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Here are a few of our recent alumni and information on what they have been working on since graduating from the Journalism graduate program. Their experiences after college go to show the wide range of work to which study in Journalism can lead.
Gia graduated with a BA in Communication Studies in 2008 and an MA in Journalism in 2009. She attributes the skills, values and work ethic she learned at DePaul with guiding her throughout her career. Currently, Gia is spearheading a program at the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to launch websites for all CPS schools and to provide training for ongoing site maintenance. Previous to her work with CPS, Gia gained experience in online media at Travelzoo, where she managed travel advertising campaigns. She also spent time working in broadcast television at Harpo Studios for the Oprah Winfrey Show in the production, post-production and research departments, and at WBBM-TV as an assignment desk assistant and field producer.
An Ohio native, Tina worked as an anchor/reporter at the CBS affiliate in Toledo after graduation from DePaul. Following a contract cycle with CBS, she realized that the PR side of news was a better fit, and since 2012, she has worked for The MetroHealth System in her hometown of Cleveland. Tina was hired in as a media and communications specialist and was promoted to manager of media relations the following year. “I am so grateful for my experience in Chicago and my DePaul education,” Tina said. “It is priceless.”
Vince is an assignment desk associate at CBS 2 Chicago who also field produces stories for on-air use. He has covered everything from the 2015 race for Chicago's mayor, to crime and courts in the city. Prior to working at CBS 2, Vince worked at WBBM Newsradio as an assistant producer curating audio content from local, national, and international reporters for hourly newscasts. He also briefly worked in strategic communications consulting at ASGK Public Strategies. Vince graduated in 2013 from the five-year combined bachelor’s + master’s degree program in Journalism from DePaul University.
CBH Video Production & Creative Services promoted Alexandra from intern to video producer right after graduating with her MA in Journalism in 2011. While working at CBH, she also had a year long stint at NBC's WMAQ as an editor and senior weekend editor. Her work with NBC during the NATO Summit in 2012 was recognized with an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement for Media Interactivity. Following her Emmy win, Alexandra committed to CBH full-time and was promoted to international video producer. Along with what she calls “the incredible learning and career opportunities DePaul's J-School provided me,” the program also introduced Alexandra to her husband John O'Donnell (see more about John below).
Lauren spent two years as a member of Edelman Chicago's editorial services team. In June 2013, she joined Weber Shandwick as a writer on accounts including McCormick & Company, the National Pork Board and the U.S. Postal Service. In addition to overseeing the creation of all written materials on the consumer side, she also serve as an editor for both internal and external communication.
John is a producer at CLTV, the WGN-TV-owned 24-hour news channel in Chicago. He produces the Evening Edition news segments from 4:30 - 9:30 p.m. John oversees the coverage of breaking news stories and live events, coordinating with the reporters in the field. He also writes and updates stories, edits video and designs on-screen graphics. John came to CLTV after working at WCIA-TV in Champaign, Illinois, where he started as the producer of a two-hour morning news program. He later produced the station’s evening newscasts. A suburban Chicago native, John received his MA in Journalism in 2014. He was a former producer for Good Day DePaul, the weekly news program produced by students in the College of Communication.
After graduating with a BA in Film and an MA in Journalism, Ira moved to New York City where he took a job with Beyond the Box Productions. He serves at Beyond the Box as an associate marketing strategist, managing marketing campaigns for acclaimed documentaries and feature films such as "Alive Inside," "Make Your Move," "The Supreme Price," and the Academy Award nominated "The Invisible War," amongst many films. In addition, Ira works on separate projects with the film department of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) by supporting them with their film exhibitions and retrospectives. He also works for several international film festivals, which allows him to travel. “My foreign language skills came to benefit,” Ira said, “but I must admit that the methods of teaching, as well as the expertise of all my professors at DePaul have been crucial in advancing my career.”
As social media coordinator for the Chicago Blackhawks, Leah maintains the team's voice, shares news, and engages with fans across all social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest). She also is a former contributor to Blackhawks TV, which she continues to assist with video projects. Leah also coordinates her organization's e-mail marketing endeavors.
Jenn is an on-air reporter for the CBS affiliate, WIVB-TV/News 4, in Buffalo, New York. Before Buffalo, Jenn worked as an on-air reporter for the ABC affiliate, KLKN-TV, in Lincoln, Nebraska. While at DePaul, Jenn, a Michigan native, was involved in The DePaulia and Good Day DePaul. She credits the live shot practice she received during Good Day DePaul for helping her be comfortable on spot news assignments. Jenn's also an ASK Mentor, so reach out to her through the Experience network, or follow her on Twitter @JennSchanz4. Jenn received her BA from DePaul in 2012.
Christiana moved back to her native New Orleans to work at the Sun Belt Conference in media relations, serving as media coordinator for multiple collegiate sports and conference tournaments. She also represented the Sun Belt in Indianapolis in the summer of 2011 on a mock selection committee for the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament and worked alongside the Allstate Sugar Bowl media staff during three bowl games and the 2012 BCS National Championship. In early 2013, she took a position at the United States Professional Tennis Association where she was later promoted to public relations coordinator and is currently there today. She handles all media and communications for the association and traveled to New York in 2014 for the Tennis Teachers Conference and US Open. While studying journalism at DePaul, Christiana had the experience of working with the United States Olympic Committee during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Shawna is streamlining grant funds and global community service projects as the Foundation Administrator for the Altrusa International Foundation. She’s also a blog editor for CHIRP Radio, or the Chicago Independent Radio Project. She values local independent media and sharing stories of Chicago’s diverse community.
Craig graduated from the Journalism program in 2009, and now works with the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League as social media manager, a role that he began in June 2013. Kanalley is responsible for all of the team's social media accounts, creating daily content, engaging with fans, staying on top of trends, and monitoring what's being said about the Sabres. Previously, Kanalley served as a senior editor at The Huffington Post, where he worked for three years, and spent time as social media editor at NBC News in New York.
Brianna has been working with the Associated Press for the past nine months as a member of the Shared News Desk. It’s a pilot project comprised of four recent college graduates, including Brianna, who pick up stories from AP members, repurpose them and move them to the wire for other members to use. The Shared News Desk was created to cover an important service and allow the Central Region’s news bureaus to focus on original reporting. The project initially was planned for six months, but it’s continuing for at least two more years due to its success. The AP now plans to establish other Shared News Desk operations across the country.
Katie is a newscast producer and on-air, backpack reporter at Fox2/KPLR-TV in St. Louis, Missouri. Katie produces the station’s morning newscasts on the weekends, overseeing eight hours of live programming. This involves writing stories, checking news wires, booking in-studio guests, staying active on social media, and coordinating all the people working on the newscasts. For one or two days each week, Katie also does on-air reporting, involving shooting, writing, and editing her own field packages. Prior to moving to St. Louis, Katie worked as an on-air reporter at KFSM-TV in Fort Smith, Arkansas. A Chicago area native, Katie was an on-air reporter and anchor for Good Day DePaul, and graduated in 2012 with an MA in Journalism.
Nick is based in New York City and works as a policy communications associate at the Innocence Project, a national litigation and policy organization focused on exonerating the wrongfully convicted through DNA evidence and reforming the criminal justice system. He is responsible for generating publicity around the organization's state-level policy work. Prior to Nick’s position at the Innocence Project, he worked as a press secretary for Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12). Nick has been in NYC since 2012, and during that time he also did freelance reporting for Crain's New York Business. Prior to his move east, he worked as a journalist in Chicago and the Chicagoland area, covering mostly municipal politics. While earning his MA in Journalism at DePaul, Nick worked as the editor of the Forest Park Review. He continued working there after his graduation in 2011, but left to pursue freelance work, including publication in the Chicago Reporter, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Architect's Newspaper, and a number of other local Chicago publications.
Since graduating in 2013, Kristen has been at Where Hawaii, a travel magazine company that specializes in Hawaiian maps, in-room hotel books and magazines. As editor for over a year now, she is responsible for the research, copy, and collaboration of content for majority of Where Hawaii’s 28 publications. Kristen writes about what there is to do, see and eat in Hawaii with an eye toward the traveling visitor to the Hawaiian Islands. She covers everything from local restaurants that have just opened to events or cultural feature stories.
After graduating with his MA in Journalism, John became a “Double Demon” by attending DePaul’s College of Law. During 2014-2015, John had an externship with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. There he engaged with numerous activities ranging from conducting trials at the Juvenile Justice Bureau – Delinquency Division, permanency hearings in the Child Protection Division, and felony preliminary hearings at the Branch 44 Courthouse. “I would never have been afforded these opportunities without crafting my writing skills in DePaul’s College of Communication,” John said. “The journalism program aided in my ability to quickly and effectively write trial and appellate briefs, in addition to drafting questions for the legal hearings I’ve conducted.” Not only did John learn how to write like a pro in the Journalism program, he met his (then future) wife, Alexandra Clark, here in the College of Communication. (See Alexandra’s profile above.)
Since graduating with her MA in 2011, Torrey relocated to San Francisco where she worked as a reporter for a national trade publication. Sims has climbed through the ranks and is now the managing editor where she oversees all editorial operations for four magazines and websites, nurtures sales relationships, and travels the U.S. for high-profile interviews, among other duties. She also received an award from the Construction Writers Association for an article she authored, and she was also invited to chair the organization's Marketing and Communication awards. She opened up a Colorado office for her company in 2013 and currently resides in Denver.
After graduating from DePaul with a BA in Journalism in 2012, Nina went immediately to Comcast SportsNet, the all-sports television channel in Chicago. She has worked there since as a digital producer and reporter, covering the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team. Nina, a California native, is at all the Blackhawks home games, doing post-game interviews and writing game features. As part of the digital team at Comcast, Nina is in charge of operating their social media accounts and delivering content and hosting video for their website.
Laurence first brought his passion for sports to WSCR radio in 1998. In 2008, he became the solo host for the night show where he’s been talking, debating and analyzing sports since. He has written NFL previews for the Chicago Tribune and is a member of Pro Football Writers of America. As a DePaul alumni, he was part of DePaul University’s Men’s Basketball Play-by-Play team from 2006-2012. Laurence was sports anchor and host of “Sports Sunday” on NBC Chicago for three years, where he also hosted “Quest For the Cup”, a Chicago Blackhawks pre- and post-game coverage program. Laurence has broadcast from the Final Four, Radio Row at Superbowl XLI, and was a finalist for Illinois Broadcasting Association’s Radio Personality of the Year. He joined the digital sports network, 120 Sports, in June of 2014, and he’s been a guest on Fox News, MSNBC and CNN.
Vi graduated with a BA in Journalism in 2011. Since then, she has had an incredibly successful career as an on-air television news reporter. She currently works at WISH-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana, primarily reporting stories for their 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. At DePaul, Vi, a California native, was a reporter and anchor for Good Day DePaul, the weekly newscast produced by students in the College of Communication. After graduating, her first job was at WTVO-TV in Rockford, Illinois where she was both an on-air reporter and producer of the late afternoon newscast. From there, Vi held reporting jobs at KSNW-TV in Wichita, Kansas and KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City.
After graduating with a BA in June, 2014, Nicole immediately became the anchor of the Spanish language Hoy Noticias MundoFox 13 newscast in Chicago, a position she still holds. A Chicago native, Nicole is also a correspondent for the national newscast, Noticias MundoFox. Her goal is to eventually be a foreign correspondent based in Latin America. While on Good Day DePaul last year, Nicole did a story on a DePaul wine tasting class that was named "Best Feature Story" in the Society of Professional Journalists regional competition.
Dakarai, a 2013 BA Journalism graduate, is currently an on-air reporter for the investigative team at WMAR-TV, the ABC affiliate in Baltimore, Maryland. His desire to do important, aggressive reporting emerged at Good Day DePaul, where he was a reporter and anchor. His first job was at WLTX-TV in Columbia, South Carolina, where he covered a wide variety of stories as a general assignment reporter. A native of Seattle, Washington, Dakarai is dedicated to doing important reporting. In just two short years, he has already made a significant mark in television news.