Find Journalism Alumni
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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.