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Alumni Notes

The ‘90s

Tom Hudson (B.A. 1993)

Hudson is replacing anchor Paul Kangas as co-anchor of the nationally syndicated PBS Nightly Business program. He will join Susie Gharib to co-anchor the nations longest running and most watched daily business program.

Stephanie Rose (B.A. 1994)

Rose has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the U.S. Attorney for the southern district of Iowa, making her the second woman in Iowa history to serve as a Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorney.

Eric Johnston (B.A. 1999)

Johnston has been hired to the position of journalism teacher and newspaper adviser at Grenn Valley High School in Henderson, Nevada. The school has a long history of success in Journalism, consistently winning “Best Newspaper” at the Las Vegas Review Journal’s yearly awards banquet.

The 2000s

Jennifer M. Tiernan (Ph.D. 2002)

Tiernan is in a new position this year at South Dakota State University as an assistant professor and online graduate coordinator in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Tiernan was also awarded one of four first ever Daschle Fellowships. Former senator Tom Daschle gave his Congressional papers to the SDSU archives. The fellowship will allow her to spend the semester exploring public relations strategies used by Daschle during his tenure as a leader in the U.S. Senate.

Abby Harvey – (B.A. 2008)

Harvey is currently a Social Media Analyst for Catchfire Media, a new social media strategy and consulting firm in West Des Moines. She continues to freelance for Midwest Living as well as dsm magazine, Des Moines’ city magazine.

Kara N. Bacon – (B.A. 2008)

Bacon is working at the Powell Tribune In Powell, Wyoming as a designer and photographer. She also helps design albums for Nick Allen Photography, a husband and wife photography team that is also located in Powell.

Marina Vujnovic (Ph.D 2008)

Vujnovic recently had a book published entitled Forging the Bubikopf Nation: Journalism, Gender and Modernity in Interwar Yugoslavia (American University Studies XV: Communications). The book focuses on Yugoslavias most popular interwar womens magazine, enski list, it’s editor and readers along with the alternative visions of modernity that they were offering to the magazines readers.

Brandon Stumbo – (B.A. 2009)

Stumbo moved to Washingon D.C. at the end of 2009 and is now working for Southern Maryland Newspapers as a Web editor.

Alexandra Rolwes – (B.A. 2009)

Rolwes is currently in Kansas City working in social media marketing and traditional marketing for an I.T. training company. Working in the industry has allowed Rolwes to use her public relations, journalism, social media and graphic design training.

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