40 under 40 honoree: Mikaya Thurmond (ABJ ’12)
Grady College is proud to have four alumni recognized as 2020 40 under 40 honorees, presented by the University of Georgia Alumni Association. The 40 under 40 distinction recognizes the personal, professional and philanthropic achievements of UGA graduates under the age of 40. This interview with Mikaya Thurmond (ABJ ’12), anchor/reporter at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, […]
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Jamelia Outlaw Smith and her family hiking on a trail together
40 under 40 honoree: Jamelia Outlaw Smith (ABJ ’03)
Grady College is proud to have four alumni recognized as 2020 40 under 40 honorees, presented by the University of Georgia Alumni Association. The 40 under 40 distinction recognizes the personal, professional and philanthropic achievements of UGA graduates under the age of 40. This interview with Jamelia Outlaw Smith (ABJ ’03), director of diversity and […]
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Eric Jones and Dwayne Wade sitting together on Good Morning America
40 under 40 honoree: Eric Jones (ABJ ’12)
Grady College is proud to have four alumni recognized as 2020 40 under 40 honorees, presented by the University of Georgia Alumni Association. The 40 under 40 distinction recognizes the personal, professional and philanthropic achievements of UGA graduates under the age of 40. This interview with Eric Jones (ABJ ’12), entertainment booker and producer for […]
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40 under 40 honoree: Ashley McMaster (ABJ ’06)
Grady College is proud to have four alumni recognized as 2020 40 under 40 honorees, presented by the University of Georgia Alumni Association. The 40 under 40 distinction recognizes the personal, professional and philanthropic achievements of UGA graduates under the age of 40. This interview with Ashley McMaster (ABJ ’06), vice president of membership and […]
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ADPR presents ‘Driven by Purpose’ virtual series
Register now for the first Driven by Purpose webinar Sept. 15. The Department of Advertising and Public Relations will launch its first-ever virtual series, Driven by Purpose, with a conversation between Brad MacAfee, board president, Global Impact Relations Network, and Catherine Blades, senior vice president, chief ESG and communications officer at Aflac. The kick-off program, “Driven […]
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Alumni Profile: Debbie Ebalobo
When Debbie Ebalobo (ABJ ’10) was a public relations student, she didn’t just go to class—she experienced college to the fullest. She was on the national champion Bateman competition team through PRSA, involved with Multicultural Services & Programs and Grady Ambassadors and held numerous internships, just to name a few of her activities. She also […]
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Speakers Bureau
Register now for Speakers Bureau
Visit the Speakers Bureau registration form to tell us about your interests. Reassurance, encouragement, advice and support are what our students are most in need of right now and one way alumni and friends can help is by getting involved through our Speakers Bureau. Grady College has created a Speakers Bureau and is asking alumni […]
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Lindsey Rogers Cook debuts first book
The following was written and reprinted with permission by Lauren Morgan Patrick (ABJ ’07), editor of Pretty Southern.com, a website that shares stories about Southerners doing great work in the region and beyond. The Q&A below was originally published on the Pretty Southern website. In addition to her website, Lauren can be found on Twitter. […]
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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.

Kevin Schattel (ABJ '16) celebrates an Emmy win from his work on NBC's "Today" show.

More alumni in recent news:

  • Margaret Kreger (ABJ ’10), assistant news director, is part of a team at WSLS10 in Roanoke VA, that has been awarded two 2020 Capital Emmy Awards, three 2020 RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards and a 2019 Virginia AP Broadcaster Award.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Want to share some alumni-related news? Contact Diane Murray, director of Alumni Relations and Outreach, at murrayd@uga.edu.
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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