We are proud of our alumni and value their continued success and engagement with current students. Our alumni network boasts leaders and innovators at a variety of news outlets and platforms. Every semester, at least one or two them drops by campus to visit classes and meet with students.


  • Will Leitch (BS '97) was on campus in February 2019. He visited Journalism classes, met with Daily Illini staffers and gave a public talk called “Working in Media is Still Better Than Doing Anything Else.” Leitch is a contributing editor at New York magazine; a national correspondent for Major League Baseball; the host of “The Will Leitch Show” for Sports Illustrated and the founding editor of Deadspin, a Gawker Media sports news and blog website. The full range of his work is available here:
  • In April 2019, David McCraw (BS '76), a vice president and assistant general counsel for The New York Times, will deliver the keynote at the College of Media’s annual scholarship and awards reception.