#GradyHomeat50: Our building through the years

Grady College is celebrating 50 years in the Journalism building. To do so, we’re taking a look back at the building’s history and the many changes it has undergone since it was constructed.

Prior to Saturday, January 4, 1969, students of Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication took classes in the Commerce Journalism Building on North Campus. According to a January 23 edition of The Red & Black from the same year, “On this day, the long-awaited structure, would be opened for classes of the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and would facilitate the rise of Georgia journalistic superiority in the United States.”

Over the following 50 years, the building, much like the profession of journalism, adapted with the times. It’s seen the installation of elevators, the renovation of labs and the coming and going of many generations of successful communications professionals.

Though the small changes have amounted to a big difference in the building over the years, none have been able to garner the excitement that the brand-new Journalism hub brought to students in 1969.

The construction didn’t just effect Grady students. The Journalism building was completed in conjunction with the Psychology building and the two Instructional Plaza auditoriums. Additionally, the top three floors of the Journalism building held general classrooms that would hold classes for degree programs from other University of Georgia colleges, as noted in the September 1969 edition of The G.S.P.A. Bulletin.

The year the building opened, some of its most notable features were the state-of-the-art television and radio studios, film processing labs and graphics equipment.

The Drewry Room (top) in the 1980s, and the Peyton Anderson Forum (bottom) in 2018.

In the late-1960s, brick buildings with very few windows were considered modern, according to the book “Centennial” by E. Culpepper Clark, dean emeritus of Grady College.

Charles Davis, Grady’s current dean, remembers the building in the few years after it was built, when he was around 6 years old and would visit with his friend, Kenneth Russell, the son of the Tom Russell, another dean emeritus of Grady College. His strongest memories are of the freshly waxed linoleum floors on which he and Kenneth would slide down for fun during the summer months.

By the early-1980s, the sparkle of new construction had dulled, and students began giving different parts of the building less-than-favorable nicknames. The Drewry Room, which was located in the current location of the Peyton Anderson Forum, was called the “Dreary Room” by some students.

During this same period, the elevators and staircases were added to the exterior of the building, making the upper floors accessible for disabled students. The indoor staircases are notorious in their own right, as they’ve confused many a new Grady student on the first day of classes.

The Journalism building was always located in a great area, as it overlooks Sanford Stadium. However, in 1983 the value of Grady’s on-campus real estate grew even more as the Tate Student Center was opened up just across Sanford Drive.

Twenty years later, in 2003, Grady’s home at the heart of campus was solidified as the Miller Learning Center was completed right next to the student center.

In 2010, the outdated brick lining the second floor of the building was replaced with floor to ceiling windows, modernizing the building and adding much-need natural light to student workspaces.

Five years later, in time for Grady’s Centennial celebration, the Drewry Room was replaced by the Peyton Anderson Forum, known as the PAF, and the PAF conference room, giving students an open space to work and serves as a great location for club meetings, Grady events and other special occasions.

As for the future of the building, Dean Davis has a big vision. His biggest desire is to make it mimic the environments students will be working in when they graduate, meaning state-of-the-art labs, studios and newsrooms.

  • Broadcast technology in the early 1980s.
“There are never-ending plans for the building in the coming years,” Davis said.

As for concrete plans, in May of 2020 the first floor will begin to undergo major changes to update studio space. Less visibly, the HVAC system is also getting updated, meaning the building will be more temperature controlled in the future.

Further down the road, Dean Davis hopes to expand into the fifth floor of the building and renovate it in the process.

Great changes have happened and will continue to happen all over the building, from the fourth floor to Studio 100 on the first. But one thing has never changed is the love students and faculty have for their on-campus home in the Journalism building.

Kennedy Symposium

The Kennedy Symposium sponsored by the Jim Kennedy New Media Professorship features two events with alumni now currently working at Twitter. Both events are at the Peyton Anderson Forum on the second floor of Grady College.

Thursday, Oct. 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Kennedy Symposium: Public Policy at Twitter with Lauren Culbertson (ABJ ’09), Public Policy Manager at Twitter.

Friday Oct. 11, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., Kennedy Symposium: Twitter Day Panel at Grady. Join a panel with Grady alumni at Twitter, followed by lunch for selected students and the panelists:
  • Lauren Culbertson (ABJ ’09)–Public Policy Manager (DC office)
  • Shelby Clayton (ABJ ’15) –Sports Partnerships (NY office)
  • Marcus Cassimus (ABJ ’11)–Senior Client Account Manager (Atlanta)
  • Cal Knight–Global Agency Manager (Atlanta)

Journalism alumna Meredith Dean headlines GSPA keynote

Meredith Dean (ABJ ’14), a program coordinator for Ryan Seacrest Studios and founder of The Dean’s List, challenged nearly 900 high school students to stand out in a crowd, be well-rounded and to start working now on creating a professional impression.

Dean delivered her energetic keynote at the opening of the Georgia Scholastic Press Association Fall Conference on Sept. 19, at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.

Dean began her talk by sharing her career path while interjecting pieces of advice. She encouraged the students to take advantage of opportunities and invitations to events where they can network with professionals, even as students. She also gave examples of how just showing up can open doors to the next opportunity. She advised the audience to be open to chance encounters and take risks.

“Anything that scares you is probably worth doing,” Meredith said, adding the caveat that students need stay within the limits of being safe.

She also advised that even as students, young people can contribute ideas and current skills that professionals may not have.

Among Dean’s messages was to always keep learning about today’s technologies: learn web design, take classes on LinkedIn Learning and go through the Google Analytics certification.

“You can always teach your mentors,” Dean said, recalling how she has helped several mentors with digital and social media concepts.

Woven throughout her entire talk was the theme of empowerment…empowering students to ask to shadow professionals for a day; empowering them to choose a word to guide them throughout the year; and empowering them to never think they are too young to contribute. The theme of empowerment is a personal theme of Dean’s who is in the final planning stages of directing EmpowerCon 2019, a motivational conference, in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 28.

Networking was a topic that came up throughout her talk. In addition to her advice of trying to reach out to someone new every day, she also advised reaching out to a variety of people in different professional groups, making a goal of connecting about a third of the time with peers, a third with mentors or more seasoned professionals and a third with mentees or those younger.

Dean introduced her Instagram followers to the students who shared a message of empowerment.

Dean concluded her talk by talking about social media do’s and don’ts, including establishing a personal brand early and completing online profiles.

“Make sure everything you post online is something you are proud of,” Dean said.

Dean works at the Seacrest Studios at the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is also the founder of The Dean’s List, a digital branding and consulting company that helps professionals build personal portfolios online. A portion of her Dean’s List proceeds go toward Habitat Aid Initiative, a non-profit that works to empower women and alleviate poverty in western Kenya. In 2018, Dean received recognition as a UGA 40 under 40 leader.

Young alumni shine in sports social media

As digital media revolutionized how audiences receive information, sports social media helped pave the way for some of the most fanatical digital media users and content creators. Sports media operations and team franchises began recruiting talented communicators with the same skillsets.

“My job didn’t exist five years ago,” said TJ Adeshola (ABJ ’08), head of U.S. Sports at Twitter. “That’s how rapidly the sports industry is evolving.”

TJ Adeshola chats with a fellow Georgia Bulldog and current Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley.

The digital medium requires an array of modern skills all cemented in the tenets of traditional journalism.

That’s where Grady College comes into play.

Grady’s Sports Media Certificate, which launched in Fall 2014, has numerous students and alumni with internships and jobs in sports social media. They work at a range of organizations, including CBS Sports, ESPN and the Los Angeles Rams.

“We see social media as the fastest-growing sector of the sports media industry, yet it requires the same careful attention to accuracy, ethics, and informative and engaging storytelling as legacy platforms do,” said Grady Sports director Vicki Michaelis, the John Huland Carmical Chair in Sports Journalism & Society. “We teach those things to all our students, but we’re introducing a class to the certificate curriculum that will add a layer of skill specialization for these social media jobs.”

“Digital and Social Media Production for Sports” will debut in Spring 2020.

Morgan Weeks guided an online audience for Atlanta United’s first MLS Championship.

“It is vital to understand your audience and know how they’ll consume your content,” said Morgan Weeks (ABJ ’16), a Grady Sports alumnae and digital partnership coordinator with Atlanta United and Atlanta Falcons. “Not only that, but become familiar with what action they’ll take after they consume it.”

The emerging industry rewards professionals nimble enough to explore new techniques while also mastering current trends.

“Be versatile, be willing and be you,” said Ann Drinkard (ABJ, ’16), another Grady Sports alumnae who is assistant director of communications for social media with the Southeastern Conference. “The sports social media industry is one that is filled with ups and downs. The highs are high, and the lows are low, but in my opinion, it is more than worth it.”

Grady College aims to prepare students to strategize and direct changing industry practices.

“My education at Grady taught me how to be a professional in the space,” Drinkard said. “It taught me how to be inquisitive, while at the same time being observant to my surroundings.”

Drinkard and Weeks, former classmates at Grady, now see each other professionally such as this moment at the 2017 CFP National Championship.

Sports social media has also been a catalyst for change in the distribution model for sports production. Adeshola says there are two primary reasons for why sports digital media has evolved so rapidly.

“Digital platforms have become real players in the content acquisition/rights holder game,” said Adeshola. “Also, fans clamor for storytelling beyond the boxscore – they want the culture, the lifestyle, the stories in and around the game. This makes the role of social media practitioners more valuable than ever.”

With more job opportunities comes more competition.

“When it comes to jobs in sports social media, it’s lightyears beyond simply being “good” at your personal social media accounts,” said Weeks. “It’s journalism, marketing, advertising, data, tech and creative all in one amazing job.”

Like many new job sectors, there is no one proven path to landing a job in sports social media. These Grady alumni have advice for aspiring digital professionals.

“When you identify your dream internship, job, or opportunity, it’s important to have the confidence to “shoot your shot,” Adeshola said. “Give it your best! More importantly, be PREPARED to shoot your shot. Practice makes perfect. The more prepared you are, the higher the likelihood of hitting your shot.”

“My least favorite thing to hear is the phrase “this is how it’s always been done,” Weeks said. “Background knowledge is important, but you can’t get stuck on processes of the past if you’re trying to grow and make positive change. It always helps to approach situations with a fresh perspective.”

“If you really want to be a part of this industry, you can be,” said Drinkard. “You just have to work hard, be kind and keep pushing!”

40 under 40 profile: Will Carr (ABJ ’06)

Grady College is proud to have four alumni recognized as 2019 40 under 40 honorees, presented by the University of Georgia Alumni Association.

The 40 under 40 celebration, recognizing the personal, professional and philanthropic achievements of UGA graduates under the age of 40, takes place Sept. 13.

This interview with Will Carr, the LA-based news correspondent with ABC News, is one of a series of conversations with Grady’s honorees this year. Other interviews include:

Brooke Beach (ABJ ’11)

Ashley Callahan (ABJ ’04)

Robbie York (ABJ ’05)

Grady College: What does this recognition as a 40 under 40 awardee mean to you?

Will Carr: “It’s a tremendous honor. From the moment I stepped onto campus for the first time, to right now, UGA has continually impacted my life for the better. To receive such an honor, along with 39 other thriving UGA grads, means that the life tools UGA equipped me with have really paid off.”

GC: What experience during your time at Grady College had the biggest influence on where you are today? 

WC: “For me, there was nothing like Newsource 15 in the Grady College of Journalism. The live broadcast forced you to rotate positions within a local newscast. I went into the program thinking I wanted to become a sports anchor but left with a true passion for hard news. I’ve stayed in touch with my professors, Michael Castengera and Steve Smith, over the years. I have three sisters, all of whom attended UGA, and they think it’s really amazing that I stay in touch with two of my professors (both now retired). Newsource 15 offered a unique opportunity that helped propel me into the journalism industry with complete confidence. I equate the program to a jetpack propulsion device. Without a doubt, my time at Newsource 15, and Grady, helped lift me to the highest levels of this industry.”

GC: What motivates you?

WC: “I’m motivated by my profession’s ability to hold people in power accountable for their actions. I’m also motivated by the human emotion/interaction that I witness on a weekly basis. It’s important to remember that no matter how we feel about certain stories/issues, there are always people impacted. It’s my goal to spotlight those people so that the country can have a full understanding of each story’s layers.”

GC: What advice do you have for today’s Grady College students?

WC: “Work hard. Have fun. Ask yourself if you have a true passion for the profession you’re about to get into. If you don’t, find something else that does spark your inner passion. You only have one life. Live it to the fullest.”

In addition to his West Coast assignments, Carr is sent to other parts of the country to cover national news for ABC outlets like “Good Morning America.” Here, he is reporting on the strength of Hurricane Michael’s winds.

GC: What advice do you have for today’s young professionals?

WC: “Make sure you’re living in the present. So many of us get so focused on the future, we forget to enjoy our daily lives. I’ve found the more time I try to live in the moment, the less anxiety I have about the countless things I have no control over. Also, don’t be afraid to put the phone down. After your initial withdrawal symptoms, you’ll be glad you did.” 

GC: What do you miss the most about being at UGA?

WC: “The relationships. Without a doubt, I met some of my best friends at UGA. It was an amazing four years.”

For more information about Will Carr, see “Nine ways to be a better journalist, shared by Grady Greats panelists.”

40 under 40 profile: Brooke Beach (ABJ ’11)

Brooke Beach is a featured panelist at “A message to my younger self: A conversation with Grady’s UGA 40 under 40 honorees.” The panel takes place Sept. 13 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Studio 100. All are invited to this complimentary event. A light breakfast will be served.

Grady College is proud to have four alumni recognized as 2019 40 under 40 honorees, presented by the University of Georgia Alumni Association.

The 40 under 40 celebration, recognizing the personal, professional and philanthropic achievements of UGA graduates under the age of 40, takes place Sept. 13.

This interview with Brooke Beach, the CEO and founder of Marketwake, is the first in a series of conversations with Grady’s honorees this year.

Other 2019 Grady honorees include:

Ashley Callahan (ABJ ’04)

Will Carr (ABJ ’06)

Robbie York (ABJ ’05)

Grady College: What experience during your time at Grady College had the biggest influence on where you are today?

Brooke Beach: It was becoming a Grady Ambassador. It helped me expand my horizons on what life could be like after college. It’s no surprise that college students can get tunnel vision. Everything is about your classes, your friends, and your free time. It can be overwhelming to have a concept of what life will be like after graduation, but being a Grady Ambassador helped me place goals around who I wanted to be. I had the opportunity to meet and learn from incredible leaders, innovators, investors, and entrepreneurs — and I was inspired to be like them. It made me think far bigger than I had before and gave me goals to strive for.

GC: What skills and/or values and/or circumstances do you attribute to your success?

BB: Persistence and perspective. I’m sure it is exhausting for the people around me, but I do not give up — I don’t even know what that means!

But perspective is equally important; it gives you the ability to see both sides and make a decision on the best path forward for the greatest amount of people. The world is hard, and we cannot keep going if we don’t acknowledge it for what it is. But the next step is more important: to decide if we will do something great in spite of the difficulties. Each of us needs to be self-aware enough to know when to learn from mistakes and change, and when to move forward. I love this quote by Teddy Roosevelt, and I feel it captures this sentiment far more eloquently than I:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

GC: What motivates you?

BB: I have one shot in this world — one chance to make something of the blessings I’ve been given. David Rae said that CEOs are less afraid of dying than they are of not contributing to the world, and that describes me perfectly. I am compelled to build, create, grow, and serve, and I know that I have the opportunity to work hard to fulfill it. I’ve experienced great loss, deaths, injuries, surgeries, medical conditions, and pain beyond belief. I’ve learned that I need to acknowledge these storms, feel the loss, and then keep going. Every single one of us has a story — it’s what makes us who we are — and I want to use my experience to help others tell their truths.

GC: What advice do you have for today’s Grady College students?

BB: You are responsible for what you become. One of my favorite books is “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie. All people should read this at least three times in their life!

In the book, Carnegie says: “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”  This could not be more true. The second you start to focus on all the reasons you “can’t,” or shift blame on others, you fail. If you want to grow, your focus should be on what you want to accomplish, why you can achieve it, and how you’ll get there.  Don’t be your biggest bully. As Norman Vincent Peale said, “Change the way you think and you can change your future.”

Los Angeles Alumni Reception

Join fellow Grady alumni to network and give students in our Grady L.A. program a warm Southern California welcome.

Complimentary appetizers and 2 beverage tickets are provided. Your $10 registration fee supports students in our Entertainment and Media Studies program.

Please register by June 21.

Register through this link.

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 someone had told me 39 years ago, that one day, a story that I had a hand in would be in those archives with all those shows I listened to, I would have said ‘you’re crazy,’” Travis said, with a combination of humility, shock and pride in his voice. “But, they put me on the path of storytelling…that’s what that class did for me.”

On May 18, Travis, a reporter for the investigative team from WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta, will accept the Peabody Award for investigative journalism for a series that aired in 2018 called “$2 Tests: Bad Arrests.” The 78th Peabody Awards ceremony takes place May 18, 2019, in New York City.

“I have been fortunate to win awards in my career,” Travis said, “and, they are always thrilling, but this is the cream of the crop. This is an award that you dare to dream about.”

The series examined inexpensive drug tests used by many police departments during traffic stops. The tests are designed to analyze substances found in cars and determine whether the substance is a narcotic or not. The problem is that many tests are returned with false-positives for harmless everyday items like headache powder, cotton candy and vitamins. Citizens were arrested, creating chaos in their lives, time in jail, lost jobs and tarnished reputations…all based on information that many times was false.

When Travis suspected that this was not an isolated incident, he and the I-Team investigated whether these false-positive results were a trend. Over six-month period, the team submitted FOIA requests and researched incident reports indicating a drug test came positive for illegal drugs. After reviewing more than 1,000 records from police precincts, sheriff’s offices and other law enforcement agencies in Georgia, the investigators found at least 145 cases were false-positives and resulted in arrests based on these drug tests. Travis said that number is conservative because that number doesn’t include reports that were restricted and were not reviewed.

As a result of this investigative report, changes are being made in the law enforcement process: “The most encouraging result we have seen from our investigation,” Travis said, “is that police departments now are not accepting the results of these tests as gospel. They are using them as just one of many tools to decide if someone should be arrested.”

Randy Travis (l.) and Ashlyn Webb (second from right) are joined by Dale Russell, senior investigative reporter, and Mindy Larcom, producer for the FOX 5 I-Team after the series won an award from the Atlanta Press Club in April. “Randy Travis, Dale Russell, Dana Fowle, and the FOX 5 Atlanta I-Team are truly my role models. Having the chance to intern with such phenomenal investigative reporters was an honor. ” (Photo: Courtesy of Ashlyn Webb)

Many law enforcement agencies have stopped using the kits entirely or they are waiting to arrest a suspect until after the confirmation of the questionable substance is returned from the state crime lab.

There are other impacts of the report, as well.

Just as McDougald set Travis on a path of storytelling that eventually led to this Peabody Award, so did Travis have an impact on the education of two Grady College students.

Ashlyn Webb (AB ’19), a third-year journalism student, spent the summer of 2018 interning for the Fox 5 I-Team, and Sidney Shadrix (MA ’19), spent a week shadowing for the I-Team. During the time Webb and Shadrix were with the I-Team, they worked on the “$2 Test” series, gathering, following up and analyzing the police incident reports. In addition, Webb interviewed some of the victims in the report.

“I really appreciate assistance of the interns,” Travis said of the Webb and Shadrix. “We really are a team and it was great to have the interns as part of our team for this significant project. They were a second and third set of eyes that helped us find stories to tell the story

For Webb, interning at Fox 5 was a growth experience where she could apply lessons learned in class. Lessons including accessing records, analyzing data and fact checking from Information Gathering class and how to file FOIAs and open records requests discussed in Communication Law were used day to day last summer.

“Having the chance to work on this Peabody-Award winning investigative series with Randy Travis and the FOX 5 Atlanta team was an opportunity of a lifetime,” Webb said of the group that continues to mentor her even after internship has ended. “It’s even more rewarding to see the story that I had the privilege of contributing to is making a difference locally, nationally, and now, even internationally.”

View a special presentation of “$2 Tests: Bad Arrests” here.

Peabody Citation for $2 Tests: Bad Arrests

In a prime example of the ripple effect of excellent local investigate reporting, reporter Randy Travis delves into the reliability of drug-testing kits, known as “$2 Tests,” used by police around the country as a quick, cheap way to analyze suspicious substances in the field. Despite warnings of the tests giving false positives, dashcam videos show how police regularly relied on them to arrest individuals for everyday items such as headache powder, vitamins, or cleaning supplies. The coverage led police departments to drop the tests and compelled professional associations to educate law enforcement, prosecutors, and public defenders on the fallibility of the tests.

Executive Producers: Eric Ludgood. Associate Producers/Producers: Mindy Larcom, Aaron Willen, Randy Travis. Writers: Randy Travis. Editors: Randall Rinehart. Reporters: Randy Travis. Photography: Aaron Willen.


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 ’88) and Atlanta Image Arts.

Alumni award honorees included:

    • Chris Holcomb (ABJ ’85) received John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award, and as the Lifetime Achievement recipient, Holcomb was also inducted into the Grady Fellowship. Holcomb talked his journey that has led him to his role as chief meteorologist at WXIA-TV and the sacrifices his parents made so that he could attend the University of Georgia. “They would be so proud to know that the same school that they saved to pay tuition is now honoring their boy.”
    • Henry “Hadjii” Hand (ABJ ’98) is the recipient of this year’s Henry W. Grady Mid-Career Alumni Award. The screenwriter and producer, who also teaches in Grady’s MFA screenwriting program, spoke about his relationships with those who helped him get to where he is today, including his mentor, Nate Kohn, who directs the MFA program. “You don’t get to these moments in life by yourself,” Hand said. “It really takes a village.”
    • Angela Alfano (ABJ ’10) received the John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award. Alfano, who is director of corporate communications for Major League Soccer, has been in sports marketing and communications throughout her young career, including her introductory role with Georgia Athletics while she was still a student. “Like any good football loving Bulldog, while at UGA I learned the importance of fourth and goal on the field, but it was my “professional coaches” – my Grady teachers and mentors – who taught me about fourth and goal in life…taught me how it takes dedication, heart and a commitment to excellence to become a champion off the field.”
    • James “Ford” Risley (MA ’92) accepted the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award. Risley is professor of communications and associate dean for undergraduate and graduate education in the Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State University, but earned his master’s degree at Grady College and his Ph.D. at the University of Florida at the same time that Dean Charles Davis earned doctorate degree from Florida. “I’m so grateful I pursued my master’s here,” Risley said. “I learned the importance of teaching and scholarship.”

    The Sanford Circle induction, a posthumous honor presented to someone whose spirit remains

    Charles Hayslett accepted the Sanford Circle induction on behalf of his good friend, the late Tom Crawford. “He was also my good and great friend, maybe the best I ever had, and I was privileged to be his,” Hayslett said of Crawford.

    with Grady College was presented to Tom Crawford (ABJ ’72), founder and editor of “The Georgia Report.” The honor was accepted by his good friend, Charles Hayslett (ABJ ’73). Hayslett began his comments: “Live as long as I have and you’ll come to appreciate things that might have gotten past you in your youth.  One is to recognize greatness when it crosses your path.  Another is to value good friends. In Tom Crawford, I guess you’d have to say I had a two-fer.”

    Honorees inducted into the Grady Fellowship included:

    • Connie Ledoux Book (PhD ’93). Book, the president of Elon University, accepted her induction in absentia via a recorded message. “It was at Grady that I learned the power of asking good questions,” Book said. “Like so many of you, I credit my time at UGA and Grady faculty and staff to my career, character and leadership.”
    • Richard Griffiths, a former CNN executive and current president of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation, spoke of his involvement with Grady College students through his role as an Cox Institute Industry Fellow. “Having a 43-year career in journalism and having the opportunity to share my mistakes with unsuspecting journalism students is a dream come true,” Griffiths said. He ended his presentation with a tribute to journalistic freedom and three journalists who have been killed, held hostage or arrested in recent weeks: Lyra McKee, Austin Tice and Maria Ressa.
    • Dean Krugman, who is a professor emeritus of advertising from Grady College and the founder of the Cox International Center, spoke about his love for the faculty and students. “I had a beacon that served me well,” Krugman said. “I got to come to Grady every day and engage with very bright students, where learning often went both ways.”
    Connie Ledoux Book was not able to attend, but sent a recorded message of thanks for her Fellowship induction.
    • Carole Munroe (ABJ ’82), the current senior director of brand communications for portfolio, loyalty and content for Hilton Worldwide and the former director of public relations and content relations for Disney Parks, drew on the leadership and loyalty lessons of the two men who founded those companies, Conrad Hilton and Walt Disney. She also drew on lessons from her mother and from Coretta Scott King, who Munroe was fortunate to work for as an intern for during her time at Grady College. “At the end of the day,” Munroe said, “real leadership is defined by servitude to others.”
    • Brian Robinson (ABJ ’97), who runs his own political communications firm, Robinson Republic, and is the former deputy chief of staff for communications for former Gov. Nathan Deal, talked about the hard skills he learned at Grady College and the role they had in his career success. He also talked about his pride in being a Georgia game, and that he is “especially proud to be a Grady Dawg.”

    The evening concluded with a dessert reception and the conclusion of the Grady Salutes auction, which brought in $20,000 for the general fund for Grady.



    Additional Grady Salutes assets:

    • View the Grady Salutes Flickr album to see pictures from the event
    • To view pre-event interviews with our honorees, please view the following Facebook links:

    Charles Davis; Chris Holcomb; Hadjii Hand; Angela Alfano; Richard Griffiths; Dean Krugman; Carole Munroe; Brian Robinson

    • Grady Salutes 2019 featured an evening celebrating Grady College, its alumni and its friends. The event took place at the Athens Cotton Press. Jennifer Bellamy (ABJ '08) emceed the evening along with Dean Charles Davis. Alumni award honorees included: ¥ Chris Holcomb (ABJ Õ85), John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. As the Lifetime Achievement recipient, Holcomb was also inducted into the Grady Fellowship. ¥ Henry ÒHadjiiÓ Hand (ABJ Õ98), the Henry W. Grady Mid-Career Alumni Award ¥ Angela Alfano (ABJ Õ10), the John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award ¥ James ÒFordÓ Risley (MA Õ92), the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award Honorees inducted into the Grady Fellowship included: ¥ Connie Ledoux Book (PhD Õ93) ¥ Richard Griffiths ¥ Dean Krugman ¥ Carole Munroe (ABJ Õ82) ¥ Brian Robinson (ABJ Õ97) Charles Hayslett (ABJ '73), accepted the Sanford Circle induction on behalf of his good friend, the late Tom Crawford (ABJ '72). Athens, Georgia, on Friday, April 26, 2019 Photos: Sarah E. Freeman

Alumni Open House

Alumni and friends are invited to stop by and see what’s new at Grady on Friday, March 22, 3:30-5 p.m.in the Peyton Anderson Forum. This reception coincides with the Alumni Weekend sponsored by the UGA Alumni Association.

Grady Ambassadors will be available for tours of the building. Light refreshments will be served.