Peabody win comes full circle for Grady College alumnus
When Randy Travis (ABJ ’82) was a Grady College journalism student, he took a class called “History of Program Ideas,” taught by Worth McDougald, director of the Peabody Awards from 1963 to 1991. Each class period was spent analyzing a different entry from the vast Peabody archive — all exhibiting the best in storytelling techniques. “If […]
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Grady Salutes celebrates alumni and friends
Nearly 200 alumni, faculty, students and friends celebrated Grady College and its 2019 honorees on April 26 at the Athens Cotton Press during the annual Grady Salutes: A Celebration of Achievement, Leadership and Commitment. Jennifer Bellamy (ABJ ’08) emceed the evening along with Dean Charles Davis, and the event was produced by Jody Danneman (ABJ […]
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Grady College announces 2019 Alumni Award Winners
Grady College is honored to congratulate the following alumni on winning the 2019 Alumni Awards, which will be presented at Grady Salutes: A Celebration of Achievement, Commitment and Leadership on April 26, 2019: Chris Holcomb (ABJ ’85) will receive the John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award Henry “Hadjii” Hand (ABJ ’98) will receive the Henry W. […]
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Eric Baker: from Grady College to Walt Disney Imagineering
It should come as no surprise that the son of a building contractor and a junior high school art teacher, would spend time sewing and designing his own Halloween costumes at 8-years-old and molding his own Yoda masks a few years later; or, that he would grow up to work in the design playground of […]
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Bulldog 100 interview: Harold Hayes Jr.
We are honoring our Grady College alumni included in the 2019 Bulldog 100. Bulldog 100 celebrates the 100 fastest growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. We interviewed honorees about their experience, advice and expertise for the next generation of entrepreneurs.  Harold Hayes Jr. (ABJ ’ 01) is co-founder and producer of SunnyBoy Entertainment. He […]
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Bulldog 100 interview: Marc Gorlin
We are honoring our Grady College alumni included in the 2019 Bulldog 100. Bulldog 100 celebrates the 100 fastest growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. We interviewed honorees about their experience, advice and expertise for the next generation of entrepreneurs.  Marc Gorlin (ABJ ’95) is co-founder of Kabbage. He is also the founder and […]
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Alumni Advice: Mollie Simon and Danimarie Roselle
Other alumni advice features: Noelle Lashley and Kevin Schatell Gabrielle Cowand and Orlando Pimentel  Graduation is the end goal of attending college, but getting there can be stressful. Hear from recent Grady grads about their life after graduation and what they wish they had known before entering into the “real world.”  What do you wish […]
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Alumni Advice: Gabrielle Cowand and Orlando Pimentel
Other alumni advice features: Noelle Lashley and Kevin Schatell Mollie Simon and Danimarie Roselle Graduation is the end goal of attending college, but getting there can be stressful. Hear from recent Grady grads about their life after graduation and what they wish they had known before entering into the “real world.” What do you wish […]
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As the college moves into its next century, we invite alumni, parents of students, corporate partners and friends to leave their mark by purchasing an inscription on one of the granite pavers lining the plaza walkway and patio area along the Grady lawn. Several levels of support are available. Inscriptions purchased by or honoring students are $100. Alumni inscriptions are $150. Each 3’x 3′ paver holds up to 12 names. Pavers featuring corporate names or logos are available for $2,500. For design purposes, no text other than names and graduation years will be permitted on the pavers.

From the leadership of Meredith Seacrest (ABJ '03) as executive director and COO to the work of Wendy Threatt (ABJ '81) at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Meredith Dean (ABJ '14) at Levine Children's and Mamie Shepherd (ABJ '13) Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Grady alumnae are making a difference with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

Alumni Newsletters

The Spring 2019 issue of Grady News is now available. Features include: • Grady Greats recap • New Peabody board members • Pre-Grady “real world” class • VERGE Lab • 2019 Alumni Award winners • 2019 Fellowship Class

More alumni in recent news:

  • Congratulations to Ken Woo (ABJ ’78) on his induction into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame class of 2019. The Hall of Fame honors those who have had an impact on sports television and the way it is produced. Woo will be honored at the 13th annual induction ceremony in New York City in December.
  • Congratulations to Carrol Dadisman (ABJ ’56), for receiving the Stan Tait Memorial Award from the Economic Club of Florida. The Tallahassee Democrat, where Dadisman served as president and publisher from 1981 to 1997, published a video in honor of the ceremony. Pictures from the ceremony can be viewed here.
  • Congratulations to Julia Carpenter (ABJ ’13) for being awarded the Excellence in Business Coverage Award by NLGJA, the Association for LGBTQ Journalists. Carpenter, now a writer for the Wall Street Journal, received the award
    for “When Work Puts You Back in the Closet,” a piece she wrote when she still worked at CNN Business.
  • Amanda Rosseter (ABJ ’90) is Chief Communications Officer at Equifax, where she leads corporate, executive and transformation communications, and will serve on the CEO’s extended senior leadership team.
  • Rachel Hadley (MMC ’04) has been named president of Kite Hill PR.
  • Congratulations to Randy Travis (ABJ ’82), on winning a Peabody Award for his Fox 5 Atlanta I-Team report, “$2 Tests: Bad Arrests.”
  • A documentary by Keysha Lee (ABJ ’97), My Documentary: Lessons from a Living Legend, has been selected to be screened at the Georgia Documentary Film Festival.
  • Amy Baker Linton, (ABJ ’78) is celebrating 20 years with Willow Pond Films ( editing and producing award-winning documentaries which have screened at hundreds of festivals worldwide.
  • Karli Barnett (ABJ’14) is part of the CBS4 morning team in Miami.
  • We are saddened to announce the death of Al Hester who was a professor of journalism, and founder of the James A. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research from 1972 to 1997. Hester died April 11, 2019.
  • Lee Thomas (ABJ ’87) was recognized as the 2019 Georgian of the Year by Georgia Trend magazine. Thomas is the deputy commissioner of the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office, heading an industry that had a $9.5-billion impact in 2017.
  • Congratulations to Ashley ShahAhmadi (ABJ ’14) on her new role as the sideline reporter for the Charlotte Hornets. Read about her journey in this article from The Charlotte Observer.
  • Ragan Cohn (ABJ ’96) is the 2018 recipient of the Georgia Society of Association Executives Cliff Clarke Award to the Outstanding Association Executive in Georgia. Cohn is the Executive Director, Oracle Applications Users Group at Meeting Expectations in Atlanta.
  • Erin Abernathy (ABJ ’13) was named to Forbes’ 2019 30 under 30 marketing and advertising. She is the co-founder of Out of Office Media.
  • Olivia Harlan Dekker (ABJ ’14) was part of the first father-daughter reporting team in NFL history.
  • Tom Poland (ABJ ’71), author, editor and speaker received South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto in November 2018.
  • Congratulations to Monica Kaufman Pearson (MA ’14) for receiving a UGA Graduate School  Alumni of Distinction award.
  • Congratulations to Amanda Mull (ABJ ’09) on her new position as staff writer at The Atlantic. She is a member of the NYC UGA alumni board.
  • Lauren C. Teffeau (MMC ’05) has published her debut science fiction novel, “Implanted with Angry Robot,” a global science fiction and fantasy imprint.
  • James Holland (ABJ ’54), assistant press secretary to President Gerald Ford, died on Sept. 20, 2018.
  • Glenn Vaughan (M ’53), a member of the Grady Fellowship and former editor of the Red & Black died on Aug. 29, 2018.
  • For those of you following the Supreme Court hearing, you may want to check out the DC Circuit Breaker blogKatie Barlow (ABJ ’11) was a digital broadcast news and political science double major. She is now an attorney in D.C. She has also been interviewed several times about the hearings, including this WNYC interview.
  • Polina Marinova (ABJ ’13) recently started a newsletter called The Profile  featuring long-form stories on people and companies in business, entertainment, tech, and more curated from various sources.
  • Kathryn Kostovetsky (AB ’18) is executive assistant to the head of current programming of 51 Minds Entertainment, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America
  • Monica Padman (ABJ ’09) is the co-creator and producer of the Armchair Expert podcast with Dax Shepard.
  • After his first year as Chief Meteorologist at WIS-TV, Columbia, South Carolina, Dominic Brown (ABJ ’05), was a finalist for the South Carolina Broadcasters Association TV Weathercaster of the Year. He received this year’s second place award, the SCBA Award of Merit for TV Weathercaster of the Year.
  • TJ Adeshola (MA ’08) was recently named Head of U.S. Sports for Twitter. He will lead all U.S. sports partnerships at Twitter, after spending the previous few years managing Twitter’s partnerships with major U.S. sports leagues, including the NFL and the NBA.
  • Congratulations to Dejana Perić (ABJ ’17) who was recognized in AdWeek for her work on Navy Federal. She was a 2017 winner of the AEF Alfred J. Seaman Award, so was on hand at the ceremony in June to present the award to the 2018 winners.
  • Grady expresses heartfelt condolences to the family of Tom Crawford (ABJ ’72) on his death. Read “Tom Crawford, dean of state Capitol journalist, dies at 67,” for a remembrance of his life.
  • Ankit Desai (ABJ ’13) is CEO of Sna:fu, a 21st century music company, basked in Stockholm.
  • Katie Barlow (ABJ ’11) recently launched Circuit Breaker, a website dedicated to providing hard-hitting, analytical news coverage of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
  • Congratulations Capt. Richard (Rick) Wester (MMC’98) who has just been assigned as Commandant of Cadets at the U.S.Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., where he earned his undergraduate degree. He’s had a number of varied assignments including captain position of two ships and several PR posts.   The Commandant of Cadets is the civilian equivalent of Dean of Students.
  • Grady Salutes highlights the Grady family
  • Leara Rhodes (AB ’72) explores peace journalism in new book
  • C. Trent Rosecrans (ABJ ‘98) is a Senior MLB Writer for The Athletic
  • Patrick Saunders (ABJ ’02) is the editor of Project Q Atlanta.
  • Claude Felton (ABJ ’70, MA ’71), UGA senior associate athletic director, and several UGA Athletics staff members who are also Grady College alumni — Christopher Lakos (ABJ ’90), Mike Mobley (ABJ ’89), Steve Colquitt (ABJ ’89) and Leland Barrow (ABJ ’01) — were recently recognized for their work operating one of the top performing sports information departments in the country. The University of Georgia was named one of 11 schools in the country to receive the “Super 11” award presented annually by the Football Writers Association of America. This award recognizes strong media services that go the extra mile to provide help above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Tommy Tomlinson (ABJ ’94) is profiled in Columbia Journalism Review about his fight against cancer, his start at the Red & Black and his love of feature writing. He has a new book, “The Elephant in the Room,” coming out in January 2019.
  • Kelly Buttrick (ABJ ’94) received a StudioDaily 50 award,  honoring the most influential creatives and technologists whose leadership breaks new ground in media and entertainment. Athens-based voiceover talent Kelley Buttrick was selected based on her work with a trailblazing KB4Jeep marketing campaign.
  • Jason Kreher (ABJ ’00), Creative Director, Entertainment and Editorial at Wieden & Kennedy, has been named the Creative Director of the Year by Ad Age.
  • Amy Robach (ABJ ’95) has been named co-anchor of ABC’s “20/20.”She will continue her regular job at “Good Morning America.”
  • Bryony Wardell (ABJ ’04) is now director of communications and marketing for University of South Carolina’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management.
  • Kyle Wingfield (ABJ ’01) has been named president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.
  • Dr. Dana Clark (ABJ ’75), professor in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program at Appalachian State University, recently received the “Winners Circle Award” at the NC 365 State Tourism Conference.
  • Connie Book (PhD ’93) recently assumed her role as Elon University’s 9th president.
  • Scott Williamson (MMC ’92) has been named interim vice president for advancement at College of Coastal Georgia.
  • Jeremy Craig (ABJ ’02) was recently named Manager of Marketing and Public Relations for the Office of the Provost at Georgia State University.
  • Inside Publications hires Patricia Duffy as new media & marketing manager.
  • Matt Duffy (MA ’06) passed away on Jan. 17. Read the obituary.
  • Courtney Carini (ABJ ’03), is a 2017 Knoxville Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree.
Want to share some alumni-related news? Contact Diane Murray, director of Alumni Relations and Outreach, at
Pictured L to R, Joan Zitzelman (ABJ '61, MA '63), Larry Dendy (ABJ '65), Chris Jones (ABJ '73), and John Albright (ABJ '70, MA '72).

Connecting decades of Grady alumni

Three decades of Grady alumni recently gathered with other Athens community members for an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program. Bill Crane (ABJ ’84), political analyst, talked with the group about current affairs.

NYC Alumni meet with DiGamma Kappa

Members of the DiGamma Kappa chapter traveled to New York City to network and go on some behind-the-scenes tours. Read more about travels: DiGamma Kappa takes on the Big Apple with help from Grady alumni

UGA Game Day in NYC 2017

Grady College, Terry College of Business and the UGA Alumni Association co-hosted Chick-fil-A Game Day in NYC on Nov. 11, 2017 at Helen Mills Event Space & Theater. The event took place three hours ahead of the UGA-Auburn kickoff. View the photo album.

Grady Society Alumni Board meets

The Grady Society Alumni Board met Oct. 13, 2018. Among the highlights, were several student presentations outlining special projects. Outgoing Board Chair Bryan Harris was recognized at the end of the meeting, along with members rotating off the board. View the photos here.

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