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Leturia book
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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
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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
Doug Balz
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As an editor, Doug Balz (BS ’66, MS ’68, journalism) knew how to get the best from writers. In 1980, he advised one journalist stalled while writing, “When in doubt, put the reader on the road. Learn from the best. If the journey motif was good enough for Homer….” That encouragement proved… Read More
Live from Mount Olympus
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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
Mid-America Emmys
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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
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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
Aaron Navarro
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Aaron Navarro (BS '18, journalism) works as a CBS broadcast associate for the 2020 political unit covering House and gubernatorial races. Navarro has been a key player in following the central stories for down-ballot races, from impeachment to coronavirus, and helping with overall 2020 election… Read More
Michelle G. Lopez
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Michelle G. Lopez (BS '06, journalism) has been named director of content for the Chicago Tribune. She joined the newspaper in 2013, serving as senior digital and design editor at The Mash, the Tribune edition for teens, and as digital editor of RedEye, the tabloid for commuters. Later she was lead… Read More
David E. McCraw
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David E. McCraw (BS '76, journalism), deputy general counsel of The New York Times, has been selected as a 2020 Hugh M. Hefner Foundation First Amendment Awardee. The late Hefner was also a University of Illinois alumnus. The First Amendment Awards recognize individuals who have taken outstanding… Read More
Gelman and Collins
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Two journalism alumni, Joey Gelman (BS '16) and Dan Collins (BS '16), have launched a new podcast called "BLEAV in Chicago Sports" with the BLEAV Podcast Network. "We can't wait to give all our Illini family some fun Chicago sports talk and hopefully sprinkle in some Illini as they're ready to be… Read More
BrEpic
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Justin Breen (BS '99, journalism), the founder/CEO of BrEpic Communications, LLC, won a Silver Trumpet award from the Publicity Club of Chicago at the 61st annual Golden Trumpet Awards competition on September 10. BrEpic has won a Golden or Silver Trumpet in all three years it has been in business… Read More
Andre Garner
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Black Ink Group, LLC, announced the launch of the BlackCoin Mobile Application as part of the BlackCoin Campaign, an effort to track and incentivize day-to-day spending with Black-owned businesses. The mobile app, available on the AppStore and the Google Play Store, will allow the Black Ink Group… Read More
Nicole Anderson Cobb
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Nicole Anderson Cobb (MS '16, journalism) is a recipient of the 2020 Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge Grant. The project is a collaboration of 16 journalists and a project team representing 13 publications across the state of Illinois who will be… Read More
Stockwell book
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Stuart Lieberman (BS '10, journalism) co-wrote The Power of Choice: My Journey from Wounded Warrior to World Champion with U.S. Paralympian Melissa Stockwell. The book shares Melissa's journey from being the first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War to becoming a Paralympic medalist.… Read More
ASMP journalism student interns
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Interns for the American Society of Media Photographers meet on Zoom; three are University of Illinois journalism students who were awarded part-time remote internships by the Department of Journalism. (Top row: Chantal Vaca and Taylor Chism. Bottom row: Julie Kang and Samantha St. Leger.) Photo by… Read More
Chris Evans
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Chris Evans, a new clinical assistant professor in the Department of Journalism, first knew he wanted to be a writer in middle school after winning fourth place in a national competition for a science fiction story he wrote. “I grew up blue collar in a small town in Kansas.… That didn’t happen… Read More
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
Jill Wine-Banks
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Jill Wine-Banks (BS '64, journalism) has launched a new weekly podcast called "Intergenerational Politics" with Victor Shi, a freshman at UCLA. Wine-Banks, who won the 2019 Chicago Illini of the Year award, is the only woman to serve on the Watergate prosecution team, an MSNBC Legal Analyst, and… Read More
Duchnowski book
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This summer, Jillian Duchnowski (BS '03, journalism) self-published her second book, Cassidy and the Lost Fairy of Allerton, which was featured in the Piatt County Journal-Republican. She describes the book as "a children’s tale about using your imagination to beat boredom" and is set in Allerton… 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