2022 in Review: Alumni Spotlight

2022 in Review: Alumni Spotlight

December 30, 2022
Jackson SchroederJackson.Schroeder@uga.edu

Editor’s Note: This is part of our six-part series highlighting stories produced by Grady College in 2022. The features include stories in each of the following subjects:

  • Student Successes
  • Faculty Honors
  • College Headlines
  • Research & Expertise
  • Service & Partnerships
  • Alumni Spotlight

This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, but instead highlight a sample of just a few of the hundreds of stories about accomplishments by our students, faculty/staff and alumni. We invite you to visit our Grady College News page for a full list of features posted in 2022.

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We are so proud of our alumni for all their amazing accomplishments both inside and outside the walls of Grady College. Below are several items of note from 2022:

Black History Month alumni profiles on Toyin Adon-Abel Jr., Angelique Jackson and Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb: This past February, as part of the Black History Month alumni profile series, Grady College interviewed Toyin Adon-Abel Jr. (ABJ ’05), the founder of Meddling Minds, a marketing agency, Angelique Jackson (ABJ ‘12), a senior entertainment writer for Variety who previously won two Daytime Emmy Awards as a segment producer for Entertainment Tonight, and Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb (ABJ ‘75), who spent more than two decades working for the Washington Post and now serves as president of The Earl T. Shinhoster Youth Leadership Institute in Savannah. Adon-Abel Jr., Jackson and Lamb’s Q&A profiles are available on the Grady College News page. 

Pride Month profiles on Jim Farmer and Adam Pawlus: This past June, as part of the Pride Month profile series, Grady College interviewed Jim Farmer (ABJ ‘88), the director of Atlanta’s LGBTQ film festival Out On Film, a festival featuring films by, for and about the LGBTQ community and its allies, and Adam Pawlus (MA ‘01), the executive director for NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, an organization of over 1,000 journalists, news executives, communications professionals and educators that serves as a strong voice in the news industry, educating newsroom decision-makers about coverage of the LGBTQ community, promoting non-discrimination policies and the establishment of equal benefits, and creating educational opportunities to support the next generation of LGBTQ newsroom leaders. Both Farmer and Pawlus’ profiles are available on the Grady College News page. 

40 Under 40 honorees visit Grady College: In September, five Grady College graduates named to the UGA Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 class attended the “A Message to my Younger Self” panel, offering insight to current students about their paths to success. Emily Curl (ABJ ’14), Lauren Culbertson Grieco (ABJ ’09), Chad Mumm (ABJ ’08), Kevin Schatell (ABJ ’16) and Michael Waldron (ABJ ’10) attended. Christie Johnson (ABJ ’07), who was also named to the UGA 40 Under 40 class, was not able to attend the panel.