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Murillo
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Sandy Murillo (BS '12, journalism) produces and hosts "The Disability Minute," a weekly segment that debuted on Chicago's WBBM Newsradio in August 2021. "This is an exciting venture that helps us spread awareness about disabilities to an even wider audience," Murillo said. "Best of all, the… Read More
Sarah Min
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Sarah Min (BS '93, journalism) has been appointed by President Biden as one of the commissioners to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.  The Commission will advise the President on ways the public, private, and non-profit sectors can… Read More
Seeking Best Friend by Alison Marcotte
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Alison Marcotte (BS '15, journalism) will have her first children's picture book, Seeking Best Friend, published on January 25, 2022, by Beaming Books.  "After graduating, I continued to pursue my passion for storytelling and started a career as a children's book author," Marcotte said. "The… Read More
Matthew Ehrlich and book
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Author Matthew Ehrlich, professor emeritus of journalism, explores how the prevailing morals and values of the 1960s shaped the controversies involving two faculty members at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the new book “Dangerous Ideas on Campus: Sex, Conspiracy and Academic… Read More
Dempsey Hettinger Houston
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Journalism alumni Johnathan Hettinger (BS ’15) and Pam Dempsey (MS ’09), and Professor Brant Houston, Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting in the Department of Journalism, were part of a Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting team that won first place in a national environmental journalism… Read More
Schorsch
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Kristen Schorsch (BS '03, journalism) recently published a series of digital and audio stories she completed thanks to a fellowship with the Association of Health Care Journalists, with support from the Commonwealth Fund.  The series explores the near death of Mercy Hospital, the oldest chartered… Read More
Stu Ellis
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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
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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
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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
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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
Stephen Warren
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A first-base, utility slow-pitch softball player and a die-hard Celtics fan, Stephen Warren is a newly appointed lecturer focused on sports media in the Department of Journalism and Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising.  This fall, he is teaching Classics of Sports Journalism, Crisis… Read More
Ben Holden
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The opaque ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the public school speech case Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. shouldn’t deter school officials from disciplining students who engage in cyberbullying, harassment, or cheating, said Benjamin Holden, a teaching associate professor of journalism… Read More
Nikki Usher
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A new book by Nikki Usher, associate professor of journalism, examines the market failure of local newspapers in the context of larger U.S. problems such as rising social inequality, geographic polarization, and political discord. In News for the Rich, White, and Blue: How Place and Power Distort… Read More
Tim Schwab
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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
Tom Littlewood
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Thomas Benjamin Littlewood, who served as head of the Department of Journalism from 1977 to 1987 and retired as professor emeritus in 1996, died on June 6. He was 92 years old. "He was a powerful leader for our department in the 1980s," recalled Professor Brian Johnson.  Littlewood had a high-… Read More
Karen Hawkins
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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
Brant Houston
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Brant Houston is the Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting in the Department of Journalism and co-founder of the Institute for Nonprofit News, which now includes more than 250 members. (Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.)   On May 21, Tribune Publishing Co. confirmed that its… Read More
Dempsey and Hettinger
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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
Mike Dizon
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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
Eric Meyer
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Eric Meyer, associate professor of journalism, received the first-ever graphic designer of the year award from the Kansas Press Association, in addition to winning 19 other awards. His weekly newspaper, Marion County Record in Marion, Kansas, won 29 awards total, competing against both daily and… Read More