Journalism All-Star Alumni Panel

The Journalism Program will welcome five distinguished alums back to UMass for the All-Star Alumni Panel from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, on the 10th Floor of the Campus Center.

There will also be a buffet dinner with the alums for the first 70 journalism majors to register by emailing Donna Vanasse. Seniors can begin registering on Sept. 18, juniors on Sept. 20, sophomores on Sept. 21 and freshmen on Sept. 24.

Attending students should dress as you would for an interview, because you will have a chance for one-on-one conversation with the alums below.

Maria Sacchetti

Maria Sacchetti covers immigration for The Boston Globe. She is a native of Lawrence, Massachusetts, and graduated from UMass in 1991. Since then, she has lived and worked in Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Colombia, California, and Massachusetts. She has also traveled to several other countries on assignment, including to Haiti for the 2010 earthquake and most recently to Ecuador for a murder trial. She also holds a master's degree in Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is fluent in Spanish.

Kori Chambers

Kori Chambers is currently a morning news anchor at the Fox affiliate in Chicago, IL. In his years as a newscaster he has covered everything from auto shows to political scandals and he has anchored hours of continuous breaking news coverage. Kori's career has taken him to stations across the country (Chicago, Detroit and Las Vegas) but it all starts as a student at the University of Massachusetts. His journalism career began with an internship at WGGB-TV (Springfield, MA) during his junior year.

Marc Randazza

Marc J. Randazza graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1994. After college, he worked as a freelance journalist in Washington, DC, and throughout Italy. He later attended Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree. Randazza has established a career focused on First Amendment and Internet law. His practice includes representation of adult entertainment businesses, defendants in SLAPP actions, protestors, and other free speech cases. He frequently appears on national television, offering commentary on First Amendment legal issues. Randazza is a national officer in the First Amendment Lawyer's Association and his firm, the Randazza Legal Group, has a national presence with offices in Las Vegas, Miami, Phoenix, and Toronto.

Janine Warner

After graduating in 1990, with a BA in Journalism and Spanish, Janine Warner lucked into a job as a reporter at the Pulitzer Prize-winning Point Reyes Light newspaper in Northern California. In 1995, she started writing about the Internet and designing websites. She has authored 25 books, including Web Sites For Dummies. In 1998 (thanks to an email from a UMass Professor), she became the Online Managing Editor at The Miami Herald. These days, she runs her own digital design agency, and thanks to speaking and consulting projects, she has realized her student dreams of traveling the world. Learn more at and

Eric Athas

Eric Athas is a Digital News Specialist at NPR where he works with local member stations to develop their digital content strategies. He is currently working on a project that geotargets local station content on NPR's 2.4 million-Like Facebook page. Prior to joining NPR, Eric was a producer at the Washington Post, where he managed the front page of the site, assisted in social media and blogging efforts and occasionally wrote for the newspaper. During his time at UMass, Eric was the editor of The Daily Collegian, co-founder of and he helped create's UMass 101 blog. He was also a peer adviser and teaching assistant for the Journalism Department.


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