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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:

Robert Merry: B.A., 1968

Robert W. Merry, publishing executive and author, is President and Publisher of Congressional Quarterly Inc. (CQ), the Washington-based publishing company that specializes in news and information on Congress, politics and public policy. He is the author of “Taking On the…

Interns from the class of 1973 reunited in 1985. From left: Marilyn Hagberg, Betsy Trainor, Alicia Comstock, Nancy Bergh and Elaine Kraft.

Note: The Olympia Legislative Reporting Internship Program students cover the Washington Legislature for a daily newspaper or radio network. They work full time in Olympia during winter quarter. Past employers include The Seattle Times, the Post-Intelligencer, the Oregonian, the Everett…

By MOLLY TALBERT Saadia Van Winkle, a 2003 graduate of the Department of Communication in Journalism, could serve as a role model for any student hoping to use her UW education to break into broadcast journalism. Although she originally feared…

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…

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