Sixty years ago, UA journalism students reported on a different world, writing in longhand or banging on typewriter keys. They would go on to become editors, celebrity reporters, professors, and even a CIA intelligence analyst—all with fond memories of the program that shaped them. They remember the stress, the deadlines, and the valuable mentoring. They remember the Auto E that haunted even the earliest journalism students.
For the class of 1951, the journalism department served as a launching point, preparing its graduates to communicate at home and abroad, with presidents and celebrities.
Read their stories:
Philip Waggener, 83, only worked on a newspaper staff for a year after his 1951 graduation from the UA School of Journalism, but those journalism skills would lead him from a tiny Arizona mining town to the corridors of the White House.