Master's Alumni


Alexandra Adamson


Anna Augustowska


 Wellars Bakina


Bethany Barnes


Kendal Blust


Hannah Gaber


Sam McNeil

Here are updates on some graduates of the School of Journalism master's program. To be added to the list, please send career updates to outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick at mchesnick1@email.arizona.edu

Jacquelyn Abad (2015) is a reporter for CBS 58 in Milwaukee.

Alexandra (Allie) Adamson (2016) is a recruiter at Insight Global, a national staffing and services company. She plans to freelance for magazines (print/web) in Phoenix and Scottsdale, such as Phoenix Magazine and Arizona Foothills Magazine. Also, after studying fashion blogging for her thesis, she plans to create her own lifestyle blog.

Shekhah Al Dosary (2014) is a journalist and Middle Eastern culture and media researcher in the Washington, D.C., area.

Anna Augustowska (2014), who received the Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Award from the University of Arizona School of Journalism, is a video and multimedia producer for the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Also a documentary producer and filmmaker, she won a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her documentary Donnie.

Wellars Bakina (2017) is the acting dean of the faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies at the Catholic Institute of Kabgayi, Rwanda. He dreams of earning a doctorate in mass communication or journalism. He is proud to be a Wildcat!

Bethany Barnes (2013) is a reporter at The Oregonian in Portland. She was chosen as a USC Annenberg Journalism Fellow for her health journalism project. Before that, she was a reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and was named the Nevada Journalist of the Year for her investigative stories.

Kendal Blust (2016) was the first Zenger Fellow at the University of Arizona School of Journalism, where she received the Philip Mangelsdorf Outstanding Newsperson Award and the Excellence in International Journalism Award. She is working as a reporter at the Nogales International.

Bethany Conway (2011) earned her doctorate from the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. 

Jason Davis (2014), who received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award, is a digital editor for the Planetary Society. 
 
Ruohong Deng (2010) conducts social media marketing for a top Chinese firm in Beijing.
 
Alex Devoid (2017) received an environmental reporting fellowship at the Arizona Republic. He works with reporter Brandon Loomis on in-depth stories about resources vital to Arizona—water, air, land and wildlife.
 
Britain Eakin (2015), who won the Excellence in Research award, is a reporter for Courthouse News Service in Washington, D.C. 
 
Jorge (George) Encinas (2016) interned at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C.

Shahrazad Encinias (2015) is based in Tucson, where she teaches English, journalism, social justice and Latin American music and culture at the Kino School. She also works as a bilingual freelance reporter and editor.

Nigar Fataliyeva (2013) is the English editor for Meydan.TV/en in New York City.
 
Hannah Gaber (2016), named the Outstanding Graduate Student, was a video and multimedia journalist at the Arizona Republic. She is now making a film in Cyprus through a Fulbright research grant.
 
Sarah Gassen (2010) is a columnist and editorial writer at the Arizona Daily Star, and an adjunct instructor for the UA School of Journalism.
 
Melissa Guz (2013) is a freelance journalist in Arizona and a producer with First Coast News.
 
Kathleen A. Harrison (2012) is a communications specialist with Pima County in Tucson.
 
Ary Hermawan (2016), who won the Excellence in Research award, is the head of general news for both print and online for The Jakarta Post.
 
Jenny Hijazi (2017), who received both the Outstanding Graduate Student and the Excellence in International Journalism awards, has accepted a news assistant position at PBS NewsHour in Washington, D.C.
 
Mikayla Mace (2017), who won the Excellence in Research award and the Excellence in Science and Environmental Journalism award, is the science and higher education reporter for the Arizona Daily Star.
 

Sam McNeil (2014), who won the Excellence in International Journalism award, is a video journalist for The Associated Press. He is based in Amman, Jordan, where he covers refugees, the environment, archaeology and drones.

Judy Nichols (1997) and her husband, Tom Nichols, another former J-school student, both quit their jobs in 2014, sold their Scottsdale home and hit the road in their "Epic Van," blogging about their adventures on their New American Nomads website. The former Arizona Republic reporter/editors and Arizona Daily Wildcat alums are now volunteering at a redwood state part near Eureka, Calif.

Clayton Norman (2011) is an online organizer for the Center for Biological Diversity.
 
Corey Poindexter-Ramirez (2013) is teaching AP English at the Colegio Bilingüe New Horizons in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
 
Curt Prendergast (2011) is a reporter for the Arizona Daily Star.
 
Christa Reynolds (2015) is working in international health at J.S.I. Research and Training Institute in Washington, D.C.
 
Catherine J. Rosenberg (2015) received both the Outstanding Graduate Student and Excellence in Science Journalism awards. She graduated Kappa Tau Alpha. She is a freelance writer and videographer based in Tucson.
 
Gwyneth Shaw (2010) reports on nanotechnology. She also teaches journalism and non-fiction writing at the University of Pennsylvania.
 
Diana Sokolova (2012) is a doctoral candidate in mass communication and media studies at Indiana University. Her dissertation is titled “Comparing two media realities: Cross-outlet framing analysis of the Russian alternative and traditional state control media prior to the 2016 Duma election.”
 
Susan Swanberg (2014), who received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award, is an assistant professor at the University of Arizona School of Journalism. She teaches courses in science journalism, environmental journalism, media law and news writing.
 
Anissa Tanweer (2012) is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington.
 
Riley Versfelt (2017) is a video reporter at GoAZCATS.com.

 

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