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Stu Ellis
Journalism News
Stu Ellis (BS '70, MS '72, radio and TV) was featured in the October cover story of Illinois Field & Bean, the monthly magazine of the Illinois Soybean Association that focuses on industry influencers. The magazine cover shows Ellis finishing up a TV shoot at Decatur's Progress City, for which… Read More
Windchy
Journalism News
Eugene Windchy (BS '52, journalism) has published his fourth book, Fifteen American Wars: Twelve of Them Avoidable. Concerning World War I, he disputes the common lone wolf version of the Archduke Ferdinand's assassination by reporting that 16 men were judged complicit at trial in Sarajevo. War… Read More
Fishman
Journalism News
Matt Fishman (BS '93, broadcast journalism) was recently named one of the top 50 program directors in the country by Radio Ink magazine. He works at WKNR and WWGK in Cleveland, Ohio, part of Good Karma Brands. He has spent 27 years working in radio, with 11 years as program director. "First off,… Read More
Leturia book
Journalism News
Elio Leturia (MS ’92, journalism), associate professor of journalism at Columbia College Chicago, art directed and designed the book XVI Concurso Nacional de Nacimientos (XVI National Nativity Contest), which was published last December by the Instituto Cultural, Teatral y Social (ICTYS) in Lima,… Read More
Tim Schwab
Journalism News
Updated June 23, 2021: Congratulations to Tim Schwab (MS '06, journalism) for winning the Deadline Club Award from the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists! Schwab also recently landed a book deal with Metropolitan Books (Henry Holt) to publish The Good Billionaire… Read More
Lynn Schreiber Price
Advertising News
Lynn Schreiber Price (BS '77, advertising) was recognized for her exceptional leadership, distinguished work, and a deep commitment to improving child welfare. She was named a 2021 Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America (REFCA) Champion. Price is the founder of Camp To Belong in Littleton,… Read More
Karen Hawkins
Journalism News
Karen Hawkins (BS '97, journalism) has won a 2021 Studs Terkel Community Media Award for her work as co-editor in chief of the Chicago Reader and founder of feminist media company Rebellious Magazine. The Studs Terkel Award is given by Public Narrative to Chicago reporters, editors, producers,… Read More
Dempsey and Hettinger
Journalism News
Recently, journalism alumni Pam Dempsey (MS ’09) and Johnathan Hettinger (BS ’15) were highlighted in the Global Investigative Journalism Network as part of a feature on the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit newsroom focused on in-depth reporting of agricultural issues. … Read More
Linda Goldstein
Advertising News
Linda Goldstein (BS '74, advertising), chair of Vistage, recently launched a new chief executive group in the St. Louis market. Vistage asked her to build a CEO Advisory Board just after COVID hit. "What better time than now to tap into the collective wisdom of a group of high-performing peers who… Read More
Spiro books
Advertising News
Ruth Spiro (BS '86, advertising) celebrates the publication of her 25th children's book. Her board book series, Baby Loves Science, is published by Charlesbridge and has sold more than 500,000 copies. Foreign translation rights have also been sold in 10 countries including Russia, China, Korea,… Read More
Mike Dizon
Journalism News
Mike Dizon (MS '98, journalism) has accepted a new role this year as vice president of marketing and communication and chief of staff at LPL Financial, a publicly traded financial services firm that serves 17,000 independent financial advisors nationwide. He previously served as the chief marketing… Read More
SistersInLaw podcast
Journalism News
Jill Wine-Banks (BS '64, journalism), author of The Watergate Girl, will see her memoir become a film. The book, which was released in trade paperback in March, was optioned for a film produced by and starring Katie Holmes. Wine-Banks, who won the 2019 Chicago Illini of the Year award, is the only… Read More
Far from Mars
Journalism News
Sal Nudo (MS '16, journalism) recently published Far From Mars, which contains nine creative nonfiction articles about individuals who live and work in Champaign-Urbana. The pieces range from dog walkers who adore their Greyhounds to a cassette collector who hosts a local radio show and plays on-… Read More
Leturia book
Journalism News
Peruvian visual journalist Elio Leturia (MS ’92, journalism) published the bilingual book Aguijón 30 Años | Aguijón 30 Years (ISBN: 978-1-7923-1695-1) that displays in 146 pages, in Spanish and English, the history of Aguijón Theater, the oldest Latino theater company in Chicago. It documents in… Read More
Cheryl W. Thompson
Journalism News
Investigative correspondent Cheryl W. Thompson (MS '84, journalism) will lead NPR's Station Investigations Team, a new investigative unit that will work with regional newsrooms and topic teams to support local journalism. The team is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Thompson is… Read More
Live from Mount Olympus
Journalism News
David Schulman (MS '95, journalism) was an audio producer and sound designer for a new podcast audio drama for ages 9 and up called Live from Mount Olympus. The podcast, launching February 2, features Tony-winning actor André De Shields (Hadestown, The Wiz, Ratatouille The Musical) as Hermes, along… Read More
Glen Scott
Advertising News
VMLY&R West, based in Seattle, Washington, recently hired Glen Scott (BS '01, advertising) to serve as its executive creative director. The agency covers clients up and down the West coast including Intel, Microsoft, Mazda, and more.  Prior to this position, Scott led creative teams at VMLY… Read More
Angela Sinickas
College News
The University of Illinois Alumni Association presented its annual Alumni Awards as part of its virtual Homecoming Week 2020, Nov. 29-Dec. 5. Congratulations to award winners Angela Sinickas (BS '75, journalism) and Safiya Noble, former faculty member at the Institute of Communications Research… Read More
Mid-America Emmys
Journalism News
In November, journalism faculty member and alumna Alison Davis, College of Media affiliate Illinois Public Media, and numerous alumni received Mid-America Emmy Awards and Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards. Davis, journalism lecturer, was one of the Big Ten Network producers of Engineering Fire, along… Read More
Jenny Lenzini
Journalism News
We are sad to learn about the passing of Jenny Lenzini (BS '16, journalism), who died on November 15 after a motorcycle accident. She was a reporter at WBBH-TV in Fort Myers, Florida. "Her bright smile and passion for storytelling instantly made her a standout reporter in the Southwest Florida… Read More