Journalism Advisory Council

About the Advisory Council

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Jon Rowley and his wife, Peggy, gave students in the school's border reporting class a tour of their Amado ranch.
Photo by Mike Christy, '11 Jon Rowley and his wife, Peggy, gave students in the school's border reporting class a tour of their Amado ranch and answered questions about immigration and smuggling.

Formed in the mid-1990s, the Journalism Advisory Council helps the school achieve our mission to prepare students to face the complex challenges confronting journalists in the 21st century.

Council members advise the school's director and faculty. They also volunteer their services in fundraising, planning and community outreach for the school. Among the 20 members — including four honorary members — 14 are University of Arizona School of Journalism graduates.

Frank Sotomayor chairs the council, with Mark Woodhams as the vice chair.

“In 1994, a strong network of journalism alumni and supporters mobilized to save the program from threatened closure,” Sotomayor said. “Donations to the school are vital for it to continue to grow. Many of our alums' careers were jump-started by journalism training."

In addition, White, Sotomayor and other council members are available to talk to classes and mentor students.

Meet the Journalism Advisory Council members

Frank Sotomayor (’66), chair: Former editor and Pulitzer Prize winner at Los Angeles Times; former associate director for Institute for the Justice and Journalism at USC.

Mark Woodhams, vice chair: Former director of Arizona Student Media and adviser for the Arizona Daily Wildcat.

Jo Marie Barkley ('86): Public affairs coordinator, UA Department of Emergency Medicine.

Valerie Cavazos ('91 Radio/TV): Anchor for KGUN9-TV. She's an Emmy-nominated investigative reporter with more than 20 years of television news experience. 

Hipolito Corella ('90): Senior editor at the Arizona Daily Star, where he has worked since 1991.

John D’Anna (’83): Page One editor, Arizona Republic; member of Daily Wildcat Hall of Fame.

Scott Harelson (‘84, Radio/TV): Media relations manager at Salt River Project in Phoenix.

Chris Kline: President and CEO of Arizona Broadcasters Association.

Chyrl Hill Lander ('76): Former journalist at Arizona Daily Star, TUSD spokesperson and UA journalism adjunct instructor.

Mikayla Mace ('17 M.A.): Former Arizona Daily Star reporter and now a science writer for University Communications at UA.

Jon Rowley (’66): Rancher in Amado, Arizona; family history in publishing and media ownership.

Pat Sallen (’82): Ethics lawyer and consultant.

Nicole Santa Cruz ('09): Reporter at the Los Angeles Times, where she also writes the Homicide Report blog. Received Daily Wildcat Young Alumni Award in 2011.

Arlene Scadron (’75): Former journalism head and student newspaper adviser at Pima College.

Anne F. Segal (’75): Tucson attorney; former Pima County Justice of the Peace in Precinct One.

Timothy Thomas: He joined the Arizona Newspapers Association as its new executive director in January 2019. He has 38 years of newspaper experience.

Pam White (Class of '81, Radio/TV): Former TV/radio reporter for KUAT TV in Tucson.


Honorary members

  • Bobbie Jo Buel ('79): Former editor of the Arizona Daily Star.
  • Michael Chihak (‘71): Former Arizona Public Media news director; former Tucson Citizen publisher.
  • Patty Weiss Gelenberg (’71): Former KVOA 4 anchor in Tucson.
  • Bruce Itule (69): Longtime journalist and journalism professor; UA professor emeritus of journalism.
  • Gerald Sass: Former executive vice president of the Freedom Forum.