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Marcia Bullard

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Journalism, 1974

Chairperson of the Board

of America's Charities

Marcia Bullard is the retired president and CEO of USA Weekend, America's second most widely circulated magazine.  Under Bullard's direction, the magazine created and sponsored the nation's largest day of volunteer action, "Make a Difference Day." 

The Springfield native began her career with the Illinois State Journal.  She became a Founding Editor of the USA Today newspaper in 1982, and moved to USA Weekend in 1985.  In 2010, after 36 years in the media business, Bullard took an early retirement and turned her management skills to a second career in the nonprofit sector.  She serves on the board of directors of three national nonprofit organizations: Points of Light Foundation, Heart of America and America's Charities.  In 1998, she was named Revlon Business Woman of the Year.  In 2005, she was honored with a President's Volunteer Service Award by the White House. 

Bullard has served on the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts Advisory Board (1995-2001).  In 1992, she co-founded the Marcia Bullard-Laura Hardy Endowed Scholarship Fund for female students in journalism or art.  In 1987, she received the SIU Carbondale School of Journalism Alumnus of the Year Award.  In 1997, she was honored by the SIU Alumni Association as a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. 

Bullard lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, journalist Tom McNamara, and has a step-daughter, Emily. 

In addition to her bachelor's degree in Journalism here at SIU, Bullard earned an MBA from The George Washington University.