Student/Alumni Kudos 2016

December 2016

Dec. 16

Julianne Stanford, a senior, received the Pulliam Fellowship for summer 2017 at the Arizona Republic. Stanford also will be an intern at the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting this spring.
Elizabeth Eaton landed an internship at Science News magazine, in Washington, D.C., starting in January. The graduating senior said she will do short stories for the Science News website on new research, adding that her goal is to have a big science feature spread in the magazine before the end of the internship. 
Michelle Jaquette won the fall 2016 Drew Gyorke Memorial Fund Photo Contest for her UA volleyball image. Elizabeth Kinney took second (Iraq Veterans Memorial) and Carmen Valencia third (Gabrielle Giffords). The student photos are among 12 from Professor Kim Newton's 203 class to hang in the hallway near Marshall 327. Click here to see the images.
Jorge Encinas defended is master’s project, “Confiscated and Missing: A flawed process fails to return migrants' possessions” on Dec. 7 in Marshall 341, with Terry Wimmer as chair and David Cuillier and Michael McKisson as committee members.
Alexandra Adamson defended her master’s thesis, “That’s So Last Season: Fashion Trend Agenda Setting by Bloggers or Journalists During the Summer 2016,” on Dec. 8 in Marshall 340, with Susan Swanberg as chair and Michael McKisson and Sherry Lotz (Family and Consumer Sciences) as committee members.
Steve Choice defended his master’s thesis, Trauma and Resilience in Journalists in Northern Mexico,” on Dec. 9 in Marshall 340, with Celeste González de Bustamante and Jeannine Relly as co-chairs and Linda Lumsden as a committee member.
Kendal Blust defended her master’s project, “Mujeres, Arte y Resistencia: How women use art activism to change the narrative on the border and migration,” on Dec. 14 in Marshall 340. Celeste Bustamante (chair), Kim Newton and Maggy Zanger were her committee members. 
Michelle Floyd, a journalism senior and UA softball pitcher who was named the UA Student-Athlete of the Week and featured on the scoreboard at the Dec. 14 men's basketball game vs. Grand Canyon. 
Natalia Navarro, a features/Caliente apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, saw her final story, “USS Arizona memorial on UA Mall to be dedicated,”  run on A1 of Sunday’s Dec. 4 edition. She also did a story for the features section, “USS Arizona has plenty of places of honor at UA" that ran on E1 on Dec. 4.

Elizabeth Quinlan, a JOUR 105 student who is an Honors journalism major, was interviewed in this segment on the USS Arizona memorial, which appeared on CBS News on Dec. 6.
Brandon James, a sports apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote “Arizona Wildcats looking ahead to Sweet 16 volleyball showdown with Washington” on B1 on Dec. 7.

Alex Devoid, assisted by Mikayla Mace and Marissa Heffernan, published a Dec. 14 story for the Arizona Daily Wildcat on “How loud are some of the popular campus study spots? A noise sensor tells us.” The team used sensors purchased with funding from the School of Journalism.
The Dec. 9 Tombstone Epitaph included stories on the future of Southern Arizona farming and water (by Elizabeth Eaton); the lagging Cochise County economy (by Danyelle Khmara); and a proposed bus route to connect Sierra Vista with Douglas, Bisbee and Benson (by Luke Soroko).

Some of our Winter 2016 graduates attended a Dec. 8 send-off at  Gentle Ben's, including Michael Evans, Jessica Kong, Ciara Biscoe, Elizabeth Eaton, Emily Gauci and Sydney Richardson.

Dec. 2

Senior Tessa Patterson is one of four students from Arizona selected to intern with Gov. Doug Ducey during the spring legislative session. She was selected for the Legislative Internship Program offered through the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her duties will include covering legislative hearings. Story

Thirteen students in the school's “Reporting in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands” course compared the U.S. borders at Mexico and Canada at the Fall 2016 Student Research Symposium at Special Collections on Nov. 28. Click here to watch the Facebook Live video. The presentation had three segments: Border economics and ideologies with Stephen Oliver, Brenna Bailey, Genesis Lara and Amanda OienLiving on the periphery with Emma Lawlor & Noah Silber-CoatsMark FloresJulia León and Karen Cruz-Orduna;  Land and identity with Erik KolsrudChastity LaskeyMaritza Dominguez and Jennifer Hijazi.
Brandon James, a sports apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, did more stories for the paper, including: “After 25 years at Arizona, volleyball coach Rubio still going strong,” Nov. 29, B1; and “Arizona Wildcats won't look past Cleveland State in NCAA Tournament's first round,” Dec. 1, B1
Brandon Dawkins, a journalism major and Arizona quarterback, ran for 183 yards and account for three TDs in a 56-35 win over ASU. He accidentally ran into Miss Arizona USA Tommy Lynn Calhoun outside the end zone in the second quarter. On Twitter, Brandon joked, "dinner on me. I owe you." Watch the video
Arizona Daily Star reporter Yoohyun Jung (’15) is one of only five journalists nationally to be named a Reveal Investigative Fellow. Her project will focus on how a small Tucson charter school rapidly became one of the biggest, most renowned school networks in the U.S.
Kellie Mejdrich, a 2012 J-school grad and reporter for CQ Roll Call, wrote a story on Sarah Palin being considered for VA secretary — and the Chicago Tribune picked it up. 
J-school alum Sam Standon, a reporter at The Sacramento Bee, gives insight into how he and a colleague found that University of California in this Poynter story. Davis paid consultants $175,000 “to scrub the Internet of negative online postings” about the school and its chancellor, who resigned this year. 
"Got my sea legs," joked 2014 grad Sam McNeil, an AP video reporter based in Jordan who covered an environmental group's swim across the Dead Sea this week. See his story and video

Nicole Greason ('88) is the marketing, public relations and publicity manager at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. She mentors students through several programs, including the Arizona Latino Media Association, where she is on the board of directors. Nicole also was a workshop presenter at the joint convention of the 2016 National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists in Washington, D.C.

November 2016

Nov. 18

Senior Christianna Silva has been named the school's 2017 Don Bolles Fellowship winner. Silva, who is finishing up her election internship at FiveThirtyEight in New York, will cover the Arizona Legislature for the school's Arizona Sonora News Service in the spring. Go here for a story on Silva.

Junior John Ricker won the Fall 2016 Mark Finley Gold Pen Award in the school's best beginning news writing contest for JOUR 205 students. Junior Elise McClain finished second, and sophomore Jordan Williams took third place. Ricker won $1,000 in scholarship money, followed by McClain ($750) and Williams ($500). Go here for a story on the contest.
Spencer Halliday won the grand prize in the photo contest for all UA study-abroad programs. Halliday, awarded a $700 airline travel voucher, took Professor Kim Newton's Orvieto, Italy, study-abroad course last summer and snapped this photo of a young priest reading while two guards kept watch outside Vatican City. The image and other study-abroad photos were on display in the Student Union Gallery through Nov. 18. Go here to see the image. 
Rebecca Noble, a photographer for the Daily Wildcat, saw her Trump rally image on a supporter yelling "Jew-S-A" published on A3 of the Oct. 31 Washington Post.
Kyle Kochevar saw his Arizona Sonora News story, "Record number of guns found this year at airport checkpoints," picked up by The Arizona Republic on Oct. 28 and Lake Havasu City's Today's News-Herald.  
Gabriella Vukelic, an Education/Politics apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published more stories: “Chinese immersion programs aim to give students cultural, academic, job advantages” (Nov. 10) and “Marana High employees, police officers face off in basketball match” (Nov. 11).
Brandon James, a sports apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published more stories recently: “Arizona Wildcats assistant Salvo Coppa brings unique perspective to Adia Barnes' staff” (Nov. 17, B3); “After win over Cal on senior day, Arizona Wildcats close out season at ASU” (Nov. 4, B4); "Arizona Wildcats standouts Claire Green, Addi Zerrenner ready to host Pac-12 championships" (Oct. 28, B4)
Natalia V. Navarro, a Features/Caliente apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published more stories recently, including “All hail the haggis and the Celts” (Nov. 3, page 7 of Caliente)

Christiana Silva did several election-night blogs for FiveThirtyEight, including marijuana ballot measures and the Latino vote. Scroll through the blog here
Jordan Glenn, an apprentice photographer at the Arizona Daily Star, and NASA space grant intern Elizabeth Eaton followed archeologists to the Great Bend of the Gila River for a future Star story on a proposed national monument. The seniors were only two of a little more than 100 people to see the Arizona site. See some of their photos. Glenn and Eaton also talked to UA journalism alums during the school’s Oct. 29 Homecoming mixer.
Students Nick MeyersBrieana LewisAdam KullVictor GarciaElizabeth Quinlan and Caryn Vieira, part of Nancy Sharkey’s 105 class, toured the Arizona Daily Star and saw the newsroom, plateroom and pressroom — and attended a news meeting led by editor Jill Jorden Spitz (’88).
Gabby Ferreira (’15) will move to The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, California, a McClatchy paper. Ferreira has been a breaking news reporter at The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, California, and will be a similar, “real-time” reporter at The Tribune. “They just started the position, and I’m so excited to bring my experience to the table,” she said.

October 2016

Oct. 28

Natalia V. Navarro, a Features/Caliente apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, had more stories published: “Die is cast for Winding Road's production of 'Julius Caesar' in Tucson,” Oct. 19, Page 19 Caliente; “Frida Kahlo's influence means more color at Tucson Botanical Gardens,” Oct. 27, Caliente cover story; and “Artifact premieres ‘Animal Farm,'" Oct. 3, Caliente, Page 16.

Gabriella Vukelic, an Education/Politics apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, saw more of her stories published: “Marana High schools fail to meet required hours of class time,” and “TUSD students are followed through a video series for the next 5 years.”

Brandon James, a Sports apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published more stories recently: “DeGracie-Bailey delivers assists, will try to lift Cats past Washington,” Oct. 8, B7; “With goalkeeper Lainey Burdett back, Arizona Wildcats await UCLA,” Oct. 13, B5; “Arizona Wildcats riding high after LA volleyball sweep,” Oct. 14, B5; “Cats seek momentum to gain NCAA tourney bid,” Oct. 20, B4; “Wildcats return home for series with Washington State, Washington,” Oct. 21, B5“Arizona Wildcats return to the road following disappointing series at McKale Center.” Oct. 27, B4.

Chastity Laskey, a Features/Caliente apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, had these stories published recently: “Something something launches seaosn centered on women,” “Carla Brownlee and her sax keep the blues going,” “Learning to Drive' premieres at Loft.” And also, “Inaugural Dusk festival features and all-star lineup” and “David Mamet's 'American Buffalo' is at Speak the Speech Theatre in Tucson.”

Christianna Silva, a senior interning at FiveThirtyEight in New York City, did a live blog during the final presidential debate. She tracked questions, interruptions, attacks, references to scandals, then worked with the 538 chart team to make graphics for the data she collected.
Rebecca Noble took photos and video of the Zenger Award for Press Freedom dinner at the Westward Look on Oct. 21. Click here for a photo gallery and go here to see the videos. Other students who helped out with the event honoring Washington Post reporter Dana Priest were: Emily EllisMikayla Mace and Nate Williams, while Jordan GlennGabby Caparelli and Nick Smallwood staffed the photo auction table.
SPJ students David J. Del GrandeAndrew PaxtonDanyelle Khmara and Ava Garcia took parents on tours of the Marshall Building and showcased the school’s drone during an Oct. 15 Family Weekend mixer at the Reading Room. Earlier in the morning, Del Grande, Paxton, Garcia, Jamie VerwysAlex McIntyre and Nick Meyers participated in the James W. Foley Freedom Run to remember the journalist killed by ISIS.
Anna Augustowska (’14) won a Rocky Mountain Emmy Award for her documentary “Donnie.” Augustowska, a multimedia design specialist for the College of SBS, was featured in a story by SBS, where she said she “wouldn’t be where I am without the School of Journalism. It gave me hands-on experience in visual storytelling, gear, editing software, all of that. They teach you ethical reporting and standards.”
Sandra Westdahl ('12) of Arizona Public Media/KUAT shared three Rocky Mountain Emmy awards — two for human interest stories in the program feature/segment category (“Robert Barber” and “StoryCorps Listens to Tucson”), and another Emmy in magazine program feature/segment (“Remembering Mukhi Singh”).
Morgan Loew (’96), an investigative reporter for KPHO-TV, CBS 5 in Phoenix, was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.
Washington Post Multiplatform Editor Paula Johnston Kelso ('91) toured the school's facilities with Director David Cuillier. Kelso, a former Arizona Daily Wildcat staffer, also visited with current Wildcat Editor-in-Chief Sam Gross and Student Media Director Brett Fera (‘05).
Author Michael Downs ('86), an English professor at Towson University in Maryland and former Arizona Daily Star sports reporter, received a Rubys Artist Project Grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. The grant will support "Sefton Stories (Miniatures)," his series of short nonfiction essays that explore his Baltimore neighborhood during the Great Recession.
Steve Hirsch ('76), who will be inducted into the Maricopa County Bar Hall of Fame on Oct. 27 at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix. Steve, a member of the school's Journalism Advisory Council and an attorney for Quarles & Brady LLP, was also honored by the William E. Morris Institute for Justice. See story.
Jodie Snyder (’88), an internal communications specialist for Banner Health who wrote the guide book “Happy Dog Phoenix,” was featured on a 12 News Arizona Midday segment with her beagle, Arti. Sndyer is a former Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette reporter. Watch the segment here.

Oct. 7

Jacquelyn Oesterblad of the Arizona Daily Wildcat won first place for Best News Story in the Arizona Newspapers Association’s 2016 Better Newspapers Contest in Chandler for “Arizona DREAMing.” The Wildcat also captured six overall awards, including first place in newspaper online site/web page.
Jordan Glenn and Lauren Renteria accompanied London Times reporter Ben Hoyle as photographers for his story on illegal immigration and Donald Trump. They met with undocumented migrants, Sen. John McCain and armed citizen border defenders in Casa Grande. The story will run in The Times and The Sunday Times.
Christianna Silva, an intern at FiveThirtyEight, saw her VP debate chart on interruptions used on “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah. To see the clip, go here to the 1:50 mark of the video.
Students Genesis Lara, Amanda Oien, Karen Cruz-Orduna, Maritza Dominguez, Brenna Bailey, Jenny Hijazi and Julia León traveled to Montana with professors Celeste González de Bustamante and Michael McKisson study the U.S.-Canada border and compare it to the border at Nogales. See some of their photos here on Facebook.
Mikayla Mace saw her Arizona Sonora News story on Tucson's night skies linked to by the International Dark Sky Association. Read the story here.
The Arizona Republic and Casa Grande Dispatch picked up Jessica Kong’s story for Arizona Sonora News on the Tucson airport adding new flights to New York and Mexico. Read it here.
The Arizona Republic ran Leah Merrall’s Tombstone Epitaph/ASN article on renting livestock for lawns. Read it here.
Alexis Wright saw her piece on pack rats for Arizona Sonora News ran in the A section in the Arizona Republic. Go here to read it.
Gabiella Vukelic, an education and politics apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published stories on a TUSD internship program and a preview of the state House race in District 9.
Brandon James, a sports apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published more volleyball stories, including: “Wildcats open Pac-12 Play at McKale against ASU” (B1) and “Wildcats duo stepping up with volleyball star Kalei Mau hurt”(B5)
Fourteen students interviewed with Aric Johnson of USA TODAY NETWORK, hoping to land internships or jobs with Gannett. They were Jordan Glenn, Ciara Biscoe, Tobey Schmidt, Lauren Renteria, Alexa Wallen, Brenna Bailey,Brooke Goldstein, Rebecca Noble, Danyelle Khmara, Courtney Talak, David J. Del Grande, Julianne Stanford, Elizabeth Eaton and Sydney Richardson.
UA J-school alum Jill Jorden Spitz ('88) was named editor of the Arizona Daily Star. She served as senior editor, business editor and assistant managing editor after joining the Star in 1998.
Mike Christy (‘11) was named Photographer of the Year at the Arizona Newspapers Association contest and former student Hank Stephenson earned Story of the Year honors. Others who won first-place honors were Murphy Woodhouse (Nogales International, now with Star), A.E. Araiza (’80, Star),Adam Gaub (’06, Maricopa Monitor), Dan Shearer (’85, Green Valley News),Rodeney Haas (’10, Casa Grande Dispatch), and Bill Coates (’78, Casa Grande Dispatch). In all, journalists with UA ties took home 28 individual awards. Read the story here.

Bethany Barnes (’13) was named the Nevada Journalist of the Year for her investigative and public records work at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Barnes is now with the Portland Oregonian. Go here for more details.
J-school alum Richard Gilman (’72) spoke with professor Bill Schmidt and the audience after the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight” – part of the school’s Journalism on Screen series at The Loft. Gilman was publisher when the Globe won the Pulitzer Prize for its investigation of sexual abuse by priests. Guests included former professors Don Carson (’51) and Jim Johnson, and alumsFrank Sotomayor (’66) and Betty Beard (’69).
Kendra Paige Hall (‘15), a reporter for ABC7 television in Amarillo, Texas, talked to students Rocky Baier and Simone McCarthy about her career along with internship coordinator Reneé Schafer Horton.
David Diaz (‘99) is now a page designer at the Sierra Vista Herald after previous work at the Arizona Daily Star, El Paso Times and Miami Herald.
Suzanne McCormick (‘82), a former Arizona Daily Star features reporter, is working in strategic communication and advocacy for Full Sun Communications in the Phoenix area.
Joey Fisher (‘15), former editor of the Arizona Daily Wildcat, is a page designer for Gannett in Phoenix and creative director for Bottle Magazine.
Michael Schwartz ('08), a sports content researcher at ESPN, was mentioned in a SportsCenter broadcast about his grandfather attending the Cubs’ last World Series in 1945.

September 2016

Sept. 16

Grad student Alex Devoid, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote a “Dreamer” story on Sunday, Sept. 3, detailing how ASU had revoked a student’s scholarship because of his immigration status.
Arizona Daily Star apprentice Brandon James wrote a feature story on UA volleyball player Penina Snuka on Sept. 15.

Grad students Kendal Blust and Jenny Hijazi attended the Online News Association conference in Denver.
Natalia Navarro, an accelerated master's student, saw her first Arizona Daily Star story on thrift-store paintings published on the front page. She is a Features/Caliente apprentice with the Star.
Five grad students brightened up downtown with stories about their summer projects at Talk & Tapas on Sept. 8. Mikayla Mace (Green Valley News), Emily Ellis (Guatemala), Bakina Wellars (Lute Olson & Mo Tangara Classic), Kendal Blust (Nogales International) and Jenny Hijazi (Egypt, Lebanon) talked to about 30 students, professors and staff at Casa Vicente.
J-school student Brandon Dawkins  started at quarterback in place of the injured Anu Solomon and helped the Arizona Wildcats win their Sept. 10 home opener over Grambling State 31-21. Dawkins ran for 97 yards and two TDs, and threw for 223 yards and another score.
J-school alum Dan Desrochers ('15) of the Lexington Herald-Leader is getting national mention for his story about Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, in which the Republican told Desrochers that blood might someday need to be shed if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election. The Washington Post mentioned Desrochers (, and Dan followed it up with a story on Democrats' reaction (
Fernanda Echavarri, a 2007 grad, and Perla Trevizo of the Arizona Daily Star, won the national Dori Maynard Award for Diversity in Journalism from the American Society of News Editors on Sept. 12. Echavarri, now with NPR's "Latino USA," accepted the award in Philadelphia, with Trevizo on a fellowship in Germany. The two collaborated with Star photographer Mike Christy ('11) on "Divided by Law" ( when Echavarri worked at Arizona Public Media. Click here to read more about the award.
Jane Kay ('61), a former reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle and Arizona Daily Star and sister of journalism professor Mort Rosenblum, wrote a recent story for National Geographic about deformed birds in Alaska (
David McGlothlin ('16), an associate editor at in Phoenix, just published "People and Projects to Known in Commercial Real Estate" (
Linda Valdez ('80), an editorial writer for the Arizona Republic, discussed her new book "Crossing the Line: A Marriage Across Borders" on a recent Jorge Ramos' "America" segment (
Arizona Public Media reporter Sara Hammond filed stories the week of Sept. 5 from Florida's Cape Canaveral about the launch of OSIRIS-REx. A J-school alum, Sara is a member of our Journalism Advisory Council.

J-school alum Alan Davis (’15) wrote an essay about his UA experience and how it prepared him as a freelancer in video production — and helped him land a spot in Canon's prestigious visual storytelling master class.

Rogelio Yubeta Olivas (’85) is news editor for the Yuma Sun (
Katelyn Swanson (’13) is a digital media planner with UM Worldwide, a marketing and advertising company in the New York City area.

Kyle Mittan (’14) is an education and crime reporter at the Bellingham (Wash.) Herald (
Christopher Wuensch (’03) is a football writer for SEC Country (
Nicole Cousins (’15) is a reporter and weekend anchor for KLKN-TV (ABC) in Lincoln, Nebraska, also producing content for social media, shows and the web
Shelby Hill (’10) is a content editor for in Boston, where she writes, edits and curates products for the website.

H Darr Beiser (’76), formerly of USA Today, teaches photography as an adjunct professor at American University in Washington.

Aug. 26

Senior Christianna Silva landed a prestigious political data internship with FiveThirtyEight in New York City. That means she'll be in the thick of the presidential race, doing data mining, entry and analysis in addition to reporting and writing for editor Nate Silver's website, which focuses on opinion polling, politics, economics and sports. Click here to read our website story.

Images by 12 former JOUR 203 students are now on display in the hallway, part of the Drew Gyorke Memorial Fund Contest coordinated by Professor Kim Newton. Student photographers are: Brooke Cambareri (first place), Elise McClain (second), Pablo Lopez (third), Victoria Hudson, Ciara Encinas, Alexa Morelli, Pablo Lopez, Mackenzie Boulter,  Erica Szpylczyn, Allison Suarez, Maritza Cruz and Nicholas Smallwood. Click here to see the photos on our website.

Graduate student Jenny Hijazi wrote the Aug. 12 cover story for the Tucson Weekly on a Palestinian's quest for asylum status.

Elizabeth Eaton, a Pulliam Fellow this summer at the Arizona Republic, worked with mentor Daniel Gonzalez to publish a main story about juvenile drug smugglers and a sidebar about Border Patrol's anti-drug smuggling program She spoke to lawyers, visited courtrooms, talked to a juvenile and took photos.

Senior Justin Spears of the Daily Wildcat and KAMP Student Radio did an interview with the late UA football player Zach Hemmila days before Hemmila was found dead in his sleep. Click here to listen to it.

Senior Zoe Wolkowitz wrote a J-school website story about her internship with ABC Sports in Los Angeles — from covering the Dodgers to the Rams to the ESPYs and more.

Brooke Goldstein wrapped up a summer internship at Sony Music in New York.

Brandon James finished a summer internship at KCRA-3 TV in Sacramento, California.

In a victory for journalists, a ruling was overturned that sought to force Arizona Republic Page 1 editor John D’Anna (‘83) to give up his notes from an interview in a murder case. Click here to see the story.

ProPublica's Ryan Gabrielson, a former UA J-school student and Pulitzer Prize winner, won an August Sidney Award in August for the story: “Busted: How $2 Roadside Drug Tests Send Innocent People to Jail.” 

Jan Rydzak, who’s working on the Ph.D. Minor in Journalism, published an article in Foreign Policy on how Poland’s government is tightening control over the Internet in the name of national security.

The New York Times travel section did a Q&A with J-school graduate Kelly Lewis (’08) on advice for women traveling alone. Kelly is the owner of Go! Girl Guides.

Erin Shanahan (’15) works for The Learning House Inc., in Louisville, where she is a marketing specialist for the organization’s Software Guild coding school.

Natalie Grum (’15) is an associate producer for Mighty Media Studios, based in the Seattle area.

Jessie Webster (’15) is in Addison, Texas, working as an experience researcher at projekt202.

Paul Giblin ('88), a 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner, has left the Arizona Republic to become a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department.

David Mariotte ('16) is moving to San Diego to be an editorial assistant at IDW, the fourth largest comics publisher in the U.S.

Kyle Hansen ('16) is a sports journalist at the Billings (Montana) Gazette. Click here to see some of his work.

Grad student Alex Devoid, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote a “Dreamer” story on Sunday, Sept. 3, detailing how ASU had revoked a student’s scholarship because of his immigration status.
Arizona Daily Star apprentice Brandon James wrote a feature story on UA volleyball player Penina Snuka on Sept. 15.

July 2016

July 29

Elizabeth Eaton, a Pulliam Fellow at the Arizona Republic, filed a story about a controversial proposed power line through a wildlife refuge and retirement area.

Jordan Glenn filmed a video report on Pokemon Go! for the Santa Clarita Valley Signal, giving viewers a respite from the wildfire north of Los Angeles.
Luke Soroko pitched a scoreless seventh inning to help lead the North to a 6-5 win in the Great West League All-Star Game on July 26 in Medford, Oregon. Luke and the UA baseball team finished runner-up at the College World Series last month. Click here for a story.
A team with J-school ties worked on a Gila monster video for National Geographic, including producer John de Dios ('05) and Alan Davis ('15), and current UA sustainable plant systems student Matt Buster. Davis was in professor Carol Schwalbe's inaugural science multimedia class and Buster took her environmental journalism class. Ecologist Cecil R. Schwalbe, Carol's husband, is interviewed in the video.
Dan Desrochers (’15) accepted a job as a political reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. For the past year, he has been a government reporter for the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette-Mail. While interviewing in Kentucky, Dan told J-professor Terry Wimmer that an editor showed him a conference room that had been remodeled to look like an FBI office in the '90s. The movie being filmed was adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey's "Above Suspicion." Said Terry: "UA Journalism is everywhere."
Brittny Mejia ('14) and Marisa Gerber ('11), part of the Los Angeles Times' team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news, are helping cover the serious wildfire north of L.A. See Brittny's story. See Marisa's story.
Maria Inés Taracena (’12) wrote a cover story for the latest Tucson Weekly on a man who fills water tanks in the Southern Arizona desert to help keep migrants alive.

Jackie Tran, a 2011 alum, wrote a remembrance of standout local chef Odell Baskerville for Tucson Foodie.
H Darr Beiser ('76), a former USA Today photographer and video producer, posted some cool nature shots to his website blog. Be sure to click on his portfolio and videos, too.
Stephen Ceasar ('09), part of the Los Angeles Times' team that won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news, is now an account supervisor at Dick Jones Communications in the L.A. area and wrote about the move to PR.
Jeffrey Jackson ('98) became a copy editor/designer at the Casa Grande Dispatch to be close to family and his granddaughter after stints at GateHouse Media Center in Austin, the Roswell Daily Record and the Arizona Daily Star.

July 22

Stephanie Soto helped KOLD launch “Noticias 13,” what the television station calls the first app for Hispanic news consumers in Southern Arizona. Soto, who is set to graduate in May 2017, translates stories from English to Spanish for the app and is helping cover stories in the field. For a story, click here.

Graduate students Jennifer Hijazi and Kendal Blust have been awarded scholarships through the Online News Association to attend the ONA national conference Sept. 15-17 in Denver. Professor Michael McKisson, who advises the UA ONA club, will also make the trip. Here is a story
The Green Valley News published a saguaro infographic researched, drawn and written by graduate student Mikayla Mace. It shows how "a nurse tree provides the conditions necessary to ensure that a saguaro seedling can germinate and one day become a desert giant.”
Jennifer Hijazi wrote a story for Tucson Weekly on the Bright Eyes Project, which lets Tucson's homeless document their lives through photos.

Danielle Fork, an intern with WBNS 10TV in Columbus, Ohio, learned how to run a camera for golf and log the Jack Nicklaus Memorial tournament for the station.

Madison Brodsky, an intern at the "Conan" show, said she's had "amazing opportunities to attend Spike TV's Guy Choice Awards, red carpets and screenings ... so I can give my opinion on films such as 'The Masterpiece' starting James Franco, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. "
Journalism major Luke Soroko, a pitcher on the UA baseball team, was selected to play in the Great West League All-Star Game on July 25 in Medford, Ore. The week before, he picked up his first league victory.

Sydney Dennen ('16) took a job at KOLD television in Tucson to be the station's new weekend 9 p.m. producer and weeknight assignment desk editor.
Several alums on the Arizona Daily Star helped produce a project based on Donald Trump’s plan to build a border wall, including Curt Prendergast ('11, reporter), Mike Christy ('11, photographer), Samantha Munsey ('12, video producer), Peter Sibley ('81, copy editor) and Jill Jorden Spitz ('88, editor).

Fernanda Echavarri ('07), part of NPR's team at the Republican National Convention, helped work on an NPR Latino USA story about a Mexican immigrant found dead in his cell after three days in immigration detention.

July 1

Alex Devoid, an apprentice reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote the front-page poster story in the June 27 edition on undocumented workers. Alex is a dual master's student in journalism and Latin American Studies. Alfredo Edwardo Araiza (’80) shot the photos.

Jennifer Hijazi, a dual grad student in journalism and Middle Eastern and North African Studies, wrote a story for the Tucson Weekly about her adventures in Lebanon. Her master's project in immersive journalism includes filming 360-degree views of borders in the Middle East. She spent time in Egypt earlier.

Jordan Glenn landed a summer internship at the Santa Clarita Valley Signal near Los Angeles as a video and multimedia journalist. It's the same newspaper where Luke Money (‘12) started as a political reporter before becoming the Costa Mesa City Hall reporter for the L.A. Times Community News. Alums Roman Veytsman (’07) and Mandy Schackmann (’05) also did stints at the Signal.
Accelerated master's student Elizabeth Eaton, a Pulliam Fellow in Phoenix, posted a story and interview with the U.S. surgeon general for the Arizona Republic.
Journalism major Luke Soroko, a pitcher on the UA baseball team, returned home from the College World Series after the Wildcats fell one win short of capturing the national title.
Michael Evans had his cool monsoon photo shared on the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s Facebook page. Here is the direct link.
Reporter Fernanda Echavarri (’07), photographer Mike Christy (’11) and reporter Perla Trevizo shared the 2016 Edward R. Murrow Award for best small-market radio news documentary with "Divided by Law," a joint Arizona Daily Star and Arizona Public Media project about how immigration law separated four U.S. children from their mother. Echavarri, formerly wih AZPM, is now at NPR’s “Latino USA.” Christy and Trevizo are at the Star. Click here for the story.
Three 2012 alums are moving up in the broadcast world. Charlie De Mar joined CBS 2 in Chicago as a reporter after working at the CBS and Fox TV stations in Indianapolis; Rikki Mitchell left KGUN 9 in Tucson for TMJ4 in Milwaukee, where she’ll be reporting full-time; Charlie Misra left KSBY in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, California, to be a reporter with KCTV 5 in Kansas City, Mo.

June 2016

June 10

Kendal Blust wrote the A1 poster story for the Arizona Daily Star on Sunday, May 29, about UA’s greatest diver getting a shot at the Olympics as a coach.

Elizabeth Eaton, a Star apprentice, had the C1 poster story on Sunday, May 29, with “City of Gastronomy honor is about more than food.”

Kendal Blust, a summer apprentice at the Nogales International, has written several stories, including:

Amanda Martinez, an intern at Arizona Public Media, began a series withStories from Tucson’s South Side: What Makes a Place Your Favorite? And she was a mentor and dorm counselor at the Journalism Diversity Workshop for High School Students.
David Del Grande was a mentor and dorm counselor at the Journalism Diversity Workshop for High School Students.
Christianna Silva gave a presentation on virtual reality and drone journalism to students at the Journalism Diversity Workshop for High School Students along with professor Michael McKisson.

Bethany Barnes ('13) accepted a reporting job at the Oregonian in Portland. Bethany has done strong investigative work at the Las Vegas Review-Journal for the past three years and was named a 2015 Journalist of Merit from the Nevada Press Association. 
Mariana Dale ('14) joined KJZZ in Phoenix as a digital producer after spending more than a year as an online editor/reporter for Arizona Public Media.
Justin Sayers ('14) is the new breaking news reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal. Justin, a former Pulliam Fellow at the Arizona Republic and apprentice/freelancer for the Arizona Daily Star, 
J-school grads Hipolito R. Corella ('90) and Irene McKisson ('03) were promoted at the Arizona Daily Star. Corella is interim editor while the paper conducts a national search to replace Bobbie Jo Buel ('79), who stepped down. McKisson is the team leader of a new product for millennials.

May 2016

May 20

Kendal BlustJulianne StanfordChristianna Silva and Hannah Gaber captured top honors at the School of Journalism’s 50th annual Just Desserts student awards celebration at the Arizona Historical Society on May 13. Blust, a graduate student, received the Philip Mangelsdorf Award for Outstanding Newsperson of the Year, Stanford captured the Sherman R. Miller Award for Outstanding Senior, Silva received the B.P. Campbell Award for Outstanding Junior and Gaber was named the Outstanding Graduate Student. For a story and list of all the award and scholarship winners, go here.

Graduate student Kendal Blust captured a prestigious Maggie Award in the “Best Print Article/Student” category on May 6 at a banquet in Los Angeles. Her winning story profiled Tucson’s Southside Presbyterian Church in the fall 2015 El Independiente. The event attracts top publishing professionals from 24 states to honor excellence in print and electronic publishing. Go here for her story.

A paper submitted by recent master’s graduate Ary Hermawan has been accepted by the International Communication Division/Markham Student Paper Competition for presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The paper is based on Ary’s thesis: “Framing the 2014 Indonesian Presidential Candidates in Newspapers and on Twitter.”  

Cole Driver, who earlier landed a Cartoon Network internship this summer, received more good news: The junior has been selected for a paid “Saturday Night Live” writers research internship for the fall.

Maggie Driver’s final story as an apprentice for the Arizona Daily Star, “Unlicensed tunes have high-end steak house singing the blues” (May 8, D1) is here.

May 6

Brooke Cambareri's photograph of UA lacrosse player Celina Sanchez won first place in the spring 2016 Drew Gyorke Photojournalism Contest. Second place went to Elise McClain’s picture showing Lillie Richardson’s silhouette playing the violin as the moon rises behind her and third place went to Pablo Lopez’s image showing Liliana Norzagaray posing for a portrait following a dance class. Story, photos

Hannah Gaber successfully defended her master's project with a film, "A Young Nation: The future of Oman through the eyes of its youth," which she made in the country last year. Hannah is set to receive a dual masters in Journalism and Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENA).

Seven science journalism students adapted their “SciView” stories to TV and will be featured on "Arizona Illustrated" on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on PBS 6. Grad student Elizabeth Eaton finds the "Indiana Jones" of ancient pottery, followed by John Palting (moths), Eduardo Estrada (trauma docs), Angela Hoover (below, beetles), Stephan Dong (fruit flies), Kalyn Miller (gray hawks) and Emily Huddleston (leopard frogs). As for the magazine, Eaton was the editor and the design editor was Alicia Vega. Click here for J-school story. Click here for UANews story.

The Green Valley News published an opinion piece by graduate student Mikayla Mace. She wrote “In My View — I want a better future: But until I know we have it, starting a family may wait” for Carol Schwalbe’s Environmental Journalism class. Click here for story. 

Those with J-school and UA ties captured 13 first-place awards from the Arizona Press Club, including Community Journalist of the Year Murphy Woodhouse of the Nogales International (below), the Arizona Daily Wildcat staff, and alumna and adjunct Sarah Garrecht Gassen of the Arizona Daily Star. Click here for a story.

Led by editors Alexandra Adamson and Christianna Silva, El Independiente’s Spring 2016 edition came out. Among the stories: a threat to the San Pedro River (by Jordan Glenn), the San Carlos Apache Nation's fear of a proposed mine (Ashley McGowan) and migrant children seeking safe haven (Julianne Stanford). Glenn, Stanford and Baraha Elkhalil took most of the photos. Click here to see the magazine.

April 2016

April 29

UA journalism grads Brittny Mejia ('14), Stephen Ceasar ('09), Marisa Gerber ('11) and Kristina Bui (’13) were part of the Los Angeles Times' team that won the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news for its coverage of the San Bernardino mass shooting last year. Brittny shared a byline on the Dec. 13 story, "The Pursuit," while Stephen and Marisa contributed to Dec. 3-5 coverage, and Bui was a copy editor for the coverage. They are among six UA grads on staff, joining Nicole Santa Cruz (‘09), a Times reporter, and Luke Money ('12,  a reporter for the Times Community News in Costa Mesa. Story:

Sophomore Marissa Heffernan won the Mark Finley Gold Pen Award in the school's Spring 2016 Best Beginning News Writer Contest. Sophomores Nate Airulla and Michelle Jaquette  finished second and third, respectively. Eleven students had an hour to write a story after a talk and interview session with Lynn Nadel, chair of the faculty and a regent’s professor in psychology and cognitive science. Story:

Plant Sciences major Matt Buster published a story in UA News describing the research he conducted at Biosphere 2 for a feature for Carol Schwalbe’s Environmental Journalism class:

Arizona Daily Star apprentice Maggie Driver had more stories published, including:

Star apprentice Fernando Galvan had several sports stories published, including:

Recent graduate Kaleigh Shufeldt will be spending the summer at the New York University Publishing Institute, designed for "recent college graduates and for young professionals who are interested in careers in book and magazine publishing."

Eliza Molk ('13, left) is set to receive her law degree from the University of San Diego. She'll join the San Diego County Counsel's Juvenile Dependency Division on its appellate team, "advocating for neglected and abused children," said Molk, a former Daily Wildcat reporter and law clerk in the California Attorney General’s Office.

Congrats to Fernanda Echavarri ('07), now with NPR's Latino USA, and Perla Trevizo and photographer Mike Christy ('11) of the Arizona Daily Star. Their "Divided by Law" news documentary, a collaboration between Arizona Public Media and the Star, won regional honors in the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards and will advance to the national contest. The project also was a finalist for a national Peabody Award.

Bobbie Jo Buel will step down as editor of the Arizona Daily Star next month. Bobbie Jo, a 1979 alum, is a member of the school's Journalism Advisory Council and the Arizona Daily Wildcat Hall of Fame. "I am sure I will miss the newsroom and my colleagues terribly, but I dare say they will hardly notice my absence," she said in an e-mail. "It’s a great group of journalists who love Tucson as much as I do."

April 15

Jennifer Hijazi, a dual grad student in journalism and Middle Eastern and North African Studies. She's receiving a $1,000 Bonine/CMES Travel & Research Award from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies to travel to Egypt and Lebanon this summer. Her master's project in immersive journalism includes creating 360-degree views of borders in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Middle East.

Cole Driver earned a public relations/marketing internship with Cartoon Network in California this summer. He was the only intern chosen after a national search of more than 100 college applicants.

Grad students Kendal Blust and Jennifer Hijazi, and senior Christianna Silva participated in the day-long University Steamworks technology day at the University of Arizona on April 14. The students showed off the work they are doing with the Online News Association at UA club, including virtual reality journalism, drone videography and reporting with sensors. 

Jessica Carpenter and the Arizona Wildcats women's rugby team have qualified for the Collegiate Rugby Championship June 3-5 in Philadelphia.

Max Lancaster, a December 2015 grad, landed a reporting job at the Boulder City (Nevada) Review, covering local government at the start.

Annie Dickman, a December 2015 grad, who placed in the top 20 nationally in the personality/profile writing competition of the annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Her story, about UA art professor Gary Setzer, was published in the Arizona Daily Star finished tied for 18th among 112 profile entries from 63 schools. Annie accepted a paid internship at the Gannett design hub in Phoenix after graduation.

Luke Money ('12) became the Costa Mesa City Hall reporter at the Los Angeles Times Community News in March, leaving the Santa Clarita (Calif.) Signal

Michael Schwartz ('08) is still a researcher at ESPN, but he'll be based in the L.A. office (instead of Bristol, Conn.), working on shows such as "The Jump" and eventually “NBA Countdown.”

April 8

Kyle Hansen, an apprentice reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, saw his story on a memorial lacrosse match published on March 31.

Silvia Sanchez, an apprentice reporter for the Arizona Daily Star’s La Estrella de Tucson, had three stories published recently:

Maggie Driver, an apprentice reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, saw her story, “Tucson Museum of Art needs $500K to fix crumbling buildings published on A1 on March 28.

Alex McIntyre, an apprentice photographer for the Arizona Daily Star, had several more images published recently:

April 1

Grad student Hannah Gaber received a State Department-funded critical language scholarship to study Arabic in Morocco in the summer. Her scheduled Pulliam Fellowship at the Arizona Republic will be moved to the fall, and Gaber will present her master’s project film, “Young Nation: the future of Oman through the eyes of its youth,” on May 4 at 4:15 p.m. at Marshall 340.

Caitlin Schmidt ('14), a reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, is receiving a Sledgehammer Award from the Arizona Press Club for using more than 50-plus public records requests to help uncover a prostitution scandal involving Tucson police last year.

Azhar Abdul-Salam, a 1994 master’s alum and current mass media school manager/instructor at Singapore’s Nanyang Polytechnic university, spoke to UA classes about journalism in Asia. Azhar, a former ESPN Asia journalist, was the 1994 co-editor of the El Independiente with Sarah Tully (’94). Professor Susan Knight coordinated Azhar’s visit and schedule at UA.

March 2016

March 25

Madison Sloane Brodsky received a summer internship with the CONAN show, which gives top-tier students hands-on experience in the world of late night television. Conan O’Brien’s show is on TBS.

Grad student Kendal Blust was named a finalist for the Maggie Awards in the "Best Print Article/Student" category for her story on the Southside Presbyterian Church in El Independiente. (Story:…/…/1-56el_inde_2015_all_pages) The awards banquet is May 6 in L.A.

Christianna Silva helped tweet the Trump, Sanders and Clinton political rallies in Tucson for the Arizona Daily Star: and

Jennifer Hijazi and Christianna Silva explained virtual reality journalism to patrons at the Tucson Festival of Books on the UA mall on March 12, The 360-degree camera and glasses were a big hit.

Corinna Tellez, Miranda Lopez, Mariela Cabrera, Erika Yee, Sandy Rocha; Michelle Jaquette, Tessa Patterson, Leah Gilchrist, Josh Saulson, Connor Oswald and River Ludington visited New York City over spring break as part of professor Nancy Sharkey’s “Inside the New York Times” class. Students met with alums Savannah Guthrie (’93, “Today Show”) and Rob Alcaraz (’12, Wall Street Journal video journalist).

Hannah PalaniukKaren Lizarraga and Christianna Silva visited Washington over spring break as part of professor Susan Knight’s “Inside the Beltway” class, meeting with various D.C.-based UA journalism alums.

Ally Aldrete ('15), an assignment editor for Tucson's KGUN 9 TV for the past year, is moving to New York City to be an account executive for Eco Branding Public Relations.

March 11

Julianne Stanford, a junior who is interning at Arizona Public Media, has been chosen out of 52 applicants nationwide for a paid summer internship at the Skagway News, an award-winning small newspaper in Alaska. She'll receive free board, write stories, take photos, lay out the paper and cover such events as the Yukon River Quest. In all, three UA journalism students made it to the final round of 10 finalists.

Jordan Glenn took the cover photo for this month’s High Country News. He also has four photos inside with the story, "Tracing Borderland History on the Anza Trail," starting on Page 14.

Glenn Cook, a 1992 UA journalism grad, is the new managing editor at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. A former senior editorial writer, he took over as interim editor in January as the newspaper transitioned under new owner Sheldon Adelson.

Ryan Revock (’14) was named 2015 community division photographer of the year by the North Carolina Press Association, then landed a new job with the Statesville Record & Landmark, a daily paper north of Charlotte. Ryan had worked at the Cherokee Scout in Murphy, N.C.

March 4

Kendal Blust, a grad student, wrote the cover story for the March 3 Tucson Weekly to help kick off a multimedia project, “Security 360°,” produced by professor Celeste González de Bustamante’s border reporting students at DevoidTaylor NyeHana Pape and Alicia Vega contributed to Blust’s story. Other students on the “Security 360° ” team were Sophie S. Alves, Amanda Burkey, Justin Campbell, Mónica Contreras, Carolina Espinoza, Alejandra Fisher, Ana Ilie, James Myers, Kristina Savage, Barbara Teso, Lia Vásquez and Madison Yuill. Also, Kedi Xia was the project designer. For more info:

Elizabeth Eaton, an apprentice reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, had several stories pulished recently: “A Pie-experience to Remember” and “It is to be: Shakespeare's First Folio stops in Tucson” (Both E1, Sunday, Feb. 14) and … and “Debate will make you laugh think (A3, Thursday, March 3)

Amanda MartinezJulianne StanfordMalena Larson and Corina Gallardo have done solid work as interns at Arizona Public Media. Martinez, an accelerated master's student, put together a recent radio story on children’s stories (…/82964-magic-box-turns-childrens-s…/… … ). Stanford has reported on numerous topics, including a December story on prescription drug and heroin use (…/). Larson has appeared on AZPM Newsbreaks (, as has Gallardo (…)

February 2016

Feb. 26

Maggie Driver, a reporting apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, had an A1 story published on Feb. 18: Pueblo Vida brewery expansion stalls with surprise historic status —

Alex McIntyre , an apprentice photographer at the Star, continued to see more work published, including:

Letters inventory Tucson's charms (C1, Feb. 14)

2 of MLS's best open Desert Diamond Cup (B2, Feb. 17)

Sporting KC, Columbus draw in Desert Diamond Cup opener (B1, Feb. 18)

Film to look at gunfight from views other than Earp’s (C1, Feb. 21) Online gallery (16 photos):

Fighting asthma with farm dust (C5, Feb. 21)

Tucson school's literary mag receives national recognition (E3, Feb. 21) )

Students get feel for manufacturing on program tours (A2, Feb. 20)

He’s glad to be in the real deal (B1-2, Feb. 20)

Man arrested in homicide on Tucson's northwest side (online, Feb. 19)

Kendra Paige Hall ('15), a December grad, will start her journalism career as an investigative reporter for ABC7 television in Amarillo, Texas.

Kayla Samoy (’15) said she accepted her “first real reporting job” two weeks ago as a digital trends feature writer for The Arizona Republic.

Krista Schlyer, a 1997 J-school master’s grad, will talk about her new book, “Almost Anywhere,” about visiting 84 national parks and monuments, and 70 other state parks and sites at the Tucson Festival of Books on March 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Student Union's Kachina Room. Sunday's Star had a profile on her:

Feb. 12

Alex McIntyre , an apprentice photographer at the Arizona Daily Star, saw several of his photos published in the Star recently and sent to The Associated Press, including “Preparing for the season” and two others. On AP, all three images are at*&allFilters=alex%20mcintyre and the specific image from the paper is at . He also had these photos published: and and and

Lance Madden ('10) became a revenue optimization executive at Republic Media in Phoenix this month after leaving RightThisMinute.

Nicole Santa Cruz ('09), who runs the Homicide Report blog for the Los Angeles Times (, reported this week on the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old Compton girl as she lay in her crib. Another 2009 grad, Stephen Ceasar, is a reporter for the L.A. times, covering civil courts and crime.

Stephanie Casanova ('14) entered her second year as a copy editor at the Rapid City Journal in South Dakota.

Feb. 5

Andrew Paxton is working in design and copy editing at the Sierra Vista Herald. 

Gabrielle Ferreira (’15), who's been at the Indianapolis Star as a Pulliam Fellow, will move to The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, California, as a breaking news reporter.

Hannah Palaniuk (’15) has been hired in a full-time position at KVOA-TV in Tucson, including the weekend producer slot.

Briana Sanchez (’15) is now photo editor at the Fergus Falls Daily Journal in Minnesota

Britain Eakin (’15) is a reporter at Courthouse News Service in Washington, D.C.

January 2016

Jan. 22

Images by 12 of Kim Newton’s former JOUR 203 students are on display on the hallway wall opposite of Newton’s office (327) as part of the Drew Gyorke Photojournalism Contest. The photos are by Andy Alvarado, Brenna Bailey, Ciara Biscoe, Cherie Cole (third place), Taylor Dayton, Hailey Freeman, Erik Kolsrud, Sally Lugo, Monica Milberg, Jordyn Owen, Tobey Schmidt (first) and Courtney Talak (second).

UA J-school alum Gary Crooks was named editorial page editor for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. Crooks, with the newspaper since 1997, began writing editorials and his “Smart Bombs” column in 2003. Follow him on Twitter @GaryCrooks

Jean McKnight-Guymon ('89), a teacher at Cienega High School in nearby Vail, received the 2015 Ed Eisele Excellence in Economics Education Award from the UA Eller College of Management Department of Economics, the Office of Economic Education and the Thomas R. Brown Foundation.

Freelance journalist and artist Mary Alice Kellogg ('70) had an art exhibit, "The Desert Reimagined," at the DeGrazia Gallery. Kellogg worked at Newsweek after J-school. Here is the link to a story by Johanna Willett ('13) of the Arizona Daily Star:

Sarah Kezele ('11) is leaving The Arizona Republic as a multimedia sports journalist and returning to the Bay Area to cover the West Coast Conference for Campus Insiders.

Jen Levario Cieslak ('02) joined the new enterprise design team of the Advance Local newspaper group, helping redesign papers such as the New Orleans Times-Picayune from her San Diego home.

Betsy Kaplan was hired as editorial director for Spoon University's UA outlet, after passing the editing test "with flying colors," according to staffer.

Jan. 8

“A Morning in Southeast Morocco,” an essay that recent graduate Christa Reynolds wrote for Travel Writing, appeared in the fall issue of The Blue Guitar Magazine: This arts and literary magazine is published by the Arizona Consortium for the Arts.

Arizona Daily Star apprentice Rebecca Noble, who saw some of her images published in the Star's "Best photos of 2015" online gallery, including a slow-motion shot of an actor firing a gun at a show at Trail Dust Town, a downpour at a high school football game and people enjoying the Winterhaven Festival of Lights.

Glenn Cook, a 1992 J-school graduate and a senior editorial writer for The Las Vegas Review-Journal, will take over as interim editor of the newspaper as it transitions under new owner Sheldon Adelson. Review-Journal reporter Bethany Barnes, a 2013 grad, tweeted the news. 

Cameron Moon ('13) accepted a job at ESPN as a production assistant. He previously was a production assistant for the NFL Network. 

Andrew Cockrum ('13) is the new communications assistant for the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple-A team of the Colorado Rockies.

Robert Zucker ('77), a former J-school adjunct, donated four books he published to the school, including a three-volume set on local music from the 1950s to the 1990s, "Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades.”