Alumni News

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Hiltzik brothers
Advertising News
Aron Hiltzik (BS '18, advertising) and his brother Jared (BS '16, LAS), who both played tennis at the University of Illinois, co-founded, which sells athletic recovery equipment such as Theragun percussion massagers, Game Ready cold and compression units, Marc Pro muscle… Read More
Chicago Reader
Journalism News
Charlie Meyerson's (BS '77, MS '78, journalism) less-than-three-years-old free email news briefing, "Chicago Public Square," was named Chicago's best blog in the Chicago Reader's Best of Chicago poll. More than 30,000 people voted in more than 300 categories of the poll. Winners will be honored at… Read More
Taylor Rooks
Journalism News
Illinois alumna Taylor Rooks is only five years out from graduation, but has already landed her own Bleacher Report web series, Take It There with Taylor Rooks. While at Illinois, Rooks covered nearly every football and basketball game. She came back to campus for Homecoming—but this time as a… Read More
ICR News
Institute of Communications Research alumna Jillian Báez (PhD '09) won this year’s Bonnie Ritter Outstanding Feminist Book Award, Feminist and Women Studies Division, National Communication Association, for In Search of Belonging: Latinas, Media, and Citizenship. "From an incredibly rich field of… Read More
Mario Parker
Journalism News
Mario Parker (MS '06, journalism), a reporter for Bloomberg in Chicago, is moving to the Washington bureau to begin covering the White House. He has been writing about agriculture, energy, finance, and wide-ranging general breaking news across the U.S. Midwest.
Mariam Sobh
Journalism News
Generations of comics have used stand-up to educate the broader society about their culture or ethnic group. Now, Ms. Mariam Sobh, a radio anchor whose mother is from the Midwest and father is Lebanese, is part of a growing wave of performers across the U.S. using comedy to puncture stereotypes… Read More
Herman and President Carter
Journalism News
Christine Herman talks with former President Jimmy Carter. (Photo by Michael Schwarz.)  Illinois Public Media reporter Christine Herman (MS ’14, journalism) wrapped up her 2018-19 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism fellowship year in Atlanta in September. She had the honor of presenting her… Read More
Paul Ingrassia
Journalism News
Former Reuters Managing Editor Paul Ingrassia (BS '72, journalism) has passed away after battling cancer. He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of many articles and books on the auto industry. Click here to read Reuters' tribute.
Journalism News
Congratulations to Andrea Darlas (BS '94, journalism) for being inducted into WGN's 2019 Walk of Fame. Darlas, who works at the University of Illinois as senior director of constituent engagement, spent more than 21 years at WGN Radio as a news anchor, reporter, and show host.  Hear audio and… Read More
Sean Neumann
Journalism News
Sean Neumann, a journalism alumnus from the University of Illinois, hosted a special edition of WILL's The 21st: The Ellnora Guitar Festival on Friday morning at the University of Illinois' Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Neumann is a journalist, musician, and the former producer of The… Read More
Advertising News
Frank Sinton, an advertising alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named Chief Operating Officer at Tinopolis USA. Sinton, a 14-year veteran of A. Smith & Co., previously served in the same role at A. Smith & Co. Productions since 2011. He will continue in his… Read More
Matt Brickman
Journalism News
Matt Brickman, who started at the CBS affiliate WCCO in 2011, announced that he's leaving the Twin Cities to become a meteorologist at WNBC in New York, the largest TV market in the country. Brickman studied journalism (BS '07) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "The opportunity… Read More
Gwen Pepin
Journalism News
Gwen Pepin, a 2018 journalism graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been selected for the 2019 ProPublica Data Institute. Pepin is a workshop facilitator, reporter, and social media manager for the Westside Media Project, a Chicago-based nonprofit that teaches civic… Read More
Journalism News
NPR and Edison Research has issued its third annual Smart Audio Report tracking smart speaker user behavior and perceptions. The study of the 18+ smart speaker owners says that seven in 10 of the owners use their devices daily despite common concerns around security and privacy. “We continue to see… Read More
Journalism alumna Abby Baric
Journalism News
Congratulations to IES Abroad senior communications manager Abby (Wilson) Baric (BS '10, journalism) for being named one of Publicity Club of Chicago's 30 Under 30, a prestigious award that's designed to recognize the young rock stars of the public relations industry.  Since joining IES Abroad… Read More
Journalism alum Justin Breen
Journalism News
Alumnus Justin Breen (BS '99, journalism), the founder/CEO of BrEpic Communications LLC, won a Golden Trumpet award from the Publicity Club of Chicago at the 60th annual Golden Trumpet Awards competition on June 6. The competition, held at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton, featured entries from the… Read More
Jill Wine-Banks with Chicago Illini of the Year award
College News
When she received her Chicago Illini of the Year award on May 22, alumna Jill Wine-Banks (BS ’64, journalism) donned a “With Illinois” Block I pin, a tradition with its own hashtag: #JillsPin. Her pins typically have political significance that comment on the day’s events, which she posts online… Read More
Sean Evans
Journalism News
Illinois alumnus Sean Evans is the host of the viral celebrity interview show Hot Ones, with 5.9 million subscribers and counting. It also could be argued that he's a professional consumer of violently spicy chicken wings, which isn't at all what he expected to do with his broadcast journalism… Read More
Craig Rowley
Advertising News
Craig Rowley, an advertising alumnus of the University of Illinois, has joined Groupon as its Chief Marketing Officer. At Groupon, Rowley will oversee the company’s global marketing channels and functions, as well as the development and extension of the Groupon brand, according to Business Wire… Read More
Dan Escalona
Journalism News
We are sad to learn about the passing of recent journalism alumnus Daniel Escalona, who earned both his bachelor's (BS '17) and master's (MS '18) with us. He died on April 12 due to complications from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Escalona was "one of the best students I've ever had," said Professor… Read More