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Armando Sanchez-Monsivais
Advertising News
Armando Sanchez-Monsivais (BS ’19, advertising), ad product specialist at Twitch and a member of the James Webb Young Advisory Board in the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising, was named to the Creative Ladder 2024 Cannes Lion Cohort. Sanchez-Monsivais is one of six creatives chosen to… Read More
Amy Restko
Advertising News
Amy Restko (BA ’13, LAS; MS ’14, advertising), planning director at Chicago advertising agency AbelsonTaylor Group, has been selected as one of 20 Clio Health Innovators.  The 2024 honorees, recognized as top talents from around the globe, will be celebrated at the Clio Health Awards on June 12.… Read More
Jon Morgan
Journalism News
Jon Morgan (BS ’84, journalism), a two-time author and journalist for 40 years, has left his position as senior editor in the Washington bureau at Bloomberg News after 13 years to pursue a freelance writing career. Prior to joining Bloomberg in 2010, Morgan was senior editor at the Pew Research… Read More
Rick Sallinger
Advertising News
Rick Sallinger (BS ’71, MS ’72, advertising), a Peabody Award-winning veteran CBS News reporter, died on May 8, 2024. He was 74 years old. After working as a radio reporter in Cleveland and Chicago, Sallinger moved on to television news working at stations in Indianapolis, Denver, and Chicago. … Read More
Mary Snowden
Journalism News
Mary Lynch Snowdon (BS ’86, journalism) wrote an article that was published in Newsweek recently titled “My Talented Son Has Autism. As a Mother, I Feel Like a Dual Citizen.” In the article, Snowdon writes about her experience parenting her son with autism, who is now in his mid-20s and a talented… Read More
Ingrassia book
Journalism News
Lawrence Ingrassia (BS ’74, journalism) has written a new book, A Fatal Inheritance: How a Family Misfortune Revealed a Deadly Medical Mystery. A Fatal Inheritance, which will be available on May 14, 2024, narrates the tale of a team of dedicated researchers who solved the medical mystery behind… Read More
Bianca Flowers
Journalism News
Bianca Flowers (BS '13, journalism) was recently appointed to Reuters Global Race and Justice team as its first U.S. correspondent. In her new role, she will pursue new and ambitious projects with a focus on producing agenda-setting coverage in the areas of race, identity, and social justice.… Read More
Bowmans
Advertising News
Alumna Karlie Elliott Bowman (BS ’09, ACES; MS ’10, advertising), and her husband Andrew Bowman, were awarded the 2024 Glen “GB” Brandt Prize for Ag Entrepreneurism, announced during the 2024 AgTech Summit hosted by the University of Illinois Research Park. The prestigious award recognizes a… Read More
Ben Behrman
Advertising News
Ben Behrman (BS ’09, advertising) was recently promoted to chief executive officer of Schafer Condon Carter, a major ad agency based in Chicago.  Behrman, a 14-year SCC veteran, joined the independent company as an intern in May 2009. He worked his way up from there, holding a variety of positions… Read More
Life-Altering book cover
Journalism News
Angie Leventis Lourgos (BS ’03, journalism) has published a new book, Life-Altering: Abortion Stories from the Midwest, with the University of Missouri Press. Based on pieces that originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune, each chapter imparts one person’s experience with abortion. By looking at… Read More
Havas display
Advertising News
Geno Schellenberger (BS ’20, advertising), senior communications manager at Havas and graduate student in the strategic brand communication master’s degree program, is making a difference for unhoused individuals in Chicago during the holiday season.  Through his role at Havas, Schellenberger has… Read More
Lacey Gilbert
Advertising News
Lacey Gilbert (MS ’11, advertising), vice president and strategy director of Leo Burnett advertising services in Chicago, has been named to Business Insider’s 2023 Rising Stars of Madison Avenue. Gilbert, who joined Leo Burnett in 2020, has led award-winning campaigns like Beam Suntory’s “Bourbon… Read More
Somewhere Sisters
Journalism News
Erika Hayasaki (BS ’01, journalism), a writer and associate professor of literary journalism at the University of California in Irvine, won a silver Nautilus Book Award in Journalism and Investigative Reporting for her 2022 nonfiction novel Somewhere Sisters: A Story of Adoption, Identity and the… Read More
Two Lives of Sara
Journalism News
Author Catherine Adel West (BS '02, MS '04, journalism), whose most recent novel, The Two Lives of Sara, was selected as the Arlington Heights Memorial Library’s 10th annual One Book, One Village community read, will share the story behind her book at “An Evening with Catherine Adel West” at Forest… Read More
Anderson Cobb and Bright
Journalism News
Updated October 11: “Unsettled: An African American Reflection on The Potawatomi Trail of Death,” an interactive performance co-presented by Nicole Anderson Cobb (MS ’16, journalism) in April 2023 at Allerton Park, was featured in The Christian Science Monitor. The article, “Indigenous People’s… Read More
Fojtik
Advertising News
Shawn P. Fojtik (BS ’85, advertising), CEO of Control Medical Technology and Distal Access, has more than 150 pending and issued medical device patents with over 1 million patients safely treated in cardiovascular, women's health, cardiac electrophysiology, surgery, interventional oncology, and… Read More
Ronald Taylor
Advertising News
Ronald E. Taylor (MS ’71, advertising; PhD ’83, communications, ICR), devoted scholar, teacher, and mentor, passed away at his home in Tennessee on September 11.  After receiving his PhD from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Taylor joined the… Read More
Jill Wine-Banks
Journalism News
Jill Wine-Banks (BS ’64, journalism), MSNBC legal analyst, author, podcast co-host, and former prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice, was one of five female lawyers to receive the 2023 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award this summer. The American Bar Association Commission on… Read More
Schwab book
Journalism News
Tim Schwab (MS '06, journalism), an investigative journalist based in Washington D.C., has written The Bill Gates Problem: Reckoning with the Myth of the Good Billionaire, which will be published in November by Henry Holt (Macmillan).  Schwab's book investigates Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation… Read More
Georgia Schreiner
Advertising News
Georgia Schreiner (BS ’10, advertising) won the Media Planner of the Year at Ad Age’s Small Agency Awards. Just one person was chosen for the media planner award, which recognizes candidates who have demonstrated a flair for bringing innovation to media planning, leveraged the vast media offerings… Read More