Alumni: 2000s

Staying in touch with old friends and professors also is a way to stay in touch with The Media School. Check out these Class Notes by era.


Alice Budisatrijo, BAJ’00, graduated from Oxford University with a master’s in diplomacy and international studies. She is the senior producer for the BBC World News in Southeast Asia. (August 2016)

Courtney (Irwin) Chazen, MA’01, joined the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. In her role as communications specialist, she finds and shares stories on research and collaboration efforts in the areas of energy, environment and sustainability. (December 2016)

Lori Wilson, BAJ’01, has joined WSB-TV in Atlanta, where she anchors the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekend news. Wilson previously was an evening anchor at WISH-TV in Indianapolis. (January 2017)

Sidney Bosley, BA’02, MS’04, works in creative strategy for West Marketing and Advertising in San Francisco. He was previously the associate creative director at Wielden and Kennedy, where he worked on building global and European brands. (December 2015)

Heather (Coon) Lissner, BA’02, is public information manager at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. She received a master’s degree in communications from Johns Hopkins University in August. (February 2017)

Charity Moos Farber, BA’02, works at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago, as a manager for academic and international programming. Before working at CIC, she was an assistant director of student organizations and activities at Ball State and a leadership development specialist at Illinois State University. (December 2015)

Tolu Jegede, BA’02, MFA’05, teaches English composition courses at North Florida Community College in Madison, Florida. His writing has been published in Heartlodge Journal, Rockhurst Review, and the Bitter Oleander. In 2005, his book What The Ears Said to the Feet, was published by IU Press. (December 2015)

Shawn Touney, BAJ’02, accepted the director of communication position for Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, in February. He will manage all staff working with branding, marketing and communications initiatives for the entire university. Additionally, he and his wife recently welcomed their second child. (March 2016)

Emily Shirden, BA’03, was named a partner at Finn Partners Public Relations and Communications in October. Shirden studied journalism and public relations at IU and now lives in Ferndale, Michigan. (December 2015)

Christopher Booker, MA’04, is a producer and correspondent at WNET/PBS NewsHour Weekend. (December 2016)

Jackie (Aguirre) Morales, BAJ’04, was named to the Indiana Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.” Morales is vice president of communications and public affairs at the Indianapolis-based staffing agency the Morales Group. (April 2017)

Julia Nissim, BAJ’04, is senior communications manager at the American Dental Association in Chicago. She specializes in health and wellness content marketing. Prior to joining the ADA, she worked for Edelman Public Relations for nearly eight years. (December 2016)

Cory Schouten, BAJ’04, accepted a position at the Columbia Journalism Review in New York City as senior editor and interim managing editor. Previously, he was managing editor of the Indianapolis Business Journal. He also is president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. (August 2016)

Parker Wittman, BA’04, is an information management specialist working for Aspect Consulting in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in GIS and information systems. He lives with his wife, Angela Lynch Wittman, BA’04(December 2015)

Jim Kendrick, PhD’05, is an associate professor in film and digital media at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the author of three books: Darkness in the Bliss-Out: A Reconsideration of the Films of Steven Spielberg (2014), Film Violence: History, Ideology, Genre (2009) and Hollywood Bloodshed: Screen Violence and 1980s American Cinema (2009). He lives in Waco, Texas, with his wife Cassie and their children, James and Lily. (December 2015)

Tim Pritchett, BA’05, MA’07, is public relations and information officer for the Monroe County Community School Corporation. (December 2015)

Kara Seward, BAJ’06, has moved home to Indianapolis after working in Washington, D.C., and  Los Angeles.  She recently joined the Indiana State Teachers Association as communications specialist, reporting to IU alumna Kim Clements-Johnson, BAJ’09. Kara serves as lead writer and editor for the ISTA’s publications and focuses on member communications. (December 2015)

Jennifer Hurtubise, BA’06, was named vice president of the Indiana Hospital Association. In this role, she will manage member communications, lead strategic planning and oversee media relations and digital communications. She is a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, Hoosier Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and Indiana Society of Association Executives. (December 2015)

Sandro Sato, BA’06, accepted a position at United Airlines in Chicago right after graduation. He left the job to accept a position at Dow Chemical. After earning his master of science degree in sustainable development from Oxford University, Sato worked his way up to the country manager for Dow Chemical in Qatar. He was previously a marketing specialist for the company in Brazil. (December 2015)

Rishi Bhilawadikar, MS’07, is writer and producer of the film For Here or To Go? This film discusses the issues facing those who leave their home country to pursue a career in the San Francisco tech industry. The film has been screened at festivals across North America, India and Australia and recently screened at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival. (March 2016

Kirk Butts, BAJ’07, was appointed grants and research manager of Barton College by the school’s president in December 2015. Before accepting this position, Butts was the public relations staff writer for the school in Wilson, North Carolina. He also works as a freelance writer and spends his free time in Raleigh. (March 2016)

Molly Erman, BAJ’07, authored the book Work Life: A Survival Guide to the Modern Office, which will be published in late March. Erman is director of communications at New Lab, a resource space for tech entrepreneurs, in Brooklyn, New York. (February 2017)

Katie Farrer, BAJ’07, is a social brand strategist and agile content lead for IBM in Denver, Colorado. Farrer and her team recently were awarded PR Daily’s Real Time Video Award for IBM’s strategic use of Facebook. (April 2017)

Ashley Lawyer, BA’07, is the director of research and development for the program Extra TV and a segment producer for Crime Watch Daily. She was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Entertainment News Program in 2014. (December 2015)

Erica (Nochlin) Mandy, BAJ’07, was the subject of a Huffington Post interview on her career in journalism. Mandy is a television news reporter for CBS News in Los Angeles, appearing on KCAL9 at 10 p.m. and CBS2 at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday nights. (April 2017)

Michael Rubino, MA’07, has been named editor-in-chief of Indianapolis Monthly. The Jasper, Indiana, native is known for his award-winning longform articles on everything from tragic childhood illness to Andrew Luck’s beard. (September 2016)

Amy Mills, BAJ’07, MA’13, is a statistical research manager for the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Before joining LPGA, Mills was a statistical analyst at ESPN Stats and Information Group, where she provided scores, statistics and analysis to all ESPN platforms. In her role at LPGA, she is using data to tell stories and enhance the visibility of LPGA’s golfers and the organization as a whole. (March 2016)

Brian Buckey, BA’08, is the University of Toledo beat sports writer for The Toledo Blade, his hometown newspaper in Toledo, Ohio. Buckey will focus on the Rockets’ football and basketball programs. (September 2016)

Alyssa Templeton Campbell, BAJ’08, is a senior public relations coordinator with the Kohl’s Corporation in Milwaukee. She was previously a senior media relations specialist at The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies Inc. in Oak Brook, Illinois. She married her husband DJ in Indianapolis in November. (March 2016)

Amy Goetz, BAJ’08, was quoted in an Associated Press story about Target’s use of plaid design across departments on Dec. 29. Goetz is a senior public relations specialist for Target and was previously a senior account executive at Edelman. (January 2016)

Jessica Kelley, BAJ’08, started her own business in October 2014. She runs The Garden Table, a cold press juicery and daytime eatery focused on locally sourced and seasonally influenced breakfast and lunch. The shop is located in Broad Ripple in Indianapolis and was named one of Indianapolis Monthly’s 15 Best New Restaurants of 2015. It was also deemed Indianapolis Monthly’s Best New Juice Bar of 2015. The store plans on opening a second location in downtown Indianapolis on Massachusetts Avenue in May 2016. Kelley credits IU and the journalism school with equipping her with a wealth of knowledge and the confidence to accomplish whatever she wants. (December 2015)

Maria Kelly, MA’08, is now a content marketing manager for 7Park Data in San Francisco. Previously, she was manager of evaluation, marketing and special projects at the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. (April 2016)

Anne Zelek, BAJ’08, left her position as director of optimization at The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones in New York City for a role at Apple Inc. She is now subscription manager for the App Store and lives in San Francisco. (April 2017)

Riya Anandwala, MA’09, is the senior communications manager at the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C. She had previously been a media relations specialist at St. Louis University. (April 2016)

Casey Baksa, BAJ’09, has been named marketing manager at Amazon in Seattle. He will plan and execute marketing campaigns for Amazon’s credit card marketplace. He formerly was communications director at SmarterHQ in Indianapolis. (August 2016)

Kyla King, BAJ’09, MS’13, is assistant director of client services at the Emory University Office for International Student and Scholar Service in Atlanta. King received her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from IU in 2013. (April 2017)

Nadia LaMantia, BAJ’09, completed a documentary , Badante Straniere: Eastern Europe Comes to Italy, which was funded the former School of Journalism’s Hazeltine Travel Scholarship. (August 2016)

Shawn Mikus, BAJ’09, is a public relations account executive at R&R Partners in Las Vegas, Nevada. (January 2017)

Rorye O’Connor, BAJ’09, is a reporter at the Daily Reporter in Greenfield, Indiana. Previously, she worked her way from staff reporter to associate editor at the Mt. Vernon Register-News in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. (March 2016)

Nick O’Gorman, BA’09, is content operations lead at Jukin Media, a digital video licensing and production company. Jukin acquires the rights to internet videos and distributes them among various platforms. O’Gorman manages the accounts of new syndication partners such as AOL and The Chive. (August 2016)

Anna Schilawski, BA’09, works at L’Oreal in New York City where she oversees public relations and influencers for nail polish brand essie. Previously, Schilawski was manager of social strategies at Hyatt in Chicago. (September 2016)

Jay Seawell, BAJ’09, is the recipient of the Award for Innovation in the Documentary Arts from the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University. The archive will collect prints from his projects, “National Trust” and “The Mall.” (August 2016)

Rachel Skybetter, BAJ’09, is a lead copywriter for Lipman Hearne, a marketing and communications agency for nonprofit organizations and higher educational institutions. Her clients include Juilliard, Caltech, University of Minnesota and Notre Dame. She married Kyle Thoms (BA’06) in July. (December 2016)

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