan tweeted about the SPJ sessions at twitter.com/DalalRadwan91. Foley's parents visited the J-school in 2015 for a panel, "Reporting in a More Dangerous World," hosted by the school's Center for Border & Global Journalism (tinyurl.com/yat6ex8o).
Grad students Ava Garcia, Ambur Wilkerson and Jessica Suriano gave tours of the Marshall Building's third floor during the school's Family Weekend get-together on Oct. 6.
Grad students Monika Damron and Ty Hudson and Ph.D. journalism minor Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan staffed the school's Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) table Oct. 8 at UA’s Indigenous People’s Day on the UA Mall. UA President Robert C. Robbins watched the festivities and spoke at the event, while grad student Krissy Obeng did an interview.
Simon Asher photographed the Zenger Award for Press Freedom reception and dinner honoring Carmen Aristegui. Micheal Romero took video of the night. Click here to see Asher's images.
The first Tombstone Epitaph of the semester came out Oct. 5. It included front-page articles: "Residency issues cloud 2nd District" (by Eddie Celaya); "Sahuarita: A playground for young families?" (by Michelle Jaquette); "What's the buzz? Native bees do it better" (by Katie Fletcher); and "Companies face backlash for border business" (Cedar Gardner). Click here to see the issue.
Jordan Williams, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published her first investigative story, "Former BLM employee sentenced in Tucson federal court for embezzlement scheme," on a woman who stole $90,000 from the government for her own personal use.
Sarah Workman, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published a story on the Tucson film fest and another story on "5 places in Tucson to get a perfect bowl of ramen," and a story on artists reinterpreting the Lotería card.
Elizabeth Quinlan, a copy desk apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote numerous headlines, including: "Nobel or no, vitamins don't treat the common cold"; "Worrying about friends' kids but showing you care"; and "Is it time to end ethanol mandate for auto fuels? a.Yes: Law is a boon for farmers, but consumers get ripped off."
Kristan Obeng, a multimedia apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, covered the Dutch Bros. Coffee grand opening with Instagram photos and website posts and received a lot of Facebook clicks for her preview on events coming to Tucson. She also published a cool post about the school's news product development class.
Lauren Trench, an apprentice photographer at the Arizona Daily Star, had a photo published that accompanied a story on a student housing developer.
Simon Asher contributed to the drone photography for this story on Tucson nurse Sarah Sellers, who finished second in the Boston Marathon. Sandra Westdahl ('12) and Vanessa Barchfield of Arizona Public Media produced the segment.
Danyelle Khmara ('17) of the Tucson Weekly and Caitlin Schmidt ('14) of the Arizona Daily Star won a combined seven first-place awards at the Arizona Newspapers Association's 2018 Better Newspaper Contest. Khmara captured Story of the Year for "Death Sentence." Other first-place winners were Alexis Bechman ('08), Kendal Blust ('16 M.A.), Yoohyun Jung ('15) and Dan Shearer ('85). Other alums getting awards were Mike Christy ('11), Dave Ord ('84), Curt Prendergast ('11 M.A.), Lauren Renteria ('17) and Peter Sibley ('81). Go to tinyurl.com/y833h8z2 to see all the award recipients, which included adjunct instructor Cathy Burch and former adjuncts Stephanie Innes, Jim Nintzel and Rob O'Dell.
Arizona Republic reporter John D'Anna ('83) spoke Oct. 3 to students and held an information session for the Pulliam Scholarship. D'Anna, a member of the school's Journalism Advisory Council, gave reporting pointers and talked about his career — including a legal battle to protect his unpublished notes in a crime case (tinyurl.com/yc8sfmt9). He spoke to students from Director Carol Schwalbe's 506 grad class and Linda Lumsden's 205 class.
Arizona Public Media's Sandra Westdahl ('12) won five Rocky Mountain Emmy awards Saturday in Phoenix; and Anna Augustowska ('14 M.A.) captured an Emmy with three colleagues as director of the short film, "Our Desert Farms" (environmental category). Westdahl won as editor of the sports segment, "Coach," and shared four other awards as editor/producer for “Ephemeral” (arts/entertainment), “Danzacultura” (historic/cultural news), “The Full Nelson” (human interest) and “Coach” (sports feature segment). See all the winners at tinyurl.com/ycp5wmnk.
A.J. Flick ('83) saw her first book, "Toxic Rage: A Tale of Murder in Tucson," published this month by WildBlue Press. She covered the court case about the murder of Dr. Brian Stidham for the Tucson Citizen, where she worked until its closing in 2009. The print, digital and audio books are available on Amazon.com and Wildbluepress.com. Flick works for McFadden/Gavender Advertising in Tucson as a copywriter and edits manuscripts for WildBlue Press.
Stephanie Casanova ('14) has left the Manhattan Mercury in Kansas to be a reporter at Today's News-Herald in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Read her farewell column at tinyurl.com/yazg7k4g. Also an Arizona Daily Wildcat alum, she started her new job this month at the News-Herald (havasunews.com).
Jeremy Duda ('03) became the associate editor for the Arizona Mirror — a new independent, nonprofit news organization in Phoenix — after spending eight years as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times. Go to https://www.facebook.com/azmirror for more information.
The Sept. 25 gubernatorial debate had a J-school flair. Adjunct instructor Lorraine Rivera ('04) of Arizona Public Media moderated, and the interview panel included adjuncts Christopher Conover of AZPM and Joe Ferguson ('06) of the Arizona Daily Star. Steve Goldstein of KJZZ also was a panel member. Watch it at tinyurl.com/y8tne2q5.
Joe Ferguson ('06) of the Arizona Daily Star was part of an Oct. 1 panel, "Why a Free Press is Important to Democracy," at The Loft Cinema along with emcee David Fitzsimmons, Tucson Weekly Editor Jim Nintzel, Tucson Sentinel Editor Dylan Smith, GOP National Committeeman Bruce Ash and City Councilman Steve Kozachik. Beforehand, UA Law Prof. Jane Bambauer highlighted the history and importance of the First Amendment.
Sept. 21, 2018
Pascal Albright, an Arizona Daily Wildcat editor, accepted a framed proclamation on Sept. 18 on behalf of the School of Journalism from the Pima County Board of Supervisors and Chairman Richard Elías, who deemed October "Freedom of the Press Month" and honored the school for its "vital role in training those who report the news." Go to tinyurl.com/yd8zqxhp for photos.
Sixteen students attended the all-clubs leadership retreat, hosted by Prof. Susan Knight. They talked about ideas and events, and had a tasty lunch from Beyond Bread. Students included Ambur Wilkerson, Melissa Vasquez, Zeina C. Peterson, David Pujol, Jessica Suriano, Pascal Albright, Dalal Radwan, Monika Damron, Ava Garcia, Rocky Baier, Mekayla Phan, Claudio Cerrillo, Griffin Riley, Leia Linn and Kara Lipson, and Ph.D. journalism minor Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan.
Alexa Agostinelli is working as an apprentice in arts and entertainment at the Arizona Daily Star, where she’s seen several of her stories published already. Her first story was on the band 3 Doors Down. Her second story was on a classical violinist.
Kristan Obeng, a graduate student apprenticing for the Arizona Daily Star’s digital team, posted her first story for the paper on Instagram, with a story about a boy denied participation in soccer after his challenges with cancer and chemotherapy.
Lizzie Quinlan is apprenticing on the Arizona Daily Star copy desk, where she is editing stories and writing headlines. One of her first heds: "Don’t overlook eye exams for children; what parents should watch out for."
Haille Saal has been covering the UA women’s soccer team as part of her apprenticeship at the Arizona Daily Star. Her stories have included, "Praise for senior," "Talley leads Wildcats," "Freshman adjusts," and "Amato still second on wins list."
Lauren Trench, a graduate student and Arizona Daily Star apprentice on the photo desk, had her first photo published when she was shadowing a photographer on a shoot on flood damage at the iconic Cow Palace. She also later had her photo gallery published online on a retro trailer park renovation.
Sarah Workman, who is apprenticing in features and arts at the Arizona Daily Star, had her first story published, on the Glow Festival in Oracle.
Simon Asher provided drone footage for the Arizona Illustrated story, "Monsoon Mushrooms." Nick Smallwood also worked on the segment.
Students began brainstorming episodes for the “PreReq Podcast: An inside look at being a student in 2018” with AZPM producer Andrew Brown and Profs. Mike McKisson, Jeannine Relly and Celeste González de Bustamante. Read our website story for more details about the project.
Alex Eschelman, a summer intern at FOX Sports Arizona, did an interview with a former young reporter who interviewed then-Arizona Diamondback shortstop Didi Gregorius. Recent master's graduate Saul Bookman, who manages social and digital content at FOX Sports Arizona, helped Alex with the "Intern's turn" segment.
The Arizona Daily Wildcat is one of 24 finalists in the national Online Pacemaker competition. Winners will be recognized at #collegemedia18 in Louisville Oct. 25-28. Read more at tinyurl.com/ydgqos4s.
April Lanuza, Dalal Radwan, Alexis Richardson and Jessica Suriano recounted their summer internships and experiences at Talk & 'Tizers on Sept. 4. Lanuza started at CNN's Documentary Unit in Atlanta the day Anthony Bourdain died; Radwan was a reporter for Tucson Local Media; Richardson studied abroad in Costa Rica in Prof. Celeste González de Bustamante's class; and Suriano wrote features for the Arizona Republic as a Pulliam Fellow.
Ryan Gabrielson of ProPublica and Bethany Barnes ('13 M.A.) of The Oregonian donated membership scholarships to five J-school students for the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). The recipients are: Jasmine Ann Demers, Eddie Celaya and Marissa Heffernan of the Arizona Daily Wildcat, and graduate students Kristan Obeng and Jessica Suriano.
Arizona Public Media reporter Brandon Mejia ('17) accepted a job as an anchor/reporter for KYMA-TV in Yuma. He starts Sept. 24 and will be reporting for the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts on the NBC affiliate, and anchoring the 9 p.m. newscast for the Fox affiliate. Brandon should feel at home, joining fellow Wildcats Ciara Encinas, Carmen Valencia, Crystal Bedoya and Ernesto Romero (news director) at the station.
Adam Gaub ('06) co-anchored WCTI TV's Sept. 15 evening newscast on Facebook Live at a sister station in Greenville, N.C., because his station in New Bern, N.C., was flooded out from Hurricane Florence. Gaub is a morning executive producer for WCTI, which was featured on CNN (tinyurl.com/y7go2a6a). "It’s pretty cool, to me, that even without a physical building to go to and with no way to get their signal over the air on TV, they’re doing whatever they can to still make sure the news of their community gets out there," said Brett Fera ('05), UA Student Media adviser. Gaub is a former Arizona Daily Wildcat staffer and award-winning editor at the Maricopa (Ariz.) Monitor.
Arizona Daily Star Editor Jill Jorden Spitz ('88) and adjunct instructor Irene McKisson ('03), editor of the Star's #ThisIsTucson, listened to 18 students' pitches from Mike McKisson's Product Development class. Nine ideas will be selected, and teams will form around those user groups. At the end of the semester, two groups (from these nine ideas) will be selected for a fellowship at the Star to develop their product.
Arizona Daily Star reporters Gloria Knott ('18), Caitlin Schmidt ('14) and Shaq Davis ('18) spoke to Prof. Susan Knight's Star apprentice class on Sept. 5. All three said their apprenticeships helped them get full-time jobs at the Star, and they gave students tips on pitching stories and asking editors for help.
Ryan Finley ('02), sports editor of the Arizona Daily Star, gave Prof. Susan Knight's apprentice students tips on reporting, writing and interviewing on Sept. 19.
Bethany Barnes ('13 M.A.) spoke via Skype on Sept. 18 to Prof. Jeannine Relly's master's class about how she did the reporting for her story, "Targeted: A Family and the Quest to Stop the Next School Shooter." Read it at tinyurl.com/yd8ftle7.
Bakina Wellars ('17 M.A.) secured a teaching position at the University of Rwanda's School of Journalism and Communication. He placed first out of six people in a competition for the spot.
Brandi Milloy ('06) is the co-host of a new Food Network show, "Let’s Eat," about easy, fun recipes that anyone can make. Check out the Arizona Daily Wildcat story.
Jack McElroy ('75) marked his 17th year as editor of The Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel.
Konstantinos Kalaitzidis ('95 M.A.) is now the public information officer at the Superior Court of California in Orange County.
Jeffrey Williams ('00) was promoted to assistant principal of instruction at Phoenix Union High School District.
Sarah Kezele ('11) made her debut at the BYU-UA football game as the new in-game host. She interviewed students in the ZonaZoo, oversaw contests with fans, high-fived Wilbur Wildcat and was included in the Arizona Daily Star's "Seen and Heard." Kezele also co-emceed the school's inaugural Hall of Fame event in April with John D'Anna ('83).
Aug. 31, 2018
Pulliam Fellows Brenna Bailey and Jessica Suriano did good work for the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com over the summer. Among Bailey's stories were "The worst disease you've never heard of" and "Do women face an unfair standard in the art world?," while Suriano's included "Sweet Samaritan" and "Ashley shakes up the world of romance novels."
Grad students Krissy Obeng, Ava Garcia and Zeina C. Peterson kicked off a project, "The PreReq Podcast: An inside look at being a student in 2018," a few weeks ago after interviewing students moving into dorms. They attended a podcast brainstorming session Aug. 31 with Arizona Public Media's Andrew Brown to go over recording equipment and plot out their episodes with grad students Dalal Radwan, Alisa Ivanitskaya, Meredith O’Neil, Ty Hudson, Ambur Wilkerson and undergrad Pascal Albright. Each person came up with ideas on post-it notes and sorted them on the wall. The project is led by Profs. Michael McKisson and Jeannine Relly. Also helping is Prof. Celeste González de Bustamante.
New grad students attended a meet-and-greet with faculty, staff and other grad students on Aug. 17. The new M.A. candidates are Claude Akins, Samantha Bishop, Monika Damron, Sascha Fruehauf, Ty Hudson, Alisa Ivanitskaya, Nina Kolodij, Meredith O'Neil, Elizabeth Whitthorne, Ambur Wilkerson and Justin Wylie. Go to journalism.arizona.edu/grad.bios to meet some of the grad students.
Carmen Valencia accepted a job with KYMA 11 TV in Yuma as a multimedia journalist. She starts in early September as the dayside reporter and will join Ciara Encinas ('18), who began at KYMA in May, and Crystal Bedoya ('15), a digital content director. Valencia, an Arizona Daily Wildcat alum who led our local NAHJ chapter, had internships at KPNX-TV (NBC) in Phoenix, KOLD TV in Tucson and Arizona Public Media.
Jeanie Bergen ('07) saw her TV series, "E Is for Edie," picked up by Charter Communications. The series is inspired by the life of Bergen, who is a caregiver to her disabled sister. Bergen, who earned a coveted spot in Aaron Sorkin’s Master Class on screenwriting, will executive-produce the series, too! Click here to read more.
Arizona Republic reporter John D'Anna ('83) saw his story about Sen. John McCain published on the Aug. 31 front page of USA TODAY. Read it here: tinyurl.com/ycq62wch. John is a member of the school's Journalism Advisory Council.
Students in adjunct instructor Tom Beal's science journalism class interviewed Mikayla Mace ('17 M.A.) of the Arizona Daily Star on Wednesday. Mace replaced Beal as the Star's science reporter when he retired, and she also covers higher ed and health. Read her work at https://tinyurl.com/yascl9rx.
Gabriella Vukelic ('17) celebrated her six-month anniversary at Newsday as the social media producer in Long Island, New York. She recently interviewed Bravo TV's: Princesses LI, and created bagel horoscopes for Long Islanders, "since we swear that our bagels are better than anywhere else." In April, she helped launch a Facebook parenting group called LI Parents. "I now run the page as the main person for social and we have hit over 1,000 members already – 6 months ahead of my goals," she says.
Justin Spears, a 2017 J-school grad, broadcasted ESPN 1490-AM's "The Sports Exchange" with Stacey Wampler outside Gentle Ben's on Aug. 31. Spears, an Arizona Daily Star journalist, gave a shout-out to Profs. Jeannine Relly and Rogelio Garcia, who stopped by to say hello.
J-school grad Ann Brown ('76) wrote the Arizona Daily Star's obit on Sen. John McCain. Brown, a retired Star reporter, editorial page editor and copy editor, rode on McCain's campaign bus through Iowa in 2007. National media outlets also interviewed adjunct instructor Jim Nintzel, editor of the Tucson Weekly, about McCain, including CBS (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr9HoAfmsn8).
Former Arizona Daily Star photographer Liz Mangelsdorf ('84) posted an image she took of Sen. John McCain during his first Senate run in 1986. Mangelsdorf, who later became a San Francisco Chronicle photographer, is now a computer/video/media teacher at Sequoia Middle School in Pleasant Hill, California. The school's top student award for outstanding newsperson is named after her father, the late Philip Mangelsdorf.
Kendra Paige Hall ('15) covered Sen. John McCain's Phoenix memorial service for Tucson's KVOA-TV. See her Twitter feed.
Saul Loeb ('04), of Agence France-Presse, photographed a military honor guard carrying the flag-draped coffin of Sen. John McCain after it arrived outside Washington. See his photos on Twitter.
Savannah Guthrie ('93), NBC's "Today" show co-anchor, interviewed Sen. Lindsey Graham about McCain. See her coverage on Twitter.
Hundreds of U.S. newspapers, including the Arizona Daily Star under Editor Jill Jorden Spitz ('88), launched a coordinated defense of press freedom on Aug. 16 and a rebuke of President Trump for denouncing the media as enemies of the people.
Mariana Dale ('14) launched a project with KJZZ Phoenix called Q&AZ. It's a big series in which reporters from the NPR station investigate and answer Arizonans' questions about their state, such as "How did Phoenix's Indian School Road get its name." Dale worked with a national group called Hearken, a Chicago-based startup that builds tools to help journalists strengthen audience connections.
Award-winning education writer Bethany Barnes ('13 M.A.) of The Oregonian was profiled in "The Grade." She tells Alexander Russo how she rebounded after being fired from her first job, and her thoughts on accountability reporting and storytelling.
Juliana Vasquez-Keating ('10) marked her sixth year as a morning news producer at KSAZ Fox 10 in Phoenix after previous work at KOLD 13 in Tucson
Nate Airulla ('18) is an account manager at Comdata, a FLEETCOR company in Phoenix.
Britt Theodora ('15) is a digital content manager and stylist assistant at Micaela Erlanger & Co. in New York City.
Betsy Kaplan ('17), a former intern for Playbill, is a film publicity assistant at 42West in New York City.
Ernesto Romero ('07) is news director with News-Press & Gazette Co. (NPG) in Yuma-El Centro for several television news stations, including KYMA.
Gabby Goduco ('18), a former KOLD-TV intern and UATV3 reporter, made the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders squad.
Brian Danziger ('16), a production assistant for the NFL Network, is also working for ABC 7 in Los Angeles as a news assistant.
Lexi Sutter ('12) is now a reporter for NBC 5 in Chicago after a stint as a reporter/fill-in anchor at ABC 15 in Phoenix.
Angelo Samora-Vargas ('12) is a journalist at KRGV-TV in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley, covering the border, community and investigations.
Aug. 10, 2018
Marissa Heffernan won Policygenius' inaugural $3,000 national scholarship for the fall semester. More than 300 applicants wrote an essay about an event that changed their understanding of money, and Heffernan told the story of handling the finances while building a treehouse with her grandfather at age 11. For more details and a link to her story, go to tinyurl.com/ybbu8jzz.
Rocky Baier, an intern for the Jerusalem Post, covered the countrywide protests for LGBTQ rights in Israel. She tweeted from Tel Aviv, where an estimated 15,000 people protested, and wrote a front-page story at tinyurl.com/y8tq76ng.
Emmalee Mauldin wrapped up her fourth and final NASA internship in Greenbelt, Maryland. She handled communications and social media for the Hubble Space Telescope project for the last eight months at the Goddard Space Flight Center, after spending eight months at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. "I can't believe that it's over, but I'm ready to go home and finally graduate," she said on Facebook.
Carmen Valencia attended the National Association of Hispanic Journalist Conference in Miami. She toured Univision headquarters; sat in on a discussion, "Active shooter on campus," with journalist María Elena Salinas and victims from the Parkland shooting; and met up with Karen Cruz-Orduna, a former National Student Exchange student with the J-school who is interning at CBS Evening News in Los Angeles.
Marissa Heffernan, a summer apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published the off-lead on the Sunday business page (Aug. 5), "3 Tucson eateries promoting anti-straw movement."
Eddie Celaya, a summer apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published the lead package on the Aug. 2 business page, "Tucson's old Shari's Drive-In burger stand is now home to Smokey Mo barbecue."
Ahmaad Lomax, a summer apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, had the poster story in the Aug. 1 sports section on a Sabino High football transfer Cade Wechsler.
Pablo Lopez, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, had the lead story in the July 30 metro page on a man shot by a deputy and the off-play story on the Aug. 6 metro page, "Exploding bullets halt smugglers."
Maritza Cruz ('18) wrapped up her Chips Quinn internship at The Mercury News and Bay Area News Group in San Jose. One of her photos made A1; she produced videos on President Trump's immigration policies and on the "World of Frida"; and she helped film B roll and take photos for a story on the Golden State killer.
Nick Smallwood, who is entering the master's program at the School of Journalism after graduating this summer, is now a production assistant for Arizona Public Media. He said he "had a great time" filming on Mount Lemmon in late July for "Arizona Illustrated."
Jamie Maese met UA School of Journalism Hall of Famer and NBC "Today" show host Savannah Guthrie ('93) in late July in New York. Maese, who is interning for MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" as an NAHJ Summer Fellow, thanked Prof. Nancy Sharkey for putting her in touch with Guthrie's assistant.
Andrew Paxton, an assistant editor and reporter at the Sahuarita Sun and Green Valley News, did an "old-fashioned data piece" on Sahuarita's town manager and attorney making more money than most of their state peers.
Chris Delgado ('17), a director at KGUN 9, gave UATV 3 and new GM Olivia Jackson a $1,250 grant check, courtesy of the Scripps Howard Foundation and KGUN 9. Delgado, the 2016-17 UATV general manager, nominated UATV for the grant. Jackson is a J-school student.
Danyelle Khmara ('17) was promoted to associate editor at Tucson Weekly and Tucson Local Media by Editor Jim Nintzel, an adjunct instructor. Read his editor's note.
Justin Spears ('17) is the new host of ESPN Tucson's Sports Exchange radio show (1490-AM, 104.9-FM) from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays. He'll still be working full time for the Arizona Daily Star, providing digital content and covering the Arizona Wildcats and high school football. Click here to read more.
Ivan Leonard ('17) accepted a full-time position as a sports reporter at the Sedona Red Rock News. Leonard, also an Arizona Daily Wildcat alum, had been writing for the Sahuarita Sun as a freelancer.
Jenny Hijazi ('17 M.A.), an online reporter and news assistant at PBS NewsHour, showed Prof. Jeannine Relly and Indiana Prof. Emily Metzgar the studio in Washington during a break from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference. See some of Hijazi's work at pbs.org/newshour/author/jennifer-hijazi
Andrew Koleski ('18), in his first week as a copy editor at the Yuma Sun, won the department's Catch of the Week trophy for correcting an error a letter writer's reference to Alexander Hamilton as a former U.S. president.
Gloria Knott ('18), a reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, made A1 with a story about a former El Charro waitress giving back $1,000 that she stole from the restaurant.
Arizona Daily Star reporter Caitlin Schmidt ('14) was interviewed by Arizona Public Media's Lorraine Rivera ('04), an adjunct instructor, on the status of Title IX investigations into the UA athletics department during the July 27 "Arizona 360" episode. Watch at the 15:17 mark.
Jackie Kent ('14) filled in as a morning anchor in late July for the first time at KRQE TV, the CBS affiliate in Albuquerque. It also is her one-year anniversary at the station as a reporter and multimedia journalist.
Three J-school alums are doing good work at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Ed Lynch ('86) is deputy editor and managing editor for news since 2010, when the Honolulu Star-Bulletin merged with the Advertiser; Christine Donnelly ('88) is an editorial writer and answers readers' questions; and Kevin Dayton ('85) is the Hawaii state capitol bureau chief and a former Tucson Citizen reporter. All are former Arizona Daily Wildcat alums as well.
July 20, 2018
Jessica Suriano ('18) received an Arizona Press Club scholarship. Suriano, now an accelerated master's student at the J-school, is a Pulliam Fellow this summer on the features desk at the Arizona Republic. In May, she received the school's Mangelsdorf Award for outstanding newsperson.
Students in the UA International Journalism Study Abroad Program reported on environmental issues and social justice from Costa Rica. They included Sascha Fruehauf, Olivia Jackson, Alex Muñoz, and Lexi Richardson. Led by Prof. Celeste González de Bustamante, students are producing work to be published in an English language news outlet in Costa Rica. Photos
Rocky Baier, a summer intern at the Jerusalem Post in Israel, was promoted to Arts & Entertainment editor three weeks into her apprenticeship. She's been published nearly 10 times on stories about the Knesset; Boycott, Divestment and Sanction campaign, or BDS; virtual reality; the World Cup; among other stories. "The BDS story gained a lot of traction and was shared to a Facebook page with almost 2 million followers," she says.
Alec White and David Skinner of the Arizona Daily Wildcat covered the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, along with Justin Spears ('17) of the Arizona Daily Star. Read the Wildcat's coverage and Spears' work.
Marissa Heffernan, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published the A1 centerpiece story, "UA's Compost Cats grow efforts through big grant," on July 9. She also published a story, "Sun is the center of free science event," on July 13.
Chandler Donald, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote an obit on UA archeologist Harold Dibbs on July 19 and published the lead story, "Zero waste: Art made from fruit stickers," on the Home & Life section on July 8. She also had June 28 stories in Caliente, on metal bands and comedian Joe Rogan.
Melissa Vasquez, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published a June 30 story, "Community group marks 20 years of supporting immigrant students in Tucson."
Eddie Celaya, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published a July 1 story, "Fundraiser to help pet rescue groups pay their vet bills."
Ahmaad Lomax, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published a story on July 19, "Tucsonans racing for a chance at national go-kart title."
Pablo Lopez, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published a story on July 16, "Former Border Patrol agent in Nogales says gambling led him to drug smuggling."
Simon Asher, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published photos on July 8, "Model airplanes at Pima Air and Space Museum."
Dalal Radwan, an intern with Tucson Local Media, published a story on July 13, "Local youth adding artistic flare to Oro Valley community center."
Natalia Navarro ('17 B.A., '18 M.A.) accepted a position at Colorado Public Radio in Denver (www.cpr.org). She starts Aug. 6. "After a long job search, I am so relieved and excited to have found my new city," says Navarro, a former intern at Arizona Public Media and the Arizona Daily Star.
Jamie Verwys ('18) accepted a job as a government/metro reporter at the Sierra Vista Herald. She'll be working with another recent J-school alumna, reporter Emily Ellis ('18 M.A.). Content editor Steve Choice ('16 M.A.), designer David Diaz ('99) and reporter Lauren Renteria ('17) also are at the Herald.
Amanda Oien ('18) accepted a full-time job at Madden Media as a social media specialist. Oien, a stalwart at the Arizona Daily Wildcat and president of the school's Online News Association chapter, said on Facebook: "I am so happy and feel very grateful to have this opportunity and begin this next chapter in my journalism career."
Caitlin Schmidt ('14), a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, received good news when a judge denied a subpoena by ex-UA track coach Craig Carter for Schmidt's notes related to his legal battles. "Big win for free press," said Star co-worker and adjunct instructor Cathalena E Burch. Read the Star's story by recent J-school grad Gloria Knott.
Zach Clark ('12) left his ESPN radio talk-show host job at 1490-AM in late June. He has gone back home to Michigan, where his wife is "climbing her career ladder" in marketing. Read his guest opinion in the Arizona Daily Star. Tom Lapadat has taken over his 3-6 p.m. slot at 1490. Clark, an Arizona Daily Wildcat KAMP Radio alum, has been a good friend to the school, offering job advice to students at past events.
Kendra Paige ('15), a reporter for KVOA TV's News 4 Tucson, did a story July 19 on credit card fraud at gas pumps. Click here to watch the report.
June 29, 2018
Pascal Albright, Simon Asher, Jane Bendickson and Kirshana Guy were mentors for the 2018 Donald W. Carson Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School students. Grad student Zeina Cabrera Peterson also pitched in as the group wrote about some tough subjects: school shootings, DACA, Native American success and health, sexual assault, opioid addiction, cultural competence, postpartum depression, mental illness, dress codes and a local monastery's future. The high school students were Julian Armenta (Tucson Cholla), Sadie Azersky (Tucson Canyon del Oro), Ivory Bacy (Tucson Sahuaro), Kaleb Clyde (Winslow), Dara Garcia (Tohono O'odham), Grace Hardy (Phoenix Washington), Nadira Mitchell (Tucson High), Rohan Patel (Phoenix Sandra Day O'Connor), Madeline Richardson (Tucson The Gregory School), Stephany Rocha (Tucson High) and Jenny Sandoval (Tucson Desert View). The group produced The Chronicle newspaper and website. Click here to read a story about the workshop.
Nine students earned membership into Kappa Tau Alpha, the college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication: Matt Brockman, Vivian I. Colter, Emily Ellis, Marissa Heffernan, Dominika Heusinkveld, Angelo Lavo, Alexis Richardson, Haille Saal-Khalili and Chris Stidley.
Students under Prof. Kim Newton wrapped up their study abroad program in Italy. Advanced photojournalism students were Kayla Belcher, Hannah Dahl, Devyn Edelstein, Rosalina Emnace, Olivia Ledford and Caleb Villegas. Beginning photojournalism students were Dymond Bradley, Dani Cropper, Carmel Gisslow, Sydney Kenig, Tobias Kochenderfer and Maddie Viceconte. Click here to view their work.
Dalal Radwan, a graduate student, has published several stories as a summer intern at Tucson Local Media, including local Muslims beating the heat during Ramadan, published in the Explorer and Marana News and online. Click here to read more of her work. See a list of all the school's summer interns.
Pablo Lopez, a summer apprentice reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, saw his first story published on June 15, "Not one more day: Local officials call for end to separating families at border."
Kathleen B. Kunz, a summer intern at Tucson Local Media, saw her first story on road projects make the front page of the Explorer on June 6.
Chris Stidley, a graduate student and part of Prof. Carol Schwalbe's science journalism class, published a story, "From Photos to DNA: Citizen scientists focus on Gila monsters at Saguaro National Park," in the research section of the Western National Parks Association website.
Simon Asher published his first photos as an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star of FC Tucson's June 9 victory over the Colorado Switchbacks U23. Click here and scroll down to see his images.
Genesis Lara landed a summer reporting internship in her hometown at the Nogales International. Read the newspaper's profile on her.
Naomi Pier, part of Prof. Carol Schwalbe's science journalism class, published a story on leafcutter ants — "Ants go marching on: 30 years of Atta mexicana in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument — in the research section of the Western National Parks Association website.
Andrew Koleski, a May graduate, accepted a job as a page designer and copy editor at the Yuma Sun. Koleski, a former Arizona Daily Star apprentice and Arizona Sonora News Service copy editor, starts July 16 and will work with Rogelio Yubeta Olivas ('85), a former Tucson Citizen journalist who is news editor at the Sun. "I am beyond happy to start my professional career doing what I love," Koleski said on Facebook.
Tirion Morris, a May graduate, is the new web editor at Tucson Weekly. "Tirion was an outstanding intern for us back in the fall, so we're thrilled she's joined the team," wrote Jim Nintzel, executive editor and a J-school adjunct instructor, in an editor's note. Morris joins Danyelle Khmara ('17), ex-grad student Christopher Boan and four J-school summer interns at the Weekly: Kathleen Kunz, Marissa Ryan, Tori Tom and Ava Garcia.
Caitlin Schmidt ('14), an Arizona Daily Star reporter, won the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona's S.T.A.R. Award (Supporting Transparency and Advocacy Recognition) for defending the principles of the First Amendment with her investigations into the UA's Title IX policies and procedures, amid a string of accusations involving the athletic department. Schmidt has a new beat at the Star as a government reporter with Joe Ferguson ('06), focusing on watchdog stories.
Madison Brodsky ('17) started a new job at Entertainment Tonight as an associate editorial producer in Burbank, California. Brodsky had been an entertainment reporter and on-camera host for TMZ/TooFab since graduating from our J-school.
Many of our alums went to work amid tighter security following the five killed at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland. The Arizona Daily Star flew its flag at half-staff to honor the dead. Ex-grad student Christopher Boan reflected on working as an intern at the Annapolis paper in a column for the Tucson Weekly. Justin Sayers ('14 B.A., '15 M.A.), a reporter at the Louisville Courier Journal, said staffers were treated to free pizzas from a bystander who wrote, "Reporters are good for our democracy." And John D'Anna ('83) wrote about the bravery of journalists in a Facebook post.
Zach Clark ('12) left his ESPN radio talk-show host job at 1490-AM on June 26. He is going back home to Michigan, where his wife is "climbing her career ladder." Click here to read his guest opinion in the Arizona Daily Star.
Alexa Wallen ('18) accepted a job as a production assistant at FOX News with the Shepard Smith reporting and breaking news division in New York after a stint as a digital content producer for KVOA-TV.
Zach Smith ('18) is now a scouting assistant for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers after working as the head recruiting and player personnel intern for the UA football team and a scouting intern for the Chargers.
Kassandra Lau ('11) produces AZPM's public affairs program, "Arizona 360," with host and adjunct instructor Lorraine Rivera ('04). See episodes. Prior to joining Arizona Public Media in late 2017, Lau worked at KUSA-TV in Denver, KVOA-TV in Tucson and KLFY-TV in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Dan Shearer ('85) has been named editorial director for Wick Communications. Shearer will continue as editor of the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun, but he'll also work with editors at the company's nearly 30 newspapers to sharpen content, best practices and management skills, and keep on top of industry changes.
Saul Loeb, a 2004 J-school grad and photographer for Agence France-Presse, had a front-row seat for the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore. Click here to see some of his images.
Austin Alexander Counts ('11), owner of 4th Avenue Deli and a local musician, is featured in the June 14 Tucson Weekly. Check out Chow writer Mark Whittaker's cool profile, "The Sandwich Man."
June 1, 2018
Rebecca Noble ('17) won first place nationally in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence competition for large school feature photography, for her Arizona Daily Wildcat "Mutton Busted" images from the 2017 Fiesta de los Vaqueros. Rebecca is now a photographer for the Cody Enterprise in Wyoming. See her work at www.codyenterprise.com and all the winners here.
Kendal Blust ('16 M.A.) captured five first-place awards at the Arizona Press Club awards. Overall, those with UA J-school ties took 15 first-place awards, including recent grads Caitlin Schmidt ('14) and Mikayla Mace ('17 M.A.) of the Arizona Daily Star and two Arizona Daily Wildcat staffers, including J.D. Molinary. Read our story about all the winners.
Bethany Barnes ('13 M.A.), was named national education reporter of the year today by the Education Writers Association for her work at The Oregonian and series, "Benefit of the Doubt," which revealed how Portland Public Schools failed to act on reports of sexual misconduct. The report caused the district and union to review their policies. Bethany has been gracious with her time, speaking to students here in April and via Skype last fall. Click here for more details.
Camila Wesbrooks, a journalism major and UA women's tennis player, was named all Pac-12 academic honorable mention. Read more here.
Nearly 40 J-school students attained summer internships or apprenticeships, including Alex Eschelman at Fox Sports Arizona, Jamie Maese at MSNBC's "The Last Word," nine at Tucson television stations and seven at the Arizona Daily Star. Click here to see the full list of students.
Maritza Cruz ('18), wearing her UA T-shirt, and the Summer 2018 class of the Chips Quinn Scholars Program gathered in Nashville. She met Nashville Freedom Rider Ernest "Rip" Patton Jr. and attended orientation and multimedia training. Cruz is interning at the Bay Area News Group in San Jose as part of the program. Click here to see all the UA J-school's past Chips Quinn interns.
Gloria Knott ('18) accepted a full-time reporting job with the Arizona Daily Star. "I'll be doing a lot of digital and social media stuff, and writing some breaking news and cops stories, in addition to in-depth and long-form stories," she says. Gloria was a features apprentice and freelancer for the Star for the past year. Read her work here.
Saul Bookman ('18 M.A., '17 B.A.) is moving to Phoenix to be the new social and digital media content manager for FOX Sports Arizona. "I am so humbled by the support those close to me have given to make this happen!" the Arizona Daily Wildcat alum wrote on Facebook. Watch his master's project, "Sound, Mind and Body: The Gerald Brown Story."
Kendal Blust, a 2016 master's graduate, accepted a reporting job with KJZZ Phoenix public radio at a new bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora. Blust has been an award-winning reporter for the Nogales International for the last two years. Jonathan Clark, NI managing editor, praises Kendal and her work in a May 29 column, "Another reporting star moves on."
Murphy Woodhouse, a former J-school student, has left the Arizona Daily Star for a reporting job with KJZZ Phoenix public radio at its new bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora. He'll focus on Arizona's business relationship with Sonora. Woodhouse covered the county and transportation for the Star.
Gabby Goduco ('18), a member of the UA Pomline for four years, has made the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders training camp for the 2018-19 season. Goduco interned at KOLD-TV while as a student.
Caitlin Schmidt ('14), a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, has been accepted into a mentoring program run by the Association for Women in Sports Media. Click here for more details.
Brett Fera ('05), director of UA Student Media, and former director Mark Woodhams organized an Arizona Daily Wildcat reunion in the Washington, D.C., area, hosted by Paul Allvin ('93) and Christine Verges Gacharná ('97). Among the other attendees: Lindsey Frazier Fera ('06), Patrick Klein, Eun Kim ('92), Saul Loeb ('04), Paula Johnston Kelso ('91), Carol Crane Burton, Kevin Klaus, Jay Parker, H Darr Beiser ('76), Margo Warren ('76), Corbett Daly, Eliza Tebo Berkon, Tim McDonnell, Michelle Weinberg ('07), Nancy Cleeland ('77), Robert Walker ('57), Michael Klein, Dana Crudo and Kellie Mejdrich ('12). Fera hopes to have future reunions in other locales, such as Phoenix, Southern California and the Bay Area. Click here to see the D.C. reunion photos.
Brittny Mejia ('14), a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, saw her story on Matthew Whitaker gain national attention: "While out for a jog, she discovered a baby buried alive. Twenty years later, they reunite." Whitaker plans to study journalism at UA.
Susan Carroll ('99), an investigative reporter at the Houston Chronicle, and her colleagues covered the aftermath of the Santa Fe, Texas, school shooting in "A blast. Then chaos."
Fayana Richards ('08) received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Michigan State this year after studying aging, caregiving and kinship in Detroit, and is a post-doctoral research associate for UMass-Amherst's Center for Community Health Equity Research.
Sam Brace ('06) is the director of product education for Simpleview in Tucson (simpleviewinc.com).
Alexis Blue ('05) has been an assistant director of media relations and communications at the University of Arizona since 2014.
Cindy Laughlin ('97 M.A.) is senior marketing coordinator with the EPS Group Inc. in Mesa after earlier marketing stints at Stantec in Tucson and RS Engineering.
Bryan Rosenbaum ('01) is a web developer and design specialist at Madden Media and is ready to celebrate his 11th anniversary at the Tucson firm after earlier work as an Arizona Daily Star sports designer and copy editor.
Rachael Myer Curley ('01) is account director at DRA Collective in Phoenix.
May 11, 2018
Jessica Suriano, Erik Kolsrud, Jordan Williams and Emily Ellis took top honors at the 52nd annual Just Desserts student awards ceremony May 10 at the Arizona Historical Society. Suriano, a senior, received the Philip Mangelsdorf Award for Outstanding Newsperson of the Year; Kolsrud captured the Sherman R. Miller Award for Outstanding Senior; Williams received the Brewster P. Campbell Award for Outstanding Junior; and Ellis was named Outstanding Graduate Student. Click here to read about all the winners. Click here to see the 2018 Just Desserts program, including the 78 spring 2018 grads and 15 summer 2018 grads. And click here to watch the Facebook Live video of the ceremony, and look at the first photo gallery and second gallery.
Daniel Young-Miller won the spring 2018 Drew Gyorke Memorial Fund Photo Contest for his image of a skateboarder. Aly Cantor took second place with a photo of a student taking a nap, and Alexandra Pere finished third with an image of a dog. The photos and nine others from Prof. Kim Newton's 203 class are hanging in the hallway in front of his office (Marshall 327). Click here to see all 12 photos, including those by Matthew Crisara, Holly Halstead, Sasha Hartzell, Nathan Martinez, RJ Mosqueda, Zoe Roberts, Marissa Ryan, Caleb Villegas and Briannon Wilfong.
Bria Fonteno and Carmen Valencia co-anchored the spring 2018 "Arizona Cat's Eye," produced by the broadcast class taught by Profs. Rogelio Garcia and Celeste González de Bustamante. Other students contributing were Jessy Prettyman (executive producer); Valencia (producer); Robby Leaño (graphics producer); Leonard Moody and Leaño (show editors); Paige Helfinstine, Sabrina Jandro, Sarah Workman and Noemi Salazar (promotions); and Haley Cohn, Maria Arey, Valencia, Helfinstine, Jandro and Workman (social media). On May 2, the class critiqued the 30-minute episode, which features stories on the border. Click here to watch the show, which was taped at Arizona Public Media's studio.
Ciara Encinas, a May graduate, accepted a job as a morning reporter for KYMA-TV in Yuma. She starts this month. "Here is the post my mom has been waiting for since I was a third-grader," she wrote on Facebook. Ciara interned at KVOA-TV in Tucson, CBS News in Washington, D.C., and at KOLD-TV/Tucson News Now, and worked for the Arizona Daily Wildcat's UATV 3.
Andrew Paxton, a senior, will start as an assistant editor and reporter at the Green Valley News/Sahuarita Sun in May. "After more than five years of chasing stories, performing some alchemy, working with student reporters and learning everything I can fit in my head, I'm taking the next step to where I want to be," he said on Facebook. Paxton, an editor at the Arizona Daily Wildcat, will join senior David Joseph Del Grande, who also took a job at the News/Sun. Both are Pima College transfers.
Natalia Navarro defended her master's project, “Why America? A Citizenship Podcast" (Segment 1 and Segment 2) on May 2 in Marshall 341. Committee members were Celeste González de Bustamante (chair), Sarah Gassen (Arizona Daily Star) and Nancy Sharkey. Navarro was in the Accelerated Master's Program.
Saul Bookman defended his master's project, "Sound, Mind and Body: The Gerald Brown Story," on May 1 in Marshall 340. Committee members were Jeannine Relly (chair), Paola Boivin (ASU) and Rogelio Garcia. Bookman, an editor at the Arizona Daily Wildcat, was in the Accelerated Master's Program. He showed his film on Brown, an Arizona School for the Deaf & Blind basketball coach, who received a donor kidney from a player's mom.
Emily Ellis defended her master's thesis, "Diseased Coverage: Foreign Media Framing of the 2009 Swine Flu Epidemic in Mexico," on April 27 in Marshall 341. Profs. Celeste González de Bustamante (chair), Linda Lumsden and Susan E. Swanberg were her committee members. Ellis, a dual M.A. student in journalism and Latin American Studies, will start as a border reporter for Herald/Review Media in Sierra Vista.
Alyssa Schlitzer Hill defended her master's thesis, "The Spread of Top Misinformation Articles on Twitter from 2017 to 2018: Social Bot Influence and Misinformation Trends," on May 1 in Marshall 344. Committee members were Jeannine Relly (chair), Mary Feeney (UA Libraries), Mike McKisson and Carol Schwalbe. Hill is moving to the Denver area and plans to work in web design.
Courtney Talak, a May graduate, was the editor and designer of the spring 2018 El Independiente, titled "Equality. The Status of Women in Arizona." Other staffers were Nick Smallwood (photo editor), Andrew Koleski (copy editor) and reporters Gloria Knott, Isaac Rounseville, Allison Suarez, Jessica Suriano, Talak and Lauren Whetzel. The El Inde adviser was Terry Wimmer.
Jasmine Ann Demers, a master's student, was named editor-in-chief of the Arizona Daily Wildcat for the summer and fall 2018. Demers had been the Arts & Life editor at the Wildcat. Read her bio.
Four former and current UA Journalism and/or Arizona Daily Wildcat journalists took home awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 11 conference April 27-28 in Los Angeles. J.D. Molinary was a finalist in general news reporting on his UA presidential search story; Rebecca Noble ('17) won in feature photography for her Tucson Rodeo photos; Sean Furrier ('17) won in online sports reporting for his Sean Miller era story; and Jorge Encinas ('16, M.A.) won for in-depth reporting for his El Independiente/ASN story on "Immigrant possessions disappear during deportation."
Pascal Albright, Andrew Paxton, Ava Garcia and Dalal Radwan attended the Society of Professional Journalists conference in the Los Angeles area April 27-28, and got to meet AP court reporter Linda Deutsch.
Maritza Cruz, an apprentice reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, focused on Tucson’s past in a story about downtown’s La Placita as the center is torn down to build new apartments. Her editor told her that “even a copy editor” complimented the story, which her editor said was rare. Cruz also wrote a story about a Flam Chen block party, a story about a “Hippie Family Values" documentary film by a UA professor, and a story about the Jefferson Starship band.
Andrew Koleski, an apprentice copy editor at the Arizona Daily Star, increased his stories edited per shift. Some of his favorite recent headlines: “In Texas, Rio Grande Valley offers preview of Trump’s border visit” and “15 Palestinian protesters killed by Israeli troops at Gaza border” and “First lady looks for distraction at Palm Beach after affair talk.”
Elena Gonzalez, an apprentice reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote about a man who’s making snack bars out of meat, wrote a story on poke restaurants, and a story on new homeowners making repairs. She also worked with the staff that produces the weekly podcast, “The Point Being,” featuring Star editorial/opinions staff.
Leah Gilchrist, an apprentice reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote about the troubled Fiji fraternity returning to campus, and also had a story on how the Tucson Police Department is using data analysis to respond to the public more.
Tirion Morris, an apprentice reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, saw one of her enterprise stories along with a breaking news story the same week. She wrote a story about a company that rents apartments to felons and people who’ve been evicted, people who typically have a hard time finding housing. She
also worked on the courts beat also, where she developed a story about a man convicted of selling recycled government property on eBay.
Steven Spooner, an apprentice photographer at the Arizona Daily Star, saw some his photos published on a conference on drought and climate change in the desert, and more than a half dozen photos of the March for Our Lives published, including here and here and here. He also had a gallery on Irish dance and another on the dance.
Kathleen Kunz, an apprentice arts reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, wrote about the Youth Philharmonia.
Allison Suarez, an apprentice reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, had two stories published: one on the Border Action Alliance running tours on the border to counter misconceptions, and the other on common healing desert plants.
The semester's final Tombstone Epitaph on May 5 focused on a celebration of the film, "Tombstone," shot 25 years ago in the town and starring Val Kilmer, by Elise McClain and Katie Caldwell. Other stories include: Bisbee's historic preservation (Jamie Verwys), bars/eateries off the beaten path (Savannah Shippen), female farmers (Amanda Stadek), St. David house painter's artwork (Nick Smallwood and Deanna Sherman), Czech performer (David Joseph Del Grande), black baseball (Miranda Rodriguez) and Arizona wine (Carly Oseran and Reed Wallace).
Three J-school alums from Arizona Public Media — Lorraine Rivera ('04), Sandra Westdahl ('12) and Andrea Kelly ('05) — won Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and are eligible for the national competition (read story). In all, AZPM received seven awards in Region 3, which includes TV and radio stations in Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.
Pam White is the new chair of the school's Journalism Advisory Council. Pam is a former Emmy-winning reporter/producer extraordinaire with Arizona Public Media. She replaces Frank O. Sotomayor ('66), who will stay on as vice-chair. Click here to read more about the council.
Frank O. Sotomayor ('66), an inaugural member of the school's Hall of Fame, has returned to his roots as a sports stringer for the Arizona Daily Star, covering UA track and field for Sports Editor Ryan Finley ('02). Click here to follow Sotomayor's stories on Twitter.
Sara Hammond, a 1977 J-school grad, is retiring from Arizona Public Media as a science reporter and producer, and stepping down as vice-chair and member of the school's Journalism Advisory Council. Hammond, a former Arizona Daily Star reporter, excelled as a journalist and as a communications specialist at Raytheon, the UA Mars Mission and Arizona Cancer Center. Click here to read a 2017 Cursor story on her.
Tom Collins ('98), former editor of the Arizona Daily Wildcat, is in need of a kidney donor. Collins, a 2005 UA Law grad and former Tucson Citizen reporter, is executive director of the Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission. Click here for more details.
Paul M. Ingram, a former J-school master's student and a TucsonSentinel.com reporter/photographer, is one of seven U.S. journalists to be recognized in the Institute for Nonprofit News' Impact Prize photo contest for his 2017 image of a teen sprinting from the Nogales border wall.
Justin Sayers ('14) has a new assignment at the Louisville Courier Journal on the sports desk, where he'll be focused on breaking/trending news — and, as he joked on Facebook, "leading the local coverage of (UA quarterback) Khalil Tate's Heisman run." Sayers had been the paper's Southern Indiana communities reporter.
Kendal Blust ('16 M.A.) of the Nogales International covered the acquittal of a Border Patrol officer accused of killing a Mexican teen in 2012. Perla Trevizo, Curt Prendergast ('11 master's grad) and Mamta Popat of the Arizona Daily Star also reported on the acquittal of a Border Patrol officer accused of killing a Mexican teen in 2012. Federal prosecutors are considering a retrial.
Hannah Gaber ('16 M.A.) reflected on helping the Arizona Republic win the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in a story on our website and UANews. She produced the podcasts, contributed video and audio, and organized images for “The Wall: Unknown stories, Unintended consequences,” a 2017 project by a team of journalists from the Republic and USA Today Network.
April 20, 2018
March 30, 2018
Students in Prof. Carol Schwalbe's fall 2017 science journalism class published their 40-page ZooView magazine, which focuses on Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo and efforts globally to preserve animals from extinction. The students included editors Marissa Heffernan, Carly Oseran and Nick Smallwood; photographer Kacey Seeloff; and staffers Chris Blach, Tim Dabrowski, Sophie Daws, Clare DeCelles, Alyssa Hill, Hannah Hindley, Elizabeth Kinney, Nina Kolodij, Shanshan Niu, Tony Perkins, Naomi Pier, Chris Stidley, Spencer Streips and Ysabella Zammit. Read the issue here.
Arizona Sonora News posted new content on its website on March 30, including a story by Katie Caldwell and Ava Garcia on how a new bill could affect the San Pedro River. Others were stories on Arizona preparing for more wildfires (Michaela Webb); helping women recover from breast cancer (Sara Harelson); the emerging trend of pop-up shops (Marissa Einck); UA quarterback Khalil Tate unfazed by Heisman talk (Zach Smith); and a Legislative roundup: Juveniles, militias, dark money (Erik Kolsrud).
In the March 23 Tombstone Epitaph, students had stories on a Confederate flag parade (by Elise McClain), a domestic violence shelter (Maritza Cruz), free book boxes (Deanna Sherman and Nick Smallwood), the 1858 Dragoon Springs massacre (Jordan Treece), a Bisbee pop-up art gallery (Jamie Verwys) haunted tourism (Miranda Rodriguez) and cooking with prickly pear (Carly Oseran). Click here to read the issue.
The Blue Guitar magazine, which is published by the Arizona Consortium for the Arts, accepted essays by seven science and environmental journalism students: Jessica Blackburn, Zoe Martin Cowan, Laura Fuchs, Diego Huerta, Kellie Sheehan, Nick Smallwood and Chris Stidley. The essays will appear in the spring 2018 issue.
Steven Spooner, a photo apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, contributed to a March 30 gallery with Mike Christy ('11) on the March for Our Lives protest. Spooner covered his first Tucson Rodeo and had a number of photos, including this one, run in a gallery. He also had a gallery of his work published on a high school basketball game.
Andrew Koleski, a copy-editing apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote headlines from the death of Billy Graham to the arrest of high school students for school violence threats, and from charter schools to Vice President Biden. A few of his headlines: "Northwest hospital among first in AZ to use pill-sized pacemaker," and "Passenger: Unlicensed teen driver made wrong turn onto NSA campus," and "Korean handshake highlights opening ceremony at Olympics."
Elena Gonzalez, a features apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, jumped on the poke bowl trend in restaurants, with a story Feb. 27 that was a beginner’s guide to poke; the coverage included two photos that she shot. Her story lede: "A taste of Hawaii has caught a wave in the desert."
Maritza Cruz was a busy Arizona Daily Star apprentice for the rodeo parade, reporting two stories, including one about an 82-year-old veteran who’s been waving to the crowd for 21 rodeo parades.
UA's trip to the NCAA tournament didn't last long, but J-students Courtney Rice, Alec White, Saul Bookman and Simon Asher made the trip to Boise, Idaho, for the Arizona Daily Wildcat, UATV and KAMP Student Radio. The four, plus Nate Airulla, Robby Leaño and Leonard Moody traveled the week before to Las Vegas for the Pac-12 men's basketball tournament. Justin Spears ('17) also covered both tournaments for the Arizona Daily Star and chatted with Anthony Gimino ('90), Mike Luke ('09) and Ben White on 1290-AM's pregame show in Las Vegas.
Oregonian reporter Bethany Barnes ('13 master's) won the national Brechner Freedom of Information Award for her efforts that allowed readers to learn about a school district cover-up from records that officials fought to keep secret. Click here to read about her award. She will speak about her investigation April 11 at 3:15 p.m. in Prof. Maggy Zanger's class in Room 342.
Caitlin Schmidt ('14) of the Arizona Daily Star and former J-school student Dylan Smith of the Tucson Sentinel won Sledgehammer awards, given annually by the Arizona Press Club to journalists who "relentlessly hunt for the truth." Schmidt, a two-time winner, exposed how UA put female students at risk because athletes went unchecked. Smith found a hidden provision in a bill that would have exempted the Border Patrol from Freedom of Information laws.
Associated Press video journalist Sam McNeil ('14 master's) is taking a long-term assignment for AP in Beijing after being based in Jordan.
Glenn Cook ('92) has been named executive editor and vice president for news at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Cook, an Arizona Daily Wildcat alum who started his career at the Arizona Daily Star, has worked at the Review-Journal for 21 years and won awards as an editorial and column writer. Click here to read the Review-Journal story.
Leighton Ginn ('92) is a media specialist at The River at Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs, California, and a freelance sports and entertainment journalist who previously worked at The Desert Sun, Arizona Daily Star and Arizona Daily Wildcat.
Bethany Conway ('11 M.A.) is an assistant professor of persuasion and political communication at Cal Poly, in San Luis Obispo, California.
Dan Kohler ('12) is a senior client manager for Amazon Marketplace, working with Quiverr in optimization and strategy for consumer brands, in Carlsbad, California.
Sean Fitzpatrick ('91), one of the founders of the Arizona Daily Star's website, is the new digital director for Wick Communications, which publishes newspapers in Arizona and nine other states.
Ashley Grove ('14) is a social media marketing production assistant for Beyond Indigo Pets, a company that focuses on veterinary marketing services.
Stephanie Corns ('02), a former Arizona Daily Wildcat managing editor, is director of corporate reputation at Charles Schwab, in San Francisco.
Anne Simmons ('05) is the public access television manager for the Bay Area Video Coalition in the San Francisco Bay Area.
William Murray ('80) is deputy spokesman for the International Monetary Fund in Washington, where he has been since 1998 after previous work as a Dow Jones Co. correspondent and bureau chief.
Jennifer Fitzenberger Zeagler ('99) is manager of online communications for UNS Energy/Tucson Electric Power after previous work as UA external communications director and a Fresno Bee reporter.
March 9, 2018
Students in Susan Knight's "Inside the Beltway: Press, Politics and Power in D.C." class visited Washington with her over spring break, meeting journalists and government officials, including UA alums. The students were Madeline Dunlap, Lizzie Quinlan, Rocky Baier, Michelle Jaquette, Bennett Adamson, Jane Garza, Jack O’Sullivan, Marissa Ryan and Nick Meyers. December grad Danyelle Khmara also attended. Grads Kellie Mejdrich (CQ Roll Call), Jenny Hijazi (PBS News Hour), Mary Brandenberger (DEA media affairs) and H Darr Beiser (retired USA Today photographer), and Washington Post reporter Jack Gillum talked to students. Colleen Bagnall with the College of SBS also hosted a reception for students and alums at the Watergate Hotel with J-school grads Paul Allvin (USO), Nancy Cleeland (OSHA, Dept. of Labor), Christine Gacharna (Essay Palooza), Francesco Peganini (U.S. Aid), Paula Kelso (Washington Post), Saul Loeb (Agence France-Presse), Michele Stevenson (retired Time magazine), Margo Warren (National Institutes of Health), Pat Zapor (Catholic Legal Immigration Network) and Beiser. Intercept reporter Jim Risen also attended.
Feb. 23, 2018
Dominika Heusinkveld, a dual master's candidate in journalism and environmental science, saw her story, “B-36 played critical role in start of nuclear age,” published as a full-page spread on the front of the Home & Life section of the Feb. 18 Arizona Daily Star. She wrote the story in Prof. Nancy Sharkey's feature writing class.
The semester's first Epitaph hit the streets Feb. 16 with front-page stories on Tombstone's business slowdown (Kayla Belcher), the fight for Martha McSally's U.S. House seat (David Del Grande) and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement (Jessica Suriano). Del Grande and Courtney Talak are editors/designers this semester. Read the edition and go to arizonasonoranewsservice.com for more stories.
Maritza Cruz, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote a story, "Long-together Tucson couples give tips on making love last," in honor of Valentine's Day. The couples included Prof. Emeritus Jim Johnson, with his wife, Marilyn.
Leah Gilchrist, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published a story, "UA police hiring students to serve as community service officers" on Feb. 21.
Elena Gonzalez, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote a story, "New mobile bike repair venture brings shop services to Tucsonans' front doors," on Feb. 8.
Kathleen Kunz, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote a story, "UA Dance concert an international affair," on Feb. 13.
Brandon Dawkins, a J-school senior, said he will transfer after graduating in May to play quarterback at another school (see Star story). Brandon co-anchored our "Arizona Cat's Eye" show last fall with Page Jones and joined other students in interviewing alumna Savannah Guthrie of NBC's "Today Show" last spring.
Michelle Floyd ('17) and Zack Rosenblatt ('13) covered the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles . Michelle, a former UA softball pitcher, helped with production for the NBA. She's also a production associate for the Pac-12 Network and Fox Sports, and does work for UA Athletics Creative Services. Zack, a former Arizona Daily Star reporter and Arizona Daily Wildcat alum, wrote about Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia Sixers for NJ.com. Read his work.
Laurann Robinson ('10) is a reporter, traffic anchor and fill-in news anchor at KETV in Omaha, Nebraska, after previous work at other Nebraska cities and San Diego.
Morgan (Rost) Matchett ('04) is development director at The Drawing Studio Inc. after previous work for Tucson’s Child and Family Resources, the Humane Society and Tucson Citizen.
Eddie North-Hager ('94) is director of media relations and social media at USC, where he has been since 2006 after previous reporting positions in the L.A. area and the Tucson Citizen.
Kelly Hultgren ('13) has been working for four years in New York City as a reporter, project manager and podcast producer for Jean Chatzky, financial editor of NBC’s Today Show.
Mark Armao ('15) is a reporter at the San Diego Daily Transcript, which covers real estate, development and construction.
Morgan Toone ('13) is a marketing consultant at KVOA-TV in Tucson.
Minnette "Toby" Burges, a 1972 alumna and 1983 University of Arizona Law grad, died on Feb. 10. Burges, a former Arizona Daily Wildcat editor, was hired by Stars and Stripes out of college after an internship there before becoming one of Tucson's top employment discrimination lawyers. As a J-student, she won a top-20 Hearst award in editorial writing. A public memorial will be March 10 at 1 ART Gallery, 1 East Broadway, from 4-8 p.m. Click here to read her paid obit.
Feb. 9, 2018
Jordan Glenn ('17) placed among the top 20 nationally in the Hearst Multimedia Features Competition. His documentary and story, "Out of the Gates," finished 13th and appeared on Arizona Sonora News. Glenn, now with KOLD TV (see note below), joins Danyelle Khmara, Maritza Cruz, Annie Dickman ('15) and the school's bordering110.com project as recent UA Hearst winners.
Leah Gilchrist, an Arizona Daily Star apprentice, had her first story published for the newspaper on Jan. 27, “Public has variety of ways to gather news, reports, crime stats from local police agencies.”
Elena Gonzalez, a Star apprentice, had a quick-turnaround deadline on her story on Feb. 2, “Tucson teens put constructions skills to the test in regional competition.”
Tirion Morris, a Star apprentice, saw her first story published in the Star on Feb. 2: “Ex-employee sentenced to prison for embezzling $500k from Tucson auto dealership.”
Apprentice Kathleen Kunz’s preview about vintage baseball ran on Feb. 6, “Watch some good ol’ fashioned baseball in Tucson this weekend.”
Steven Spooner, a photo apprentice at the Star, had a couple of his photos featured in a gallery on the “super blue blood moon.” He also had one of his photos featured online with a story on former UA basketball player Eugene Edgerson being sworn in as a police officer.
Maritza Cruz, an apprentice at the Star, saw her first story published for the paper on Feb. 8, "Drag show to keep Welcome Diner open after hours."
Andrew Koleski, a copy desk apprentice, wrote a headline, “Air Force continues A-10 wing upgrade; ‘good news’ for D-M.” Professors Susan Knight and Sarah Gassen, along with all of the apprentices, were happy to see Andrew included Don Carson’s middle initial in the following headline: “Donald W. Carson, former UA journalism professor and department head, dies at 85.” Carson was a stickler for middle initials.
Katelyn Caldwell and Julia Leon and are working for KVOA-TV as digital content producers and finishing up the last semester of their senior years.
Jordan Glenn ('17) accepted a job as a digital content producer at Tucson News Now (KOLD 13 and FOX 11) after earlier work at the White Mountain Independent.
Kendra Paige Hall ('15) will start in late March as a reporter for KVOA TV, where she started out, after earlier work at ABC 7 television in Amarillo, Texas.
Hank Stephenson, an alum and the K-12 education reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, talked about public records on Jan. 31 with Prof. Jeannine Relly's research methods master's class. Check out Stephenson's work for the Star, including his story about the TUSD blacklist.
Rebecca Noble ('17) is doing good work as a photographer for the Cody Enterprise in Wyoming. She had to don skis to shoot a recent assignment, a Nordic trail event. See the paper's website at codyenterprise.com.
Sam McNeil ('14), a master's grad and multimedia journalist for The Associated Press, did a story and video, "Mars on Earth: Simulation tests in remote desert of Oman," that got good play and was featured on A11 of the Arizona Daily Star on Feb. 9.
Zack Rosenblatt ('13), settling into his new job at NJ.com, wrote a story about Super Bowl MVP and UA Wildcats alum Nick Foles, and covered the Philadelphia Eagles' winning parade. Rosenblatt, a former Arizona Daily Star sports reporter, is covering the Philadelphia 76ers. Read his work at tinyurl.com/y9svtyf6.
Hope Miller ('13) joined the NBC affiliate, KSBY 6, in San Luis Obispo, California, as a content producer after work as a copy editor at the Alaska Dispatch News and a web producer for KTVA in Anchorage.
Nicholas Smith ('06) is working in Vienna, Austria, as support staff in strategic planning and economic services for the OPEC Fund for International Development. A former freelance journalist and managing editor for GlacierHub.org, he earned his master's in journalism from Columbia in 2014.
Kristina Dunham ('04) marked her sixth anniversary at the Santa Fe New Mexican, where she is copy chief and a page designer. She works with another alum, Brian Barker, who is deputy managing editor.
Norman Peckham ('95) is an educational technology trainer at Mesa Public Schools, and the former Tucson Citizen reporter received his master's from Boise State a few years ago.
Jackie Kent ('14) is as a reporter and multimedia journalist at KRQE News (CBS) in Albuquerque after earlier stints for the NBC affiliate in Lincoln, Nebraska, and KOLD-TV in Tucson.
Michael Lafleur ('00) is an assistant district attorney at Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in the Boston area, and the former Tucson Citizen reporter recently got married.
John D'Anna ('83), an editor at the Arizona Republic and member of the school's Advisory Council, explained why access to public records are important to professional and student journalists as well as to the public in a video for azcentral.com.
Michael Hernandez ('17) is a multimedia reporter for KRWG Public Media at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces (see his work at krwg.org).
Mariana Dale ('14) and Matthew Casey ('13) are senior field correspondents at KJZZ Radio in Phoenix, which is also a National Public Radio affiliate (see their work at kjzz.org).
Jan. 19, 2018
Erik Kolsrud, the school's Bolles Fellow covering the Legislature this spring, filed two stories Jan. 19 for the Arizona Sonora News Service— one on Gov. Ducey's opioid plan and a Legislative roundup.
Danyelle Khmara wrote the cover story, "Death Sentence," for the Jan. 18-24 Tucson Weekly, on a young man killed in Pima County Jail last year.
The Arizona Daily Wildcat's coverage of new UA football coach Kevin Sumlin include stories from Eddie Celaya (contract), Saul Bookman (African-American coaches) and Alec White (news conference). Bookman and White also did an exclusive interview video with Sumlin (Part 1 and Part 2).
Kristina Bui ('13), a Guild organizer and copy editor at The Los Angeles Times, helped lead the way as journalists voted 248-44 to unionize. “This was a long time coming, and we're all thrilled that this has finally happened. ... The newsroom is demanding a seat at the bargaining table," Bui said in an L.A. Times' story on Jan. 19.
Julianne Stanford ('17) is reporting on military affairs for The Kitsap Sun in Bremerton, Washington. Click here to read her recent stories.
Jen Duffy ('07), a former Arizona Daily Star reporter, is director of communications for Experience Scottsdale after work at MGM in Las Vegas and Loews Hotels.
Kostas Kalaitzidis ('95, M.A.), a former Tucson Citizen reporter, marked his five-year anniversary as a public information officer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
Berenice Rosales ('07), a former Star reporter, is a consular officer for the Consulate General of Mexico, based in Nogales, Arizona.
Jan. 12, 2018
Danyelle Khmara finished in the top 20 nationally in the Hearst Feature Writing Competition. Her story, "Home is a Tenacious Heart," tied for 16th and was published in the Tucson Weekly, where she works full-time now. There were 154 entries received from 82 schools.
Emmalee Mauldin received another internship with NASA, this time with the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, doing social media and news releases for the Hubble Telescope Program. She spent the last six months in Houston, where she worked for NASA's Johnson Space Center and weathered Hurricane Harvey after losing most of her belongings in the flooding.
Robby Leaño and Ireland Stevenson covered the UA football team's loss to Purdue in the Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara, California, for the Arizona Daily Wildcat. They were joined by Arizona Daily Star sports reporter Justin Spears ('17).
Issac Andrews, Ellen Ranta and Louis Vitiritti graduated with journalism degrees in December, joining a dozen other winter grads: C.J. D'Innocente, Betsy Kaplan, Deborah Lee, Clarisse Markarian, Leah Merrall, Monica Milberg, Briana Otanez, Noah Saunders, Monique Stewart, Gabriella Vukelic, Kylie Warren and Jules Zappone.
Caitlin Schmidt ('14) of the Arizona Daily Star was selected as a Justice Reporting Fellow for the Feb. 15-16 John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America in New York City. Check out Schmidt's latest reporting on the Rich Rodriguez firing here and here.
The UA J-school will have quite a contingent of alums covering the Winter Olympics for NBC in South Korea, next month. Scott Karpen ('09) will help produce the alpine skiing events and work with announcer Dan Hicks ('84), while Savannah Guthrie ('93) is scheduled to co-host the "Today Show" from PyeongChang. Karpen also will help produce the Winter Paralympics.
Brandon Mejia ('17) is a news and public affairs reporter at Arizona Public Media.
Hannah Palaniuk ('17) will be a news producer at the ABC affiliate in Honolulu (KITV) after two years at Tucson's KVOA-TV.
Gary Crooks ('82), former opinion page editor of the Spokesman-Review, is communication director for Democrat Lisa Brown's congressional campaign in Eastern Washington.