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We are proud to host a series of alumni events each year including a tailgate celebration each fall and our Grady Salutes award celebration each spring.
Alumni Awards nominations for 2024 are now open.
Nominate a deserving Grady grad for an Alumni Award before the deadline of December 31, 2023.
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The Grady Alumni Board is an advisory group responsible for contributing to, and supporting the development of activities for alumni and friends of the college. The board serves as the conduit between the college and its alumni. It is comprised of members from a variety of Grady majors, professions, geographical areas and graduation years.
Grady College alumni are working in all aspects of the media and include Pulitzer Prize, Emmy and Peabody Award winners. A sampling of our notable alumni include:
“The biggest thing I remember about the school is the willingness of everyone to make you be your best self. I had wonderful professors who pushed you as hard as they could, but they also loved you and let you know you could accomplish any of your goals if you put in the hard work and effort.”
ABJ ’09, MBA ’13 Host for NBC sports and “Football Night in America”
“The view of the world that I developed and refined as a student at UGA helped me become a successful journalist and person.”
ABJ ’63 Award-winning journalist
“My career ultimately evolved into a different realm of storytelling, filmmaking, but journalism is something I revere. This is why I am so encouraged today to see young people again being galvanized by the news of our time.”
ABJ ’77 Former president DreamWorks Animation
“The thing that keeps pulling me back to UGA is the Grady College. I remember sitting in those desks. I love speaking to the kids, and I think that’s part of the responsibility that goes with having a long career in journalism. You want to share the experience with the next generation of broadcasters and raise up that next wave of journalists, especially at the University of Georgia.”
ABJ ’78 Host of “Inside the NBA”
“I want to inspire another kid…who might be dreaming of doing big things but may not even think it’s possible, and I want to give that kid a possibility of great success.”
(ABJ ’82) Co-Host, 20/20; ABC News National Sr. Affairs Correspondent
“Professor James Biddle taught me how to make movies in his Advanced Production class. More than any single piece of advice, I remember learning from him that what seemed impossible was always, in fact, achievable. He demystified the technical filmmaking process, and vanquished my assumption that this wasn’t a viable career path.”
ABJ ’10 Creator of “Loki”
“The thing about fiction is that it is always rooted in the truth, and the skills I learned at Grady and the Red & Black, which was my learning lab, I learned to ask important questions…and follow up questions.”
(ABJ ’76), aka Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times best selling author of more than 20 books
“Take what you have learned at UGA into the world. Carry it with you and put it to great and powerful use.”
(ABJ ’90), co-president of United Talent Agency
Each year, Grady College graduates are selected as Alumni Award recipients for demonstrated excellence throughout their distinguished careers.
The four Alumni Awards are the following:
Named after the late John Holliman, Grady alumnus and former CNN reporter, the John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award honors sustained contributions to the profession throughout a career.
The Mid-Career Alumni Award is presented to a graduate for their professional achievements, influence, and success in his or her field.
The John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award recognizes a graduate of the last decade who has experienced a successful early career.
The Distinguished Scholar Award honors a graduate for excellence and sustained contributions to scholarship in journalism and mass communication education.
Each year members of the Grady College community gather for Grady Salutes, a celebration and awards ceremony honoring new members of the Grady Fellowship and recipients of Alumni Awards, among others.
Join our Speaker’s Bureau of professionals willing to share their expertise with student organizations and classes, virtually or in-person. This is a great opportunity to share the story about how you got started, give advice or provide moral support. Alumni, parents and friends are encouraged to submit this interest form to help us determine the right audience(s) for your expertise.
Alumni and friends of Grady College are encouraged to participate in the UGA Mentor Program. The UGA Mentor program is a structured opportunity for current undergraduate and graduate students to connect with alumni and friends of Grady College. Getting started is easy. Simply create a profile on the UGA Mentor digital platform, attend a quick orientation, then instantly begin searching for a mentor using a variety of search criteria including: industry, major, location and more. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to talk one to two hours per month during a four-month period. These conversations will center around topics such as professional skills needed in today’s world of work, diversity and inclusion perspectives, and other topics based upon students interests. Mentors do not have to be based within the Athens area.
Grady College depends on the generosity of our alumni and friends to help students and faculty succeed. With your support, we will strengthen our commitment to inspiring students and preparing them to illuminate the world upon graduation. We are grateful for your kindness. Thank you for your gift!
We are grateful for the service and continued support of previous members of the Grady Society Alumni Board.
GSAB Fall 2021: (Front, l. to r.) Nick Fouriezos, Lauren Izzo, Michael Gray, Tracy Brown, Jon-Michael Sullivan
(Back, l. to r.) E.R. Anderson, Cal Callway, Keysha Lee, Heather Adams, Jill Lutz, Michael Trujillo
Spring 2018, Front row l. to r.: Kay Flowers Johnson (ABJ ’83), Baron Brown (ABJ ’09), Will Ostick (ABJ ’88), Michael Gray (ABJ ’11), Abby Todd (ABJ ’08),Brooke Perez (ABJ ’08),Tracy Brown (ABJ ’88),Dana Todd (ABJ ’91), Heather Adams (ABJ ’98), Lindsey Marcec (ABJ ’04), Laura Reese (ABJ ’90), Alex Wallace (ABJ ’04), Peter Dale (ABJ ’99).
Back row l. to r.: Matt Schiavone (ABJ ’05), Mallory Schroth (ABJ ’08), Jeremy Friedman (ABJ ’96), Ben Mayer (ABJ ’06), Bryan Harris (MA ’03), Rachel Fox (ABJ ’97), Michael Abramowitz (ABJ ’90), Jim Wallace (ABJ ’75), Jim Callis (ABJ ’88), Dean Charles Davis (MA ’92), Tim Davies (ABJ ’84).
Not pictured: Carole Munroe (ABJ ’82), Laura Cushing (ABJ ’97), Elaine Reyes (ABJ ’97) , Lauren Izzo (ABJ ’05, MA ’07), , Abbi McCollum (ABJ ’03), Kristen Manion Taylor (ABJ ’96)
“”What I am thrilled to see at is how well Grady has kept up with that change and is really at the vanguard of instructing our students to use those same time honored principals of journalism with the new digital world with which we live and practice.”
(ABJ ’79), Host, Inside Edition
“What we all have in common in the room is storytelling and diversity has got to be one of our key priorities.”
ABJ ’00 Chief Creative Officer, Accenture Song
“With Dean Davis and all that the college has done, they’ve created so many opportunities here such as the mentorship program and Grady LA. When it comes to making connections, just ask for that intro.”
ABJ ’86 Chief Marketing and Communications Office, Delta Air Lines
ABJ ’08 Co-founder and chief creative director of Vox Media
“I had a great education and great teachers. … It turned out to be a great decision and I am proud to say I went to the University of Georgia every single day.”
(ABJ ’71) Founder, Build-A-Bear Workshop
(ABJ ’04), political reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Grady Board of Trust is one the college’s most influential boards of alumni and friends lending support and guidance. In addition to serving as ambassadors and leaders who can attract resources to the college, the BOT is the sponsoring organization of the Grady Fellowship, a recognition of alumni and friends who by virtue of their accomplishments and service are members emeritus of the BOT.
The Alumni Board is an advisory group responsible for contributing to, and supporting the development of activities for alumni and friends of the college. The board serves as the conduit between the college and its alumni. It is comprised of members from a variety of Grady majors, professions, geographical areas and graduation years.
Each year, Grady College graduates are selected as Alumni Award recipients for demonstrated excellence throughout their distinguished careers. The four awards are the John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mid-Career Alumni Award, the John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award, and the Distinguished Scholar Award.
Explore the UGA Promotion and Tenure documents for UGA and Grady College.
Graduates and their guests are invited to celebrate with other graduates and faculty/staff at this drop-in celebration. Guests will enjoy light refreshments, opportunities to connect with fellow parents, faculty and staff, plenty of photo opportunities and an inside look at your student’s academic home. Tickets are not required for the celebration at Grady.
Congratulations to our fall 2023 graduates! Convocation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. at Hodgson Hall.
More details will be released closer to the date.
Friday, December 15, 2023
Undergraduate: 10:00 a.m., Stegeman Coliseum
Graduate: 2:00 p.m., Stegeman Coliseum
Grady College’s current application cycle closes on Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. This application deadline is for those seeking to start at Grady in fall 2024.
This day-long event connects companies and organizations with students seeking careers in digital, print and broadcast journalism, creative mass media, media sales, advertising and public relations. Internships and full-time positions will be available.
All majors and pre-Grady students are encouraged to attend. It’s never too early to start building your network.
More information will become available closer to the date.
Prospective Student Day is an opportunity for prospective high school and transfer students and their parents to learn more about Grady College. In addition to a guided tour, students will hear about admission and eligibility requirements and programs of study.
Spring 2024 tour dates are Feb. 23, March 22 (virtual), April 12 and May 3 (virtual).
Register here: https://grady.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_enQpNm1Ixq2GGIS
For questions or to schedule a private visit, please contact: Marcella Genut, Prospective Student Advisor. Email: email@example.com.