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Tom Abrahamson

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Cinema and Photography, 1978

Chairman, Lipman Hearne, Inc.

Tom Abrahamson’s career is marked by three driving passions. His journey began at age 16 as a self-described photography geek. In high school, his favorite art teacher secretly entered one of Tom’s photographs in the National Scholastic Art Awards. The photo of a full profile >>

William A. Babcock

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Journalism, 1979

Media Ethics Professor, 

Southern Illinois University

Carbondale, Illinois

William A. Babcock is senior media ethics professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, School of Journalism, and Affiliated Faculty at Principia College.  He also is editor of Gateway Journalism Review.  Dr. Babcock has his undergraduate full profile >>

Pam Bailey

Political Science/Journalism, 1979

Chief Storyteller

NeighborWorks America

Pam Bailey is currently the “chief storyteller” for NeighborWorks America, a congressionally mandated, Washington, DC-based nonprofit that has a mission of assuring affordable housing and healthy communities for all U.S. residents. The organization supports a network full profile >>

Leonard Baldyga

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Communications, 1959

Director of the Office of 

European Affairs at the 

U.S. Information Agency

Leonard J. Baldyga was a Senior Consultant for Central and East European Programs at IREX, an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic full profile >>

Janet Barker-Evans

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Journalism, 1993

Senior Vice President,

Executive Creative Director,


Janet is presently SVP Executive Creative Director, Epsilon. Formerly Janet was Executive Vice President, Group Creative Director at Draftfcb Chicago, Janet oversaw creative work on core accounts that cross various marketing disciplines including advertising, promotion, direct and full profile >>

Ralph Becker

B.S., Communications, 1955

Former President and Chief Operating Officer of several corporations

Mr. Becker began his 64 year career in broadcasting as an intern at CBS owned KMOX Radio, St. Louis, in 1949. His diverse broadcast career incudes experience as a technician by installing broadcast equipment; an announcer on various radio stations; writing, producing and directing radio full profile >>

Tom Blim

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Journalism, 1984

Senior Partner, Group SRJ

Tom Blim is a Partner with Group SJR (A WPP Company).  An accomplished strategist and creative thinker, Tom Blim saw the failure of traditional communications to stay relevant in the digital era – and helped bring about a new vision for its evolution. At SJR, he full profile >>

Tom Blomquist

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Radio and Television, 1972

Professor of Film and Television Production

California State University, Long Beach

A Writer, Producer, and Director in Los Angeles, Tom is Professor of Film and Television Production at California State University Long Beach. In 2013 he also co-authored the textbook Eye of the Storm: Directing for Film, Television & Emerging Media for Kendall Hunt full profile >>

Larry G. Brown

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B.S., Radio and Television, 1966

Retired CEO Forward Companies

Dallas, Texas

I am originally from Carbondale, Illinois and attended SIU when the College of Mass Communications was building its reputation as one of the best in the country. The university holds a special significance to me because it was the foundation of my success in my later professional life. I full profile >>

Jay Bryant

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Cinema and Photography, 1981

Digital Director at C.Blohm and Assoc.

Jay Bryant works as Managing Director at Mint Collective.  Mint Collective is a consulting group that provides communications strategy to pharmaceutical companies.  Projects have included work for Bristol Myers-Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Otsuka, and full profile >>

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 full profile >>

Mark Carlson

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Radio and Television, 2000

Video Journalist, Associated Press

I am a very fortunate person. My career in journalism has taken me all over the world. It has also given me a chance to live in a foreign country. But the biggest gift journalism has given me is the understanding of human emotion and decision making.  My name is Mark Carlson and full profile >>

Stew Cohen

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B.S., Radio and Television, 1976

News Director WZSR-FM and WFXF-FM

I am originally from Morton Grove, Illinois  In 2014, I celebrated 40 years in radio, mostly as news director of suburban radio stations. I can't tell you how many thousands of newscasts I've written and anchored since 1974 when I went on-air for the very first time at full profile >>

Randy A. Daniels

Radio and Television, 1973

Managing Director, 

Pickwick Capital Partners

Randy A. Daniels is the former Vice Chairman of Gilford Securities Inc., a private equity partnership in New York. On April 12, 2001, Daniels was appointed New York State Secretary of State by Governor George E. Pataki. Daniels resigned in 2006 to run for the Governorship for the State full profile >>

Sam Edwards

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Cinema and Photography, 1984

VFX Supervisor and Flame owner/operator

Sam Edwards was born in Morgan City, Louisiana, and graduated from Evanston Township High School in Evanston Illinois before attending Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He was one of the founders of the Big Muddy Film Festival and co-chaired the festival in his senior year. full profile >>

Shoshanna Ezra

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Radio and Television, 1994
Television producer and director

I am originally from suburban Baltimore, Maryland and transferred to SIU because of the top rated Radio and Television program.  In 1994, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio and Television with an emphasis on Programming and Promotion from the School of Mass full profile >>

Britten Follett

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Radio and Television, 2002

Vice President, Marketing, 

Follett Scool Solutions

President, Follett Educational


A born communicator, Britten spent ten years in the television news industry as an anchor and reporter.  Her investigative television reports earned her the prestigious Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University, where she full profile >>

Larry Glazer

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B.S., Radio and Television, 1968

Semi-retired, consulting stations

and television show producers.

I enrolled at SIU September of 1963.  It seemed a great distance from Chicago, but in a short amount of time, I realized every mile traveled was worth it.  I graduated in August 1967 with a B.S. in Communications, majoring in Radio-TV and minoring in journalism. Southern full profile >>

Gary Gunter

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B.S., Radio and Television, 1986

Vice-President/GM Radio One 

St. Louis

On March 17, 2014 Gary Gunter became Vice President and General Manager of Radio One St. Louis’ properties Hot 104.1FM and Old School 95.5FM. In this role Mr. Gunter is responsible for developing and growing each station’s brand, revenue and audience share by creating full profile >>

Nyhl Henson

Journalism, 1970

President, Smart Media Ventures

Formerly, Chief Executive Officer of Broadspot World Wide Wireless (BWWD.TV) –IVI Communications, Inc. Nyhl Henson is a cable television programming pioneer and entertainment industry executive who will serve on the Board of Advisors. An early leader in recognizing the value of full profile >>

Jackie Koszczuk

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Jackie Koszczuk most recently was the Director of Communications for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, where she managed a team of public affairs communications specialists for the federal agency. Prior to joining the Obama administration, she was a longtime Washington-based full profile >>

Mike Leary

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B.S., Radio and Television, 1974

Freelance Producer

My name is Mike Leary.  I’m originally from Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. I’m a proud graduate of the Radio/TV Department, receiving my Bachelor of Science Degree in 1974.  I’ve worked as a producer of TV commercials and web full profile >>

Bill Livek

Radio and Television, 1976

Executive Vice Chairman and

President, ComScore

Bill Livek is the Executive Vice Chairman and President at ComScore and oversees the day-to-day management of the company and is focused on growing and evolving Rentrak's business as a leading data and information analytics company to becoming a comprehensive knowledge provider to the full profile >>

Dennis Lyle

Radio and Television, 1975

President and CEO, Illinois

Broadcasters Association

Although he credits his current-day work ethic to spending his "Wonder Bread" years as the youngest son of dairy farming parents in Harvard, Illinois, Dennis Lyle knew early on that dairy farming was not a career of his choice. Dennis would spend those many summers in the mid to full profile >>

Brian Matsumoto

Cinema and Photography, 1981

Canon, USA

Consumer Electronics Professional

Brian is a graduate of SIU's cinema & photography, class of 1981. He is a professional markets representative with the professional products group of the camera division of Canon USA since 2000. Brian works with the digital visual world from capture to output, from camera to full profile >>

Michael McCarthy

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B.S., Journalism, 1979

Sony Electronics

Channel Marketing Manager

Mike is a 1979 graduate of SIUC with a BS in Journalism / Advertising Sequence. He has worked within corporate advertising / marketing environments for over 35 years, specializing in retail and B2B with major corporations such as Sony Electronics, Motorola, Federated Department Stores, full profile >>

Bill McGraw

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Communications, 1969

Marketing, Diversey Chemical Corporation

The imagination of Paleontologist, Professor John Utgaard, excited one as his understanding of our earth brought to life literally thousands of years of earth science. English literature Professor William Brown, within the historical halls of Old Main which was for years the fountain of full profile >>

Brian McMurray

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Radio and Television, 1994

Production Manager

WYC-TV (PBS Affiliate)


I appreciate someone from SIU contacting me and other alumni in our field of work.  To be honest, in my many years of working around the country I constantly run into many, many grads of SIU-C.  The more you all keep in contact with us, the better it is for current full profile >>

Hilla Medalia

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B.A., Radio and Television

M.A., Professional Media Practice,


EJH Productions

Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Hilla Medalia has received three Emmy® nominations. Her projects have garnered critical acclaim and screened internationally in theaters and on television including HBO, MTV, BBC and ARTE. Among her range of titles include 'To Die in full profile >>

James R. Middleton

Broadcast Journalism, 1970

Boone Count Journal and


My story crossed the nation and Southern Illinois University was responsible for what I have done.  I was raised on a farm and I graduated from SIU with a degree in broadcast journalism in 1970.  SIU provided the foundation for me to do what I wanted to do, to write full profile >>

Devin Miller

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Cinema and Photography, 2008

M.S., Professional Media 

Management, 2010

Business and Advertising 

Director, Daily Egyptian

I don't really have a hometown as my parents worked for the Department of Defense and I went to seven different schools living in Germany, Illinois and Utah. I consider southern Illinois as my home as I have lived here for more than 21-years. In 1995 I enrolled as a student in the full profile >>

Wayne Mills

Radio and Television, 1989

Broadcasting Engineer Foreman

Southern Illinois Universtiy,

Edwardsville, Illinois

Wayne Mills is a graduate of the Dept. of Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University.  He received his degree in May 1989.  By the time he graduated, he was working full time at the SIUC Broadcasting Service, first as a Television Equipment Operator, and later as a full profile >>

Lisa Jane Morrisette

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B.A., Radio and Television, 1997

WSIU-FM Operations Manager

Lisa Jane Morrisette is a 1997 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts from the Radio and Television program. Originally from Longview, Illinois, Lisa transferred from Parkland Community College in Champaign, Illinois to finish here degree in MCMA here at SIUC. She first volunteered at our full profile >>

Matthew Nordin

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B.A., Radio and Television, 2000

Weekend Anchor, WSIL-TV,

Carterville, Illinois

Founder/CEO, Knob Hill Media

Matthew Nordin, a 2000 graduate in Radio-Television News, is originally from Mt. Vernon, IL. While a student in MCMA, he was a student ambassador, recipient of a scholarship from what was then RTNDA, and his TV work at SIU won the National Broadcasting Society's Grand Prize in 1999. full profile >>

Cary O'Dell

Radio and Television, 1992

Author, Archive Director of the

Library of Congress

Although I grew up in the more “northern” section of the state—Galesburg, to be exact--Southern Illinois University at Carbondale is a family legacy.  Both my grandfather and grandmother attended SIUC, as did my father, two of my aunts, and my older full profile >>

Ron Osgood

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B.S., Radio and Television, major

Cinema and Photography, minor, 1977

M.S. Education (Educational Media),


Professor Emeritus, Department of

Telecommunications, Indiana University

Documentary Filmmaker

I’m from Chicago and a Vietnam veteran. I went to school on the G.I. Bill. Professor Shipley (RTV) was my undergraduate mentor since I was interested in alternatives to broadcasting and he taught cable related courses. Professor Klasek in Education had the most influence on my full profile >>

Michael J. Porcaro

Journalism, 1972

Marketing Director

Scranton Gillette Publications

Michael J. Porcaro has been in the magazine publishing business for nearly 30 years with previous experience in marketing and advertising. Currently, he is Senior Advisor of Randall-Reilly Publishing Co., a firm to which the publishing company he co-owned, James Informational Media Inc., full profile >>

Steven Poster


International Cinematographers Guild

Poster is currently the President of the International Cinematographers Guild. He visited SIUC to conduct a master class in cinematography for College of Mass Communication and Media Arts students. Poster was a part of the Cinema and Photography program for two years while he attended full profile >>

Neeva Pradhan

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School of Journalism, 1982


Being an immigrant from a tiny mountainous country of Nepal, I felt the need to write an immigrant perspective and therefore the name "The Best of Both Worlds" -A Pioneer's Perspective in Straddling East and West.  It highlights the great benefits that a new full profile >>

James Prather

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Radio and Television, 1979

KTNV-TV, Channel 13 Action News

An E. W. Scripps Company

Jim Prather serves as Vice President & General Manager of KTNV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Las Vegas. Jim is a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio-Television and Political Science, and a Master of Arts degree in Public full profile >>

Whitney Priebe

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School of Journalism, 2008

Director of Marketing

The Elder and Disability Advocacy Firm

of Christine A. Alsop, LLC,

St. Louis, MO

Whitney Priebe graduated from SIU Carbondale in 2008. She received her Bachelor's degree in Journalism, with an advertising specialization, from the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts. She moved to Carbondale from Tullahoma, Tennessee, and, prior to that, had lived in six full profile >>

Liz Ralston

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Cinema and Photography


Visual Effects/Film Producer

Liz Ralston has over twenty years of experience in visual effects production and facility management, overseeing all feature production and client relations, for both VFX facilities and film studios. Ralston was the visual effects producer on “Babe,” the 1995 Oscar full profile >>

Robert Ramsey

Radio and Televison, 1980

Former VP and General Manager

Weigel Broadcasting Company's


Robert J. (Bob) Ramsey is a 1980 graduate of SIU-C with a BS in Radio-Television.  Ramsey has been in the television industry for 33 years.  He currently serves as Vice President and General Manager for Weigel Broadcasting Company’s WCIU-TV in full profile >>

Johanna Schneider

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Radio and Television, 1976

Communications and Public 

Policy Consultant, 

Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Johanna Schneider has played a key role in successfully managing communications moving from reporter and anchor to top posts in government--Congress, the Executive Branch--and in the business arena. Ms. Schneider was most recently the Managing Director and U.S. Market Leader in full profile >>

Craig Sinclair

Journalism, 1976

Managing Partner

Silvermine, LLC and

CEO, The Sinclair Group

Craig graduated from the School of Journalism in 1976 and in 1978 he received an MBA from Tulane University. As a student Craig was active with the Daily Egyptian. He grew up in Mt. Vernon, IL. In 1978 Craig became Manager of Marketing at CIGNA Corporation. He was in charge of full profile >>

Elizabeth Spezia

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M.A., Media Theory and

Research, 2012

Ph.D. Candidate

Field Representative,


Home town: Herrin, Illinois Degree: Master of Arts, Media Theory and Research, 2012 Thesis: How Parents Use Television to Enrich Their Children’s Cultural Identity:  The Case Study of Shalom Sesame and Jewish Life Next Degree: PhD, Mass Communication and Media full profile >>

Kenneth Starck

Journalism, 1968

Emeritus Professor, School of Journalism

and Mass Communication, 

University of Iowa

I came to Southern Illinois University as a journalist and left as a journalism educator.  Doctoral studies at SIU (PhD 1968) left two indelible career-shaping marks on my professional life: an acute appreciation for freedom of the press tempered with a sense of social full profile >>

Donald A. Stork

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B.S. Journalism, 1961

Independent Media and 

Marketing Consultant

Don’s career spans over 40 years of media and management experience. He joined Gardner Advertising Company, St. Louis, as a Media Buyer in 1964, and progressed to Vice President General Manager of the agency’s media operations in St. Louis, New York and Los Angeles. In full profile >>

Greg Todd

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B.S., Communications,

Radio and Television, 1997


Greg Todd brings to SIU more than 30 years of experience as a top-rated TV news anchor, reporter, meteorologist and newsroom manager. Greg quickly turned the quality education and hands-on experience he received as a student at SIU into a successful and fulfilling career in full profile >>

Ben Weinberger

Radio and Television, 2001

SVP and Chief Product Officer

Sling TV, LLC

Ben Weinberger is the SVP and Chief Product Officer at Sling TV where he's helping to redefine the next-generation of television. Prior to Sling TV, Ben was the co-founder and CEO of Digitalsmiths, the technology leader in the field of video search and recommendations. Under his full profile >>

Jeff Williams

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B.S., Radio and Television, 1990

News and Public Affairs Director

WSIU Broadcasting Services

I was born and raised in Salem, Illinois.  I was originally a Civil Engineering major.  Having participated in radio club in high school I started volunteering after class at the college’s radio station.  It didn’t take long to figure out full profile >>

Barry Wolf

Radio and Television, 1966

Television Director

Fine Art Photographer

As a native Chicagoan in 1965 I found myself enrolled as a junior at Southern Illinois University. After several years of not knowing what career to choose for my future, I joined friends who were already at SIU, with the idea that I would become a lawyer. During my first semester my world full profile >>

Kyu Ho Youm

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M.A., Journalism, 1982

Ph.D., Journalism, 1985

Jonathan Marshall First

Amendment Chair, Shcool of 

Journalism and Communication,

University of Oregan

Courtesy Professor, UO School of Law

A native of South Korea, I am a double-degree graduate (M.A. in 1982 and Ph.D. in 1985) of the SIU-C School of Journalism.              My five years at SIU-C were truly full profile >>