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Mary-Leah Assad, class of 2009, is the Communications Coordinator for REALTOR Association of the Pioneer Valley in Springfield, MA. “I run internal and external communications for the Association and I love it!"
Eric Athas, class of 2008, is a News Producer at the Washington Post's web site.
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.Last year 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 working as a Paralegal at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Mass.
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 marketing communications consultant for MassMutual's Visual Media Team. Nick is responsible for executing creative marketing projects for a variety of corporate business partners. 
Adrienne Benn, class of 2008, is working as an Account Coordinator at Patient Marketing Group, an InVentiv health Company in Princeton, NJ. She found this job after only 3 weeks of searching and is willing to be a resource for any Journalism grads looking for work in New Jersey.
Ashleigh Bennett, class of 2009, became a photographer and columnist for Cape Cod Life magazine after a streak of barista gigs and being a surly waitress. She moved to Italy to teach English as a change of pace and did freelance travel writing and photography for various websites as well for six months. Upon her return, she got a full-time job as a reporter and photographer with the Wareham Courier, a weekly paper. She covers crime stories, human interest, town government and more. She still freelances for Cape Cod Life on occasion, and also contributes to several other larger daily papers. She had an article republished in the New York Times, and was listed as a writer they are reading.
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, was hired as an editor for, an online ticketing and events-based magazine located in Brooklyn. He will be in charge of the site's upcoming expansion into podcasting. "I'm having a blast," he said.
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 . 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 Media Relations Manager at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. He is always happy to hear from and help fellow UMass journalism alums.
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 digital content manager at WGBH in Boston.
Kori Chambers, class of 2003, is the morning co-anchor at WPIX-TV in New York City.
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.
George Chidi, class of 2001, minored in Middle East Studies. He is now a mobile journalist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is a "semi-experimental kind of of roving multimedia reporter. We have digital cameras, voice recorders and laptops, andwe're told to report wha we see. I cover a suburbant area north of Atlanta. I've helped on reporting stories on Michael Vick, along with lots of crime and human interest reporting. Shout at me if you want."
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
Kevin Collins, class of 2009, is attending ESPN's Rookie Camp for new employees after landing a part-time job where he will be working with the statistics and sports information department as well as ESPN.360.
Alicia Conway, class of 2001, is working at as a technical producer.
Kevin Cullen, class of 1981, reporter at the Boston Globe and a Journalism gradaute, received the American Society of Newspaper Editors 2008 Batten Medal. Read more...
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 an Assistant Director of Internal Communications for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). 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 at the Lynnfield Villager (No. Reading, MA) as a staff reporter and living in Somerville, MA. “I was looking over the Alumni news page and aw that not a lot of people are working in print. I am! I’m working for a publisher that puts out two weekly papers in North Reading and Lynnfield. I’ve been at it for three years now and I love it. There’s a lot of doom and gloom in the newspaper industry currently, but we’re doing fine. The internships I had as a student got me this job. I showed up for the interview with plenty of clips and experience and they were happy to take me in. I can’t stress enough how important internships can be.”
Hannah Drake, class of 2006, is now an Associate Editor for, an online server virtualization resource for system architects and IT directors. . She says, "The online journalism classes were definitely a good call for the curriculum, even though they weren't available when I was a student. I'm not on the news team, but I do write occasionally. We hired new staff to free up time spent in producing daily newsletters so that I could write more articles. However, I've always been in charge of news and technical tip summary writing, and now find myself working with webcasts and podcasts with experts in the field.I also work with RSS feeds, site building, studying site metrics and watching traffic flow, tracking the budget for freelancers and HTML definitely comes in handy. Technology journalism is definitely not somewhere I thought I'd end up, but it's fun knowing what's coming before most consumers do. Writing for the web is definitely different than writing for print. You have to be a lot more concise and interesting, as people have a much shorter attention span and can be on a new Website in a single click. You also have to pay more attention to the visual aspect of the published article; if a paragraph is more than a few lines it can deter a reader. Sub-heads become a lot more important. We've started incorporating a lot more video, and my boss has suggested I take broadcast journalism training classes to work on my diction and inflection as she thinks that's where we're headed (of course, for online media, not for TV).
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 working in marketing at iCAD, Inc., an industry-leading provider of innovative detection and treatment solutions for common cancers. She works closely with digital marketing and social media initiatives and really enjoy the direct-to-patient interaction.
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 manager for the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Liz Faris uses her experience in writing a wide range of communications to effectively inform and engage residents, stake holders and the media about the organization's work with the community to revitalize Southeastern San Diego's Diamond Neighborhoods. 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. 
Brittney Figueira, class of 2014, recently accepted a position in Charleston, South Carolina as a morning news producer for the NBC affiliate, WCBD-TV
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 consulting.
Teresa Franco, class of 2008, is working as a staff writer for the Auburn News.
Adam Gardner, class of 2005, is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Jordan. "Ive been in Jordan since July, 2006, and will complete my service in August, 2008. Here I teach English to sixth graders full time, organize community projects, and act as a grass roots diplomat representing the U.S. I'll begin a masters program in International Affairs in the Fall of 2008 and will concentrate on the Middle East, security studies, and the Arabic language. The Journalism Program at UMass Amhers assisted me in finding direction simply by instilling in me a curiosity for current world events and social and political change. It also of course improved my writing skills dramatically. This will be invaluable in graduate school. I can also keep my friends and family entertrained with emails home and have some travel writing on my own." Adam had a second major in Political Science.
Zachary Gauvin, class of 2011, is writing a book, "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 in a 20 person Boston-based communications agency called 451 Marketing. The agency's areas of expertise include social media marketing, public relations, and creative development.
Eric Goodman, class of 2003, is a senior producer and editor at the National Hockey League's Before that, he worked as an editorial online producer for Major League Baseball's
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 writes a regular real estate column for the Needham Times and is a weekly contributor to
Emily Grund, class of 2010, is serving in the Peace Corps in the Phillipines.
James Hale, class of 2009, was The Collegian's Web editor and is now a System Support Analyst for The Washington Post.
Brendan Hall, class of 2007, is an editor with ESPN.
Julie Halpin, class of 2008, is working 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. Read more about Julie here.
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, class of 2006, is manager of web communications at the College of New Rochelle in New York.
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 Newsday, covering the town of Huntington, which has about 225,000 people. She focuses on local politics and government, with an eye toward accountability. She graduated from Columbia University School of Journalism in May, 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, works as an associate editor at, where he is 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 Chief of Staff for California State Senator Leland Yee in Sacramento. Adam reports that he is "still fighting the good fight, even on this side. We have passed legislation to protect student speech at colleges, cinlduing preventing prior restraint by school administrators. We have a follow-up bill that protects faculty at the high school and college levels from retailiation by administraotors for student speech (most often newspaper advisors). Adam and his wife, Isis Dallis Keigwin are the proud parents of Sienna Sojourner Keigwin, 3, and Olivia Marley Keigwin, 1 months.
Bob Kievra, class of 1987, has been City Editor at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette since September 2008, coming off an 18-month stint as acting business editor.
Kevin Knobloch, class of 1978, was named the new Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Energy.
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, recently accepted 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 called Red Sox Monster (  It became popular this summer in part because I spend way, way too much time on YouTube looking for videos of fans doing dumb things at the park."
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, class of 2007, is a Web Content Manager for the City of Boston. She manages, a job that includes manning the editorial workflow, various web projects, e-marketing, and overall digital presence for the city. She is also getting her Master's in Publishing and Writing at Emerson College, concentrating in e-publishing. "I'm happy to help any lost souls (as I was) in the Boston area," she writes.
Todd C. Lever, class of 1989, minored in Journalism with a Political Science major. In February 2007 he joined Noble Health Systems and is now the Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations at Noble Hospital in Westfield, Massachusetts. Using his Journalism-acquired media and writing skills ona daily basis, he was named to Business West Magazine's 40 under 40 list this past year. He is still living in the Pioneer Valley. 
Brooke Lindner, class of 2002, is the sales and product development director of Kidsbooks, a privately held, successful publisher of high-quality, fiction and non-fiction children's books based in Boston. All titles are educationally sound and incorporate "fun" as a learning tool. Our titles are available at Barnes & Noble, BJ's, Costco, Marshall's, Sam's, Marshall's, TJ Maxx, and more.
Evan Lloyd, class of 2007,  is living and working in Bordeaux, France. I teach English in two primary schools and also write for a company that does Search Engine Optimization and online marketing campaigns. I'm also trying my best to eat all of the cheese in the country. 
Leila Lotfi, 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 working as a solo practitioner and works with 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 working as a literary assistant at the The Lisa Elkus Group, an agency that specializes in working with culinary professionals.
Lorraine Martinelle (formerly Lorraine Urbanski), class of 1997, is director of media relations at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. In this role, she secured placements for Assumption in The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, The Boston Globe and on FOX25-TV Boston, among other outlets. 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 the Digital Content Manager for Cal Ripkin Baseball in Baltimore, Maryland. Here’s how he describes his job:"I am responsible for the production and coordination of all content that appears on our three main websites:, and our instructional youth baseball site, This involves working directly with and the MLB Network to create "Coachable Moments" with Cal Ripken, Jr. and his brother Bill - short video's that break down fundamentals at the Major League level to help young players understand how to play the game. Along with those responsibilities, I also produce a lot of multimedia content and oversee our social media presence."
Hannah McGoldrick, class of 2012, is the author of the blog Fit Girl. Happy Girl., and was hired as associate editor of Runner's World magazine.
Will McGuinness, class of 2010, is a senior editor at the Huffington Post.
Kelly McGuire, class of 2007,  is an account manager at The Breton Group, an advertising/marketing agency in Valhalla New York.
Skye McIntyre, class of 2008, is working as an account coordinator for 360 Public Relations in Boston, MA. "Thanks to my internship at FamilyFun (and the great networking and recommendations as a result of it), I got this position. I communicate with journalists on a daily basis and help plan events for our clients. Disney if one of them! I can't stress enough for all journalism students to get involved. I got this job because of my internship and my Collegian work.
Stephanie McPherson, class of 2010, is working in the Communications Department of Joslin Diabetes Center, where I am a science writer and video producer. I graduated from MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing in '11, held internships at PRI's Living on Earth and PBS NOVA. She also freelances occasionally, with pieces appearing in Technology Review and Boston Globe Magazine. She's married to a mechanical engineer, "whose constant creativity keeps my passion for science writing fresh," she said.
Allison Medoff, class of 2008, has been working as an elementary school English teacher in South Korea since August 2012.
Alana Melanason, class of 2007, is the staff writer for the Spencer New Leader, a weekly newspaper based in Southbridge, MA.
Joe Meloni former managing editor at The Daily Collegian, was hired by Brafton Media in Boston. Joe writes between 15-20 200-word stories per day based on the specific editorial demands of clients. Joe also works as a freelance sports reporter for and The Springfield Republican.
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. You can email him and follow him on Twitter @A_Merritt.
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.
Meghan Murphy, class of 2008, worked at Nationial Geographic for about a year and is now an Industry Communications Coordinator at the U.S. Travel Association.
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
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 My regular guest list includes most of The Boston Globe's sports writers, 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.
Siobhan Ramos, class of 2009, has enrolled in the Master of Letters program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Glasgow.
Julie Robenhymer, class of 2004, works as a senior writer at, where she blogs about teams from the NHL to the junior leagues. Her Twitter account is a popular spot for hockey fans, too.
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 the 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, was a double maor in journalism (B.A) and mechanical engineering (B.S.M.E.), 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. "My writing is surprisingly fresh given the low mileage, but my neighbors complain that I punish the keyboard (true), owning to learning on Smith Corona portable and Underwood boat anchors. I walked through Barlett while it was mothballed, and I hope to see the new building at some point. It looks great and well deserved for a department and field that has to change with technology." p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none}
Christa Romano, class of 2010, is 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 Boston Globe. 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 the Director of Communications and Marketing for the National Aids Fund in Washington, D.C. She has spent the past 27 years working at the Washington Post, freelancing and at various travel publications. She moved into public rlations as a media relations specialist in social marketing and management, mostly in health and education.
Morgan Rousseau, class of 2007, is working as a production assistant at the Fox News Channel. "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 working as a licensed sales associate for Howard Chase Real Estate in Miami, FL.
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 the Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs for Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, the Florida Panthers Hockey Club and the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. His duties include handling communications, including political and public affairs, magazines, social media and much more. 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 leaving the Falmouth Enterprise for a position writing for the website of UMass-Boston.
Holly Seabury, class of 2008, was doing an 8 week post-graduate internship at Oxford University Press in New York City and has just been asked to come on board as a full-time editorial assistant. 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 solutions engineer for The Nerdery, an interactive production company in Minneapolis. He helps people determine what they want and need in a new website or app. He previously worked at The Recorder, in Greenfield, Mass., where he wrote about health and education issues and helped manage At UMass, he was managing editor of the Daily Collegian and
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.
Don Staruk, class of 1981, is the editor at Tree Care Industry Magazine, a publication of the Tree Care Industry Association, in Londonderry, New Hampshire. You can email him at
Shauna Staveley, class of 2007, is attending 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. She will be running in the Hartford Marathon on October 10, 2009!
S.P. Sullivan, class of 2010, is working as an online producer at You can follow his work online.
Kirsten Swenson, class of 2010, is a publicist at Schwartz MSL Boston. She helps technology companies gain market share through media relations, from early-stage startups to publicly-held corporations.
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 accepted a position as Community Manager for Today's Business, a social media and digital advertising company. 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 the "editor, general assignments and sports writer for the I also cover sports and features for the I shoot photography in my free time, am a forwards coach the WPI women's rugby team and maintain several blogs. (with Lauren Modisette 2008 UMass Journalism grad) and" Amber also covered sports for the a chain of newspapers in south-central Nebraska and researched NFL blogs and edited the Insider magazine for before and after graduation.
Sara-Megan Walsh, class of 2006, is working as a Local Editor for on Long Island. The job combines intensive on-the-street community journalism with social media. She's a reporter, photographer, news film maker, copy editor, social media expert rolled into one. She also serves as the organization's lead reporter on local government.
Chelsea Whitton, class of 2011, is currently working at The Boston Phoenix in the sales department. After her experience with the Massachusetts Daily Collegian and other newspaper internships she decided to take a try at 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.