Alumni Notes (Fall 2016)

1961

Jane Kay, a former reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle and Arizona Daily Star and sister of journalism professor Mort Rosenblum, freelances for publications such as National Geographic.

1962

David McClure is teaching special needs students at Valencia Middle School in Tucson.

1964

John C. Lacy is director of the Global Mining Law Center at UA.

1966

Nann Novinski Durando worked in journalism before going into law. She and her husband, Tony, with Robert Grabb, founded the Tucon law firm of Grabb & Durando, handing personal injury cases.

Carolyn Niethammer, wife of retired journalism professor Ford Burkhart, is the author of nine nonfiction books, primarily about Native Americans and Southwest cooking. She recently published her first novel, “The Piano Player.”

Michele Stephenson was director of photography for Time magazine from 1987 to 2006. Called “a legend in the photojournalism world,” by Time’s editor-in-chief, Stephenson’s book-editing projects include Passage to Vietnam and 24 Hours in Cyberspace.

1967

Georgia Pabst retired from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She and her husband, Ralph Pabst, a former photojournalist, visited the J-school to donate some mid-1940s editions of the Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Citizen.

1970

Mary Alice Kellogg a freelance journalist and artist who worked at Newsweek after graduation, saw her desert-themed art featured at the DeGrazia Gallery in January and at the Tucson Botanical Gardens in October. “I’m still doing website consulting and using my J-school reporting,” she said. “But telling stories through my art — collages — is becoming a focal point.”

1973

David Dykes, writes for the Mecklenburg Times in Charlotte, N.C., after a career at Greenville (S.C.) News.

1974

Lee Shappell, a copy editor for the Arizona Republic, took second and third places in headline writing in the Arizona Press Club contest.

1976

H Darr Beiser, formerly of USA Today, teaches photography as an adjunct professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and has a photo website at hdarr.com. At USA Today, he took photos at the White House many times, including for an interview in 2000 with then-First Lady Hillary Clinton.

Margo Warren is married to Beiser and is a writer/editor and public liason for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. During Homecoming, Warren, Darr and Salley Rayl toured the school and the Arizona Daily Wildcat, where they were the feature, photo and entertainment editors, respectively, in 1976.

1977

Steven Hirsch was inducted into the Maricopa County Bar Hall of Fame. Hirsch, a member of the school’s Journalism Advisory Council and an attorney for Quarles & Brady LLP, also was honored by the William E. Morris Institute for Justice.

Stephen T. Yozwiak is a senior science writer for TGen (Translational Genomics Research Institute), a non-profit in Phoenix focused on developing earlier diagnostics and smarter treatments.

Robert Zucker, an author and former adjunct instructor in journalism, donated four of his books to the school: a three-volume set on local music from the 1950s to the 1990s, “Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades”; and “Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains.”

1978

Bill Coates of the Casa Grande Dispatch earned first-place honors in community column writing from the Arizona Press Club, and took first place for best column in the Arizona Newspapers Association contest.

1979

Bobbie Jo Buel departed as editor of the Arizona Daily Star in May after 36 years at the newspaper. In her farewell column, she said despite the changing face of journalism, “the work remains the same. We get the news by talking to people.”

1980

Alfredo E. Araiza of the Arizona Daily Star won first place for best news photograph, “Trapped,” in the Arizona Newspapers Association contest.

Linda Valdez, an editorial writer for the Arizona Republic, discussed her new book “Crossing the Line: A Marriage Across Borders” on a Jorge Ramos’ “America” segment in August.

Patricia Zapor  was named communications director for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC) after nearly 25 years as a reporter at Catholic News Service.

1981

Gary Crooks was named opinion editor for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. Crooks, with the newspaper since 1997, began writing editorials and his “Smart Bombs” column in 2003.

Loree Hubbard Boebinger and her husband, Rick, of Leesburg, Virginia, visited the J-school. Loree, who remembers working hard on the Tombstone Epitaph, says her writing and editing skills have served her well as an insurance software specialist. Rick, a project engineer for IBM, received his MBA from the UA in 1981.

Dennis Joyce, formerly metro editor at the Tampa Tribune, saw the 123-year-old newspaper bought out by the Tampa Times in May and shut down. Joyce worked at the Arizona Daily Star from 1998-2005 as an editor.

Peter Sibley is a copy editor at the Arizona Daily Star and worked on the paper’s border project, “Beyond the Wall.”

1982

Thom Calandra runs a global investing website (thomcalandra.com) and The Calandra Report, in Tiburon, California.

Suzanne McCormick, a former Arizona Daily Star features reporter, is working in strategic communication and advocacy for Full Sun Communications in the Phoenix area.

1983

John D’Anna, the Page One editor at the Arizona Republic, saw the State Court of Appeals overturn a lower ruling that sought to force him to give up his notes from an interview with a priest in a murder case.

Sharon Huish Achatz is a computer teacher at the Palmer Catholic Academy in Jacksonville, Florida. She was a contributing editor to the San Diego Union for 14 years.

Susan Welker Turley was named a supply chain adviser for Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson. Admitted to the Arizona State Bar, she previously was the contracts and fiscal law attorney for the U.S. Army at Fort Huachuca.

1984

Tom Frankman, an associate dean at William Woods University, is going on his 23rd year at the Fulton, Missouri, school. He and his wife, Kristina, acted and sang with their 8-year-old son, Michael, in the musical “Oliver” at a community theater in Columbia.

Dave Ord of the Arizona Daily Star placed first in headline writing in the Arizona Press Club contest.

Bill Walsh, a copy editor at The Washington Post and author of three books, visited Ireland and the Glendalough Wicklow Mountains with his wife, Jacqueline Dupree. He also talked to students from professor Susan Knight’s “Inside the Beltway” class on their visit to the Post newsroom in March.

1985

Gabrielle Fimbres, a former Tucson Citizen reporter/editor, is a corporate journalist at Tucson’s Ventana Medical Systems Inc.

Rogelio Yubeta Olivas, a former Tucson Citizen editor, is news editor for the Yuma Sun.

CT Revere is the senior community relations officer for the Arizona Transportation Department.

Dan Shearer, editor of the Green Valley News, won first place for best column, “Time for GVR to reverse bad decision” and took a third place in the Arizona Newspaper Association contest.

1986

Bryn Bailer, a former editorial writer and features reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, did some guest reporting assignments for Arizona Public Media.

Michael Downs, an author and English professor at Towson University in Maryland and former Arizona Daily Star sports reporter, received a grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance to support his series of short nonfiction essays that explore his Baltimore neighborhood during the Great Recession.

1987

Josh Moss is editor of Upstart Business Journal in New York City. He spoke to Nancy Sharkey’s students during their trip to NYC.

1988

Paul Giblin, a 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner, left the Arizona Republic to become a foreign service officer with the State Department.

Jodie Snyder, an internal communications specialist for Banner Health and author of “Happy Dog Phoenix,” took her beagle Arti on Arizona Midday (12 News) to talk about dog-friendly Phoenix. She is a former Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette reporter.

Jill Jorden Spitz was named editor of the Star in late September. She served as senior editor, business editor and assistant managing editor after joining the paper in 1998. “Jill’s connection to the community and the institutional knowledge she’s developed ... is invaluable,” said Mark Henschen, president and publisher.

1989

Pam Scott was named associate vice president of external communications for the University of Arizona after serving as vice president of corporate communications at Red Lion Hotels Corp. in Spokane, Washington.

1990

Hipolito R. Corella, senior editor at the Arizona Daily Star, took over as interim editor while the paper searched for a replacement for Bobbie Jo Buel (‘79).

Anthony Gimino helped relaunch AllSportsTucson.com, with Steve Rivera, Andy Morales and website founder Javier Morales. Gimino, a former sportswriter for the Tucson Citizen and Arizona Daily Star, chatted with University o Arizona  quarterback and journalism major Brandon Dawkins at a reception at Mr. An’s in September.

1991

Paula Johnston Kelso, a multiplatform editor at The Washington Post, toured the school’s facilities and the Arizona Daily Wildcat in October.

Roberta Lopez-Suter is director of marketing/communications at the local Trico Electric Cooperative.

1992

Glenn Cook was named managing editor at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. A former senior editorial writer, he took over as interim editor in January as the newspaper transitioned under new owner Sheldon Adelson.

Kristen Cook of the Arizona Daily Star earned first-place honors from the Arizona Press Club in statewide short-form writing.

1993

Savannah Guthrie, co-host of NBC’s “Today Show” interviewed President Obama on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. She made the 50-person “New Power of New York List” in Variety, where in a tribute story colleague Matt Lauer said Guthrie “is as comfortable interviewing the president as she is the pop stars ... she makes it look way too easy.”

1995

Sarah Gassen of the Arizona Daily Star, an adjunct instructor who received her master’s in journalism in 2010, took first-place honors from the Arizona Press Club in statewide editorial writing with “well-written, muscular editorials that took a deep dive into state and regional education issues,” the judge said.

1996

Morgan Loew, an investigative reporter for KPHO-TV, CBS 5 in Phoenix, was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the Daily Wildcat Hall of Fame.

1997

Krista Schlyer, a Washington, D.C.-based author and former Congressional Quarterly reporter, spoke at the Tucson Festival of Books in March about her new book, “Almost Anywhere.” For the book, Schlyer said she basically lived out of her car while visiting 84 national parks and monuments, and 70 state parks and other sites.

1998

Jeff Jackson became a copy editor/designer at the Casa Grande Dispatch to be close to family and his granddaughter after stints at GateHouse Media Center in Austin, the Roswell Daily Record and the Arizona Daily Star.

1999

David Diaz is a page designer at the Sierra Vista Herald after earlier work at the Arizona Daily Star, El Paso Times and Miami Herald.

Jeannie O’Sullivan is at the legal news journal Law360, living in Riverton, New Jersey, after covering everything from pet parades to murders to school board meetings to complex commercial litigation for various newspapers.

Christina Okeson is Page One designer/copy editor for the Everett (Washington) Daily Herald.

2002

Jeremy Duda of the Arizona Capitol Times won third for best news story, “Eye to eye: Evolution of the school finance deal,” from the Arizona Newspaper Association.

Jen Levario Cieslak joined the new enterprise design team of the Advance Local newspaper group, helping redesign papers such as the New Orleans Times-Picayune from her San Diego home.

Rob Frohling is the branded entertainment executive for digital media sales at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Nick Puente is executive vice president for Assurance Healthcare in Tucson.

2003

Ryan Gabrielson, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is a reporter at ProPublica and  won a Sidney Award in August for the story: “Busted: How $2 Roadside Drug Tests Send Innocent People to Jail.”

Jeff Lund is a writer for Alaska Sporting Journal and a columnist for the Capital City Weekly in Juneau. His first book, “Going Home,” was published in 2015.

Irene McKisson, an adjunct instructor, is the team leader of a new Arizona Daily Star website for millennials, “This is Tucson.”

Larry Silver, chief executive officer at Surface Technologies Inc. in Kansas City, Mo., visited professor Susan Knight and the school with his young son, Nathan (class of 2033) and wife, Renee. Larry was one of the founding members of the UA chapter of SPJ.

Christopher Wuensch is a college football writer for SEC Country.

2004

Jesse Basarab is a senior communications specialist for Aerojet Rocketdyne in the L.A. area.

Saul Loeb (far left), a White House and politics photographer for Agence France-Presse, covered the National Medal of Arts ceremony for comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks in September. Loeb also visited with Professor Susan Knight’s “Inside the Beltway” students and helped them get credentials to attend a White House briefing with spokesman Josh Earnest in March.

2005

John de Dios worked on a Gila monster video for National Geographic with ecologist Cecil R. Schwalbe, husband of professor Carol Schwalbe.

Brett Fera, director of UA Student Media, helped students at the school’s Pizza & Portfolios.

Megan Swanson-Haynes teaches third-grade writing and math in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

2006

Joe Ferguson, an Arizona Daily Star reporter and adjunct instructor for the school, took second in the Don Bolles Award for Investigative Reporting in the Arizona Press Club contest and second in investigative reporting in the Arizona Newspapers Association contest.

Adam Gaub of the Maricopa Monitor took first-place honors in community headline writing from the Arizona Press Club and captured first place for best sports column, “Behavior at game,” in the Arizona Newspaper Association contest.

James Patrick has his own business: James Patrick Photography (jamespatrick.com) and works with pro athletes and fitness talents for various magazines.

2007

Neil Critchley, a former Daily Wildcat staffer and Arizona Daily Star intern, is a technical program manager at Amazon in Seattle.

Raymond Suarez,  formerly of the Tucson Citizen and Arizona Daily Star, works in sports information at Pima Community College.

2008

Jamie Blanchard-Schneider   is the Digital Strategies Director, Midwest, for the American Heart Association and based in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Jeff Javier is assistant director of communications for the University of Arizona Foundation.

Kelly Lewis, owner of Go! Girl Guides and a travel company called damesly, was featured in a New York Times travel section story in August on advice for women traveling alone. Forbes.com also featured her company.

Michael Schwartz, an ESPN researcher, moved to the network’s L.A. office. He was mentioned in a SportsCenter broadcast about his grandfather, who saw the previous Cubs’ World Series in 1945.

2009

Stephen Ceasar, part of the Los Angeles Times’ team that won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news, is now an account supervisor at Dick Jones Communications in the L.A. area.

Scott Karpen is a producer at NBC Sports Group.

Lauren LePage Harrelson is an adjunct professor of developmental English at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, Connecticut. She graduated from Eastern Connecticut State with an M.S. in educational technology.

Nicole Santa Cruz writes the Homicide Report blog for the Los Angeles Times (homicide.latimes.com). One story included the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old Compton girl as she lay in her crib. “Honestly, there is not ever a typical day,” she told the Poynter Institute. 

2010

Matt Alvarez is a deputy sheriff at Kern County Sheriff’s Office in Bakersfield, California, and is in training to be the public information officer.

Lance Madden, former editor of the Daily Wildcat, is a West Coast ad operations assistant manager for Time Inc. in Phoenix after leaving RightThisMinute.

Candace Begody, formerly of the Navajo Times took third place for best column in the Arizona Newspapers Association contest.

Rodney Haas of the Casa Grande Dispatch took first place for best sports story in the Arizona Newspapers Association contest and third in the Arizona Press Club contest for political reporting.

Shelby Hill is a content editor for Wayfair.com in Boston, where she writes, edits and curates products.

Marissa Hopkins celebrated four years as a senior account executive at Edelman public relations in Austin, Texas.

Hank Stephenson of the Arizona Capitol Times captured Story of the Year in the Arizona Newspapers Association contest for “Gowan’s mystery mileage: House lawmakers, staff log tens of thousands of miles in government cars on Arizona trips.” He also won three more first places.

2011

Mike Christy of the Arizona Daily Star was named Photographer of the Year at the Arizona Newspaper Association contest, where he took first place in best feature photo layout for “Divided by Law.” For that project, he also shared the Edward Murrow Award with Perla Trevizo and Fernanda Echavarri, and volunteered his time at the school’s Pizza & Portfolios.

Sarah Kezele left The Arizona Republic as a multimedia sports journalist and returned to the Bay Area to cover the West Coast Conference for Campus Insiders.

Curt Prendergast, a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, worked on a team project, “Beyond the Wall,” that explored Donald Trump’s proposal to build a bigger wall at the border (tinyurl.com/glv7g9f).

Jackie Tran, a writer for Tucson Foodie, did a remembrance of standout local chef Odell Baskerville for the website.

2012

Zach Clark, sports talk host of the “Zach Clark Show” on ESPN Tucson 1490, volunteered to help students during the school’s Pizza & Portfolios.

Nicole Dimtsios is an assignment desk editor for Fox Sports in L.A.

Michelle Monroe is a broadcast editor for the AP’s West Regional Desk in Phoenix.

Charlie De Mar joined CBS 2 in Chicago as a reporter after working at the CBS and Fox TV stations in Indianapolis. “Chicago is my hometown and I’m excited to return as a journalist and work for the station that inspired me to become a reporter,” he said.

Kellie Mejdrich, a reporter for Congressional Quarterly Roll Call, continues to appear on C-Span and showed professor Susan Knight’s students around Congress and the Capitol.

Charlie Misra left the NBC affiliate KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo, California, to be a multimedia journalist with Kansas City’s KCTV 5.

Rikki Mitchell left KGUN-TV for a new television reporting job at TMJ4 in Milwaukee. Her last story for KGUN was an interview with adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey about his book, “Above Suspicion,” being made into a major movie.

Luke Money became the Costa Mesa City Hall reporter at the Los Angeles Times Community News in March, leaving the Santa Clarita (Calif.) Signal.

Samantha Munsey, a video producer and multimedia specialist at the Arizona Daily Star, works for the newspaper’s “This is Tucson” website.

Maria Ines Taracena of the Tucson Weekly placed first in community immigration reporting (“Waiting Game”) and third for human interest writing in the Arizona Press Club contest. She also took third for best feature story in the Arizona Newspapers Association contest.

Sandra Westdahl, of Arizona Public Media/KUAT, shared three Rocky Mountain Emmy awards — two for human interest stories in the program feature/segment category (“Robert Barber” and “StoryCorps Listens to Tucson”), and another Emmy in magazine program feature/segment (“Remembering Mukhi Singh”).

2013

Bethany Barnes became a reporter with the Portland Oregonian in July. She was named the Nevada Journalist of the Year for her investigative stories at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, including higher education corruption and county attorney money-handling woes. “It would be hard to find another journalist who has had as much impact on Nevada public life in the past year,” a judge said.

Katherine Carroll is an associate producer with “ABC World News Tonight with David Muir” in New York. Carroll, a former Arizona Daily Star photo apprentice and KGUN9 TV reporter/producer, turned an internship at ABC’s “Good Morning America” into a full-time job at ABC News.

Cameron Moon moved to ESPN as a production assistant from the NFL Network. Moon said he puts together highlights, runs the teleprompter for SportsCenter, works with social media and helps out on event coverage.

Andrew Cockrum was named communications assistant for the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple-A team of the Colorado Rockies.

Brenna Goth of the Arizona Republic received second place in the Statewide John Kolbe Politics Reporting Award from the Arizona Press Club for covering Phoenix’s planned transit tax hike.

Eliza Molk received her law degree from the University of San Diego. She joined the San Diego County Counsel’s Juvenile Dependency Division on its appellate team, “advocating for neglected and abused children,” said Molk, a former Daily Wildcat reporter.

Katelyn Swanson is a digital media planner with UM Worldwide, a marketing and advertising company in the New York City area.

Janice Yu of KOLD-TV interviewed adjunct professor Joe Sharkey about his book, “Above Suspicion,” being made into a film.

2014

Stephanie Casanova is a copy editor at the Rapid City Journal in South Dakota.

Mariana Dale joined KJZZ in Phoenix as a digital producer after spending more than a year as an online editor/reporter for Arizona Public Media.

Derek Jordan of the Sierra Vista Herald took first place in community breaking news in the Arizona Press Club contest. He also captured third place in best sustained coverage in the Arizona Newspapers Association contest.

Mo Olivas is a social media associate at Shop Priceless in Scottsdale.

Jacquelyn Abad is a reporter for KDRV-TV in Medford, Oregon.

Kristina Smith is the marketing coordinator for Royal Automotive in Tucson.

Kyle Mittan is an education and crime reporter at the Bellingham (Wash.) Herald.

Ryan Revock was named 2015 community division photographer of the year by the North Carolina Press Association, then landed a new job with the Statesville Record & Landmark, a daily paper north of Charlotte.

Justin Sayers landed a job as a reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal. His is a former Pulliam Fellow at the Arizona Republic and apprentice/freelancer for the Arizona Daily Star.

Caitlin Schmidt of the Arizona Daily Star took second in investigative reporting in the Arizona Newspapers Association contest and second in the Don Bolles Award for Investigative Reporting in the Arizona Press Club contest.

Jessica Schrecker is an executive assistant at “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” She appeared on the CBS  show during a Jan. 7 skit, “Stephen’s Dark Night of the Sandwich” (go to 5:00 mark of YouTube video: tinyurl.com/hn4ku5o). Schrecker also interned at “The Colbert Report” in 2013.

Murphy Woodhouse, was named Community Journalist of the Year by the Arizona Press Club and won first place for multimedia storytelling from the Arizona Newspapers Association for his work at the Nogales International, with a judge calling him a “tenacious community journalist.” Now at the Arizona Daily Star, he also spoke at the school’s “Pizza & Portfolios” and to Susan Knight’s RPA class.

2015

Ally Aldrete, former assignment editor for Tucson’s KGUN 9 TV, moved to New York City to be an account executive for Eco Branding Public Relations.

Nicole Cousins is a reporter and weekend anchor for KLKN-TV (ABC) in Lincoln, Nebraska, also producing content for social media, shows and the web.

Annie Dickman turned an internship with the Gannett design hub in Phoenix into a full-time job. She also placed in the top 20 nationally in the personality/profile writing competition of the annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program for her story about UA art professor Gary Setzer.

Britain Eakin is a reporter at Courthouse News Service in Washington, D.C.

Gabrielle Ferreira moved to The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, California, as a breaking news reporter after a stint as the Indianapolis Star as a Pulliam Fellow

Joey Fisher, former editor of the Arizona Daily Wildcat, is a page designer for Gannett in Phoenix and creative director for Bottle Magazine.

Natalie Grum is an associate producer for Mighty Media Studios, based in the Seattle area.

Kendra Paige Hall, a reporter for ABC7 television in Amarillo, Texas, returned in September to talk to students about her career.

Yooyhun Jung of the Arizona Daily Star won a second and a third place for best sustained coverage or series in the Arizona Newspapers Association contest. She also volunteered to help students during the school’s Pizza & Portfolios.

Max Lancaster landed a reporting job at the Boulder City (Nevada) Review, covering local government and other stories.

Jade Nunes, with Habitat for Humanity, volunteered to help students during the school’s Pizza & Portfolios.

Hannah Palaniuk became a full-time weekend producer at KVOA-TV in Tucson.

Christa Reynolds is working on international health at J.S.I. Research & Training Institute in Washington, D.C. She had a travel essay on Morocco published at theblueguitarmagazine.org.

Kayla Samoy is founder of The Depression Report, a wordpress.com website about mental illness.

Briana Sanchez is the lead photo/video editor at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota. Previously she was the photo edtior at the Fergus Falls Daily Journal and a photographer for St. Cloud Times Media – both in Minnesota.

Erin Shanahan works for The Learning House Inc., in Louisville, where she is a marketing specialist for the organization’s Software Guild coding school.

Kaleigh Shufeldt attended the New York University Publishing Institute for recent college graduates and young professionals.

Morrena Villanueva is an assistant account manager at The Keller Group in Seattle.

Jessie Webster is in Addison, Texas, working as an experience researcher at projekt202.

Nicole Thill is a news reporter at The South County Spotlight, near Portland, Oregon.

Brian Hanna, formerly Brian White, is a producer for CBS TV affiliate KFMB-8 in San Diego.

2016

Sydney Dennen is KOLD-TV’s new weekend 9 p.m. producer and weeknight assignment desk editor in Tucson.

Hannah Gaber did her Pulliam Fellowship at the Arizona Republic after receiving a dual master’s in Journalism and Middle Eastern and North African Studies. She defended her master’s reporting project with her film, “A Young Nation: The future of Oman through the eyes of its youth.”

Kyle Hansen is a sports journalist at the Billings (Montana) Gazette.

David Mariotte moved to San Diego to be an editorial assistant at IDW, the fourth largest comics publisher in the United States.

David McGlothlin, an associate editor at azbigmedia.com in Phoenix, published “People and Projects to Know in Commercial Real Estate.” He was the school’s Bolles Fellow in the spring.

Stefani Quihuis, a former intern at Arizona Capitol Television and the Arizona Daily Star, is a recruiting specialist at Pima Federal Credit Union in Tucson.

Deaths

Helen Carson, a former school librarian in Tucson whose husband, Don, served as UA journalism department head from 1978 to 1985, died on March 15. Helen, who earned a degree in education from UA in 1971, loved to travel and befriended many journalism students. She and Don were married 61 years.

Kerry McVeigh, a 1976 UA journalism and 1981 master’s alum, died last November. He was 62. McVeigh was a copy editor at the Arizona Daily Star, where he won numerous headline awards. He also was a gifted guitarist, music collector and historian.

Scot Skinner, a former Arizona Daily Star reporter and UA student, died April 3 after battling a staph blood infection. He was 54. Skinner, a journalism instructor at Pima Community College and a graduate of Tucson’s Catalina High School, was one of the city’s top arts writers going back to his days at the Arizona Daily Wildcat in the 1980s and also wrote reviews for the Tucson Weekly.

Bill Wilson, a 1970 UA alum and former journalism student, died March 11 in Michigan after a bout with cancer. He was 67. The 6-foot-11 former reserve center on the UA basketball team was managing editor of the Macomb Daily in Michigan before going to the Detroit News as a copy editor.

Fall 2015 Alumni Notes

• Archive of alumni notes from 2015 and earlier.