Alumni

The Journalism & Media Studies program (formerly Journalism & Mass Communications) has trained outstanding students now working in a variety of fields within and outside of journalism and media. For updates or to have your name listed on this page, email Associate Professor Lynn Klyde-Silverstein. Visit the UNC Alumni Association website.

Featured Journalism Alumni

Kaitlin Gault, 2013 graduate

Communications Specialist at City of Brighton

“Working in public relations, I’m often referred to as a storyteller. After navigating through my first two years of my undergraduate degree with an undecided major, it wasn’t until I was accepted into the Journalism program that my story really began. The next two years brought me friendships—now connections that are still strong today, challenges to think differently and challenge ‘the norm’ and respect for faculty who constantly pushed me to be and do better. Looking back, I know I would not have started my story any other way.”

Kaitlin Gault

Bridgett Weaver, 2012 graduate

Business Reporter at Greeley Tribune

"Journalism is not just a program you study in college. If you’re choosing this career, it’s because you want to make a difference. But you have to learn the rules of editorial writing in college, so you can occasionally break them once you're in the newsroom. UNC’s journalism program taught me that and so much more."

Bridgett Weaver

Jameson Rossi, 2010 graduate

Senior Copywriter at Arnold Worldwide, NYC

"Growing up, I loved to perform. Writing skits and monologues was my thing. Although it was fun, I wanted my writing to mean something more. I wanted to evoke emotion in others. Luckily, I discovered the Journalism program at UNC where I found my true voice and learned that advertising was what I wanted to do. It was extremely challenging, filled with plenty of red ink, and constant grammar lessons. But in the end, the most important lesson the program taught me was that my writing could be just as powerful as anything I ever performed."

Jameson Rossi

Ben Warwick, 2013 graduate

Writer/Producer at KCNC-TV, Denver

"There is no doubt in my mind that without the training I received at the journalism program at UNC, I wouldn't have the job I do now. The skills I learned, both in the classroom and hands-on, were invaluable, and the connections I made during my time in the program have set me up for success and given me more opportunities than I ever could have imagined."

Ben Warwick 

Journalism graduates have held or currently hold the following postitions:

  • Newspapers & Magazines (Editing & Reporting)
    • Randy Bangert, editor, Greeley Tribune
    • Stacey Bengtson, supplements editor and education reporter, San Diego Business Journal, San Diego, California
    • Tom Bredehoft, publisher, The Flagler News, Flagler, Colorado
    • Jesse Chaney, farm editor and staff writer, The Fort Morgan Times, Fort Morgan, Colorado
    • Nick DeCicco, copy editor, The Union, Grass Valley, California
    • Megan Garrison, editor, 303 Magazine, Denver
    • Jessica Gates, marketing director, Tethered by Letters, Elizabeth, Colorado
    • Martin Hamilton, editor, Johnstown Breeze, Johnstown, Colorado
    • Maria Hauskins, stringer, Windsor Beacon, Windsor, Colorado
    • Eric Heinz, staff reporter for the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle.
    • Donovan Henderson, editor, NEXTnc, Fort Collins, Colorado
    • Kurt W. Hinkle, senior reporter, Windsor Beacon, Windsor, Colorado
    • Briana Hovendick, community editor, Mile High Newspapers (Golden Transcript, Wheat Ridge Transcript, Lakewood Sentinel, and Arvada Press), Golden, Colorado
    • Lindsey Larson, sports/feature writer, Cañon City Daily Record, Canon City, Colorado
    • Heather Lilly, staff writer, MetroNorth Newspapers (Westminster Window, Northglenn-Thorton Sentinel, and Westsider), Thornton, Colorado
    • Matt Lubich, co-owner, Johnstown Breeze, Johnstown, Colorado and General Manager of The Mirror, UNC's student-run publication
    • Steve Luhm, sports columnist, Salt Lake Tribune, Utah
    • Ross Maak, copy desk chief, The Union, Grass Valley, California
    • Sandra Machuca, web editor, NEXTnc, Fort Collins, Colorado
    • Chris Marcheso, proofreader/editorial assistant, Sounds True (multimedia publishing company), Louisville, Colorado
    • Thomas Martinez, editor, Mile High Newspapers (Golden Transcript, Wheat Ridge Transcript, Lakewood Sentinel, and Arvada Press), Golden, Colorado
    • Nate Miller, sports editor, Greeley Tribune
    • Sam Mustari, sports reporter, Greeley Tribune
    • Amy Nickelson, Sunday editor, Greeley Tribune
    • Josh Opitz, copy editor, The Gazette Telegraph, Colorado Springs
    • Eli Pace, night editor at The Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville, Tenn.
    • Mark Pargas, assistant sports editor, New York Times
    • Tony Phiper, sports reporter and columnist, Fort Collins Coloradoan
    • Ed Quillen, columnist, The Denver Post
    • Josh Rhoten: Online Editor, Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Cheyenne
    • Neal Rubin, columnist, Detroit News
    • Matt Schuman, sports reporter/columnist, Greeley Tribune
    • Amy Speer, design editor, Rocky Mountain News, Denver
    • John Seelmeyer, managing editor, Northern Nevada Business Weekly, Reno, Nevada
    • Milan Simonich, reporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Heath Urie, reporter, Boulder Daily Camera, Boulder , Colorado
    • Doug Weller, editor, The Register (the weekly newspaper for the Catholic Diocese of Salina), Salina, Kansas
    • Neil Westergaard, editor, Denver Business Journal
    • Monte Whaley, staff writer, Denver Post
    • Tracy Zellitti, special sections writer, Durango Herald, Durango, Colorado
    • Trish Ragsdale, producer, The Weather Channel
    • Krystal Banner, producer, WYW Channel 19 Television, Key West Fl.
  • Online Publications (Editing, Writing & Reporting)
  • Public Relations & Advertising
    • Meg Backer, account executive, Ogilvy & Mather (advertising agency), New York, New York
    • Walt Barnhart, CEO, Carnivore Communications LLC (public relations agency), Littleton, Colorado
    • Dan Baker, Public Relations Manager, Infor Global Solutions, Chicago, Illinois
    • Kyle Boyd, copywriter, Graham Advertising, Colorado Springs, Colorado
    • Emily (Reed) Briggs, Director of Marketing and Admissions, Skyline Nursing Center, Cañon City, Colorado
    • Georgia Brown, affinity program coordinator (marketing coordinator), GroupSystems Corporation, Denver, Colorado
    • Corey Clark, project coordinator, ccINTELLECT (marketing agency), Denver, Colorado
    • Megan Collins, marketing intern, Denver Zoo, Denver
    • Bethany (Olson) DuBois, Administrative Assistant to the Public Information and Marketing Director, Aims Community College, Greeley
    • Julie Dumler, administrative assistant/coordinator of special projects, Arizona Sundogs Hockey Club, Prescott Valley, Arizona
    • Becky Farrar, public communications specialist, City of Colorado Springs
    • Brad Ficek, media planner, TracyLocke (advertising agency), Dallas, Texas
    • Matt Finn, advertising sales consultant, Northern Colorado Communications Group, Greeley, Colorado
    • Wesley Fothergill, Director of Communication and Community Resources, Thompson School District, Loveland, Colorado
    • Debbie Galle, assistant manager/community relations, El Paso County Fair, Calhan, Colorado
    • JoAnne Gattoni, regional community relations manager, Mariner Healthcare, Loveland, Colorado
    • Karen Gilkey, marketing manager, Southlands Shopping Center, Aurora, Colorado
    • Karen Height, marketing/communication director, Greeley Chamber of Commerce, Greeley
    • Deanna Herbert, public information officer/web author, Northeast Colorado Health Department , Sterling, Colorado
    • Bridget K. Houlihan, communications specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    • Bryan Johnson, associate media director, Optimedia (advertising agency), Dallas Texas
    • Rebecca Kneip, national sales assistant, ESPN, New York, New York
    • Bob Lapinski, vice president marketing, Harris (bank), Joliet, Illinois
    • Macoy Lounsberry, media planner, The New York Times
    • Cathy Lucas, director of communications, The Metropolitan State College of Denver
    • Cheryl Lutton, director of marketing, Cities West Publishing (PHOENIX Magazine and Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine), Scottsdale, Arizona
    • Holly Markley, sales assistant, Clear Channel Colorado, Denver
    • Molly (McWilliams) Markley, account executive, KTCL, Clear Channel Colorado, Denver
    • Alyson Mestler, account coordinator, McClainFinlon (advertising agency), Denver
    • Lindsey Mills, art director, Karsh Hagan, Denver
    • Brina Milton, director of audience development, 7 Stages Theater, Atlanta, Georgia
    • Ed Moreno, Principal, Ed Moreno Consulting Co., Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Associate, The Keystone Center, Keystone, Colorado
    • Lauren Moser, assistant media planner, McClainFinlon (advertising agency), Denver
    • Jennifer Nestor, account executive, Boulder Publishing (Broomfield Enterprise and Boulder Daily Camera), Boulder, Colorado
    • Andrea Niece, account executive, 97.3, KBCO, Clear Channel Colorado (major radio group), Denver, Colorado
    • Abbey O'Neil, account coordinator, Schenkein, Inc. (public relations firm), Denver
    • Anna Osborn, communications specialist, Cherry Creek Schools, Greenwood Village, Colorado
    • Jon Patton, business to business marketing coordinator, Northern Colorado Communications Group, Greeley, Colorado
    • Steven Price, director of sales, Lincoln Financial Media (KYGO-FM, KJCD-FM, KQKS-FM, KKFN-AM, KEPN-AM), Denver
    • Trevor Pulver, senior media planner, TracyLocke (advertising agency), Dallas, Texas
    • Jennifer Roedel, account executive, Swartz Communication (public relations agency), Watham, Massachusetts
    • Nicholas J. Sabula, Capt, deputy chief, Public Affairs, USAF, Italy
    • Dussteen (Grisdale) Scott, account executive, Clear Channel Colorado (major radio group), Denver
    • Eric Scott, Assistant Director of Athletic Media Relations, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida
    • Nick Skolness, associate client service specialist, Atlas Solutions, Denver
    • Dondi Smith, public relations/marketing coordinator, Professional Bull Riders, Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado
    • Christina Southern, project manager, Leopard Marketing Communications, Broomfield, Colorado
    • Matt Stewart, management associate program–marketing, Mirage Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Natalie Stevens, marketing technician, City of Greeley Water Conservation, Greeley
    • Tom Stofac, CEO, Dave, Inc. (creative advertising services), Lawrence, Kansas
    • Patricia A. Stroud, manager of business development, Junior Achievement–Rocky Mountain, Inc., Denver
    • Christine Swaim, marketing director, The Lund Partnership, Denver
    • Kelly Valentine, client relations coordinator, Center for Performance Assessment, Denver
    • Michelle Watson, senior media planner/buyer, Richmond Homes (national developer), Denver
    • Jason Webb, copywriter, Red Rocket Media Group, Windsor, Colorado
    • Jacque Williams, assistant director of recruitment communications, The Metropolitan State College of Denver
    • Chad Zulian, media development/marketing director, Parts Unlimited/Drag Specialties, LeMans Corporation, Janesville, Wisconsin
    • Dan Zyla, account manager, Comcast Spotlight, Denver
  • Television, Radio & Video Production
    • Cori Campfield-Anton, Lead Promotions Manager, K-LOVE Radio, Lakewood, Colorado
    • Mike Castellucci, reporter, WFFA-TV, Dallas, Texas
    • Steven Clark, evening news anchor, WXYZ Detroit (ABC affiliate)
    • Adam Classen, production assistant, KGWN-TV, Cheyenne, Wyoming (CBS affiliate)
    • Mike Fisher, sports talk show host, KMSR 990am, and editor and publisher, DallasBasketball.com, Dallas, Texas
    • Matthew Kruger, weather reporter, KAUZ-TV, Wichita Falls, Texas (CBS affiliate)
    • Josh Leonard, producer/writer, HGTV’s Generation Renovation, High Noon Entertainment, Denver
    • Brian Malone, co-owner, Malone Media Group, Castle Rock, Colorado
    • Bill Martin, evening news anchor, Fox 8 News, Cleveland, Ohio
    • Michael McCarthy, producer, Colorado-Pacific L.L.C. (television production), La Jolla, California
    • Sara Morris, reporter, KFOX-TV, El Paso, Texas
    • Kris Olinger, Director of AM Programming, Clear Channel Denver
    • Josh Opitz, story producer for 495 Productions. Shows include “Jersey Shore Season 5.”
    • Lesley Reno, producer, KMGH-TV, Denver (ABC affiliate)
    • Jeff Rice, operations manager, 105.7 KPMX, Sterling, Colorado
    • Guy Thiets, videographer, Feed the Children
    • Tammy Vigil, reporter, Fox News, Denver
    • Ed Werder, ESPN, NFL game day reporter
    • Sarah Yosten, weekend anchor, KGWN-TV, Cheyenne, Wyoming (CBS affiliate)
    • April Zesbaugh, morning news anchor, KOA-Radio, Denver
  • Journalism Alumni in Other Career Fields
     
    • Eric Lars Bakke, owner, Eric Lars Bakke Traditional & Digital Photography, Evergreen, Colorado
    • Denise Burgess, CEO, Burgess Mechanical, and Denver Urban Renewal Authority Commissioner, Denver, Colorado
    • Whitney DeSanti, Rodeo Approvals Manager, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Colorado Springs
    • Anita Fleming-Rife, Chair, Department of Mass Communication, Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana
    • John Gaterud, Assistant Professor, Department of Mass Communication, Minnesota State University–Mankato
    • Rick Hays, president (retired), Qwest–Montana
    • Nancy Lantis, real estate and mortgage consultant, Colorado Home Mortgage and Colorado Home Realty, Denver, Colorado
    • Lynette Medved, 4th Grade Teacher, Sierra Vista Elementary, Pueblo, Colorado
    • Mark L. Olson, executive director, The Greeley Downtown Development Authority, Greeley
    • Kelly Scott, lecturer, School of Communication, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley
    • Bobby Warner, Recreation Supervisor, Town of Windsor Parks and Recreation Department, Windsor, Colorado
    • Liz Watts, Associate Professor of Mass Communications, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
    • Ken Williams, CEO, Centennial Chapter, American Red Cross, Fort Collins, Colorado