Journalism Advisory Council
About the Advisory Council
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 25 members — including six honorary members — 18 are University of Arizona School of Journalism graduates.
“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 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 ('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.
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.
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's the past executive director of the Arizona Newspapers Association; nearly 40 years of newspaper experience.
Pam White (Class of '81, Radio/TV): Former TV/radio reporter for KUAT TV in Tucson.
- 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.
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.