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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:

By Michael J. Carter When class of ’64 alumna Ruth Pumphrey graduated with a BA in Communications, women were still a rare sight in newsrooms. So much so that the Longview native went all the way to Council Bluffs, Iowa,…

By Meghan Peters – When natural disasters hit Washington, many are left shaken, distressed and emotionally drained. For Rob Harper, it’s a long day at work – and a way to make a difference. The 1969 broadcast journalism alumnus is…

By Keith Vance Wallie Funk is many things. He’s a journalist, a photographer, a community leader, a father, grandfather and husband. It’s near impossible to pick just one aspect of his life and say, “That’s the most important thing he’s…

Chris Douthitt: BA, 1973; Radio/TV Communications

Following graduation, and not knowing any better, Chris headed straight to Hollywood seeking a media career. Somewhat surprisingly he found one, starting literally on the ground floor (no room for a chair) as a sound effects sorter at a small-but-popular…

Kim Freeman: BA, 2004: Communication skills put to work helping AIDS orphans in Ethiopia

By ANNALISA GIUST UW News Lab After graduating in journalism from the UW in 2004, Kim, now 24, moved back to her home state of Colorado. Here she began a master’s program at the University of Denver in 2005 in…

KERI MURPHY Autumn 2006 With perfectly groomed hair and trendy yet sophisticated attire, she looks the part of a prime-time news anchor. Two years ago she was a UW journalism student struggling to balance the demands of school, work and…

By Will Mari – On his way to work a few years ago, Jack Hart saw a man lying on the sidewalk, not an uncommon sight in Portland, with its large population of homeless people. But the managing editor of…

Chris Nishiwaki graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Journalism and Sociology. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a Mercer Island-based freelance writer with over 13 years of experience in journalism. He started his journalism…

By Keith Vance – Luke Burbank is 32 years old and weighs in at 190 pounds. He graduated with a communications degree from the University of Washington in 1998, with an emphasis on editorial journalism. “I think I was a…

By MICHAEL J. CARTER www.onruetatin.com Read any good books lately? How about the one about a journalist who goes to France to learn the language on the arts of cuisine? Try the life of UW alumni Susan Herrmann Loomis, who…

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