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From spending more than 50 years in the local newspaper business to anchoring at Boston’s top broadcasting network, our journalism alumni have shown a commitment to the field and to the community. Read their stories:

Comm Graduate Reports on Sierra Leone Opioid Crisis

“Opiate addiction has become increasingly common in Sierra Leone, where there are few avenues for drug rehabilitation.” Cooper Inveen (B.A. 2015) investigates the nation’s struggles against an emerging public health emergency. Read an excerpt below: “The dark street corner would…

In Memoriam: Celebrating Shelby Gilje

A memorial service will be held later this month to honor the life and achievements of Shelby Gilje, a UW Communication Hall of Fame member and decades-long employee of The Seattle Times. “I think that for the time I entered…

Heather Brooke Challenges Power, Enters Hall of Fame

Heather Brooke (B.A., 1992) came to the University of Washington with the intention of becoming an astrophysicist. She then found the Department of Communication and left the UW as a journalist. After a stint in South Carolina, she moved to…

Guillén Reflects on Battles and the War

Tomás Guillén (M.A., 1990) has fought for his journalism career in the harsh trenches of life. Whether in El Paso, Texas as a boy growing up hardened by uncontrollable circumstances, or the searing sun of Arizona as a college kid…

Alum Floyd McKay’s (’95) new book tells the ‘Oregon Story’

A look into Pacific Northwest politics and media, alumnus Floyd McKay (Ph.D., 1995) wrote a book titled “Reporting the Oregon Story: How Activists and Visionaries Transformed a State,” which is a media and political memoir of the period between 1964…

‘I didn’t think about being first,’ says Pat Cranston, first woman professor in School of Journalism

On a crisp fall afternoon overlooking Elliott Bay, Pat Cranston sits on the couch sipping tea amongst Native American artwork covering the walls of her Queen Anne home that she has lived in for more than 50 years. An avid…

A watchful eye on Washington: UW Comm alum Walker Orenstein continues his legislative beat

For someone without political aspirations, recent UW Comm alumnus Walker Orenstein (B.A., 2015) has spent a lot of time in the shadow of the Washington state capitol dome. Orenstein first moved to Olympia in 2015 as an undergraduate participating in…

A writer’s life for me: Alumnus Robb Zerr (‘81) on lessons learned at UW Comm

Robb Zerr (B.A., 1981) has accomplished a rare feat — he’s made a living out of creativity. In his 35-year career, Zerr’s written for everyone you can think of, assuming the voices of Disney, MTV, Comedy Central and numerous other…

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