Student/Alumni Kudos

Sept. 21, 2018

Pascal Albright, an Arizona Daily Wildcat editor, accepted a framed proclamation on Sept. 18 on behalf of the School of Journalism from the Pima County Board of Supervisors and Chairman Richard Elías, who deemed October "Freedom of the Press Month" and honored the school for its "vital role in training those who report the news." Go to tinyurl.com/yd8zqxhp for photos.

Sixteen students attended the all-clubs leadership retreat, hosted by Prof. Susan Knight. They talked about ideas and events, and had a tasty lunch from Beyond Bread. Students included Ambur Wilkerson, Melissa Vasquez, Zeina C. Peterson, David Pujol, Jessica Suriano, Pascal Albright, Dalal Radwan, Monika Damron, Ava Garcia, Rocky Baier, Mekayla Phan, Claudio Cerrillo, Griffin Riley, Leia Linn and Kara Lipson, and Ph.D. journalism minor Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan. 

Alexa Agostinelli is working as an apprentice in arts and entertainment at the Arizona Daily Star, where she’s seen several of her stories published already. Her first story was on the band 3 Doors Down. Her second story was on a classical violinist.
 
Kristan Obeng, a graduate student apprenticing for the Arizona Daily Star’s digital team, posted her first story for the paper on Instagram, with a story about a boy denied participation in soccer after his challenges with cancer and chemotherapy.
 
Lizzie Quinlan is apprenticing on the Arizona Daily Star copy desk, where she is editing stories and writing headlines. One of her first heds: "Don’t overlook eye exams for children; what parents should watch out for."

Haille Saal has been covering the UA women’s soccer team as part of her apprenticeship at the Arizona Daily Star. Her stories have included, "Praise for senior," "Talley leads Wildcats," "Freshman adjusts," and "Amato still second on wins list."

Lauren Trench, a graduate student and Arizona Daily Star apprentice on the photo desk, had her first photo published when she was shadowing a photographer on a shoot on flood damage at the iconic Cow Palace. She also later had her photo gallery published online on a retro trailer park renovation.

Sarah Workman, who is apprenticing in features and arts at the Arizona Daily Star, had her first story published, on the Glow Festival in Oracle.
 
Simon Asher provided drone footage for the Arizona Illustrated story, "Monsoon Mushrooms." Nick Smallwood also worked on the segment. 

Students began brainstorming episodes for the “PreReq Podcast: An inside look at being a student in 2018” with AZPM producer Andrew Brown and Profs. Mike McKisson, Jeannine Relly and Celeste González de Bustamante. Read our website story for more details about the project.

Alex Eschelman, a summer intern at FOX Sports Arizona, did an interview with a former young reporter who interviewed then-Arizona Diamondback shortstop Didi Gregorius. Recent master's graduate Saul Bookman, who manages social and digital content at FOX Sports Arizona, helped Alex with the "Intern's turn" segment.

The Arizona Daily Wildcat is one of 24 finalists in the national Online Pacemaker competition. Winners will be recognized at #collegemedia18 in Louisville Oct. 25-28. Read more at tinyurl.com/ydgqos4s.

April Lanuza, Dalal Radwan, Alexis Richardson and Jessica Suriano recounted their summer internships and experiences at Talk & 'Tizers on Sept. 4. Lanuza started at CNN's Documentary Unit in Atlanta the day Anthony Bourdain died; Radwan was a reporter for Tucson Local Media; Richardson studied abroad in Costa Rica in Prof. Celeste González de Bustamante's class; and Suriano wrote features for the Arizona Republic as a Pulliam Fellow.

Ryan Gabrielson of ProPublica and Bethany Barnes ('13 M.A.) of The Oregonian donated membership scholarships to five J-school students for the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). The recipients are: Jasmine Ann DemersEddie Celaya and Marissa Heffernan of the Arizona Daily Wildcat, and graduate students Kristan Obeng and Jessica Suriano.

Arizona Public Media reporter Brandon Mejia ('17) accepted a job as an anchor/reporter for KYMA-TV in Yuma. He starts Sept. 24 and will be reporting for the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts on the NBC affiliate, and anchoring the 9 p.m. newscast for the Fox affiliate. Brandon should feel at home, joining fellow Wildcats Ciara EncinasCarmen Valencia, Crystal Bedoya and Ernesto Romero (news director) at the station.

Adam Gaub ('06) co-anchored WCTI TV's Sept. 15 evening newscast on Facebook Live at a sister station in Greenville, N.C., because his station in New Bern, N.C., was flooded out from Hurricane Florence. Gaub is a morning executive producer for WCTI, which was featured on CNN (tinyurl.com/y7go2a6a). "It’s pretty cool, to me, that even without a physical building to go to and with no way to get their signal over the air on TV, they’re doing whatever they can to still make sure the news of their community gets out there," said Brett Fera ('05), UA Student Media adviser. Gaub is a former Arizona Daily Wildcat staffer and award-winning editor at the Maricopa (Ariz.) Monitor.

Arizona Daily Star Editor Jill Jorden Spitz ('88) and adjunct instructor Irene McKisson ('03), editor of the Star's #ThisIsTucson, listened to 18 students' pitches from Mike McKisson's Product Development class. Nine ideas will be selected, and teams will form around those user groups. At the end of the semester, two groups (from these nine ideas) will be selected for a fellowship at the Star to develop their product.

Arizona Daily Star reporters Gloria Knott ('18), Caitlin Schmidt ('14) and Shaq Davis ('18) spoke to Prof. Susan Knight's Star apprentice class on Sept. 5. All three said their apprenticeships helped them get full-time jobs at the Star, and they gave students tips on pitching stories and asking editors for help.

Ryan Finley ('02), sports editor of the Arizona Daily Star, gave Prof. Susan Knight's apprentice students tips on reporting, writing and interviewing on Sept. 19.

Bethany Barnes ('13 M.A.) spoke via Skype on Sept. 18 to Prof. Jeannine Relly's master's class about how she did the reporting for her story, "Targeted: A Family and the Quest to Stop the Next School Shooter." Read it at tinyurl.com/yd8ftle7.

Bakina Wellars ('17 M.A.) secured a teaching position at the University of Rwanda's School of Journalism and Communication. He placed first out of six people in a competition for the spot.

Brandi Milloy ('06) is the co-host of a new Food Network show, "Let’s Eat," about easy, fun recipes that anyone can make. Check out the Arizona Daily Wildcat story.

Jack McElroy ('75) marked his 17th year as editor of The Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel.

Konstantinos Kalaitzidis ('95 M.A.) is now the public information officer at the Superior Court of California in Orange County.

Jeffrey Williams ('00) was promoted to assistant principal of instruction at Phoenix Union High School District.

Sarah Kezele ('11) made her debut at the BYU-UA football game as the new in-game host. She interviewed students in the ZonaZoo, oversaw contests with fans, high-fived Wilbur Wildcat and was included in the Arizona Daily Star's "Seen and Heard." Kezele also co-emceed the school's inaugural Hall of Fame event in April with John D'Anna ('83).

Aug. 31, 2018

Pulliam Fellows Brenna Bailey and Jessica Suriano did good work for the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com over the summer. Among Bailey's stories were "The worst disease you've never heard of" and "Do women face an unfair standard in the art world?," while Suriano's included "Sweet Samaritan" and "Ashley shakes up the world of romance novels."

Grad students Krissy Obeng, Ava Garcia and Zeina C. Peterson kicked off a project, "The PreReq Podcast: An inside look at being a student in 2018," a few weeks ago after interviewing students moving into dorms. They attended a podcast brainstorming session Aug. 31 with Arizona Public Media's Andrew Brown to go over recording equipment and plot out their episodes with grad students Dalal RadwanAlisa IvanitskayaMeredith O’NeilTy HudsonAmbur Wilkerson and undergrad Pascal Albright. Each person came up with ideas on post-it notes and sorted them on the wall. The project is led by Profs. Michael McKisson and Jeannine Relly. Also helping is Prof. Celeste González de Bustamante. 

New grad students attended a meet-and-greet with faculty, staff and other grad students on Aug. 17. The new M.A. candidates are Claude Akins, Samantha Bishop, Monika Damron, Sascha Fruehauf, Ty Hudson, Alisa Ivanitskaya, Nina Kolodij, Meredith O'Neil, Elizabeth Whitthorne, Ambur Wilkerson and Justin Wylie. Go to journalism.arizona.edu/grad.bios to meet some of the grad students.

Carmen Valencia accepted a job with KYMA 11 TV in Yuma as a multimedia journalist. She starts in early September as the dayside reporter and will join Ciara Encinas ('18), who began at KYMA in May, and Crystal Bedoya ('15), a digital content director. Valencia, an Arizona Daily Wildcat alum who led our local NAHJ chapter, had internships at KPNX-TV (NBC) in Phoenix, KOLD TV in Tucson and Arizona Public Media.

Jeanie Bergen ('07) saw her TV series, "E Is for Edie," picked up by Charter Communications. The series is inspired by the life of Bergen, who is a caregiver to her disabled sister. Bergen, who earned a coveted spot in Aaron Sorkin’s Master Class on screenwriting, will executive-produce the series, too! Click here to read more. 

Arizona Republic reporter John D'Anna ('83) saw his story about Sen. John McCain published on the Aug. 31 front page of USA TODAY. Read it here: tinyurl.com/ycq62wch. John is a member of the school's Journalism Advisory Council.

Students in adjunct instructor Tom Beal's science journalism class interviewed Mikayla Mace ('17 M.A.) of the Arizona Daily Star on Wednesday. Mace replaced Beal as the Star's science reporter when he retired, and she also covers higher ed and health. Read her work at https://tinyurl.com/yascl9rx.

Gabriella Vukelic ('17) celebrated her six-month anniversary at Newsday as the social media producer in Long Island, New York. She recently interviewed Bravo TV's: Princesses LI, and created bagel horoscopes for Long Islanders, "since we swear that our bagels are better than anywhere else." In April, she helped launch a Facebook parenting group called LI Parents. "I now run the page as the main person for social and we have hit over 1,000 members already – 6 months ahead of my goals," she says.

Justin Spears, a 2017 J-school grad, broadcasted ESPN 1490-AM's "The Sports Exchange" with Stacey Wampler outside Gentle Ben's on Aug. 31. Spears, an Arizona Daily Star journalist, gave a shout-out to Profs. Jeannine Relly and Rogelio Garcia, who stopped by to say hello.

J-school grad Ann Brown ('76) wrote the Arizona Daily Star's obit on Sen. John McCain. Brown, a retired Star reporter, editorial page editor and copy editor, rode on McCain's campaign bus through Iowa in 2007. National media outlets also interviewed adjunct instructor Jim Nintzel, editor of the Tucson Weekly, about McCain, including CBS (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr9HoAfmsn8).

Former Arizona Daily Star photographer Liz Mangelsdorf ('84) posted an image she took of Sen. John McCain during his first Senate run in 1986. Mangelsdorf, who later became a San Francisco Chronicle photographer, is now a computer/video/media teacher at Sequoia Middle School in Pleasant Hill, California. The school's top student award for outstanding newsperson is named after her father, the late Philip Mangelsdorf.

Kendra Paige Hall ('15) covered Sen. John McCain's Phoenix memorial service for Tucson's KVOA-TV. See her Twitter feed.

Saul Loeb ('04)of Agence France-Presse, photographed a military honor guard carrying the flag-draped coffin of Sen. John McCain after it arrived outside Washington. See his photos on Twitter.

Savannah Guthrie ('93), NBC's "Today" show co-anchor, interviewed Sen. Lindsey Graham about McCain. See her coverage on Twitter.

Hundreds of U.S. newspapers, including the Arizona Daily Star under Editor Jill Jorden Spitz ('88), launched a coordinated defense of press freedom on Aug. 16 and a rebuke of President Trump for denouncing the media as enemies of the people.

Mariana Dale ('14) launched a project with KJZZ Phoenix called Q&AZ. It's a big series in which reporters from the NPR station investigate and answer Arizonans' questions about their state, such as "How did Phoenix's Indian School Road get its name." Dale worked with a national group called Hearken, a Chicago-based startup that builds tools to help journalists strengthen audience connections.

Award-winning education writer Bethany Barnes ('13 M.A.) of The Oregonian was profiled in "The Grade." She tells Alexander Russo how she rebounded after being fired from her first job, and her thoughts on accountability reporting and storytelling.

Juliana Vasquez-Keating ('10) marked her sixth year as a morning news producer at KSAZ Fox 10 in Phoenix after previous work at KOLD 13 in Tucson

Nate Airulla ('18) is an account manager at Comdata, a FLEETCOR company in Phoenix.

Britt Theodora ('15) is a digital content manager and stylist assistant at Micaela Erlanger & Co. in New York City.

Betsy Kaplan ('17), a former intern for Playbill, is a film publicity assistant at 42West in New York City.

Ernesto Romero ('07) is news director with News-Press & Gazette Co. (NPG) in Yuma-El Centro for several television news stations, including KYMA.

Gabby Goduco ('18), a former KOLD-TV intern and UATV3 reporter, made the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders squad.

Brian Danziger ('16), a production assistant for the NFL Network, is also working for ABC 7 in Los Angeles as a news assistant.

Lexi Sutter ('12) is now a reporter for NBC 5 in Chicago after a stint as a reporter/fill-in anchor at ABC 15 in Phoenix.

Angelo Samora-Vargas ('12) is a journalist at KRGV-TV in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley, covering the border, community and investigations.

Aug. 10, 2018

Marissa Heffernan won Policygenius' inaugural $3,000 national scholarship for the fall semester. More than 300 applicants wrote an essay about an event that changed their understanding of money, and Heffernan told the story of handling the finances while building a treehouse with her grandfather at age 11. For more details and a link to her story, go to tinyurl.com/ybbu8jzz.

Rocky Baier, an intern for the Jerusalem Post, covered the countrywide protests for LGBTQ rights in Israel. She tweeted from Tel Aviv, where an estimated 15,000 people protested, and wrote a front-page story at tinyurl.com/y8tq76ng.

Emmalee Mauldin wrapped up her fourth and final NASA internship in Greenbelt, Maryland. She handled communications and social media for the Hubble Space Telescope project for the last eight months at the Goddard Space Flight Center, after spending eight months at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. "I can't believe that it's over, but I'm ready to go home and finally graduate," she said on Facebook.

Carmen Valencia attended the National Association of Hispanic Journalist Conference in Miami. She toured Univision headquarters; sat in on a discussion, "Active shooter on campus," with journalist María Elena Salinas and victims from the Parkland shooting; and met up with Karen Cruz-Orduna, a former National Student Exchange student with the J-school who is interning at CBS Evening News in Los Angeles.

Marissa Heffernan, a summer apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published the off-lead on the Sunday business page (Aug. 5), "3 Tucson eateries promoting anti-straw movement."

Eddie Celaya, a summer apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published the lead package on the Aug. 2 business page, "Tucson's old Shari's Drive-In burger stand is now home to Smokey Mo barbecue."

Ahmaad Lomax, a summer apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, had the poster story in the Aug. 1 sports section on a Sabino High football transfer Cade Wechsler

Pablo Lopez, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, had the lead story in the July 30 metro page on a man shot by a deputy and the off-play story on the Aug. 6 metro page, "Exploding bullets halt smugglers."

Maritza Cruz ('18) wrapped up her Chips Quinn internship at The Mercury News and Bay Area News Group in San Jose. One of her photos made A1; she produced videos on President Trump's immigration policies and on the "World of Frida"; and she helped film B roll and take photos for a story on the Golden State killer.

Nick Smallwood, who is entering the master's program at the School of Journalism after graduating this summer, is now a production assistant for Arizona Public Media. He said he "had a great time" filming on Mount Lemmon in late July for "Arizona Illustrated."

Jamie Maese met UA School of Journalism Hall of Famer and NBC "Today" show host Savannah Guthrie ('93) in late July in New York. Maese, who is interning for MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" as an NAHJ Summer Fellow, thanked Prof. Nancy Sharkey for putting her in touch with Guthrie's assistant.

Andrew Paxton, an assistant editor and reporter at the Sahuarita Sun and Green Valley News, did an "old-fashioned data piece" on Sahuarita's town manager and attorney making more money than most of their state peers.

Chris Delgado ('17), a director at KGUN 9, gave UATV 3 and new GM Olivia Jackson a $1,250 grant check, courtesy of the Scripps Howard Foundation and KGUN 9. Delgado, the 2016-17 UATV general manager, nominated UATV for the grant. Jackson is a J-school student.

Danyelle Khmara ('17) was promoted to associate editor at Tucson Weekly and Tucson Local Media by Editor Jim Nintzel, an adjunct instructor. Read his editor's note.

Justin Spears ('17) is the new host of ESPN Tucson's Sports Exchange radio show (1490-AM, 104.9-FM) from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays. He'll still be working full time for the Arizona Daily Star, providing digital content and covering the Arizona Wildcats and high school football. Click here to read more.

Ivan Leonard ('17) accepted a full-time position as a sports reporter at the Sedona Red Rock News. Leonard, also an Arizona Daily Wildcat alum, had been writing for the Sahuarita Sun as a freelancer.

Jenny Hijazi ('17 M.A.), an online reporter and news assistant at PBS NewsHour, showed Prof. Jeannine Relly and Indiana Prof. Emily Metzgar the studio in Washington during a break from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference. See some of Hijazi's work at pbs.org/newshour/author/jennifer-hijazi

Andrew Koleski ('18), in his first week as a copy editor at the Yuma Sun, won the department's Catch of the Week trophy for correcting an error a letter writer's reference to Alexander Hamilton as a former U.S. president. 

Gloria Knott ('18), a reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, made A1 with a story about a former El Charro waitress giving back $1,000 that she stole from the restaurant.

Arizona Daily Star reporter Caitlin Schmidt ('14) was interviewed by Arizona Public Media's Lorraine Rivera ('04), an adjunct instructor, on the status of Title IX investigations into the UA athletics department during the July 27 "Arizona 360" episode. Watch at the 15:17 mark.

Jackie Kent ('14) filled in as a morning anchor in late July for the first time at KRQE TV, the CBS affiliate in Albuquerque. It also is her one-year anniversary at the station as a reporter and multimedia journalist.

Three J-school alums are doing good work at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Ed Lynch ('86) is deputy editor and managing editor for news since 2010, when the Honolulu Star-Bulletin merged with the Advertiser; Christine Donnelly ('88) is an editorial writer and answers readers' questions; and Kevin Dayton ('85) is the Hawaii state capitol bureau chief and a former Tucson Citizen reporter. All are former Arizona Daily Wildcat alums as well.

July 20, 2018

Jessica Suriano ('18) received an Arizona Press Club scholarship. Suriano, now an accelerated master's student at the J-school, is a Pulliam Fellow this summer on the features desk at the Arizona Republic. In May, she received the school's Mangelsdorf Award for outstanding newsperson.

Students in the UA International Journalism Study Abroad Program reported on environmental issues and social justice from Costa Rica. They included Sascha Fruehauf, Olivia Jackson, Alex Muñoz, and Lexi Richardson. Led by Prof. Celeste González de Bustamante, students are producing work to be published in an English language news outlet in Costa Rica. Photos

Rocky Baier, a summer intern at the Jerusalem Post in Israel, was promoted to Arts & Entertainment editor three weeks into her apprenticeship. She's been published nearly 10 times on stories about the Knesset; Boycott, Divestment and Sanction campaign, or BDS; virtual reality; the World Cup; among other stories. "The BDS story gained a lot of traction and was shared to a Facebook page with almost 2 million followers," she says. 

Alec White and David Skinner of the Arizona Daily Wildcat covered the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, along with Justin Spears ('17) of the Arizona Daily Star. Read the Wildcat's coverage and Spears' work.

Marissa Heffernan, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published the A1 centerpiece story, "UA's Compost Cats grow efforts through big grant," on July 9. She also published a story, "Sun is the center of free science event," on July 13.

Chandler Donald, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote an obit on UA archeologist Harold Dibbs on July 19 and published the lead story, "Zero waste: Art made from fruit stickers," on the Home  & Life section on July 8. She also had June 28 stories in Caliente, on metal bands and comedian Joe Rogan.

Melissa Vasquez, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published a June 30 story,  "Community group marks 20 years of supporting immigrant students in Tucson."

Eddie Celaya, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published a July 1 story, "Fundraiser to help pet rescue groups pay their vet bills."

Ahmaad Lomax, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published a story on July 19, "Tucsonans racing for a chance at national go-kart title."

Pablo Lopez, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published a story on July 16, "Former Border Patrol agent in Nogales says gambling led him to drug smuggling."

Simon Asher, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published photos on July 8, "Model airplanes at Pima Air and Space Museum."

Kathleen Kunz, an intern at the Tucson Weekly, wrote a story, "Under threat" on July 12 about an Arivaca man told by a judge to stop harassing is neighbors. Click here to read other stories by Kunz.

Dalal Radwan, an intern with Tucson Local Media, published a story on July 13, "Local youth adding artistic flare to Oro Valley community center."

Alex Eschelman continued her summer internship at Fox Sports Arizona. Follow her at twitter.com/eschelspecial, and see a list of all the school's interns.

Natalia Navarro ('17 B.A., '18 M.A.) accepted a position at Colorado Public Radio in Denver (www.cpr.org). She starts Aug. 6. "After a long job search, I am so relieved and excited to have found my new city," says Navarro, a former intern at Arizona Public Media and the Arizona Daily Star.

Jamie Verwys ('18) accepted a job as a government/metro reporter at the Sierra Vista Herald. She'll be working with another recent J-school alumna, reporter Emily Ellis ('18 M.A.). Content editor Steve Choice ('16 M.A.), designer David Diaz ('99) and reporter Lauren Renteria ('17) also are at the Herald.

Amanda Oien ('18) accepted a full-time job at Madden Media as a social media specialist. Oien, a stalwart at the Arizona Daily Wildcat and president of the school's Online News Association chapter, said on Facebook: "I am so happy and feel very grateful to have this opportunity and begin this next chapter in my journalism career."

Caitlin Schmidt ('14), a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, received good news when a judge denied a subpoena by ex-UA track coach Craig Carter for Schmidt's notes related to his legal battles. "Big win for free press," said Star co-worker and adjunct instructor Cathalena E Burch. Read the Star's story by recent J-school grad Gloria Knott.

Zach Clark ('12) left his ESPN radio talk-show host job at 1490-AM in late June. He has gone back home to Michigan, where his wife is "climbing her career ladder" in marketing. Read his guest opinion in the Arizona Daily Star. Tom Lapadat has taken over his 3-6 p.m. slot at 1490. Clark, an Arizona Daily Wildcat KAMP Radio alum, has been a good friend to the school, offering job advice to students at past events. 

Kendra Paige ('15), a reporter for KVOA TV's News 4 Tucson, did a story July 19 on credit card fraud at gas pumps. Click here to watch the report.

June 29, 2018

Pascal Albright, Simon AsherJane Bendickson and Kirshana Guy were mentors for the 2018 Donald W. Carson Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School students. Grad student Zeina Cabrera Peterson also pitched in as the group wrote about some tough subjects: school shootings, DACA, Native American success and health, sexual assault, opioid addiction, cultural competence, postpartum depression, mental illness, dress codes and a local monastery's future. The high school students were Julian Armenta (Tucson Cholla), Sadie Azersky (Tucson Canyon del Oro), Ivory Bacy (Tucson Sahuaro), Kaleb Clyde (Winslow), Dara Garcia (Tohono O'odham), Grace Hardy (Phoenix Washington), Nadira Mitchell (Tucson High), Rohan Patel (Phoenix Sandra Day O'Connor), Madeline Richardson (Tucson The Gregory School), Stephany Rocha (Tucson High) and Jenny Sandoval (Tucson Desert View). The group produced The Chronicle newspaper and website. Click here to read a story about the workshop.

Nine students earned membership into Kappa Tau Alpha, the college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication: Matt Brockman, Vivian I. Colter, Emily Ellis, Marissa Heffernan, Dominika Heusinkveld, Angelo Lavo, Alexis Richardson, Haille Saal-Khalili and Chris Stidley.

Students under Prof. Kim Newton wrapped up their study abroad program in Italy. Advanced photojournalism students were Kayla Belcher, Hannah Dahl, Devyn Edelstein, Rosalina Emnace, Olivia Ledford and Caleb Villegas. Beginning photojournalism students were Dymond Bradley, Dani Cropper, Carmel Gisslow, Sydney Kenig, Tobias Kochenderfer and Maddie Viceconte. Click here to view their work.

Dalal Radwan, a graduate student, has published several stories as a summer intern at Tucson Local Media, including local Muslims beating the heat during Ramadan, published in the Explorer and Marana News and online. Click here to read more of her work. See a list of all the school's summer interns.

Pablo Lopez, a summer apprentice reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, saw his first story published on June 15, "Not one more day: Local officials call for end to separating families at border."

Kathleen B. Kunz, a summer intern at Tucson Local Media, saw her first story on road projects make the front page of the Explorer on June 6.

Chandler Jordan, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published two stories in the June 28 Caliente: one on metal bands, and the other on comedian Joe Rogan.

Chris Stidley, a graduate student and part of Prof. Carol Schwalbe's science journalism class, published a story, "From Photos to DNA: Citizen scientists focus on Gila monsters at Saguaro National Park," in the research section of the Western National Parks Association website. 

Simon Asher published his first photos as an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star of FC Tucson's June 9 victory over the Colorado Switchbacks U23. Click here and scroll down to see his images.

Genesis Lara landed a summer reporting internship in her hometown at the Nogales International. Read the newspaper's profile on her. 

Naomi Pier, part of Prof. Carol Schwalbe's science journalism class, published a story on leafcutter ants — "Ants go marching on: 30 years of Atta mexicana in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument — in the research section of the Western National Parks Association website. 

Andrew Koleski, a May graduate, accepted a job as a page designer and copy editor at the Yuma Sun. Koleski, a former Arizona Daily Star apprentice and Arizona Sonora News Service copy editor, starts July 16 and will work with Rogelio Yubeta Olivas ('85), a former Tucson Citizen journalist who is news editor at the Sun. "I am beyond happy to start my professional career doing what I love," Koleski said on Facebook.

Tirion Morris, a May graduate, is the new web editor at Tucson Weekly. "Tirion was an outstanding intern for us back in the fall, so we're thrilled she's joined the team," wrote Jim Nintzel, executive editor and a J-school adjunct instructor, in an editor's note. Morris joins Danyelle Khmara ('17), ex-grad student Christopher Boan and four J-school summer interns at the Weekly: Kathleen Kunz, Marissa Ryan, Tori Tom and Ava Garcia.

Caitlin Schmidt ('14), an Arizona Daily Star reporter, won the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona's S.T.A.R. Award (Supporting Transparency and Advocacy Recognition) for defending the principles of the First Amendment with her investigations into the UA's Title IX policies and procedures, amid a string of accusations involving the athletic department. Schmidt has a new beat at the Star as a government reporter with Joe Ferguson ('06), focusing on watchdog stories.

Madison Brodsky ('17) started a new job at Entertainment Tonight as an associate editorial producer in Burbank, California. Brodsky had been an entertainment reporter and on-camera host for TMZ/TooFab since graduating from our J-school.

Many of our alums went to work amid tighter security following the five killed at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland. The Arizona Daily Star flew its flag at half-staff to honor the dead. Ex-grad student Christopher Boan reflected on working as an intern at the Annapolis paper in a column for the Tucson Weekly. Justin Sayers ('14 B.A., '15 M.A.), a reporter at the Louisville Courier Journal, said staffers were treated to free pizzas from a bystander who wrote, "Reporters are good for our democracy." And John D'Anna ('83) wrote about the bravery of journalists in a Facebook post.

Zach Clark ('12) left his ESPN radio talk-show host job at 1490-AM on June 26. He is going back home to Michigan, where his wife is "climbing her career ladder." Click here to read his guest opinion in the Arizona Daily Star.

Alexa Wallen ('18) accepted a job as a production assistant at FOX News with the Shepard Smith reporting and breaking news division in New York after a stint as a digital content producer for KVOA-TV.

Zach Smith ('18) is now a scouting assistant for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers after working as the head recruiting and player personnel intern for the UA football team and a scouting intern for the Chargers.

Kassandra Lau ('11) produces AZPM's public affairs program, "Arizona 360," with host and adjunct instructor Lorraine Rivera ('04). See episodes. Prior to joining Arizona Public Media in late 2017, Lau worked at KUSA-TV in Denver, KVOA-TV in Tucson and KLFY-TV in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Dan Shearer ('85) has been named editorial director for Wick Communications. Shearer will continue as editor of the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun, but he'll also work with editors at the company's nearly 30 newspapers to sharpen content, best practices and management skills, and keep on top of industry changes.

Saul Loeb, a 2004 J-school grad and photographer for Agence France-Presse, had a front-row seat for the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore. Click here to see some of his images.

Austin Alexander Counts ('11), owner of 4th Avenue Deli and a local musician, is featured in the June 14 Tucson Weekly. Check out Chow writer Mark Whittaker's cool profile, "The Sandwich Man."

June 1, 2018

Rebecca Noble ('17) won first place nationally in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence competition for large school feature photography, for her Arizona Daily Wildcat "Mutton Busted" images from the 2017 Fiesta de los Vaqueros. Rebecca is now a photographer for the Cody Enterprise in Wyoming. See her work at www.codyenterprise.com and all the winners here.

Kendal Blust ('16 M.A.) captured five first-place awards at the Arizona Press Club awards. Overall, those with UA J-school ties took 15 first-place awards, including recent grads Caitlin Schmidt ('14) and Mikayla Mace ('17 M.A.) of the Arizona Daily Star and two Arizona Daily Wildcat staffers, including J.D. Molinary. Read our story about all the winners.

Bethany Barnes ('13 M.A.), was named national education reporter of the year today by the Education Writers Association for her work at The Oregonian and series, "Benefit of the Doubt," which revealed how Portland Public Schools failed to act on reports of sexual misconduct. The report caused the district and union to review their policies. Bethany has been gracious with her time, speaking to students here in April and via Skype last fall. Click here for more details.

Camila Wesbrooks, a journalism major and UA women's tennis player, was named all Pac-12 academic honorable mention. Read more here.

Nearly 40 J-school students attained summer internships or apprenticeships, including Alex Eschelman at Fox Sports Arizona, Jamie Maese at MSNBC's "The Last Word," nine at Tucson television stations and seven at the Arizona Daily Star. Click here to see the full list of students.

Maritza Cruz ('18), wearing her UA T-shirt, and the Summer 2018 class of the Chips Quinn Scholars Program gathered in Nashville. She met Nashville Freedom Rider Ernest "Rip" Patton Jr. and attended orientation and multimedia training. Cruz is interning at the Bay Area News Group in San Jose as part of the program. Click here to see all the UA J-school's past Chips Quinn interns.

Gloria Knott ('18) accepted a full-time reporting job with the Arizona Daily Star. "I'll be doing a lot of digital and social media stuff, and writing some breaking news and cops stories, in addition to in-depth and long-form stories," she says. Gloria was a features apprentice and freelancer for the Star for the past year. Read her work here.

Saul Bookman ('18 M.A., '17 B.A.) is moving to Phoenix to be the new social and digital media content manager for FOX Sports Arizona. "I am so humbled by the support those close to me have given to make this happen!" the Arizona Daily Wildcat alum wrote on Facebook. Watch his master's project, "Sound, Mind and Body: The Gerald Brown Story."

Kendal Blust, a 2016 master's graduate, accepted a reporting job with KJZZ Phoenix public radio at a new bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora. Blust has been an award-winning reporter for the Nogales International for the last two years. Jonathan Clark, NI managing editor, praises Kendal and her work in a May 29 column, "Another reporting star moves on."

Murphy Woodhouse, a former J-school student, has left the Arizona Daily Star for a reporting job with KJZZ Phoenix public radio at its new bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora. He'll focus on Arizona's business relationship with Sonora. Woodhouse covered the county and transportation for the Star.

Gabby Goduco ('18), a member of the UA Pomline for four years, has made the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders training camp for the 2018-19 season. Goduco interned at KOLD-TV while as a student.

Caitlin Schmidt ('14), a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, has been accepted into a mentoring program run by the Association for Women in Sports Media. Click here for more details.

Brett Fera ('05), director of UA Student Media, and former director Mark Woodhams organized an Arizona Daily Wildcat reunion in the Washington, D.C., area, hosted by Paul Allvin ('93) and Christine Verges Gacharná ('97). Among the other attendees: Lindsey Frazier Fera ('06), Patrick Klein, Eun Kim ('92), Saul Loeb ('04), Paula Johnston Kelso ('91), Carol Crane Burton, Kevin Klaus, Jay Parker, H Darr Beiser ('76), Margo Warren ('76), Corbett Daly, Eliza Tebo Berkon, Tim McDonnell, Michelle Weinberg ('07), Nancy Cleeland ('77), Robert Walker ('57), Michael Klein, Dana Crudo and Kellie Mejdrich ('12). Fera hopes to have future reunions in other locales, such as Phoenix, Southern California and the Bay Area. Click here to see the D.C. reunion photos.

Brittny Mejia ('14), a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, saw her story on Matthew Whitaker gain national attention: "While out for a jog, she discovered a baby buried alive. Twenty years later, they reunite." Whitaker plans to study journalism at UA.

Susan Carroll ('99), an investigative reporter at the Houston Chronicle, and her colleagues covered the aftermath of the Santa Fe, Texas, school shooting in "A blast. Then chaos."

Fayana Richards ('08) received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Michigan State this year after studying aging, caregiving and kinship in Detroit, and is a post-doctoral research associate for UMass-Amherst's Center for Community Health Equity Research.

Sam Brace ('06) is the director of product education for Simpleview in Tucson (simpleviewinc.com).

Alexis Blue ('05) has been an assistant director of media relations and communications at the University of Arizona since 2014.

Cindy Laughlin ('97 M.A.) is senior marketing coordinator with the EPS Group Inc. in Mesa after earlier marketing stints at Stantec in Tucson and RS Engineering.

Bryan Rosenbaum ('01) is a web developer and design specialist at Madden Media and is ready to celebrate his 11th anniversary at the Tucson firm after earlier work as an Arizona Daily Star sports designer and copy editor.

Rachael Myer Curley ('01) is account director at DRA Collective in Phoenix.

May 11, 2018

Jessica SurianoErik KolsrudJordan Williams and Emily Ellis took top honors at the 52nd annual Just Desserts student awards ceremony May 10 at the Arizona Historical Society. Suriano, a senior, received the Philip Mangelsdorf Award for Outstanding Newsperson of the Year; Kolsrud captured the Sherman R. Miller Award for Outstanding Senior; Williams received the Brewster P. Campbell Award for Outstanding Junior; and Ellis was named Outstanding Graduate Student. Click here to read about all the winners. Click here to see the 2018 Just Desserts program, including the 78 spring 2018 grads and 15 summer 2018 grads. And click here to watch the Facebook Live video of the ceremony, and look at the first photo gallery and second gallery.

Daniel Young-Miller won the spring 2018 Drew Gyorke Memorial Fund Photo Contest for his image of a skateboarder. Aly Cantor took second place with a photo of a student taking a nap, and Alexandra Pere finished third with an image of a dog. The photos and nine others from Prof. Kim Newton's 203 class are hanging in the hallway in front of his office (Marshall 327). Click here to see all 12 photos, including those by Matthew Crisara, Holly Halstead, Sasha Hartzell, Nathan Martinez, RJ Mosqueda, Zoe Roberts, Marissa Ryan, Caleb Villegas and Briannon Wilfong.

Bria Fonteno and Carmen Valencia co-anchored the spring 2018 "Arizona Cat's Eye," produced by the broadcast class taught by Profs. Rogelio Garcia and Celeste González de Bustamante. Other students contributing were Jessy Prettyman (executive producer); Valencia (producer); Robby Leaño (graphics producer); Leonard Moody and Leaño (show editors); Paige Helfinstine, Sabrina Jandro, Sarah Workman and Noemi Salazar (promotions); and Haley Cohn, Maria Arey, Valencia, Helfinstine, Jandro and Workman (social media). On May 2, the class critiqued the 30-minute episode, which features stories on the border. Click here to watch the show, which was taped at Arizona Public Media's studio.

Ciara Encinas, a May graduate, accepted a job as a morning reporter for KYMA-TV in Yuma. She starts this month. "Here is the post my mom has been waiting for since I was a third-grader," she wrote on Facebook. Ciara interned at KVOA-TV in Tucson, CBS News in Washington, D.C., and at KOLD-TV/Tucson News Now, and worked for the Arizona Daily Wildcat's UATV 3.

Andrew Paxton, a senior, will start as an assistant editor and reporter at the Green Valley News/Sahuarita Sun in May. "After more than five years of chasing stories, performing some alchemy, working with student reporters and learning everything I can fit in my head, I'm taking the next step to where I want to be," he said on Facebook. Paxton, an editor at the Arizona Daily Wildcat, will join senior David Joseph Del Grande, who also took a job at the News/Sun. Both are Pima College transfers.

Natalia Navarro defended her master's project, “Why America? A Citizenship Podcast" (Segment 1 and Segment 2) on May 2 in Marshall 341. Committee members were Celeste González de Bustamante (chair), Sarah Gassen (Arizona Daily Star) and Nancy Sharkey. Navarro was in the Accelerated Master's Program. 

Saul Bookman defended his master's project, "Sound, Mind and Body: The Gerald Brown Story," on May 1 in Marshall 340. Committee members were Jeannine Relly (chair), Paola Boivin (ASU) and Rogelio Garcia. Bookman, an editor at the Arizona Daily Wildcat, was in the Accelerated Master's Program. He showed his film on Brown, an Arizona School for the Deaf & Blind basketball coach, who received a donor kidney from a player's mom.

Emily Ellis defended her master's thesis, "Diseased Coverage: Foreign Media Framing of the 2009 Swine Flu Epidemic in Mexico," on April 27 in Marshall 341. Profs. Celeste González de Bustamante (chair), Linda Lumsden and Susan E. Swanberg were her committee members. Ellis, a dual M.A. student in journalism and Latin American Studies, will start as a border reporter for Herald/Review Media in Sierra Vista.

Alyssa Schlitzer Hill defended her master's thesis, "The Spread of Top Misinformation Articles on Twitter from 2017 to 2018: Social Bot Influence and Misinformation Trends," on May 1 in Marshall 344. Committee members were Jeannine Relly (chair), Mary Feeney (UA Libraries), Mike McKisson and Carol Schwalbe. Hill is moving to the Denver area and plans to work in web design.

Courtney Talak, a May graduate, was the editor and designer of the spring 2018 El Independiente, titled "Equality. The Status of Women in Arizona." Other staffers were Nick Smallwood (photo editor), Andrew Koleski (copy editor) and reporters Gloria Knott, Isaac Rounseville, Allison Suarez, Jessica Suriano, Talak and Lauren Whetzel. The El Inde adviser was Terry Wimmer.

Jasmine Ann Demers, a master's student, was named editor-in-chief of the Arizona Daily Wildcat for the summer and fall 2018. Demers had been the Arts & Life editor at the Wildcat. Read her bio.

Four former and current UA Journalism and/or Arizona Daily Wildcat journalists took home awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 11 conference April 27-28 in Los Angeles. J.D. Molinary was a finalist in general news reporting on his UA presidential search storyRebecca Noble ('17) won in feature photography for her Tucson Rodeo photosSean Furrier ('17) won in online sports reporting for his Sean Miller era story; and Jorge Encinas ('16, M.A.) won for in-depth reporting for his El Independiente/ASN story on "Immigrant possessions disappear during deportation."

Pascal Albright, Andrew Paxton, Ava Garcia and Dalal Radwan attended the Society of Professional Journalists conference in the Los Angeles area April 27-28, and got to meet AP court reporter Linda Deutsch. 

Maritza Cruz, an apprentice reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, focused on Tucson’s past in a story about downtown’s La Placita as the center is torn down to build new apartments. Her editor told her that “even a copy editor” complimented the story, which her editor said was rare. Cruz also wrote a story about a Flam Chen block party, a story about a “Hippie Family Values" documentary film by a UA professor, and a story about the Jefferson Starship band.
 
Andrew Koleski, an apprentice copy editor at the Arizona Daily Star, increased his stories edited per shift. Some of his favorite recent headlines: “In Texas, Rio Grande Valley offers preview of Trump’s border visit” and “15 Palestinian protesters killed by Israeli troops at Gaza border” and “First lady looks for distraction at Palm Beach after affair talk.”
 
Elena Gonzalez, an apprentice reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote about a man who’s making snack bars out of meat, wrote a story on poke restaurants, and a story on new homeowners making repairs. She also worked with the staff that produces the weekly podcast, “The Point Being,” featuring Star editorial/opinions staff.
 
Leah Gilchrist, an apprentice reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote about the troubled Fiji fraternity returning to campus, and also had a story on how the Tucson Police Department is using data analysis to respond to the public more.
 
Tirion Morris, an apprentice reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, saw one of her enterprise stories along with a breaking news story the same week. She wrote a story about a company that rents apartments to felons and people who’ve been evicted, people who typically have a hard time finding housing. She 
also worked on the courts beat also, where she developed a story about a man convicted of selling recycled government property on eBay.
 
Steven Spooner, an apprentice photographer at the Arizona Daily Star, saw some his photos published on a conference on drought and climate change in the desert, and more than a half dozen photos of the March for Our Lives published, including here and here and here. He also had a gallery on Irish dance and another on the dance.

Kathleen Kunz, an apprentice arts reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, wrote about the Youth Philharmonia.
 
Allison Suarez, an apprentice reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, had two stories published: one on the Border Action Alliance running tours on the border to counter misconceptions, and the other on common healing desert plants.

The semester's final Tombstone Epitaph on May 5 focused on a celebration of the film, "Tombstone," shot 25 years ago in the town and starring Val Kilmer, by Elise McClain and Katie Caldwell. Other stories include: Bisbee's historic preservation (Jamie Verwys), bars/eateries off the beaten path (Savannah Shippen), female farmers (Amanda Stadek), St. David house painter's artwork (Nick Smallwood and Deanna Sherman), Czech performer (David Joseph Del Grande), black baseball (Miranda Rodriguez) and Arizona wine (Carly Oseran and Reed Wallace).

Three J-school alums from Arizona Public Media — Lorraine Rivera ('04), Sandra Westdahl ('12) and Andrea Kelly ('05) — won Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and are eligible for the national competition (read story). In all, AZPM received seven awards in Region 3, which includes TV and radio stations in Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.

Pam White is the new chair of the school's Journalism Advisory Council. Pam is a former Emmy-winning reporter/producer extraordinaire with Arizona Public Media. She replaces Frank O. Sotomayor ('66), who will stay on as vice-chair. Click here to read more about the council.

Frank O. Sotomayor ('66), an inaugural member of the school's Hall of Fame, has returned to his roots as a sports stringer for the Arizona Daily Star, covering UA track and field for Sports Editor Ryan Finley ('02). Click here to follow Sotomayor's stories on Twitter.

Sara Hammond, a 1977 J-school grad, is retiring from Arizona Public Media as a science reporter and producer, and stepping down as vice-chair and member of the school's Journalism Advisory Council. Hammond, a former Arizona Daily Star reporter, excelled as a journalist and as a communications specialist at Raytheon, the UA Mars Mission and Arizona Cancer Center. Click here to read a 2017 Cursor story on her.

Tom Collins ('98), former editor of the Arizona Daily Wildcat, is in need of a kidney donor. Collins, a 2005 UA Law grad and former Tucson Citizen reporter, is executive director of the Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission. Click here for more details.

Paul M. Ingram, a former J-school master's student and a TucsonSentinel.com reporter/photographer, is one of seven U.S. journalists to be recognized in the Institute for Nonprofit News' Impact Prize photo contest for his 2017 image of a teen sprinting from the Nogales border wall.

Justin Sayers ('14) has a new assignment at the Louisville Courier Journal on the sports desk, where he'll be focused on breaking/trending news — and, as he joked on Facebook, "leading the local coverage of (UA quarterback) Khalil Tate's Heisman run." Sayers had been the paper's Southern Indiana communities reporter.

Kendal Blust ('16 M.A.) of the Nogales International covered the acquittal of a Border Patrol officer accused of killing a Mexican teen in 2012. Perla Trevizo, Curt Prendergast ('11 master's grad) and Mamta Popat of the Arizona Daily Star also reported on the acquittal of a Border Patrol officer accused of killing a Mexican teen in 2012. Federal prosecutors are considering a retrial.

Hannah Gaber ('16 M.A.) reflected on helping the Arizona Republic win the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in a story on our website and UANews. She produced the podcasts, contributed video and audio, and organized images for “The Wall: Unknown stories, Unintended consequences,” a 2017 project by a team of journalists from the Republic and USA Today Network.

April 20, 2018

Betty Hurd captured the Mark Finley Gold Pen Award in the school's spring 2018 best beginning news writing contest. Trent Anderson finished second and Eva Halvax placed third. Sixteen students selected by their JOUR 205 instructors had an hour to write a story on April 16 after listening to a news conference and Q&A by Jim Critchley, retired Tucson Fire chief. See the school's website story, which includes a link to past winners.
 
Chastity Laskey, an impending graduate, took a job as a digital producer for USA Today/Gannett's Western Digital Hub at the Arizona Republic. Laskey, who started in Phoenix in early April, is a former editor-in-chief at the Arizona Daily Wildcat.
 
David Joseph Del Grande has accepted a position at the Green Valley News & Sahuarita Sun. “I’m honored to secure a reporting job right after graduation," he says. David, who interned at NJ.com last summer, will be working with Dan Shearer, editor of the News (gvnews.com) & Sun (sahuaritasun.com). Shearer is a 1985 UA J-school grad.
 
Jamie Maese has been awarded the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) Summer Fellowship position at NBC News in New York. Jamie will work on the MSNBC show, "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell."
 
Michelle Jaquette was selected to work in Congresswoman Martha McSally’s office this summer as a press intern. She completed her second interview for the post while in Washington D.C. for spring break, as part of Professor Susan Knight’s course Inside the Beltway: Press, Politics and Power in DC.
 
The leadership of the student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists held a Skype session with investigative journalist Lottie Joiner on April 14 at the School of Journalism. NABJ chapter president Zeina Cabrera-Peterson and social media co-chairs Krissy Obeng and Vivian Colter interviewed Joiner, who is a senior editor at The Crisis, the magazine for the NAACP. Joiner also is a fellow at The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University through which they were connected. Joiner spoke about her career, her I-reporting, and coverage of race and civil rights. Click here for more information about Joiner's work.
 
Nick Smallwood took photos for the school's inaugural Hall of Fame induction brunch and ceremony on April 7.
 
Micheal Romero did the video filming for the Hall of Fame.
 
April Lanuza and Zeina Cabrera-Peterson helped host a visiting group from Tunisia this week: Internews country manager Saoussen Ben Cheikh, Manal Issa, Basheer Al Dhorai and Seyf M'Rabet. The four are learning mobile journalism, ethics and other journalism skills from the J-school and the Arizona Daily Wildcat.
 
Arizona Sonora News Service students posted new stories on the ASN website, including Gloria Knott's piece on Arizona reading deficiencies; Shaq Davis' story on access to police body camera footage; myth-busting the taste of Arizona wine (Carly Oseran and Reed Wallace); and Erik Kolsrud's Arizona Legislature roundup and state dinosaur story.
 
The Spring 2018 Blue Guitar magazine, which is a project of the Arizona Consortium for the Arts, published essays written by seven students in Science Journalism (Fall 2017) and Environmental Journalism (Spring 2018): Jessica BlackburnLaura FuchsDiego HuertaZoe MartínKellie SheehanNick Smallwood and Chris Stidley.
 
The Arizona Daily Wildcat opinion board – made up of Courtney Talak, Andrew Paxton, Marissa Heffernan, Saul Bookman and Pascal Albright— wrote an editorial about joining other independent student newsrooms to confront financial challenges facing the industry. Click here to read it.
 
Former Arizona Republic video journalist Hannah Gaber ('16 master's grad) and Republic copy editor Becca Dyer ('85) helped the Republic and USA Today Network win the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting for the 2017 project, "The Wall: Unknown stories. Unintended consequences." Gaber helped with video, was the primary producer of the podcast, and contributed in the audio and organization of footage and images for many parts of the project. She is now making a film in Cyprus through a Fulbright research grant. Former J-school adjunct instructor Rob O'Dell had the lead byline on a watchdog story on migrant deaths and did much of the data analysis for the project, while Republic Page 1 Editor John D'Anna ('83) shoehorned the project into print and wrote headlines. Click here to meet the entire team. Read the Republic story and the Pulitzer website story.
 
Bethany Barnes ('13 master's grad), education reporter for The Oregonian, talked to Prof. Maggy Zanger's advanced reporting class April 11 about her story, "Benefit of the Doubt: How Portland Public Schools helped educator evade allegations of sexual misconduct." Bethany won the national Brechner Freedom of Information Award for the project.
 
Jenny Hijazi ('17 master's grad), a PBS NewsHour news assistant, talked to graduate students in Prof. Jeannine Relly's research methods class on April 19. Hijazi spoke by Skype from the PBS NewsHour offices about an experiment with virtual reality news that she conducted with J-school Director David Cuillier before she graduated.
 
Christianna Silva ('17) is a reporter for VICE Media in New York City after previous work at Newsweek. She interviewed Parkland, Florida, students about the new clear backpack policy following the mass shooting.
 
Zack Rosenblatt ('13) has a new beat at NJ.com — covering the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles (NJ.com/eagles). Rosenblatt, a former Arizona Daily Star reporter, had been covering the NBA's Sixers.
 
The school inducted 14 individuals and two couples into its inaugural Hall of Fame on April 7 at the Center for Creative Photography: Gilbert Bailon ('81), the late Donald W. Carson ('54), Nancy Cleeland ('77), Richard Gilman ('72), Florence Graves ('76 master's), Savannah Guthrie ('93), the late Hugh ('52) and Jan HarelsonJane Kay ('61), Doug MartinSherman R. Miller 3rdLynne Olson ('69), Mort Rosenblum ('65), Jacqueline Sharkey ('72), Don and Luda SoldwedelFrank Sotomayor ('66) and the late Bill Walsh('84). Click here for the program.
 
Sarah Kezele ('11) and John D'Anna ('83) were the emcees for the school's Hall of Fame ceremony.
 
Lynne Olson ('69), a Hall of Famer, spoke April 8 after the sreening of "Good Night, and Good Luck," the final film in the school's spring Journalism on Screen series. The event drew more than 300 people to The Loft Cinema. Prof. Nancy Sharkey introduced the film and Will Conroy of the Arizona Inn interviewed Olson, who co-wrote "The Murrow Boys," spoke April 9 to Sharkey's feature writing class about her journalism career at The Associated Press and her seven books of history, including 2017's "Last Hope Island."
 
Jane Kay ('61), one of the nation's top environmental journalists, talked to students April 5 from Prof. Carol Schwalbe's and Prof. Susan Knight's classes about her landmark 1985 Arizona Daily Star series on TCE pollution in groundwater on Tucson's South Side. Kay was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame.
 
Nancy Cleeland ('77), a member of the school's Hall of Fame, talked April 9 to Prof. Maggy Zanger's advanced reporting class and Prof. Geoff Ellwand's grad students in media law about her Los Angeles Times' Walmart series that won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Cleeland, the lead writer, brought along hard copies of the stories to share with students on how Walmart's drive for lower retail prices had impacted international labor practices.
 
Malcolm Terence ('63), a former Los Angeles Times reporter, wrote a book, "Beginner's Luck: Dispatches from the Klamath Mountains," about life on a commune in the late 1960s and '70s, environmental activism and the conflict between resource exploitation and Native American rights.

March 30, 2018

Maritza Cruz has been named a Chips Quinn Scholar. She will intern this summer at the Bay Area News Group in San Jose, focusing on video journalism. Nearly 40 UA students have been named Chips Quinn scholars. Click here to see the list. Cruz, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, won a Hearst multimedia award last year for her Arizona Sonora News Service video on homeless youth, "Shelter me."
 
Current and former Arizona Daily Wildcat staffers J.D. MolinaryRebecca Noble ('17) and Alex Furrier ('17, Eller MIS) joined Jorge Encinas ('16 master's) as finalists in the SPJ Region 11 Mark of Excellence Awards in Universal City, California, April 27-28. Molinary was nominated for his series on the closed-door search for a new UA president, including this story on confidentiality; Noble for her Tucson Rodeo photos; Furrier for his early 2017 statistical analysis of the Sean Miller era; and Encinas for his El Independiente/ASN story on "Immigrant possessions disappear during deportation."

Students in Prof. Carol Schwalbe's fall 2017 science journalism class published their 40-page ZooView magazine, which focuses on Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo and efforts globally to preserve animals from extinction. The students included editors Marissa HeffernanCarly Oseran and Nick Smallwood; photographer Kacey Seeloff; and staffers Chris Blach, Tim Dabrowski, Sophie Daws, Clare DeCelles, Alyssa Hill, Hannah Hindley, Elizabeth Kinney, Nina Kolodij, Shanshan Niu, Tony Perkins, Naomi Pier, Chris Stidley, Spencer Streips and Ysabella Zammit. Read the issue here.

Arizona Sonora News posted new content on its website on March 30, including a story by Katie Caldwell and Ava Garcia on how a new bill could affect the San Pedro River. Others were stories on Arizona preparing for more wildfires (Michaela Webb); helping women recover from breast cancer (Sara Harelson); the emerging trend of pop-up shops (Marissa Einck); UA quarterback Khalil Tate unfazed by Heisman talk (Zach Smith); and a Legislative roundup: Juveniles, militias, dark money (Erik Kolsrud).

In the March 23 Tombstone Epitaph, students had stories on a Confederate flag parade (by Elise McClain), a domestic violence shelter (Maritza Cruz), free book boxes (Deanna Sherman and Nick Smallwood), the 1858 Dragoon Springs massacre (Jordan Treece), a Bisbee pop-up art gallery (Jamie Verwys) haunted tourism (Miranda Rodriguez) and cooking with prickly pear (Carly Oseran). Click here to read the issue.

The Blue Guitar magazine, which is published by the Arizona Consortium for the Arts, accepted essays by seven science and environmental journalism students: Jessica BlackburnZoe Martin CowanLaura FuchsDiego Huerta, Kellie SheehanNick Smallwood and Chris Stidley. The essays will appear in the spring 2018 issue.

Steven Spooner, a photo apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, contributed to a March 30 gallery with Mike Christy ('11) on the March for Our Lives protest. Spooner covered his first Tucson Rodeo and had a number of photos, including this one, run in a gallery. He also had a gallery of his work published on a high school basketball game.

Andrew Koleski, a copy-editing apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote headlines from the death of Billy Graham to the arrest of high school students for school violence threats, and from charter schools to Vice President Biden. A few of his headlines: "Northwest hospital among first in AZ to use pill-sized pacemaker," and "Passenger: Unlicensed teen driver made wrong turn onto NSA campus," and "Korean handshake highlights opening ceremony at Olympics."

Elena Gonzalez, a features apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, jumped on the poke bowl trend in restaurants, with a story Feb. 27 that was a beginner’s guide to poke; the coverage included two photos that she shot. Her story lede: "A taste of Hawaii has caught a wave in the desert."

Maritza Cruz was a busy Arizona Daily Star apprentice for the rodeo parade, reporting two stories, including one about an 82-year-old veteran who’s been waving to the crowd for 21 rodeo parades.

Kathleen Kunz, an Arizona Daily Star apprentice, had multiple stories published, one about how doing art can shape lives; a preview of the Wa:k Pow Wow; and the another about Oscar Wilde’s “Salome."

UA's trip to the NCAA tournament didn't last long, but J-students Courtney RiceAlec WhiteSaul Bookman and Simon Asher made the trip to Boise, Idaho, for the Arizona Daily Wildcat, UATV and KAMP Student Radio. The four, plus Nate AirullaRobby Leaño and Leonard Moody traveled the week before to Las Vegas for the Pac-12 men's basketball tournament. Justin Spears ('17) also covered both tournaments for the Arizona Daily Star and chatted with Anthony Gimino ('90), Mike Luke ('09) and Ben White on 1290-AM's pregame show in Las Vegas.

Oregonian reporter Bethany Barnes ('13 master's) won the national Brechner Freedom of Information Award for her efforts that allowed readers to learn about a school district cover-up from records that officials fought to keep secret. Click here to read about her award.  She will speak about her investigation April 11 at 3:15 p.m. in Prof. Maggy Zanger's class in Room 342.

Caitlin Schmidt ('14) of the Arizona Daily Star and former J-school student Dylan Smith of the Tucson Sentinel won Sledgehammer awards, given annually by the Arizona Press Club to journalists who "relentlessly hunt for the truth." Schmidt, a two-time winner, exposed how UA put female students at risk because athletes went unchecked. Smith found a hidden provision in a bill that would have exempted the Border Patrol from Freedom of Information laws.

Associated Press video journalist Sam McNeil ('14 master's) is taking a long-term assignment for AP in Beijing after being based in Jordan.

Glenn Cook ('92) has been named executive editor and vice president for news at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Cook, an Arizona Daily Wildcat alum who started his career at the Arizona Daily Star, has worked at the Review-Journal for 21 years and won awards as an editorial and column writer. Click here to read the Review-Journal story.

Leighton Ginn ('92) is a media specialist at The River at Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs, California, and a freelance sports and entertainment journalist who previously worked at The Desert Sun, Arizona Daily Star and Arizona Daily Wildcat.

Bethany Conway ('11 M.A.) is an assistant professor of persuasion and political communication at Cal Poly, in San Luis Obispo, California.

Dan Kohler ('12) is a senior client manager for Amazon Marketplace, working with Quiverr in optimization and strategy for consumer brands, in Carlsbad, California.

Sean Fitzpatrick ('91), one of the founders of the Arizona Daily Star's website, is the new digital director for Wick Communications, which publishes newspapers in Arizona and nine other states.

Ashley Grove ('14) is a social media marketing production assistant for Beyond Indigo Pets, a company that focuses on veterinary marketing services.

Stephanie Corns ('02), a former Arizona Daily Wildcat managing editor, is director of corporate reputation at Charles Schwab, in San Francisco.

Anne Simmons ('05) is the public access television manager for the Bay Area Video Coalition in the San Francisco Bay Area.

William Murray ('80) is deputy spokesman for the International Monetary Fund in Washington, where he has been since 1998 after previous work as a Dow Jones Co. correspondent and bureau chief.

Jennifer Fitzenberger Zeagler ('99) is manager of online communications for UNS Energy/Tucson Electric Power after previous work as UA external communications director and a Fresno Bee reporter.

March 9, 2018

Students in Susan Knight's "Inside the Beltway: Press, Politics and Power in D.C." class visited Washington with her over spring break, meeting journalists and government officials, including UA alums. The students were Madeline DunlapLizzie Quinlan, Rocky Baier, Michelle Jaquette, Bennett Adamson, Jane Garza, Jack O’Sullivan, Marissa Ryan and Nick Meyers. December grad Danyelle Khmara also attended. Grads Kellie Mejdrich (CQ Roll Call), Jenny Hijazi (PBS News Hour), Mary Brandenberger (DEA media affairs) and H Darr Beiser (retired USA Today photographer), and Washington Post reporter Jack Gillum talked to students. Colleen Bagnall with the College of SBS also hosted a reception for students and alums at the Watergate Hotel with J-school grads Paul Allvin (USO), Nancy Cleeland (OSHA, Dept. of Labor), Christine Gacharna (Essay Palooza), Francesco Peganini (U.S. Aid), Paula Kelso (Washington Post), Saul Loeb (Agence France-Presse), Michele Stevenson (retired Time magazine), Margo Warren (National Institutes of Health), Pat Zapor (Catholic Legal Immigration Network) and Beiser. Intercept reporter Jim Risen also attended.

Shaq Davis is a part-time reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, covering the night police beat. Read some of his work here, including the March 6 "Tucson high school students dress up as superheroes to teach kids about personal safety."
 
Gloria Knott wrote, "10 reasons journalists decide to write books," for the Arizona Daily Star on March 9. She also wrote 11 stories for the Arizona Daily Star in February, 10 of which were about the Festival of Books.
 
Tirion Morris, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, shared a byline with Curt Prendergrast ('11) with the March 1 story, "Plea: Agent wore uniform, drove stolen Border Patrol pickup in pot-smuggling effort."
 
J-school students Saul BookmanAlec WhiteSimon Asher, Nate Airulla, Courtney Rice, Robby Leaño  and Leonard Moody covered the UA men's basketball run to a Pac-12 Tournament title in Las Vegas for the Arizona Daily Wildcat, UATV and KAMP Student Radio. See their coverage at wildcat.arizona.edu/.
 
Arizona Sonora News posted new stories March 2 on Dreamer parents (by Noemi Salazar Mata), soccer in Tucson (Zach Smith), a Sierra Vista domestic violence shelter (Maritza Cruz), gender wage gap Gloria Knott), Legislative roundup (Erik Kolsrud), Sonoran hot dog (Sammy Minsk), ACL tear (Conor Redmond) — and a podcast on a campaign to provide female inmates sanitary napkins (Brieana Sealy).
 
Carmen ValenciaRobby Leaño and Jessica Suriano spoke to 11 students from Hopi High School on March 1 about their journalism projects and life at the UA J-school.
 
Grad student Emily Ellis, an intern at Arizona Public Media, saw her story and radio segment on turquoise promoted by UANews in its e-newsletter. 
 
The UA student chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists hosted a Feb. 28 talk by award-winning journalist Valeria Fernández. She helped make "Two Americans," a documentary comparing the lives of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a 9-year-old whose parents were arrested in an immigration sweep.
 
Justyn Thomas, a J-school student and four-year manager of the UA men's basketball team , was honored March 3 on Senior Day by UA coach Sean Miller after the Wildcats' win over Cal. Thomas traveled to Spain for the exhibition tour in August and the Bahamas in November, and will accompany the team for the Pac-12 and NCAA tournaments.
 
Caitlin Schmidt ('14) of the Arizona Daily Star has moved from the public safety beat to cover UA Athletics for at least the next month. Here's her recent story: "Turmoil in UA athletic department prompts review of policies involving sexual violence, discrimination."
 
Frank O. Sotomayor ('66), who chairs the school's Journalism Advisory Council, is covering UA track and field for the Arizona Daily Star. Read his story, "Wildcat standout Georgeanne Moline returns to Tucson with gold."
 
Kyle Mittan ('14) is a UA Communications specialist, helping manage content for the Lo Que Pasa employee newsletter, after previous work at the Bellingham (Wash.) Herald.
 
Amber Sumpter ('13) is a senior producer at News 13 in Orlando, a 24-hour cable news channel that covers Central Florida.
 
Bryon Wells ('99) is a writer-editor for the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of UAS (drones) Integration in Washington, D.C., after previous work at the Inter-American Foundation.
 
Emi Komiya ('13) is a broadcast specialist with the U.S. Marine Corps Community Services in Okinawa, Japan, after previous work as a multimedia journalist at KPNX in Phoenix and at KGRZ in Buffalo.
 
Devlin Houser ('11), a former Arizona Public Media contributing reporter, is a Spanish teacher at Tucson Magnet High School.
 
Maizie Simpson ('14) is assigning editor at Credit Karma, based in the San Francisco Bay Area after previous work at Magoosh, in Berkeley, California.

Feb. 23, 2018

Dominika Heusinkveld, a dual master's candidate in journalism and environmental science, saw her story, “B-36 played critical role in start of nuclear age,” published as a full-page spread on the front of the Home & Life section of the Feb. 18 Arizona Daily Star. She wrote the story in Prof. Nancy Sharkey's feature writing class.

Michelle Jaquette's story, "Troubled Tram: Sabino Canyon’s gas-powered shuttles could be on the way out in favor of an electric alternative," was published in the Tucson Weekly on Feb. 15. She wrote the piece in Prof. Nancy Sharkey's feature writing class.

The semester's first Epitaph hit the streets Feb. 16 with front-page stories on Tombstone's business slowdown (Kayla Belcher), the fight for Martha McSally's U.S. House seat (David Del Grande) and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement (Jessica Suriano). Del Grande and Courtney Talak are editors/designers this semester. Read the edition and go to arizonasonoranewsservice.com for more stories.

Maritza Cruz, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote a story, "Long-together Tucson couples give tips on making love last," in honor of Valentine's Day. The couples included Prof. Emeritus Jim Johnson, with his wife, Marilyn.

Leah Gilchrist, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published a story, "UA police hiring students to serve as community service officers" on Feb. 21. 

Elena Gonzalez, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote a story, "New mobile bike repair venture brings shop services to Tucsonans' front doors," on Feb. 8.

Kathleen Kunz, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, wrote a story, "UA Dance concert an international affair," on Feb. 13.

Brandon Dawkins, a J-school senior, said he will transfer after graduating in May to play quarterback at another school (see Star story). Brandon co-anchored our "Arizona Cat's Eye" show last fall with Page Jones and joined other students in interviewing alumna Savannah Guthrie of NBC's "Today Show" last spring.

Michelle Floyd ('17) and Zack Rosenblatt ('13) covered the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles . Michelle, a former UA softball pitcher, helped with production for the NBA. She's also a production associate for the Pac-12 Network and Fox Sports, and does work for UA Athletics Creative Services. Zack, a former Arizona Daily Star reporter and Arizona Daily Wildcat alum, wrote about Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia Sixers for NJ.com. Read his work.

Laurann Robinson ('10) is a reporter, traffic anchor and fill-in news anchor at KETV in Omaha, Nebraska, after previous work at other Nebraska cities and San Diego.

Morgan (Rost) Matchett ('04) is development director at The Drawing Studio Inc. after previous work for Tucson’s Child and Family Resources, the Humane Society and Tucson Citizen.

Eddie North-Hager ('94) is director of media relations and social media at USC, where he has been since 2006 after previous reporting positions in the L.A. area and the Tucson Citizen.

Kelly Hultgren ('13) has been working for four years in New York City as a reporter, project manager and podcast producer for Jean Chatzky, financial editor of NBC’s Today Show.

Mark Armao ('15) is a reporter at the San Diego Daily Transcript, which covers real estate, development and construction.

Morgan Toone ('13) is a marketing consultant at KVOA-TV in Tucson.

IN MEMORIAM
Minnette "Toby" Burges
, a 1972 alumna and 1983 University of Arizona Law grad, died on Feb. 10. Burges, a former Arizona Daily Wildcat editor, was hired by Stars and Stripes out of college after an internship there before becoming one of Tucson's top employment discrimination lawyers. As a J-student, she won a top-20 Hearst award in editorial writing. A public memorial will be March 10 at 1 ART Gallery, 1 East Broadway, from 4-8 p.m. Click here to read her paid obit.

Feb. 9, 2018

Jordan Glenn ('17) placed among the top 20 nationally in the Hearst Multimedia Features Competition. His documentary and story, "Out of the Gates," finished 13th and appeared on Arizona Sonora News. Glenn, now with KOLD TV (see note below),  joins Danyelle KhmaraMaritza CruzAnnie Dickman ('15) and the school's bordering110.com project as recent UA Hearst winners.

Leah Gilchrist, an Arizona Daily Star apprentice, had her first story published for the newspaper on Jan. 27, “Public has variety of ways to gather news, reports, crime stats from local police agencies.”

Elena Gonzalez, a Star apprentice, had a quick-turnaround deadline on her story on Feb. 2, “Tucson teens put constructions skills to the test in regional competition.” 

Tirion Morris, a Star apprentice, saw her first story published in the Star on Feb. 2: “Ex-employee sentenced to prison for embezzling $500k from Tucson auto dealership.”

Apprentice Kathleen Kunz’s preview about vintage baseball ran on Feb. 6, “Watch some good ol’ fashioned baseball in Tucson this weekend.”

Steven Spooner, a photo apprentice at the Star, had a couple of his photos featured in a gallery on the “super blue blood moon.”  He also had one of his photos featured online with a story on former UA basketball player Eugene Edgerson being sworn in as a police officer.

Maritza Cruz, an apprentice at the Star, saw her first story published for the paper on Feb. 8, "Drag show to keep Welcome Diner open after hours."

Andrew Koleski, a copy desk apprentice, wrote a headline, “Air Force continues A-10 wing upgrade; ‘good news’ for D-M.” Professors Susan Knight and Sarah Gassen, along with all of the apprentices, were happy to see Andrew included Don Carson’s middle initial in the following headline: “Donald W. Carson, former UA journalism professor and department head, dies at 85.” Carson was a stickler for middle initials.

Katelyn Caldwell and Julia Leon and are working for KVOA-TV as digital content producers and finishing up the last semester of their senior years.

Jordan Glenn ('17) accepted a job as a digital content producer at Tucson News Now (KOLD 13 and FOX 11) after earlier work at the White Mountain Independent.

Kendra Paige Hall ('15) will start in late March as a reporter for KVOA TV, where she started out, after earlier work at ABC 7 television in Amarillo, Texas. 

Hank Stephenson, an alum and the K-12 education reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, talked about public records on Jan. 31 with Prof. Jeannine Relly's research methods master's class. Check out Stephenson's work for the Star, including his story about the TUSD blacklist.

Rebecca Noble ('17) is doing good work as a photographer for the Cody Enterprise in Wyoming. She had to don skis to shoot a recent assignment, a Nordic trail event. See the paper's website at codyenterprise.com.

Sam McNeil ('14), a master's grad and multimedia journalist for The Associated Press, did a  story and video, "Mars on Earth: Simulation tests in remote desert of Oman," that got good play and was featured on A11 of the Arizona Daily Star on Feb. 9.

Zack Rosenblatt ('13), settling into his new job at NJ.com, wrote a story about Super Bowl MVP and UA Wildcats alum Nick Foles, and covered the Philadelphia Eagles' winning parade. Rosenblatt, a former Arizona Daily Star sports reporter, is covering the Philadelphia 76ers. Read his work at tinyurl.com/y9svtyf6.

Hope Miller ('13) joined the NBC affiliate, KSBY 6, in San Luis Obispo, California, as a content producer after work as a copy editor at the Alaska Dispatch News and a web producer for KTVA in Anchorage.

Nicholas Smith ('06) is working in Vienna, Austria, as support staff in strategic planning and economic services for the OPEC Fund for International Development. A former freelance journalist and managing editor for GlacierHub.org, he earned his master's in journalism from Columbia in 2014.

Kristina Dunham ('04) marked her sixth anniversary at the Santa Fe New Mexican, where she is copy chief and a page designer. She works with another alum, Brian Barker, who is deputy managing editor.

Norman Peckham ('95) is an educational technology trainer at Mesa Public Schools, and the former Tucson Citizen reporter received his master's from Boise State a few years ago.

Jackie Kent ('14) is as a reporter and multimedia journalist at KRQE News (CBS) in Albuquerque after earlier stints for the NBC affiliate in Lincoln, Nebraska, and KOLD-TV in Tucson.

Michael Lafleur ('00) is an assistant district attorney at Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in the Boston area, and the former Tucson Citizen reporter recently got married.

John D'Anna ('83), an editor at the Arizona Republic and member of the school's Advisory Council, explained why access to public records are important to professional and student journalists as well as to the public in a video for azcentral.com.

Michael Hernandez ('17) is a multimedia reporter for KRWG Public Media at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces (see his work at krwg.org).

Mariana Dale ('14) and Matthew Casey ('13) are senior field correspondents at KJZZ Radio in Phoenix, which is also a National Public Radio affiliate (see their work at kjzz.org).

Jan. 19, 2018

Erik Kolsrud, the school's Bolles Fellow covering the Legislature this spring, filed two stories Jan. 19 for the Arizona Sonora News Service— one on Gov. Ducey's opioid plan and a Legislative roundup.

Danyelle Khmara wrote the cover story, "Death Sentence," for the Jan. 18-24 Tucson Weekly, on a young man killed in Pima County Jail last year.

The Arizona Daily Wildcat's coverage of new UA football coach Kevin Sumlin include stories from Eddie Celaya (contract), Saul Bookman (African-American coaches) and Alec White (news conference). Bookman and White also did an exclusive interview video with Sumlin (Part 1 and Part 2).

Kristina Bui ('13), a Guild organizer and copy editor at The Los Angeles Times, helped lead the way as journalists voted 248-44 to unionize. “This was a long time coming, and we're all thrilled that this has finally happened. ... The newsroom is demanding a seat at the bargaining table," Bui said in an L.A. Times' story on Jan. 19.

Julianne Stanford ('17) is reporting on military affairs for The Kitsap Sun in Bremerton, Washington. Click here to read her recent stories.

Jen Duffy ('07), a former Arizona Daily Star reporter, is director of communications for Experience Scottsdale after work at MGM in Las Vegas and Loews Hotels.

Kostas Kalaitzidis ('95, M.A.), a former Tucson Citizen reporter, marked his five-year anniversary as a public information officer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

Berenice Rosales ('07), a former Star reporter, is a consular officer for the Consulate General of Mexico, based in Nogales, Arizona.

Jan. 12, 2018

Danyelle Khmara finished in the top 20 nationally in the Hearst Feature Writing Competition. Her story, "Home is a Tenacious Heart," tied for 16th and was published in the Tucson Weekly, where she works full-time now. There were 154 entries received from 82 schools.

Emmalee Mauldin received another internship with NASA, this time with the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, doing social media and news releases for the Hubble Telescope Program. She spent the last six months in Houston, where she worked for NASA's Johnson Space Center and weathered Hurricane Harvey after losing most of her belongings in the flooding.

Robby Leaño and Ireland Stevenson covered the UA football team's loss to Purdue in the Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara, California, for the Arizona Daily Wildcat. They were joined by Arizona Daily Star sports reporter Justin Spears ('17). 

Issac AndrewsEllen Ranta and Louis Vitiritti graduated with journalism degrees in December, joining a dozen other winter grads: C.J. D'InnocenteBetsy KaplanDeborah LeeClarisse MarkarianLeah MerrallMonica MilbergBriana OtanezNoah SaundersMonique StewartGabriella VukelicKylie Warren and Jules Zappone

Caitlin Schmidt ('14) of the Arizona Daily Star was selected as a Justice Reporting Fellow for the Feb. 15-16 John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America in New York City. Check out Schmidt's latest reporting on the Rich Rodriguez firing here and here

The UA J-school will have quite a contingent of alums covering the Winter Olympics for NBC in South Korea, next month. Scott Karpen ('09) will help produce the alpine skiing events and work with announcer Dan Hicks ('84), while Savannah Guthrie ('93) is scheduled to co-host the "Today Show" from PyeongChang. Karpen also will help produce the Winter Paralympics.

Brandon Mejia ('17) is a news and public affairs reporter at Arizona Public Media.

Hannah Palaniuk ('17) will be a news producer at the ABC affiliate in Honolulu (KITV) after two years at Tucson's KVOA-TV.

Gary Crooks ('82), former opinion page editor of the Spokesman-Review, is communication director for Democrat Lisa Brown's congressional campaign in Eastern Washington.

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