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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:

In Memoriam: Life of a Newspaper Man, Wallie Funk (B.A. 1948)

Wallie Funk, a self-proclaimed “newspaper man,” spent decades striving to improve the communities where he worked as a publisher, photographer, and local historian. During a career that spanned nearly 40 years, Funk operated and wrote for five community newspapers, including…

New Scholarship Honors PR Professional’s Legacy

Daniel McConnell was never afraid of taking risks. “He’s one of those who knew that life is just a leap of faith,” remembers close friend, Doug Bamford. “He’d tell you to ‘spread your arms and hold your breath and always…

UW COM Students and Faculty Honored by SPJ Western Washington

The Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington announced eight gala award winners and four scholarship winners for 2017. Honorees include one Department faculty member, one graduate alumna, and at least three current Communication students from the UW. The Evergrey, founded…

Former Daily Editor Awarded Pulitzer Fellowship

The Columbia Journalism School recently awarded Nicole Einbinder (B.A. 2016) one of its five annual Pulitzer fellowships. Graduates selected for this prestigious honor receive grants to travel, report and study abroad. Nicole Einbinder, a recent graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate…

Alumni Bryan Monroe to Keynote COM Graduation

The Communication Department is honored to welcome Bryan Monroe (B.A. 1987) back to the University of Washington as this year’s Graduation Keynote Speaker. Monroe is the Verizon Chair and professor at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication (Klein…

PRNDI Names Alumna Phyllis Fletcher “2017 Editor of the Year”

Phyllis Fletcher (M.C. 2011), managing editor of the Northwest News Network, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of PRNDI’s Editor of the Year award. PRNDI is celebrating 2017 as the “Year of the Editor.” The editor of the year…

Barbara Tanabe: Communicating Responsibly

UW Communication Alumna Barbara Tanabe (B.A. 1971) understands the power of storytelling and giving a voice to those whom society might otherwise render silent. After graduating from the University of Washington, Tanabe worked for KOMO-TV, becoming one of the first…

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…

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