Alumni News & Announcements
Updated May 7, 2014
In January, after 30 years as an investigative reporter in Colorado and Montana, Eve Byron '90 took a new position as the communications specialist for the National Institute on Money in State Politics (aka FollowTheMoney.org). 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. She’s happy to bring her one-hour tour of their new website beta.Followthemoney.org to journalists in any state, and also is hosting an all-expense-paid two-day workshop in Missoula, Montana, in August, 2014 (courtesy of the McCormick Foundation). You can find Eve at firstname.lastname@example.org and also find out more about the upcoming Specialized Reporting Institute.
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: http://www.businessinsider.com/category/video
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 ’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. http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/156837455.html#sthash.X8coiH1X.dpuf
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.
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 ’06, is Editorial Director of Business, Technology and Entertainment at AOL. She oversees Daily Finance, AOL Autos, TechCrunch, MovieFone, Music, Travel and Industry.
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.
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 ’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 ’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 ’05, joined The Indianapolis Star as education reform reporter. Previously, he was an education reporter at The Dayton Daily News.
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 ’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 ’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 ’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, PublicSource.org. Previously, she was enterprise editor for The Lexington Herald-Leader.
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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