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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
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
Muslims in Media panel
Journalism News
Three journalism alumni participated in "Muslims in Media: Influence of Minorities in Storytelling and Journalism," a panel discussion as part of the I Heart Halal festival in Chicago. The moderator was Shahzmeen Hussain (BS ’17) who works at Explore Their Stories, Inc., a filmmaking company. Two… Read More
Taylor Rooks
Journalism News
Congratulations to Taylor Rooks (BS '14, journalism) on her new  Bleacher Report series, Take It There With Taylor Rooks. Watch her video interview with Ebony: https://www.ebony.com/exclusive/taylor-rooks-new-bleacher-report-series/ She said the series is a “full interview show where you get a… Read More
Advertising News
Soja Orlowski (BS '89, advertising; third from left), executive director for the nonprofit Worldwide Fistula Fund, will share her experiences meeting fistula survivors in Africa for the first time at An Evening to Restore Dignity on May 2 in Chicago. WFF is a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention… Read More
College News
Justin Breen, the Founder/CEO of BrEpic Communications LLC and Journalism Chair for the University of Illinois College of Media Alumni Board, won a Silver Trumpet award from the Publicity Club of Chicago at the 59th annual Golden Trumpet Awards competition on May 22.The competition, held at Chicago… Read More
College News
Congratulations to alumna Cassie Chaplinsky on her move to the Lone Star State! Cassie shares that she'll be the weekend sports anchor and a news reporter at KJTV Fox 34 in Lubbock--the home of Texas Tech University (Big 12 Country). Cassie has been working as a video journalist at Fox Illinois in… Read More
College News
After working in digital and video advertising for almost 9 years in both the consumer and healthcare fields, Gant has been accepted to be the Program Director of Video Production for Northwestern University Healthsystem, creating custom content for over 10 hospitals in the Chicagoland area. 
College News
Davidoff Joins Board of  Chicago Women in PhilanthropyJacki Davidoff, Principal and Senior Consultant, Davidoff Mission-Driven Business Strategy, joined the board of Chicago Women in Philanthropy (CWIP) as announced at CWIP’s annual meeting on (date). CWIP is a Chicago-based nonprofit whose mission… Read More
College News
Heidi W. Isenhart ('93 ADV), Alexander S. Douglas II, and Stephanie L. Cook, attorneys with the law firm of ShuffieldLowman were recently selected as 2017 Legal Elite attorneys by Florida Trend magazine.  The “Legal Elite” designation represents the top 2% of The Florida Bar’s more than 67,000… Read More
College News
Peru State College Assistant Professor of English, Kristi Nies, was named the College’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Award winner. Nies will be honored during the College’s commencement on May 6. Read the full story here.
College News
Denise Drace-Brownell ’77 ADV, talks with “Reader’s Digest” about her life-long struggle with BVD and her new invention to help address the condition.http://www.rd.com/health/conditions/the-not-so-rare-vision-problem-you-need-to-know-about/
College News
William “Bill” R. Lowman, Jr., Heidi W. Isenhart (ADV '93) and Alexander "Alex" S. Douglas, II, partners with the law firm of ShuffieldLowman, have been selected as 2017 Florida Super Lawyers. Partner, Stephanie Cook has been named a Rising Star.Super Lawyers, owned by Thomson Reuters, recognizes… Read More
College News
Q & A with Kathy Kayse, vice president of sales strategy and solutions at Yahoo. 
College News
Veteran journalist, Justin Breen, recently announced the creation of BrEpic Communications LLC, his own communications and public relations firm. Breen has been an active alum helping to organize the annual career night for the College of Media."I'm looking forward to working with University of… Read More
College News
Alex Studer, a 2017 advertising graduate, is featured in a May 2017 Campaign US article. The story focuses on eight new graduates, their goals, fears and plans for a career in advertising. Read the full story here.  
College News
Judy Hsu has been tapped to co-anchor the new 11 a.m. newscast on ABC7 Chicago.  
College News
"A Crack In The Foundation" is Marcia (Kurtz) Zuckerman’s first book. The book, a compilation of poetry and prose, aims to draw attention to political and human rights abuses including: immigration, journalists killed while covering stories (especially politically charged events), the homeless,… Read More