Journalism 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 and Peggy Rowley give border reporting students a tour of their Amado ranch and answer 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.

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

Council members, many whom are graduates of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, are available to talk to classes and mentor students.

Meet the Journalism Advisory Council members

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

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

Paul Allvin (’93): VP for strategic communications and marketing at George Mason University

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

Jim Calle (’85): Attorney representing U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Valerie Cavazos ('91 Radio/TV): 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.

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

Pila Martinez (’96): Senior director for strategic communications, University of Arizona; former reporter for Arizona Daily Star, Associated Press.

Steve Rosenberg (’82): Owner and publisher of BizTucson magazine.

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.

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

Lisa Simpson: Executive director of the Arizona Newspapers Association.

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.
  • Arlene Scadron (’75): Former journalism head and student newspaper adviser at Pima College.
  • Frank Sotomayor (’66): Former editor and Pulitzer Prize winner at Los Angeles Times; former associate director for Institute for the Justice and Journalism at USC.