Find Journalism Alumni
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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 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 was 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. 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...
Robyn Brooks, class of 2004, is a UMass Amherst 2004 graduate. She majored in Journalism & History, and minored in both Middle Eastern & Judaic Studies. Robyn started her career in television, specifically casting, and moved into other roles such as event planning, and campus recruiting. She currently works for Stroz Friedberg, a cyber security consulting firm, in Talent Acquisition. Robyn resides in New York, is married to Yoav Gluckman, 2000 UMass Amherst graduate.
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.