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Professors Nikki Usher and Margaret Ng
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Nikki Usher, associate professor of journalism, and Margaret Ng, assistant professor of journalism, published a study that looks at how Washington, D.C., journalists cluster on Twitter.  Journalists in Washington, D.C., have long been accused of living in a “Beltway bubble,” isolated from the… Read More
Rev. Wilson
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Reverend Jason Carson Wilson (BS '99, journalism) became founding executive director of Bayard Rustin Liberation Initiative, a Washington, D.C.-based policy advocacy organization focused on same-gender-loving (SGL)/LGBTQ+ people and people of color, in April 2018. Wilson has also served as … Read More
West book
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Catherine Adel West (BS '02, MS '04, journalism) has been garnering praise for her debut novel, Saving Ruby King, which was featured on USA Today's hottest new book releases for the week of June 15. West was also interviewed about her book and the importance of inclusive publishing by Parade. … Read More
Jeffrey Katz
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Jeffrey Katz (BS '78, journalism) is the news director at WAMU, the NPR news station in Washington, D.C. He joined WAMU in May 2017, after many years as a reporter and editor in digital news, radio, magazines, and newspapers. He was an editor at NPR for 15 years at Morning Edition and as the deputy… Read More
Jim Selle
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Jim Selle (BS '92, journalism) has been promoted to executive producer of Good Day Chicago, overseeing six hours of morning news at Fox 32 Chicago.
Stretch Ledford with students
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Charles “Stretch” Ledford, associate professor of journalism, received the Illinois Student Government Teaching Excellence Award, which recognizes instructors for outstanding performance both in and out of the classroom. Honorees have demonstrated a commitment to teaching and to students in every… Read More
Littleton-Post
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Responding to thousands of invaluable internships cancelled because of COVID-19, two recent University of Illinois alumni have created a way to simultaneously support their fellow Illini and the many small businesses impacted by the pandemic throughout Illinois. College of Media graduate Walker… Read More
Susan Klusmeier
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Susan Klusmeier (BS '01, journalism) was named vice provost for academic success at the University of Kansas. Klusmeier, who has taught at KU and other institutions, will also be named a courtesy assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in the School of… Read More
Brant Houston
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Pictured is Professor Brant Houston with fellow Pulitzer juror Ginger Thompson, a senior reporter at ProPublica. (Photo credit: Copyright Pulitzer Prizes/Jose R. Lopez.)   Brant Houston, Knight Chair Professor in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting in the Department of Journalism, was a… Read More
Blue ribbon
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Update: Congratulations to the winners, announced on May 15! Winners are noted in bold below. Congratulations to the following journalism alumni who have been nominated for 2019 Peter Lisagor Awards for their work across print, radio, television and digital media. Winners will be announced in May… Read More
Cheryl W. Thompson
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Cheryl W. Thompson (BS ’82, LAS; MS ’84, journalism), an investigative correspondent for NPR and a 22-year veteran of The Washington Post, was re-elected for a second term as president of Investigative Reporters and Editors. In 2018, Thompson became the first African American president of IRE. “… Read More
Connor Ciecko
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With all the instructional changes on campus this semester due to COVID-19, Good Morning, Illini, a student lifestyle show, has had to adapt our format to continue to produce content for our campus audience and to continue to grow in our skills as journalists and TV personalities. The task of… Read More
adopted bunnies
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March 31, 2020 For the past three and half years, my life at the University of Illinois has been characterized by complaining about waking up early and pretending to be upset about spending hours with my favorite professors and friends in these classes. On a typical day, my first alarm would go… Read More
Greg Hall + home composite
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While practicing social distancing, I have been reflecting on my last four years at the University of Illinois. It makes me sad that I will never again have the opportunity to walk the halls of Gregory Hall as a student. But, even in such unfortunate times, I am thankful to have fond memories of my… Read More
Cheryl Whitlow Thompson
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Cheryl W. Thompson (BS ’82, LAS; MS ’84, journalism), an investigative correspondent for NPR in Washington, D.C., and a 22-year veteran of The Washington Post, was re-elected for a second term as president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a 6,100-member organization dedicated to improving… Read More
Eugene Windchy
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Eugene Windchy (BS '52, journalism) has published the fourth edition of Twelve American Wars: Nine of Them Avoidable. Previously he has written Tonkin Gulf, described as "superb investigative reporting" by the New York Times, and The End of Darwinism. Windchy resides in Centreville, Virginia.
Professor Nancy Benson with student
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Professor Nancy Benson officially retired in December 2019, becoming professor emerita of journalism, and leaving behind quite a legacy at the College of Media. She didn’t start out as a professor; in fact, she didn’t even know she wanted to teach. Benson’s career began primarily in broadcast… Read More
Tina Akouris
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Tina Akouris (BS '94, journalism) won a Beck Award at the Chicago Tribune for Outstanding Professional Performance on Friday, Feb. 7. She is a member of the Chicago Tribune's suburban digital team and is a digital news editor.
Eric Meyer
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Associate Professor of journalism Eric Meyer's weekly newspaper Marion County Record in Marion, Kansas, won a near-record 30 awards from the Kansas Press Association for 2019. He is editor, publisher, and co-owner of the paper. Meyer swept first, second, and third in column and editorial writing;… Read More
Brant Houston
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Nonprofit newsrooms are providing a significant new source for news as many newspapers face cuts and closures, says University of Illinois journalism professor Brant Houston, a co-founder of the Institute for Nonprofit News, which now includes more than 200 members. (Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.) … Read More