Find Journalism Alumni
Click on a letter below to find UMass Journalism alums alphabetically by last name. If you would like to be included on this list, please submit this form.
Samantha Anderson ,class of 2017, is a News Producer at Western Mass News in Springfield, MA. She writes, edits, and times the news for live television. Contact her here.
Eric Athas, class of 2008, is the Senior Editor, Digital Training at The New York Times.
Andrea Atkins, class of 1981, is a freelance writer now living in New York. She writes magazine articles for national women's magazines, including Woman's Day, Redbook, Better Homes & Gardens, and others. "I cover health, parenting and other features, including personal essays. I received the 2007 Media Award from the International Reading Association for a series I wrote on kids and literacy."
Ryan Aubert, class of 2006, is a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in San Diego, CA.
Barbara Bartlett-Weiss, class of 2007, is the interim science writer for the UMass Press. Barbara previously had a B.S. degree in Geology, then returned to UMass for a second degree in journalism.
Nicholas Belanger, class of 2008, served as editor-in-chief of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian during his junior and senior year. While majoring in journalism, Nick also pursued a minor in art, focusing on marketing and advertising design. Nick leveraged his education in journalism into a career at MassMutual, starting out as a proposal writer and eventually becoming a proposal consultant and content manager for the MassMutual Retirement Sales Organization. Currently, Nick works at MassMutual as a creative marketer & graphic designer.
Adrienne Benn, class of 2008, is working as a Marketing Account Director at Evoke Health in New York, New York.
Ashleigh Bennett, class of 2009, is currently an English teacher in the Monomoy Public School system. She is also a co-founding craft beer blogger at www.twogirlsonebeer.com as well as author and photographer of the book “Rhode Island Beer: Ocean State History on Tap” published nationwide by The History Press.
Heidi Berenson, class of 1979, went on to earn a Masters degree from Boston University's College of Communication. A two-time Emmy and Peabody award winner for her work as a producer at ABCNews, as well as CBS News and CNN, she now heads up her own DC-based boutique firm, Berenson Communications, Inc., providing top-flight Executive Media and Presentation Training services to clients ranging from Fortune 500 executives to Members of Congress. Heidi prides herself on staying connected to UMass, and has led media training sessions for the biennial Academy for New Legislators, sponsored by the Donahue Institute, since its inaugural gathering in 1994. Feel free to follow Heidi on Facebook and on Twitter @HeidiBCI.
Ross Bernhardt, class of 2011, is a freelance writer near Hoboken, New Jersey.
Peter Billman-Golemme, class of 2000, is teaching English and journalism to 9th and 12th graderes at the South Hadley High School in South Hadley, Massachusetts. In 2004, he earned a M.Ed in English Education from Plymouth State University and his Massachusetts Teaching License. I have a blog where I write about my teaching experiences, post assignments, and publish examples of student work. It is bgenglish.blogspot.com . In June, 2008 he will be marrying Mary Kate Weller, a 2005 UMass Amherst MAT graduate in French and francophone studies.
David Bloodsworth, class of 1997, is working as the Director of Marketing and PR for Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA. "After a stint as spokesperson/communications director for Brockton Mayor John Yunits,I was hired to oversee marketing and public relations for the Fuller Craft Museu. I encourage you to come by and say hello. My wife Jocelyn and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary in September and our daughter Lydia Grace will be two in January."
Lynn Kiele Bonasia, class of 1984, is proud to announce the publication of her first novel by Touchstone Fireside, a division of Simon & Schuster. Some Assembly Required will be released in June of 2008. Set on Cape Cod, the novel tells the story of Rose, a former writer of instruction manuals, and Simon, a recovering alcoholic, who each come to the Cape to “assemble” new lives amidst a community of quirky locals and, in the process, help solve a 30-year mystery surrounding the disappearance of a teenager. After graduating, Lynn "slipped over to the dark side, pursuing a career as an advertising copywriter in Boston and New York, and later as a freelancer." She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Florida International University in 2005, and now lives in Belmont, MA, with her husband and teenage son. She fondly remembers professor Ralph Whitehead for his dynamic lectures and she was sorry to learn of the passing of her undergraduate advisor, Dario Politella, whom she also held in high regard.
Henry J. Brier, class of 1997, is the new executive editor of the Washington Continent after a two month national search. Brier has worked as a reporter for the Washington Times, the Prince George's Journal and the Daily Times in Salisbury, Maryland. Read more...
Michael Busack, class of 2006, works as the Senior Director of External Relations at South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, MA.
Bill Butcher, class of 2010, works for a federal conservation agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. My official title is "Public Affairs Specialist" but as with most bureaucratic speak, that title means little to the public. Here's what my actual job entails: media relations, writing press releases, writing feature stories for the agency's website and I serve as official spokesman for the agency's Law Enforcement program in the Northeast region. In addition to my traditional public relations duties, I'm also heavily involved in video production, photography and social media for the agency's Youtube, Flickr, Twitter and Facebook pages.
Larry Carpman, class of 1975, is the first Journalism graduate to serve on the UMass Board of Trustees and the founder of Carpman Communications. Read more in a profile written by Prof. Ralph Whitehead.
Jill Carroll, class of 1999, started recruit training in August, 2008 in Virginia to become a firefighter and emergency medical technician. One of the men believed to be responsible for her kidnapping while reporting in Iraq in 2006 for the Christian Science Monitor was recently arrested in Baghdad. Read her story...
Kristi Ceccarossi, class of 2001, is the Director of Operations at Common Media, Inc., located in Hadley, MA.
Jack Chevalier, class of 1965, Entered UMass in 1953 and became part-time student after landing job at Springfield Daily News in 1956. Finally graduated in 1962. Helped Collegian go from twice-a-week to three times a week. Celebrated Dodgers' first World Series title at Barselloti's in 1955. Tried again in 1956 but they lost seventh game. Wrote and edited sports for 48 years in Springfield, Baltimore, Philly and Wilmington, Del. Wrote "Broad Street Bullies" about the team he nicknamed. All-night cabbie now.
George Chidi, class of 2001, went on to get his MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business in 2010. He is the founder of Neon Flag, a "competitive intelligence consultancy dedicated to hard-to-elicit primary market intelligence about its clients' competitors."
Matt Clark, class of 2006, who was on the UMass Amherst cross-country team and now works for Admissions, is running again, having overcome some leg injuries. He placed 10th at the Rhody 5K Road Race in a field of 701 runners and clocked a personal best time. Read more...
Sara Cody, class of 2010, is working as a science writer and managing editor at Boston University College of Engineering. She is married to fellow UMass Journalism alum Jeffrey R. Larnard (class of 2010).
Sarah Coffey, class of 1997, is an editor on the Real-Time News Desk at the Wall Street Journal in New York City. Feel free to contact her at email@example.com.
Kevin Collins, class of 2009, is a Production Manager for Patriots.com Radio. After graduating in 2009, Kevin attended ESPN's Rookie Camp for new employees after landing a part-time job where he worked with statistics and the sports information department as well as ESPN.360. Kevin was also a producer at 98.5 The Sports Hub from 2009-2010.
Alicia Conway, class of 2001, completed a MBA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2009. She is now the VP, Technology Vendor Management at Bank of America in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Kevin Cullen, class of 1981, is a Columnist at The Boston Globe. Read his Globe Bio...
Peter K. Delani, class of 1987, is a co-founder of ROAD S?GNS, a company formed "to advance humanity by helping others to identify and fulfill their life purposes." His first book, "A Walk With Daimon" is scheduled for release Jan. 21, 2008. His second major was in Political Science with a minor in history.
Olga Deshchenko, class of 2010, is the Director of Communications and Marketing for NYC Health and Hospitals. HHC consists of 11 hospitals, six diagnostic and treatment centers, and more than 75 community health clinics and is the largest municipal healthcare system in the country. HHC employs 35,000 people and annually cares for 1.4 million New Yorkers.
Matthew J. Despres, class of 2003, is an English teacher at Revere High School in Revere, MA. "...and had the great pleasure of inviting Maddy Blais to speak with a classroom of journalism students at Amherst Regional High School in 2007."
Michael DiNatale, class of 2006, is working as a Technology Project Manager for BioOne.
Hannah Drake, class of 2006, is now the Product Marketing Manager at par8o in Boston.
Sean DuBois, class of 2003, teaches Journalism, Mass Communications, English and History at Quabbin Regional High School in Barre, MA. "Also, I help run a 200-cow dairy farm, Carter and Stevens Farm, with my wife, Molly Stevens, an alumni from the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture. After graduating from UMass with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Film Studies, I worked for WCVB-TV in Boston for the show, Chroniicle. I also worked as a newspaper reporter for The Gardner News and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. I am currently working toward a M.Ed degree in Learning, Media and Technology at UMass-Amherst.
Chelsea Dugan, class of 2011, is now the Director of Downstream Marketing at Xoft, a subsidiary of iCAD, Inc.
John P. Estrella, class of 1991, currently runs the Able Mortgage Company in New Bedford, MA. "I live in Berkley (pop. 5,749), where I endured with Mary (HRTA '91) for years as the sole UMass hoops fanatics until tiny-town superstar and 6-7 beanpole defensive specialist Tony Gaffney made a splash on campus. Left journalism in 2003 after five years as business editor at The Patriot Ledger in Quincy and the hellacious commute it required. I now run a ABLE Mortgage Co. in New Bedford - 'When you're ready ... we're ABLE!' - , direct the town's youth baseball program for the 9th year and parent Alex, 14; Zack, 12; and Hope, 9. I published a monthly newspaper in the Berkley from 1999 to 2001. Maybe I'll do it again." He had a second major in Political Science with a concentration in Philosophy.
Chris Evans, class of 1992, works as a staff photojournalist at the Boston Herald, a job he took in 2009 after working at the Springfield Republican for over a decade. Visit his website to see a selection of his award-winning photography.
Elizabeth Beamer Faris, class of 2003, is the Communications Officer at San Diego Hunger Coalition. Her background includes developing and implementing creative public participation opportunities and behavior change campaigns, creating strategic communication plans, social media management, blogging and fostering community relationships. She has a proven track record working with elected officials, businesses, neighborhood associations and local, statewide and national government agencies, as well as non-profit organizations to effect positive change.
Chelsie Field, class of 2015, is the Assistant Director of Annual Giving at UMass Amherst. She is "Western MA born, rasied and educated." Follow her on Twitter @seafeezle.
Brittney Figueira, class of 2014, recently was hired as a Producer for NBC Boston.
Jim Foudy, class of 1968, recently retired as publisher of the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Mass. His 43-year career in New England newspapers included reporting, editing, marketing, and long-range planning for print and online products. He is currently an Adjunct Professor with our UMass Journalism Department.
Teresa Franco, class of 2008, is working as an Editorial Coordinator for Homes For Our Troops.
Allie Furlo class of 2017, works as an Associate Operator at ESPN in Bristol, CT. Contact her by email.
Adam Gardner, class of 2005, is a Resident Physician in family medicine, Captain in US Army and returned Peace Corps volunteer.
Molly Gately, class of 2016, is the Assistant Director of Content Development for The North American Thrombosis Forum.
Zachary Gauvin, class of 2011, wrote a published memoir, "Miracle Kid," about his journey after surviving a traumatic brain injury in a 2006 car accident. He started the blog Brain Injury Support Group in 2009, and works as a personal trainer in his hometown Leominster.
Arlen "AJ" Gerritson, class of 1999, is a founding parter of 451 Marketing, "an award-winning, fully integrated marketing, advertising, and communications agency that specializes in creative design, advertising, public relations, digital marketing, media buying, experiential events, and content marketing. Headquartered in Boston with offices in New York and Los Angeles, Agency 451 brings the big ideas that help Ignite Brand Love."
Victoria Groves, class of 2000, got her Masters' degree in public policy and public administration in 2002. She is a Boston-based writer, editor and writing instructor and has been published in a variety of local and national publications, including The Improper Bostonian, Yoga, and Scouting. She currently is the Events and Communications Manager at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Emily Grund, class of 2010, is serving in the Peace Corps in the Phillipines.
Jackie Hai, class of 2009, is a Senior Digital Editor at KJZZ, the NPR member station in Phoenix, AZ. You can follow her work here.
Brendan Hall, class of 2007, is a Personalization Editor at ESPN.
Julie Halpin, class of 2008, is a Partner with Derris, a full-service brand strategy and communications agency headquartered in New York City. Previously she worked as the deputy press secretary for U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY). During her last semester at UMass, she got an internship as a production intern on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Dr. Peter Hendrickson, class of 1966, is currently a graduate Masters in Teaching Instructor with Western Washington University (assessment & evaluation) and Affiliate Asst Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington (traumatic brain injury research). He retired from Assessment and Research position with Everett, WA public schools, after serving for several years as curriculum director and public school principal. He began teaching in Ecuador in the early 1970s followed by administrative stints in Ohio, Alaska and several Washington cities. He started a daily newspaper with students in Ecuador including women's prison and military coup interviews; made a movie with MS students in Oberlin; and edited, published four local history books in Ohio and Washington; hosted, produced 50+, live cable TV shows featuring local artists; chaired several professional conferences and currently edits a wilderness navigation newsletter/journal for The Mountaineers (Seattle). UMass print and broadcast study (Arthur Musgrave, Dario Politella, Al Oickle) and practice (WMUA, Greenfield Recorder-Gazette, WHMP and Collegian) were wonderful starts to a brief journalism career--Hartford Times, Springfield Daily News, Australian TV script writing and technical writing--and ongoing educational career. He double majored in English with a minor in Biology. (Rev Aug 2017)
Danielle Henry Beale, class of 2006, is the Director of Marketing at Empowerment Health located in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Barbara Hoffman, class of 1977, learned much from Howard Ziff, Sally Grimes and Larry Pinkham, and went on to wonderful jobs at the Gloucester Daily Time, the (Bergen) Record, and the New York Post, where "this unabashed liberal has been happily writing and editing arts stories for the last 15 years."
Jessica Hollstein, class of 2008, is working at Newbury College in Brookline as an Academic Administrator.
Katie Huston, class of 2008, was managing editor of the Daily Collegian. She spent her junior year abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She was awarded the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, which funds graduate study at any British university and was the first such scholar to be named from UMass Amherst in more than 30 years. She earned an M.A. in Global Political Economy at the University of Sussex and an M.Sc. in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics. After graduate school she moved back to South Africa, where she spent nearly three years as the development manager of a local non-profit organisation, the South African Education & Environment Project (SAEP). In 2014 she joined the DG Murray Trust, a private South African foundation, to manage their education portfolio.
Mackenzie Issler, class of 2007, is a reporter at The News-Times/Hearst Connecticut Media Group in Danbury, Connecticut, covering health, human services and immigration. Previously she was a reporter for Newsday, covering the town of Huntington, which has about 225,000 people. She focused on local politics and government, with an eye toward accountability. She graduated from Columbia University School of Journalism in 2012, where she focused on investigative journalism. She wrote her thesis on the women's prison in Haiti and the issue of prolonged and illegal detention there and the U.S. culpability in it all. She went to Haiti for three weeks, which included two visits to the prison. For four years, she worked at The Recorder in Greenfield, Mass., where she was the education, health and human services reporter.
Bryant Jordan, class of 1979, is a freelance writer in County Kildare, Ireland. He previously worked as an associate editor at Military.com, where he was credentialed to report on the White House, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill.
Jason Kadish, class of 2001, is working as a criminal defense attorney in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.
Bennett Karoll, class of 2015, is an associate producer for SiriusXM's Fantasy Sports Radio in Washington, DC.
Adam J. Keigwin, class of 1999, is the Managing Director at Mercury Public Affairs in Sacramento, CA. Previously he was the Chief of Staff for California State Senator Leland Yee in Sacramento.
Bob Kievra, class of 1987, works in Strategic Communications at National Grid in Waltham, MA. He had been City Editor at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette from September 2008 until February 2017.
Kevin Knobloch, class of 1978, recently completed a three and a half year appointment as the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Obama Administration.
Kristen Laine author of recently published American Band, a book about an elite high school marching band (Gotham Books, August 2007), began work on the book while enrolled in an undergraduate creative nonfiction course taught by Journalism professor Maddy Blais. The book has received national attention, with reviews appearing in publications as diverse as Parade and Entertainment Weekly. She has also appeared on television and radio programs, including NPR Radio's "Talk of the Nation." Link to reviews of her book at the Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune.
Dan Lamothe, class of 2004, has been a National Security Writer at the Washington Post since 2014. Previously, he held a position with the Army Times Publishing Co. which covers the Marine Corps. He also was recruited to blog about the World Series for Yahoo! Sports. "They picked meup on the basis of an offbeat blog I run on the side for MassLive.com called Red Sox Monster."
Katie Landers, class of 2003, worked for the Boston Celtics in sales and marketing for six years, including the 2008 championship season. She left for a second bachelor's degree in Nursing from UMass Boston, graduated in 2012 and currently works in obstetrical health.
Nicole Leete Barrell, class of 2007, is a Associate Manager, ECommerce & Analytics at Boston Interiors. Previously she was the Web Content Manager for the City of Boston. She managed CityofBoston.gov, a job that included manning the editorial workflow, various web projects, e-marketing, and overall digital presence for the city. She also recieved a Master's in Publishing and Writing at Emerson College, concentrating in e-publishing.
Todd C. Lever, class of 1989, is a Marketing, Branding and Public Relations Consultant at The Creative Group in Hartford, CT. He has 25 years of communications, marketing and public relations experience.
Brooke Lindner, class of 2002, is the Sales Director-North America at Hinkler, a global, independent publisher based in Melbourne, Australia. "Sales and product development lead for North American market along with a key focus on product development and customization. On the product side, this involves generations across product categories based on customer feedback and various trends. On the sales side, this involves key account management along with new business development."
Evan Lloyd, class of 2007, is a Software Developer for PatientsLikeMe in Cambridge, MA.
Leila Lotfi Gagon, class of 2002, went on to obtain a Masters Degree in Print & Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College in May 2007. She is currently the Associate Interactive Marketing Manager of Email for the American Automobile Association (AAA). In her current role at AAA corporate, she creates website content and manages the email marketing program for all of AAA’s product lines (e.g., Travel, Insurance, Automotive, and Membership just to name a few) for seven regional markets. Prior to joining AAA, Leila was a Web Editor for three years at Bowtie Incorporated (now I-5 Publishing), the world’s leading publisher of animal books and magazines (e.g. Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, Horse Illustrated, and Pet Product News). During her time there, she was responsible for three B2B websites and was awarded with the Outstanding All-Around Editor of the Year award for her accomplishments. Leila is more than happy to talk with students about their career goals.
Stacy Malone, class of 1994, is an attorney and Executive Director of the Victim Rights Law Center—the first, and one of only a few, nonprofit organizations to provide free legal sevices to sexual assault and rape victims.
Samantha Marsh, class of 2012, is a freelance journalist and elementary school teacher in Sunderland, MA.
Lorraine Martinelle (formerly Lorraine Urbanski), class of 1997, is the Director of Public Relations and Social Media at Nichols College. Formerly, she was the director of media relations at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. She previously held a public relations position at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, was the first woman editor of the Southbridge Evening News, worked as a legislative aide in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and served the town of Sturbridge (Mass.) on its Board of Selectmen.
Jamie Mason, class of 2007, is a bankruptcy reporter for The Deal LLC in NYC.
Terrence McCarthy, class of 1977, graduated cum laude with a degree in English/journalistic studies. He has worked a newspaper reporter and op-ed columnist, with op-ed pieces published in The Wall Street Journal, Providence Journal, Hartford Courant, Charlotte Observer and other newspapers. He is the author of a memoir, "You Had To Be There - from Web Town To Psych Ward," and two collections of humorous and personal essays, "Road Work" and "Piece Work." His fourth book, and third essay collection, "Blood Work," is expected to be published soon. He is also a regular commentator for NPR on Robin Hood Radio, WHDD. Visit his website here.
Adam McGillen, class of 2009, is working as Marketing Automation Manager at Merkle.
Hannah McGoldrick, class of 2012, is the Senior Social Media Editor, Runner's World and Bicycling at Rodale, located in Pennsylvania.
Will McGuinness, class of 2010, is the Social, Digital, and Knowledge Strategist at Columbia University in New York. He was previously a senior editor at the Huffington Post.
Kelly McGuire Payne, class of 2007, is a Customer Success Manager, Enterprise Consultant at Sales Performance International in Charlotte, North Carolina. Previously,she held jobs at Glassdoor and Indeed.com.
Skye McIntyre-Bolen, class of 2008, is an Experienced Public Relations Senior Account Supervisor at ReviveHealth.
Stephanie McPherson, class of 2010, is working as a freelance Writer and Multimedia Producer. Her clients include Joslin Diabetes Center, Marine Biological Laboratory and MIT's Environmental Solutions Initiative. She graduated from MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing in '11, held internships at PRI's Living on Earth and PBS NOVA. She's married to a mechanical engineer, "whose constant creativity keeps my passion for science writing fresh," she said.
Allison Medoff, class of 2008, is the Assistant Manager - Boston Office for GPI US Inc.. "Helping to promote global education for young people through a wide variety of overseas empowerment and global leadership home stay programs, exchange programs, and study-abroad programs."
Luke Meredith, class of 1998, is working as an AP Sports Writer in Des Moines, IA.
Andrew Merritt, class of 2005, was on the Daily Collegian staff from 2001-05 serving as the sports editor and then managing editor. After graduating, he spent nearly two years on the sports staff at The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, before moving on to be a copy editor for three and a half years at the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham. In July 2010, he became the editor of the Waltham News Tribune, and is a regular contributor to the New England Hockey Journal and New England Baseball Journal. He's also had freelance work published by the Boston Herald, the Associated Press, the Denver Post and the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Andrew now works as a Copywriter at Global Rescue LLC. You can email him and follow him on Twitter @A_Merritt.
Alissa Mesibov, class of 2013, is a Donor Services Associate at the American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU) in New York, NY. "Since graduating, I went on to get my MFA in Performing Arts Management with a focus in development. I have worked for several large non-profit institutions in New York, including the Public Theater, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, and now, the ACLU." Contact her here.
Mary-Leah (Assad) Messenger, class of 2009, is the Director of US Communications & Policy at National Grid in Boston, MA.
Andrew Miga, class of 1979, has worked as a reporter at Associated Press for the past six years. He is based in Washington, D.C., and covers politics, focusing on members of Congress from the Northeast states, including New York, Pennsylvania and New England. He was mentored by Ralph Whitehead and started his career at daily and weekly newspapers in Massachusetts before working as a general assignment reporter, political reporter and Washington bureau chief for the Boston Herald for many years, beginning in 1986.
Erik Milster, class of 2003, is currently a Vice President at Goldin Solutions, a public relations agency in New York City.
Joseph Modugno, class of 2009, is currently working as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English at Dingxi Teachers College in northwest China. He will be there for two years.
Suzanne Morse, class of 1995, is a Vice President with Boston's O'Neill and Associates. You can follow her on Twitter @sznnmorse.
Caroline Moss, class of 2009, recently started working as the Marketing Coordinator for Partners in Care NY, an affiliate of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York which is the largest provider of home health care in the U.S.
Hanseth Ngamdumrongyuenyong, class of 2012, is a digital marketing content manager currently employed at hipflat, a property portal company in Thailand. He oversees the company's blog about house design, decoration and lifestyle.
Elizabeth Nielsen, class of 2003, is an Assistant News Manager at Newsday. "It's funny. Maddy Blais told me on the day I graduated that someday I'd be some sort of Internet journalism guru. I kind of snickered, thinking that I really wanted to be a page designer. Low and behold, I'm a full-fledged Web journalist, blogging and shooting/editing video of everything from the Olympics to New York City Fashion Week."
Meredith O'Brien, class of 1991, is a Boston area writer and teaches journalism at Northeastern University. Her third book, Mr. Clark's Big Band: A Year of Laughter, Tears and Jazz, was published in May 2017. Follow her on Twitter (@MeredithOBrien) or check out her web page.
Kerry O'Grady graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2006, with a double major in Journalism & English and a Psychology minor. In May 2011, she received her Master's Degree in Public Relations & Corporate Communications from New York University. She works as a marketing manager at Parents and American Baby Magazines, a segment of the Meredith Corporation. Read her article about why journalism is a great major for students interested in public relations, and contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt O'Rourke, class of 2007, was one of several reporters from the Waterbury (CT) Republican American who won the Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine Award for open government reporting.
Kate Olesin, class of 2009, was The Collegian's night and copy supervisor. She's now an editorial assistant for National Geographic.
Julie Olsen, class of 1994, is a staff attorney in the Superior Court Trial Unit at the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Her office is in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Barnaby Page, class of 1989, is an attorney in South Carolina. He attended Charleston School of Law and has a practice in renewable energy technologies (pro bono work) and privacy and national security law with ADREM LLC.
Dan Peltier, class of 2014, was recently hired full-time at Skift after completing a summer internship there. Skift offers news and services to travelers and travel industry professionals.
Jonathan Perry, class of 1987, launched a music, memoir, and pop culture blog/story archive, "RPM: Life In Analog," where he writes and posts frequently about music, vinyl records (and record collectors), and some of the hundreds of artists and bands he's interviewed and covered for The Globe (where he launched its weekly "Scene & Heard" local music column). For more than 15 years, he has been working as a music journalist, columnist and critic for print and online publications such as Rolling Stone, CMJ New Music Network, The Boston Phoenix, and The Boston Globe. Jonathan spent his college years writing for The Amherst Bulletin, Daily Hampshire Gazette, and of course, The Collegian. After winning a New Jersey Press Association First Place Award for Critical Writing in the Arts for a few pieces he wrote while moonlighting from his regular beat as The Trenton Times' City Hall reporter, Jonathan decided it was a divine sign and turned to writing about music full-time. 2015 marks his 20th anniversary of taking the freelance plunge to live his dream of writing about, and listening to, music morning, noon, and night.
Danny Picard, class of 2007, started in January 2009 "a radio gig at Boston's Talk Variety WBNW 1120 AM, hosting a sports talk show 5 nights a week from 6-8 p.m... it's slowly become a success. A month ago, the station had me replace CNN's Lou Dobbs in the drive-time slot from 4-6 p.m. (Dobbs was nationally syndicated through the station). So that's where I stand. I'm currently the host of Boston's newest drive-time sports talk show called "I'm Just Sayin" weeknights from 4-6 on WBNW 1120 AM (Boston), WPLM 1390 AM (Plymouth), WESO 970 AM (Southbridge), and worldwide on YouCastr.com. My regular guest list includes most of The Boston Globe's sports writers, NESN.com writers, and other local sports talent. We've even been talking about possibly extending my show from 2-6 p.m. everyday. In March, I received a national honor of sorts: TALKERS Magazine's Frontier Fifty: A selection of outstanding talk media webcasters. Even though I use local radio as my primary output, it's a pretty special list to be on, with guys like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Dave Ramsey, etc.
Dom Poli, class of 2009, is working as a news reporter at the Brattleboro Reformer in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Daryl Popper, class of 2008, is working at The Washington Center in Washington, D.C. as a Program Coordinator. She will be on campus in February 2009 recruiting students for internships.
Joe Quinlan, class of 1980, has been an assistant district attorney since December 1988, and worked in the Hampden, Hampshire/Franklin and Middlesex offices before moving to Worcester in March 2007. Upon graduating from UMass, heworked for the Associated Press in Boston, Knoxville, TN and Springfield, MA before enrolling in law school in 1984 at Western New England College in Springfield. While working at the Hampshire/Franklin District Attorney's Office in Northampton and Greenfield, he taught "Covering the Courts" course at night at the Journalism Department. He'll be happy to help any journalism majors with law-school questions.
Kathleen Ralls, class of 2000, is a 2013-14 Fulbright Scholar in Norway who moonlights as a history teacher while coaching field hockey and track and field in the Lowell area.
Stephanie Ramirez, class of 2016, is currently a Communications Assistant at the Princeton University Library in Princeton, NJ. She mainly works in writing and social media. You can contact her by email.
Siobhan Ramos, class of 2009, has enrolled in the Master of Letters program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Glasgow.
Glen Roberts, class of 1994, is currently an active-duty Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, serving as the Director of the Air Force Entertainment Liasion Office in Hollywood, California. That office facilitate authentic U.S. Military presence and support in movies and television, including recent movies such as Godzilla, Man of Steel, Lone Survivor, Iron Man, Disney's PLANES, and several others. Television projects include recent episodes of Hawaii Five-O, NCIS and The Last Ship. He entered the USAF as an officer upon graduation in 1994, and has been delployed on five continents since. Roberts earned a Masters in Mass Communication from the University of South Florida in 2006 and a Masters in International Relations from Naval Post-Graduate School, Monterey, California, in 2008. He worked as a speechwriter and spokesman for UnderSecretary of State at the US Dept of State (2008-2010) in Washington, DC, and as an official spokesperson for the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon from 2004-2006.
Sarah (DeMaster) Roggio, class of 1991, is a freelance Education and E-Learning Writer and Editor. She previously was a Curriculum Manager for Kaplan University, an online university, where "I have fun working with the faculty to develop Arts & Sciences courses. My job includes working with publishers to incorporate e-textbooks, audio, video, etc., and it's interesting to be participating in the 21st-century changes in the publishing world. My husband Neil and I love living in Chicago, where we've been since I got my master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University in '97. I moved into the world of education shortly afterward, writing for children's educational publishers. I continue to work on children's writing in my spare time; I'm attending the University of Chicago part-time to pursue a certificate in creative writing/novel, and am working on a historical novel for middle-grade students."
Kenneth Rolt, class of 1984, is a Chief Scientist at AIRMAR Technology Corp. At UMass, he was a double maor in journalism (B.A) and mechanical engineering (B.S.M.E.), and then recieved 1991 S.M. from MIT in ocean engineering, and 1994 Ph.D. from MIT in acoustics, and a lot of engineering in between and since. Contact him by email.
Christa Romano, class of 2010, works in Marketing and Business Development for a start up called Bublup. Before moving back to New York, Christa was the Editor in Chief of Thailand Property Magazine, a start-up magazine distributed all over the country. She moved to Thailand after working for a digital marketing agency in New York City.
Steven Rosenberg, class of 1981, is a reporter at The Jewish Journal. After working as a TV documentary director for 17 years, Steven Rosenberg returned to print journalism, and in 2002 became a staff reporter for The Boston Globe. Rosenberg still makes films. His latest documentary, "For the Sake of Allah" is scheduled to be released in 2009. It focuses on the leadership and theology of Hamas, and includes interviews with jailed Hamas leaders who oversaw numerous suicide bombings in Israel.
Debra Roth, class of 1980, is a Communications consultant at Roth Communication, Africa's leading Narrative Intelligence™ consultancy. "The company helps South African and international companies, non-profit organisations and universities to assess whether their business objectives are being realized - through the power of Story and best practice communications solutions."
Morgan Rousseau, class of 2007, is now working as Managing Editor at Metro US. This is what she said a few years ago: "Greetings! I am a 2007 graduate of UMass, where I double majored in Journalism and Communications with a Film Studies Certificate. After about a year of struggling in the Big Apple, a city I glamorized as the Mecca of journalism, I finally landed a great gig at Fox News National headquarters, where I am a Media Desk Production Assistant. I also have been freelancing at local newspapers since moving here after graduation. I've been humbled by my experience of job hunting in this industry. I've learned that you have to make your own opportunities in life, and perseverance and patience are a must! In the end it pays off, although I know I'm a long way from the finish line, I am confident it is waiting for me on the horizon. I want to wish the best of luck to the aspiring journalists of UMass, and give them one important message -- THE COLLEGIAN AND OR INTERNSHIPS REALLY ARE A MUST (and they are a blast, too!). Best Regards, Morgan Rousseau"
Anthony Rouzier, class of 2009, is currently a Head Coach for a German football team, the Hamburg Huskies.
Jason M. Rubin, class of 1985, has been a senior writer at Libretto Inc., a strategic messaging and content development firm located in Boston, for the past 14 years. Prior to that, he was a key member of various corporate communications, marketing communications, public relations, and investor relations groups in leading companies. He also does freelance journalism and marketing writing. In September 2012, his first novel, The Grave & The Gay, was published by Vantage Point Publishing.
Naomi Rudov, class of 2005, is now the Assistant Director of Communications at The Winsor School in Boston. In May 2013, she received her Master's in Communications Management from the Simmons School of Management. Previously, she worked in the Simmons athletics department as the Sports Information Director from 2008-2011, then as the Marketing and Communications Manager from 2011-13.
Matt Sacco, class of 2003, is currently a Governmental Consultant for The Rubin Group. Previously he served as VP of Strategy for Roc Nation and was the Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs for Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, the Florida Panthers Hockey Club and the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. Sacco has guest lectured on public relations and governmental affairs to classes at the University of Miami and Barry University. In 2012 he was named the Fort Lauderdale Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year.
Martha Scanlon, class of 2006, is an Account Manager at Global Interconnect, Inc.. She is also a freelance writer.
Nathalie Sczublewski, class of 2014, is a Freelance Journalist in Florida. Contact her by email and follow her on Twitter @NathalieStacey.
Holly Seabury, class of 2008, is the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Development & Campaign at the Boston Children's Hospital. She did an 8 week post-graduate internship at Oxford University Press in New York City. She attributes her success to her experience at the Collegian and her internship as an undergraduate at the UMass Press.
Stephen Seche, class of 1974, appointed ambassador to Yemen. Read more.
Chris Shores, class of 2012, is a Technical Business Analyst for The Nerdery, a custom software development company in Minneapolis. He works with companies to design and develop websites and apps that achieve their business goals. He previously worked at The Recorder, in Greenfield, Mass., where he wrote about health and education issues and helped manage Recorder.com. At UMass, he was managing editor of the Daily Collegian and DailyCollegian.com. Contact him via email.
Aviva Slomich, class of 2007, is working as the National Student Coordinator for CAMERA, the Committee for Accurate Middle Eastern Reporting in America, in Allston, MA.
Jessica Smith, class of 2006, (now Jessica Michalski) is the new News Director for WSBS 860 AM in Great Barrington, MA.
Eric Soderstrom, class of 2003, is the Manager of Communications for Titleist. After graduation, he spent six years as a writer and editor for Golfweek Magazine.
Shauna Staveley, class of 2007, most recently was a Social Media Specialist at Bose Corporation. She attended Springfield College's highly competitive graduate program in Strength & Conditioning. She has worked as a reporter with the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, MA and plans to continue doing freelance work with local newspapers.
Brian Sullivan, class of 1984, is a Reporter for Bloomberg News. "I graduated from the journalism program at UMass in 1984 and I have been working as a journalist ever since. I currently cover the point where weather and climate intersect with energy and finance. In the past I have worked as an editor, tech reporter, freelancer, cartoonist and illustrator." Contact him here.
Rebecca Thatcher Murcia, class of 1986, published Seeking Saúl: an American Mother's Journey to Colombia, a memoir of the year she spent raising her young sons in her late husband's country. She lives in Akron, Penn., and works as a court interpreter and a soccer coach.
Cynthia Therrien, class of 2009, is a Massachusetts licensed independent insurance broker certified in long-term care. She and her husband, a certified financial planner, run INVEST Financial Corporation, their own “mom-and-pop-style" business on Main Street in Amherst.
Elisa Thomas, class of 1995, works as the Director of Digital Education at Estée Lauder in New York City. Her specialties include digital marketing and strategy, social media and brand development, and she recently kicked off a lecture series sponsored in her family's name with a screening and discussion of "The Two Escobars" with filmmaker Jeff Zimbalist. She also created the Thomas Family Scholarship with her family to encourage journalism students to work in new media.
Michele Thorkelsen, class of 2014, recently started as an SEO Strategist at Resolution Media after 3 years at Today's Buisness, a social media and digital advertising company. At Today's Business, Michele worked her way up through several roles from Content Creator to Senior SEO Strategist. As a student, she heard about a summer internship opportunity with them through the Monday Memo and was offered a full-time job after completing the internship.
Amber Vaillancourt, class of 2008, is now a Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist (BROS) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Massachusetts.
Cheryl Walsh, class of 1975, heads the Marketing/Communications/PR & Alliances group for FIRST® Robotics, a $50 million non-profit headquartered in Manchester, N.H., and started by inventor Dean Kamen of Segway fame. FIRST includes four K-12 programs in robotics/STEM developed each year for over 350,000 participants worldwide in over 60 countries.
Sara-Megan Walsh, class of 2006, is an Editor at Times Beacon Record Newspapers in Setauket, NY. Previously she served as a paralegal and the Local Editor for Patch.com on Long Island.
Chelsea Whitton, class of 2011, is currently working as a Special Education Paraprofessional in Brookline Public Schools. Previously she held a postion at The Boston Phoenix in their sales department. Her experience with the Massachusetts Daily Collegian and other newspaper internships led her to the print industry in Boston. Before that, she was a News Writer at WHDH-TV 7 News for their daily newscasts and nightly news, as well as the Today in New England weekend program, writing scripts, selecting video for broadcast and keeping up with the pace of breaking news. She said she got both jobs because of the encouragement the Journalism program provided and for being self-motivated to make a difference through journalism. Chelsea currently lives in Boston.
Michelle Williams, class of 2013, is currently working as a senior reporter with MassLive. After several years working with Massachusetts Daily Collegian, she co-founded Pioneer Magazine in her senior year. She began working at MassLive in 2013 as an associate producer, working her way up to reporter in 2014 then senior reporter in 2017. Her time at UMass Amherst, both in the journalism department and working on the college paper, taught her how to keep up with the pace of breaking news and to trust her gut on stories. Michelle lives in Western Massachusetts.
Sheryl Wolnik, class of 2007, has recently started work as editor at Primenewswire, a NASDAQ company in Maynard, MA.
Gregory Zenon, class of 1996, is an attorney in private practice in New York City, with a focus on criminal defense, civil rights, and First Amendment and entertainment law. He also teaches martial arts, specifically the Samurai Sword. He is an editor of the Brooklyn Bar Association's newspaper, The Barrister, and the Legal Advisor to the Festival of the Offensive, a New York City based theater production company.