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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 shareholders… 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
Ben Holden
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An upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case will be a major test of the First Amendment rights of K-12 public school students as well as the authority of school administrators to discipline students for cyberbullying, according to Benjamin Holden, a teaching associate professor of journalism and media law… Read More
SistersInLaw podcast
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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
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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
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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