Alumni News & Announcements

Updated September 24, 2015

Alumni News



Markian Hawryluk '13 joined the Houston Chronicle as a health reporter. He previously covered health for the Bend (Ore.) Bulletin, and spent 10 years as a health policy reporter in Washington, D.C. for a number of health care publications. Hawryluk was presented with two awards by the Association of Health Care Journalists in March. He took first place in the small Public Health category for "The Risks of Home Birth" and was awarded third place in the small Investigative category for "Too Risky to Transplant." Both pieces were published in "The Bend (Ore) Bulletin."



Alec MacGillis '06 joined ProPublica in April as a political reporter covering politics, government and influence in Washington. MacGillis joined Slate earlier in the year and prior to that, he was with The New Republic covering national politics. He also was with The Washington Post for five years.




Holly Yettick '04 directs the Education Week Research Center, which produces standalone studies as well as analyses for Education Week and special reports such as Quality Counts. Yettick began working at Education Week in 2014 after earning a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder's School of Education and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado at Denver's School of Public Affairs.



Laura Starecheski '14 is a reporter and producer for Reveal. Before assuming that position in May, she reported on health for NPR’s Science Desk, was on staff at NPR’s “State of the Re:Union” and freelanced for “The World,” “Latino USA” and elsewhere.





Frank Lockwood '05 is the politics/Washington editor for Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was formerly the religion editor.






Suzette Hackney '13 has joined the staff of The Indianapolis Star as a columnist and community engagement editor. In addition to her weekly column, she will be a member of the editorial board and work to expand public outreach.






Billy House '97 joined Bloomberg News in December as a congressional correspondent. Previously, he was senior congressional reporter for the National Journal.





Alfred Hermida, Ph.D '05 became the director of the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to accepting the three-year position in June, he was an Associate Professor. 





Robin Avni '89 recently became part of the University of Washington School of Communication faculty. She will teach two courses in the Communication Leadership Graduate program for the 2015-16 academic year. She was also appointed fulltime as Associate Professor of Design at the Cornish College of the Arts focusing on user experience design, design research and social media.




Sam Skolnik '08 is the director of the American Independent Institute, a progressive investigative journalism fund in Washington. Prior to that, he worked as the Washington-based deputy editor of The National Law Journal.





Amy Resnick '07 was promoted from executive editor to editor of Pensions & Investments, a Crain's publication. A veteran financial journalist, Resnick previously worked as Americas editor of IFR magazine, a Reuters publication that focuses on capital formation. Prior to that, she was editor in chief of The Bond Buyer for 10 years and worked there for a total of 15 years.



Eve Byron

Eve Byron '99 took a new position as the communications specialist for the National Institute on Money in State Politics (aka after 30 years as an investigative reporter in Colorado and Montana. At the nonpartisan, nonprofit Helena-based organization, Eve’s job is to reach out to reporters and give them tools to look into campaign contributions to both individuals and to ballot measures. You can find Eve at



Steve Edwards

Steve Edwards ’08, who was named deputy director for programming at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics in January 2013, is now executive director. He assumed his new role in March, 2014 and inspired by his experience as a Knight-Wallace Fellow, Edwards is hoping to develop a visiting fellowship program.





Justin Maiman’13, has been named Business Insider's Executive Producer of Video. In the newly-created position, he will oversee a team responsible for producing news, technology and lifestyle video for one of the fastest-growing news sites. Business Insider attracts over 24 million unique visitors a month and is led by CEO and Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget -- who recently said journalism has entered a "golden age." See BI's video here:




Kate Linebaugh’ 08, has taken over as deputy chief of the Corporate Bureau at The Wall Street Journal. She will help shepherd stories and lead reporters across all beats – consumer products, retail, telecom, industrials and corporate governance.




Craig Gilbert

Craig Gilbert ’10, Won a "best news/political blog" "EPPY" on a large media web site from Editor & Publisher which featured his story, "The Wisconsin Voter." Gilbert is the Journal-Sentinel's Washington bureau chief.




Brian Akre '98 assumed the duties of Director of Executive Communications for the Renault-Nissan Allegiance in October, 2013.






Stephanie Reitz '05 was named university spokesperson and Senior Media Relations Specialist at the University of Connecticut. She was formerly a reporter at the Associated Press and worked at The Harford Courant before her year as a KWF Fellow.




Siegel, H.

Harry Siegel ’11, The veteran New York journalist has been hired as a weekly columnist and member of the editorial board of The New York Daily News. His debut column appeared September, 2013.




Fara Warner

Fara Warner ’06, is Editorial Director of Business, Technology and Entertainment at AOL. She oversees Daily Finance, AOL Autos, TechCrunch, MovieFone, Music, Travel and Industry.




Lynette Cemetson

Lynette Clemetson ’10, has assumed the duties of Senior Supervising Editor of NPR's "Morning Edition" in September of 2013. She was formerly the Director of StateImpact, a collaboration between NPR and station groups in eight states that report on state government actions and their impact on citizens and communities. Previously, she was director of content strategy at Pew Center on the States.



Steve Edwards

In a move that made headlines in Chicago, Steve Edwards ’08, has been named deputy director, programming at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, a new non-partisian academic program led by David Axelrod. Inspired by his experience as a Knight-Wallace Fellow, Edwards told "Chicago Tonight" WTTW, that one piece of the new program is to develop a visiting fellowship. A voice of Chicago Public Media, Steve most recently hosted "The Afternoon Shift" on WBEZ.


Janet Kolodzy

Janet Kolodzy ’91, published "Practicing Convergence Journalism". It is her second book. Kolodzy is an associate professor of journalism at Emerson College in Boston. Janet was a reporter at The Arkansas Democrat; a reporter and editor at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio; and a writer and senior producer at CNN and CNN International in Atlanta. Kolodzy's academic research has focused on the use of modern technology in producing journalism for a multimedia environment.


Molly Ball

Molly Ball ’10, joined The Atlantic as a staff writer covering national politics. Previously, she was a reporter for Politico.



Bora Bayraktar ’05, was named Euronews' correspondent in Istanbul. Previously, he was a reporter with Asia Television.


Scott Elliott

Scott Elliott ’05, joined The Indianapolis Star as education reform reporter. Previously, he was an education reporter at The Dayton Daily News.




Gady Epstein

Gady Epstein ’07, joined The Economist as China correspondent based in Beijing. Previously, he was Beijing bureau chief for Forbes.



Ron French ’03, joined the Center for Michigan's Bridge magazine as senior writer. Previously, he was a projects reporter for The Detroit News.


Alfred Hermida ’05, published his first book, "Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers," which he co-authored. He's also been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor at the University of British Columbia.


Amber Hunt

Amber Hunt ’11, was named Associated Press' news editor for North and South Dakota. Previously, she was a reporter for The Detroit Free Press.



Baris Kuyucu ’07, joined Al Jazeera Turkey as head of sports. Previously, he was sports news editor and anchor, CNN Turkey (Istanbul).


Mary Losure

Mary Losure ’04 published her first children's book, "The Fairy Ring, or Elsie and Frances Fool the World," a narrative nonfiction through Candlewick Press.





Peggy Lowe ’09, was named Public Insight Network analyst for Harvest Public Media, an NPR project focused on food and agribusiness and based in Kansas City, Missouri. Previously, she was a multimedia producer and writer at The Orange County Register.




Kevin Lowther (right), Herb Frazier (left)

Kevin Lowther ’77, and Herb Frazier ’93, participated on the same panel during a conference, "Rebuilding Sierra Leone: Changing Institutions and Culture," at the University of South Carolina. Both have written books exploring the historical links between South Carolina and Sierra Leone through the slave trade. Frazier's is "Behind God's Back"; Lowther's is "The African American Odyssey of John Kizell."


Alec MacGillis ’11, joined The New Republic as senior editor. Previously, he was national staff reporter for The Washington Post.

Jonathan Martin ’09, teamed with fellow reporter Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times to win first place in enterprise reporting in the C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards for Distinguished Newspaper Reporting, for "The Other Side of Mercy," a narrative series based on the fatal shootings of four Lakewood police offiers in 2009.


Maryn Mckenna

Maryn McKenna ’99, won the 2011 Science in Soceity Award for her book "Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA," an investigation of the global epidemic of drug-resistant staph, published by Free Press/Simon & Schuster. She freelances, blogs for Wired and writes a column for Scientific American.


Ted Mellnik ’11, joined the graphics department at The Washington Post. Previously, Mellnik was database editor at The Charlotte Observer.

Nick Perry ’11, joined the Associated Press as a reporter covering New Zealand, the South Pacific and Antarctica. Previously, he was higher education reporter for The Seattle Times.

Melissa Preddy ’05, was named communications director at the University of Michigan's Taubman Medical Research Institute.

Harry Siegel ’11, was named metro columnist at The Village Voice. Previously he was a contributing editor at Politico.

Laura Tillman ’11S, won a Planned Parenthood Maggie Award in the daily/weekly print reporting category for her article "Crossing the line" in The Nation.

Sharon Walsh ’90, was named editor of the new Pittsburgh-based online regional investigative reporting initiative, Previously, she was enterprise editor for The Lexington Herald-Leader.


Ken Winter

Ken Winter ’79, was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in Lansing in 2011. He is the former publisher of The Petoskey News-Review and current political science and journalism professor at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, MI.



Ipek Yezdani ’08, was named news desk editor of The Hurriyet Daily News, an English-language newspaper in Turkey.


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