Alumni Notes July 2012 - November 2012

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Patricia O'Brien had her ninth book published by Doubleday this year, a novel called The Dressmaker, written under the pen name of Kate Alcott.  It revolves around what happened in the aftermath of the sinking of the Titanic. Patricia tells us the book spent four weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.


Mike Floyd joined the staff of the Roxboro, N.C., Courier-Times last November “at the tender age of 65.” He is their proofreader, photographer, feature writer and has his own column called, "Straight Ahead," in which he discusses the topic of his choice. “It's a great job in a great area about 35 miles north of Chapel Hill. I love it!” writes Mike. 


Sam Ramirez (above, left) is working on the universal desk for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. Sam is based at theSan Gabriel Valley Tribune. He mainly does the wire pages, although occasionally will do metro/business sections and slot. The LANG papers are the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star News, Ontario Daily Bulletin, San Bernardino Sun and the Redlands Daily Facts. Notes Sam: “Lots of work for basically what is now a trimmed down staff. But we do it - every day.”

PHOTO: Denise Swibold '84 (center) and Judy Broad Sanfield '83 also call the San Gabriel Valley Tribune home. And another UA journalism grad works at a LANG paper: Jim Steinberg '74 is with the San Bernardino Sun.



Yvonne Tost Ervin moved back to Tucson last year after living in New York City for a dozen years.  She is Director of Development for the UA’s new Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry. She has remained a part-time journalist since graduating and is currently the editor of Hot House, a jazz magazine on the East Coast.  She also is vice president of the Jazz Journalists Association, a board member of the Santa Cruz Advocates for the Arts and executive director of the Western Jazz Presenters Network.



Elizabeth Hannan Cree is working part-time as a curriculum editor for American Virtual Academy/Primavera Online High School and being a full-time mom to her junior-high-age daughter. Elizabeth writes: “My husband and I have lived in Tempe for almost 18 years, but I still root for the Wildcats.”



Savannah Guthrie, who currently anchors the third hour of NBC’s “Today Show,” has been named co-host of the show with Matt Lauer, the network announced June 29. She joined the show in June 2011 after spending three years as NBC’s White House correspondent and chief legal affairs reporter. Read more here



Arek Sarkissian II is covering the statehouse for the Tallahassee Democrat.



Alexis Blue is the new news manager in the University Communications office at the UA. 



Aaron Mackey is heading to D.C. this fall to work as the Jack Nelson Fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. He will help journalists who are trying to get access to government records and write briefs related to freedom of information issues. 



Jamie Blanchard recently left the Amateur Softball Association of America/USA Softball in Oklahoma City, where she was the assistant director of marketing and communications, and started a new position with the United States Olympic Committee as communications manager, U.S. Paralympics, at the USOC's Colorado Springs, Colo., headquarters. Jamie serves on the media staff at various events leading up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games and will oversee digital and social media for Team USA at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Huffington Post has named Nathan Olivarez-Giles one of the top 50 Latino voices to follow on Twitter. In a June 20 post, Pablo Manriquez wrote: “The greatest Latino tech writer of all-time, Nate left the Los Angeles Times earlier this year to move to San Francisco where he now writes for WIRED's Gadget Lab. Thoughts on gadgets or gadgets you want thoughts on, tweet at Nateog on Twitter (and follow Nateog on Instagram).”

Corey Poindexter-Ramirez and his partner, Lucy Jazmin Martinez, welcomed their daughter Coral on June 15, 2012. Corey is pursuing his master’s in the UA journalism program. 



Katie Pavlich, news editor for and a contributing editor for Townhall Magazine, is the author of the New York Times best-selling book Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and its Shameless Cover-Up.



Abragail Kappel has been named news producer for the 5 and 6 p.m. news at KJCT 8 News in Grand Junction, Colo. Abragail writes, “I want to thank all my professors that have taught me during my time in this program but I want to give a special thanks to Rogelio Garcia. He believed in me even when I doubted myself. He offered me strength when I had none. And most importantly he taught me to have confidence in not only myself but in my skills as well. I would not be where I am today without him.” 


In Memoriam

Charles “Chuck” Joyce ’69 — June 25, 2012. Was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, for many years was the city editor with the Hollywood (Fla.) Sun-Tattler. Later served as spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation in Fort Lauderdale. 


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