CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE: 2020 AWARDS

The UW Department of Communication is proud to celebrate student achievements with our annual collection of Excellence Awards, this year totaling over $19,000 in student financial aid. These students have proven to be exemplary scholars in the areas of journalism,…

“Prepare to Be Unprepared”: Alumna Rhea Panela, Broadcast Journalist

Rhea Panela (B.A., 2017) is a proud first-generation Husky, and a passionate storyteller. Currently, she works as a multimedia journalist for KTVZ NewsChannel 21, the NBC/CNN/FOX/CW affiliate in Bend, Oregon. A former staff writer for The Daily at the UW,…

Continuing a Legacy | Outstanding Early Career Award: McCall Hall

“Since I was a kid, I wanted to be the Oprah of sports,” says McCall Hall (B.A., 2010), who has harnessed her passion for sports into a rewarding career. Hall is a legacy graduate of the University of Washington; her…

“It’s about Crafting Your Own Journey” | Alumni Award for Excellence in Mentoring: Dawn Cheung

“I like talking to people, and helping others has always just been a part of who I am,” says Dawn Cheung (B.A., 2013), reflecting on her passion for mentorship. Currently, Cheung is a pre-professional career coach at the UW Career…

A Life Dedicated to Improving Public Education Through Family Engagement | Hall of Fame 2019 Inductee: Adie Simmons

“I chose to apply to nonprofit organizations right after graduation, as I felt my work could positively impact others and be a catalyst for societal change. I am a believer in giving back and being part of the community, and…

Bringing Together a Passion for Writing, Public Policy, and Government | Hall of Fame 2019 Inductee: David L. Ammons

Even as a high school student, David L. Ammons (B.A., 1970) knew he wanted to “go to the University of Washington and pursue an education in journalism.” A journalism program for high school seniors gave him the opportunity to spend…

A Legacy of Tenacity, Resilience, and Integrity | Hall of Fame 2019 Inductee: William H. Lord

“You have to be tenacious every single day. You can never give up. I used to preach this relentlessly to the people who worked for me,” says William “Bill” Lord (B.A., Communications, 1971), as he reflects on his philosophy as…

Announcing the 2019 Alumni of Distinction Honorees

Every year, the UW Department of Communication honors outstanding alumni who are making a difference in their careers, and out in their communities, by inducting them into the Department’s Alumni Hall of Fame. We also recognize the exceptional work of our…

Don Seabrook Wins 2018 Regional Photographer of the Year Award

UW Department of Communication alumnus Don Seabrook recently won the 2018 National Press Photographers Association’s (NPPA) “Regional Photographer of the Year” award for the Northwest region. Seabrook graduated from the Department in 1983, and since then has been working at…

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Kurt Lang

Kurt Lang, professor emeritus of communication and sociology at the University of Washington, passed away on May 1 at the age of 95. He served as director of the communication school at the UW from 1984 until his retirement in 1993….

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