Student/Alumni Kudos

Sept. 29, 2017

Grad Erik Kolsrud has been named the 2018 Don Bolles Fellowship winner. In the spring, the senior will report from the Arizona Legislature in Phoenix for the school’s Arizona Sonora News media service, under the guidance of professor Terry Wimmer. The fellowship is named after Bolles, an investigative reporter for The Arizona Republic who was killed in a car bombing in 1976. The award has been handed out since 1977. Read a story about Kolsrud, and see a list of past winners.

Jessica Suriano saw her first major apprentice story for the Arizona Daily Star, "Prosecutors: Crime group used computer hackers in $400K Tucson fraud case," run as the lead off-play on the Sept. 25 front page.

Amanda Oien and Erik Kolsrud helped Prof. Michael McKisson give UA President Robert Robbins the lowdown on drones, 360 cameras, virtual reality journalism and the school's project at the Sept. 22 SBS Showcase at the Student Union rotunda. Master's grad Anna Augustowska ('14) filmed the event for the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Danyelle Khmara (Tucson Weekly) and alums Joanna Willett ('13) and Caitlin Schmidt ('14) participated in the Sept. 27 Pizza & Portfolios, giving job-preparation advice and reviewing students' resumes, cover letters and clips.

Carmen Valencia and David Pujol were interviewed by KOLD-TV reporter Kevin Adger on Sept. 20. They and their fellow National Association of Hispanic Journalists club members were planning a donation drive for victims of the Mexico City earthquake. 

Seventeen students participated in the all-clubs leadership retreat on Sept. 16, including freshmen Marquies White and Pascal Albright in the school's new First Gen club. Th others were Zeina C. Peterson, Natalia Navarro, Andrew Paxton, Amanda Oien, Brenna Bailey, Nick Meyers, Melissa Vasquez, Erik Kolsrud, Ava Garcia, David Joseph Del Grande, Angela Martinez, Chastity Eva Laskey, Courtney Talak, Tirion Morris and Dalal Radwan.

Christianna Silva ('17) accepted a job as a reporter for Newsweek in New York. Silva, who finished up an internship at NPR in Washington, covered the Arizona Legislature as the school's spring Bolles Fellow, and received the school's Philip Mangelsdorf Award for Outstanding Newsperson of the Year in May.

Bethany Barnes ('13) of The Oregonian did a Sept. 19 Skype interview with Prof. Jeannine Relly's master's theory class. Barnes, a master's grad, talked about how she used public records and tracked down victims for her emotional investigative story: "Benefit of the Doubt: How Portland Public Schools helped educator evade allegations of sexual misconduct." Click here to read about Barnes' reporting process, and read her winning order for the records request.

Andrea Kelly ('05), assistant news director at Arizona Public Media, spoke about the station's code of ethics and editorial standards and policies with Prof. Jeannine Relly's master's theory and practice class today. Kelly has a master's degree in legal studies from the UA law college.

Hannah Gaber ('16), a master's grad, is leaving the Arizona Republic as a video and multimedia journalist to make a film in Cyprus through a Fulbright research grant. She contributed to a USA Today Network project on the border, "The Wall." She did more work on these podcasts connected to the report.

Brett Fera ('05), student media adviser for the Arizona Daily Wildcat, spoke at a Wildcat alumni meet-up on Sept. 21 at the Rail Yard near downtown. The event was hosted by former adviser Mark Woodhams. Click here to see some photos.

Brittny Mejia ('14) of the Los Angeles Times worked on a major project, "Leaving America: With shaky job prospects and Trump promising crackdowns, immigrants return to Mexico with U.S.-born children."