Archived Alumni News

This archived news section highlights accomplishments and happenings of our alumni. For the latest news regarding Grady alumni, see our What’s New page.

January 2021- August 2021

 

 

June 2020- December 2020

  • A number of alumni were honored by with a 2020 Southeast Emmy including; Jennifer Bellamy (ABJ ’08), Dominic Brown (ABJ ’05), Valerie Burgos (ABJ ’16), Thomas Goodhew (ABJ ’05), Samuel Larsen (ABJ ’14), Adam Murphy (ABJ ’97), Matt Pearl (MFA ’19) and Maddie Ray (AB ’19).
  • Rosemary Scott (AB ’20) is part of a Georgia Public Broadcasting  team that produced a podcast series titled: “Shots in the Back: Exhuming the 1970 Augusta Riot.”
  • Vivian Greentree (ABJ ’00) was featured in this UGA Alumni Association article highlighting her dedication to service through her employer and alma mater.
  • Congratulations to Keysha Lee (ABJ ’97) on her new book, “Keysha Lee Presents: Filmmaking 101.” (Sept. 3, 2020)
  • Congratulations to Amie Marsh Jones (MMC ’03, PhD ’19) on winning the Blanchard Dissertation Prize awarded by the American Journalism Historians Association. Jones works as an Asst. Dir. of Student Services at the UGA Graduate School. (Sept. 2, 2020)
  • Congratulations to Ryan Lavner (ABJ ’09) on winning a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Short Feature for his work reporting on “Life Without Katie: The Jason Eloe Story.” Lavner is a senior writer for the Golf Channel. (Aug. 12, 2020)
  • Cal Massey (ABJ ’78) was named the winner of the 2020 Kenneth Patchen Award for innovative novel by the Journal of Experimental Fiction. Massey wrote “Own Little Worlds” after a 22 year career at the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
  • We send our condolences to the family of Jackson Smith (ABJ ’15). He died after a short illness in December 2019. He had been working as a teacher in South Korea.
  • The WNET group named Eugenia Harvey (ABJ ’82) to chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer.
  • Taronda Gibbons (MA ’11) was featured on VoyageATL in May 2020.
  • Michael Trujillo (ABJ ’05, AB ’05) has been named the Latin American Association’s Volunteer of the Year
  • Amber Roessner (MA ’06, PhD ’10) published a new book, “Jimmy Carter and the Birth of the Marathon Media Campaign.” See this feature from the Athens Banner-Herald.
  • Congratulations to Lindsey Cook (ABJ ’14) on the publication of her first book, “How to Bury Your Brother.”
  • WJJC radio in Commerce, Ga. is rebranding their station as “Whisperin’ 95.1” to honor country music legend Bill Anderson (ABJ ’59).
  • Mary Jean Land (MA ’82, PhD ’99) is retiring from Georgia College and State University after 35 years.
  • Condolences to the family of Jim Martin (ABJ ’52) who died at age 91. He was the former general manager at WDUN AM-FM in Gainesville, Ga.
  • Mollie Simon (AB ’18) has been named a 2020-21 Scripps Howard Fellow. 
  • Grady College sends condolences to the family of Judge Nancy Smith Stephenson (ABJ ’78, JD ’81) who died at age 61 in Albany, Ga. She was the Dougherty County Probate Court Judge.
  • Marcella Genut (AB ’18) is now the social media and communications assistant for Extra Special People (ESP), an Athens-area organization that serves children and young adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Tracy Page (ABJ ’88), a fine art photographer, is one of 25 global ambassadors for ZEISS, an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics.
  • Condolences to the family of Ed Ingles (ABJ ’58) on his death. Ingles was a WCBS-AM sports director and Jets broadcaster, and was a 2012 Grady College Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
  • Christine Sperow (ABJ ’98) will be joining Fox 5 as anchor of the channel’s new Fox 5 News at 4:30 p.m. broadcast.
  • Guy Seabrook (ABJ ’69) has written a novel about his experiences as a pilot in Vietnam. “In the Nam” is available on Amazon.
  • Kelly Jordan (ABJ ’07) is a director of strategic communications at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and a children’s book author. Her first book, “The Little Blue Cottage,” will publish in May 2020.
  • Amber Thomas Wallin (ABJ ’13) has been selected as a Bob Curry Fellow at Second City Television in Chicago.  The Bob Curry Fellowship is ten-week master program for qualifying actors and improvisers from diverse multicultural backgrounds to train and study at The Second City Chicago.
  • Donald Sylvester (ABJ ’75) won the Oscar for Sound Editing on “Ford v Ferrari” at the 92th Academy Awards.
  • Tanya Sichynsky (ABJ ’14), a newsletter editor at The Washington Post, received an Association of Food Journalists 2019 award for best column.
  • Kevin Wuzzardo (ABJ ’00) is now Managing Editor at FOX13 in Memphis. Kevin spent the previous 13 years at WWAY-TV in Wilmington, NC, including the last five as News Director.
  • Congratulations to Mikey Mooney (ABJ ’12, MA ’13) on being named one of PRNEWS’ Rising PR Stars 30 & Under for 2019. Mikey serves as one of the vice presidents at Poston Communications.

August 2018- June 2020

  • Congratulations to the following Grady alumni on receiving special recognition from the PRSA Atlanta chapter at their annual awards ceremony:
    • Louise Mulherin (MMC ’89) received the Luminary Star Award
    • Jamie Cwalinski (ABJ ’07) received the Shining Star Award
    • Alyssa Thys (MA ’15) received the Rising Star Award
  • Doug Wieder (ABJ ’95) has been named the President and General Manager at WVEC in Norfolk, Virginia.
  • We share our condolences with family of Bill Bates (ABJ ’49). He died at age 92. Learn more about Bates’ career and life at his online obituary. 
  • Grady expresses heartfelt condolences to the family of Ray Jenkins (ABJ ’50) on his death. Read about Jenkins’ legacy here: “Ray Jenkins, former Evening Sun editorial page editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, dies”
  • Kali Bailey (ABJ ’12) was recently profiled in a piece from the Albany Herald about her filmmaking career.
  • Thomas R. Hagley, Jr., (MMC ’92) published an article, “Cultivating Community Schools,” in the August 2019 issue of School Administrator magazine. Hagley’s work as chief of staff and chief communications officer with Vancouver (Wash.) Public Schools also was spotlighted in a new book: Broader, Bolder, Better: How Schools and Communities Help Students Overcome the Disadvantages of Poverty (Harvard Education Press, 2019).
  • Congratulations to 1Lt Rachael J. Mercer, CAP, (ABJ ’99) on being named the 2019 National Public Affairs Officer of the Year for Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Lt Mercer received her award at the 2019 National Conference in Baltimore, Md., earlier August.
    1Lt Rachael J. Mercer
    Lt. Mercer oversees the Public Affairs for the South Carolina Wing of Civil Air Patrol and was published in the 2019 Civil Air Patrol Report to Congress and has been published in numerous Volunteer magazines, the Official Magazine of Civil Air Patrol. Lt Mercer has been a freelance writer since 2001, after working for two years as the Communications Assistant at the Automotive Service Association (ASA), a non-profit based in Bedford, Texas.
  • 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 (willowpondfilms.com) 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.

August 2016- August 2018

  • 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 Duffyas 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.
  • Long-time Savannah Morning News editorial page editor Tom Bartonis retiring Jan. 5.
  • With three University of Georgia degrees, Bridgette Burton (ABJ ’11, AB ’11, MPA ’17)is a Triple Dawg. She credits a Grady alumni event in Chicagowith getting her involved as an alumna. She now serves on the UGA Black Alumni Leadership Council.
  • Angela Alfano (ABJ ’10)of Tough Mudder has been named to PR News 2017 list of PR Rising Stars 30 and Under.
  • Two Grady alumnae are part of Forbes 2018 30 under 30 lists. Congratulations to Marah Lidey (ABJ ’11), co-founder of Shine, for making the Consumer Technology list, and Lilly Workneh (ABJ ’12), senior editor for HuffPost Black Voices, for making the Media list.
  • Journalist and writerNathan Joseph Cain, 40, of Decatur, Georgia passed awayon Nov. 9, 2017.
  • Congratulations to Lisa Ryan Howard (ABJ ’92)on being named to The Forty Women To Watch Over 40 list .
  • Connie Ledoux Book (PhD ’93)has been named the next president of Elon University.
  • Robert Tate Miller (ABJ ’84) releases his new book, “The Christmas Star: A Love Story” Oct. 10 and will celebrate the debut of his movie “Love Struck Cafe” on Hallmark Channel Oct. 14. 
  • Suzanne Rutledge (ABJ ’97) has authored a new book entitled, “From the Rut to the Ledge,” which tells the story of one family’s journey to get out of their comfort zone and travel around the world.
  • Raquel Willis (ABJ ’13)has been named to The Root’s list of the 100 Most Influential African Americans 2017.
  • The UGA Alumni Association recently caught up with Grady Ambassador alumna11 Alive’s Jennifer Bellamy (ABJ ’08)and her sister Lauren to talk about their University of Georgia experience. We love the shout out to Grady!