Alumni: 2010s

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.

Class of 2010

Riya Anandwala, MA’10, is director of industry communications at the Washington, D.C.-based Consumer Technology Association. Previously, she served as a media relations officer for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and as senior communications manager at the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, also in Washington, D.C. (January 2019)

James Brosher, BAJ’10, is a multimedia producer for IU Communications. He was previously a staff photographer at the South Bend Tribune from 2012 to 2014. In March, he received a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA, allowing him to fly drones for Indiana University. (April 2017)

Lauren Clason, BAJ’10, is a reporter at CQ Roll Call, a Washington, D.C.-based news outlet covering elections and the politics of legislation. Clason was previously a health care reporter for the Hill Extra. (August 2017)

Natalie (Avon) Dollinger, BAJ’10, MBA’13, is product marketing manager at Facebook in New York City. Previously, she was director of product marketing at Bluecore. (February 2018)

Lindsay Goldenhorn, BAJ’10, is a national digital sales specialist for Philadelphia Media Network, which houses, Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. Previously, Goldenhorn worked as a digital sales manager at Realtime Media, also in Philadelphia. (April 2017)

Ashlee Green, BAJ’10, is project manager at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Previously, Green was program assistant at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. (October 2017)

Kari Hodes, BAJ’10, has been named to the 2018 Folio:100 list. Hodes is vice president of digital content at Trusted Media Brands, formerly known as the Reader’s Digest Association. Prior to joining TMB, Hodes was the executive director of audience development and analytics at Time Inc. and Bloomberg’s global head of audience development. She began her career with a variety of editorial and audience development roles at Hearst and The Huffington Post. (December 2018)

EunBee Kim, BAJ’10, is an alumni and Chevening scholarship and fellowship officer at the British Embassy in Seoul. She manages the relationship with UK alumni and Chevening scholars in Korea, working to increase business opportunities and strengthen the relationship between the two nations. Kim previously worked as a media and public affairs officer at the embassy. (September 2016)

YeJin Kim, BAJ’10, is a communication consultant for the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. She has been in her current position since April 2014. Formerly, she worked for the Institute for Global Work at Boston University as a communications assistant. After graduating from IU, Kim received a master’s degree in international relations and international communication at Boston University. (August 2016)

Paula Kramer, BAJ’10, is a senior research associate at Beacon Research, a qualitative research consulting firm. After marrying in June, Kramer and her husband moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan. (January 2017)

Ali Meyer, BAJ’10, is an administrative manager in business development and marketing for United Capital Evansville. She joined the group in spring 2017, before which she spent four years working in public service, including stints of work in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the Indiana Office of Tourism Department. (June 2018)

Anna (Berg) Mailliard, BAJ’10, is a marketing manager at Blue Plate Restaurant Company. She won the Minnesota Advertising Federation’s 32 Under 32 Award. Mailliard was among 32 advertising, public relations and marketing professionals in Minnesota recognized for positive contributions to the advertising and marketing community. (August 2017)

Joanna Pinker Sokol, BAJ’10, joins the Microsoft communications team in Redmond, Washington, in May 2018. Pinker Sokol will support Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s internal and external communications. Previously, she worked as vice president of global banking and markets marketing at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York City. (April 2018)

Angela Solomon, BAJ’10, is senior corporate communications manager at Capital One in New York City, a role she has held since 2014. She was previously a senior account executive at Edelman in New York City. (August 2017)

Jeremy Rosenthal, BA’10, and Dave Leno, BAJ’11, were on hand for the Hoosier football at the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium on Dec. 26. Leno does play-by-play announcements for ESPN, and Rosenthal is the assistant director of media relations for IU track and field, volleyball and tennis. (January 2016)

Angela Solomon, BAJ’10, has been working at Capital One in New York City since January 2014 in public relations and marketing for the U.S. Card business. She previously worked at Edelman. (August 2016)

Lauren Suitors, BAJ’10, is assistant director of development at the University of Chicago. She was previously development coordinator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (October 2017)

Alexi Turbow, BAJ’10, works as a public affairs associate for Friends of Cancer Research, a Washington, D.C.-based cancer research think tank and advocacy organization.  Turbow also is beginning her last year of graduate school at George Washington University, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in global communications.  She looks forward to graduating next spring.  Formerly, she worked for Edelman in Washington, D.C. (August 2016)

Class of 2011

Alex Brown, BAJ’11, joined Heidrick & Struggles as a public relations manager, supporting the firm’s thought leadership and media relations. He previously was a senior account executive in the corporate practice group at FleishmanHillard’s Chicago office. (December 2016)

Amy Burke, BAJ’11, works in communications at the Salvation Army for Wisconsin/Upper Michigan and Milwaukee County. Previously, she was a digital content producer for Today’s TMJ4 (NBC) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a web producer for the Longview (Texas) News-Journal. (April 2017)

Torrie Cope, MA’11, is a reporter at the Meridian Press, a local weekly newspaper serving Meridian, Idaho. She was previously a business reporter at the Idaho Press-Tribune. (February 2018)

Isabel Dieppa, BA’11, is a Chicago-based freelance journalist. She got her IU degree in theater, but worked for the Indiana Daily Student during her time on campus. She is a contributor to and a communications coordinator at the National Immigrant Justice Center. She is one of 21 recipients of the 2018 ProPublica Diversity Scholarship, and will attend a conference sponsored by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in late July. (June 2018)

Lillian Feldman-Hill, BA’11, is youth engagement coordinator at Temple Emanuel in Kensington, Maryland. She is developing a lab program about using games for social justice and positive change. (December 2016)

Katherine (Fay) Hall, BAJ’11, recently moved from Chicago to Cleveland, where she started a new position in legal marketing as the legal writer for Ulmer and Berne LLP. She formerly worked as an associate attorney at The Uma Law Group. (August 2018)

Caitlin Johnston, BAJ’11, is a staff writer at the Tampa Bay Times, covering transportation, sexual assault and county politics in Hillsborough County, Florida. On Sundays, Johnston covers the murder and mayhem desk in Tampa. She was previously a reporter for Capital News Service in Annapolis, Maryland. (August 2017)

Zina Kumok, BAJ’11, is a freelance writer specializing in personal finance. She works with her husband, Samuel Leffers, BAJ’11. (August 2016)

Dave Leno, BAJ’11, is a play-by-play announcer in Philadelphia. He hosts and announces for ESPN, USA Field Hockey and the Philadelphia Union. (February 2018)

Brooke Lichtman, BAJ’11, is the public relations and communication coordinator at DePaul University’s Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning in Chicago. (August 2016)

Jason Martin, PhD’11, was promoted to associate professor at DePaul University, where he was honored as Teacher of the Year and was elected chair of the journalism program. Martin is working on the creation of the Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence at DePaul. (August 2016)

Ryan Miller, BAJ’11, has been hired as an assistant coach with the IU women’s tennis team. Miller previously was head coach of men and women’s tennis at Hanover College and had served as a volunteer assistant coach with IU women’s tennis. (January 2017)

Kristina Hunter Mullis, BAJ’11, MS’12, of the American Lung Association in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, works with middle and high schools in the county to provide smoking prevention education presentations to both faculty/staff and students. She also teaches online classes in community health at Southern New Hampshire University.

Hunter Mullis formerly worked as a public affairs specialist at the U.S. Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan. (August 2018)

Ashley Nichols, BAJ’11, has joined Washington, D.C.-based Booz Allen Hamilton as lead associate. Previously, Nichols was a senior associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, also in D.C. She has a master’s degree in education from Vanderbilt University. (August 2018)

Loretta Olker, BAJ’11, is an operations associate for Chicago-based software company FourKites Inc. (June 2018)

Elizabeth Pace, BAJ’16, joined Action News Jax of Jacksonville, Florida, as a general assignments reporter. Before moving to Jacksonville, Pace worked as a weekend anchor, producer and multimedia journalist in Lubbock, Texas. (August 2018)

Genevieve Postlethwait, BAJ’11, is a grants writer with the McCracken County Public Schools in Paducah, Kentucky. She was previously the education and features writer at The Paducah Sun. (April 2017)

Myriam Sopel, BAJ’11, is an assistant tennis coach at Brigham University in Provo, Utah. She plans to spend the summer in her native France, where she and her brother, Youngstown State University tennis coach Mickael Sopel, will conduct the Odyssey Tennis Academy. (August 2016)

Helen (Russick) Timothy, BAJ’2011, works as a marketing specialist for Colorado-based software company TraceGains. (June 2018)

Qixin Wang, BAJ’11, recently accepted a position as the international news desk producer at CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. He previously covered breaking news for the Associated Press in Madison, Wisconsin. (April 2016)

Sheng Yuan, PhD’11, is author of an article that was published in the September 2015 edition of Chinese Journal of Communication. “An Experimental Investigation of the Influence of Endorser Attractiveness in Video Advertisements” is based on his dissertation research. Yuan teaches advertising courses at City College of Wenzhou University in China. (December 2015)

Jordan Zaslow, BAJ’11, is a director, producer and journalist at LittleThings, a New York City-based production house specializing in lifestyle content for young women. Her video, What’s Your Biggest Regret? went viral, garnering more than 28 million views across platforms. Her work has been featured in BuzzFeed, Elite Daily, Huffington Post and Bustle, among others. She appeared on The Today Show and Wall Street Journal Live, discussing her late father’s bestselling book The Magic Room. (October 2017)

Class of 2012

Elizabeth (Biz) Carson, BAJ’12, is a staff writer at Forbes. She was previously a technology reporter at Business Insider. (August 2017)

Courtney Cronin, BAJ’12, is the Minnesota Vikings reporter for NFL Nation at ESPN. She was previously a multimedia sports reporter at the Mercury News in San Jose, California. (December 2017)

Kyle Duggar, BAJ’12, JD’15, is an attorney in the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office. (April 2017)

Margaret Ely, BAJ’12, is senior editor of social and audience development at Bloomberg in New York City. She was previously social media manager at The New Yorker and digital editor at The Washington Post. (February 2018)

Margaux Farrell, BAJ’12, moved from her position as a morning news anchor and producer at Fox 15 Abilene (Texas) and KIDY Fox San Angelo to join a Fox affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut. Farrell is a morning reporter on Fox 61. She won a bronze medal in swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics as a part of the French team. She recently earned her master’s degree in journalism from University of Southern California. (April 2017)

Ammina Kothari, PhD’12, is an associate professor of journalism and director of undergraduate studies in the School of Communication at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. Along with Emily A. Ehmer, PhD’15, Kothari published “Coverage of Burmese refugees in Indiana news media: An analysis of textual and visual frames” in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. (November 2018)

Sean Morrison, BAJ’12, is associate editor of esports at ESPN. (August 2017)

Danielle Paquette, BAJ’12, is a reporter at The Washington Post. Her story, “Turning Pain into Hope: Rwanda’s children of rape are coming of age against the odds,” appeared on the front page of the Sunday, June 11, issue of the paperPaquette previously worked as a reporter at The Tampa Bay Times and as an intern at The Los Angeles Times and CNN. As an IU senior, she won first place in the Hearst National Writing Championship. (August 2017)

Nicholas (Nico) Perrino, BAJ’12, is director of communications for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Perrino began working with FIRE in 2012. (March 2017)

Adrienne (A.D.) Quig, BAJ’12, is a reporter and producer at the Daily Line in Chicago. (January 2017)

MaryJane (MJ) Slaby, BAJ’12, is a reporter and curator for The Incline, a start-up news organization in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Slaby previously reported at the Herald-Times and the Lafayette Journal & Courier. (September 2016)

Caitlin Ursini, BAJ’12, is an account executive at Salesforce in Chicago. Caitlin was formerly director of The Advisory Board Company in Washington, D.C. (April 2017)

Tricia Whitaker, BA’12, has been the sports anchor and reporter for CBS4 WTTV in Indianapolis since 2014. She previously worked as a sports reporter for WBAY in Northeast Michigan. (March 2016)

Class of 2013

Jessica (Williams) Bricker, BAJ’13, is assistant editor at the Bluffton (Indiana) News-Banner. In May 2017, Bricker got married and was promoted to her current position, having celebrated four years with the News-Banner. She also launched a personal brand website, (August 2017)

Matt Callahan, BAJ’13, is design editor at The Washington Post. He has been with the Post since 2014, previously working as art director and digital designer. Callahan will continue to build the design team’s digital growth. He has won multiple portfolio awards for his work from the Society for News Design. Before joining the Post, Callahan was features and 1A designer at the Tampa Bay Times. (December 2017)

Araceli Gomez-Aldana, BAJ’13, a staff member at Fort Wayne radio station WBOI, won a scholarship to 2018’s Public Radio News Director Conference, which took place in Philadelphia at the end of June. The scholarship was awarded to journalists early in their careers. She is the local host of NPR’s All Things Considered, and also reports for the station on immigration, education and public health issues. (July 2018)

Anna Hershberger, BAJ’13, is an associate at Hill+Knowlon Strategies, a global public relations consulting company, where she has worked since March 2017. (July 2018)

Aliya Mood, BAJ’13, won a Pulitzer Prize as part of the Arizona Republic and USA Today Network’s reporting on Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. Mood lead the Republic’s design team, which produced nearly two full weeks’ worth of digital and print content, including a virtual reality piece.

The package also won the 2017 Scripps Howard Award for Innovation and the 2017 Award of Excellence for combined digital and print category from the Society of News Design.

In her time at IU, Mood was an Ernie Pyle Scholar and served as art director and design chief of the Indiana Daily Student. She now works as a freelance graphic designer and Pilates instructor in Phoenix, Arizona.(April 2018)

Matt Starr, BA’13, directed a remake of Woody Allen’s classic film “Annie Hall” starring senior citizens at Lenox Hill retirement center. “My Annie Hall” stars Harry Miller, 94, and Shula Chernick, 73. Starr created the film with his partner, Ellie Sachs. The film garnered coverage from The New York Times and Huffington Post(March 2018)

Jessica Wimsatt, BAJ’13, is a sports reporter, anchor and multimedia journalist at WEHT/WTVW Eyewitness News in Evansville. She previously worked as a multimedia reporter for the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever. (March 2017)

Class of 2014

Raven Carpenter, BAJ’14, is an account executive at G&S Business Communications in Chicago. She previously was a corporate fellow at Hill+Knowlton Strategies. (January 2017)

Hannah (Smith) Kiefer, BAJ’14, is director of communication at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. She was previously a social media and communications specialist at Conner Prairie. (February 2018)

Jon Savitt, BA’14, is a Washington, D.C.-based freelance writer. He has written for outlets including the Washington Post, TIME, Huffington Post and MTV. “From the classroom to the Roys (Kilroy’s) patio, I would not be where I am today without Indiana University giving me the resources to help me find my own voice and confidence,” Savitt wrote. (September 2016)

Hannah Ter Vree, BA’14, is a production coordinator at Trailer Park Inc. in Los Angeles. She was previously head of post production at Tiny Hero. (February 2018)

Nickolas Turner, BA’14, is founder and CEO of Shipper Tech, a platform connecting online buyers with secure online transactions and freelance delivery drivers. Turner is also founder and CEO of Shobe Cases and the Unbounded Group LLC. (August 2017)

Class of 2015

Sarah Beeson, BS’15, is a producer for the National Hockey League in New York City. Beeson was previously footage acquisitions coordinator for NFL Films. (December 2017)

McKenzie Clemans, BA’15, is an assistant at Luber Roklin Entertainment in Los Angeles. She previously worked at Pantheon Talent Group, SuperFilms!, Nickelodeon and Tiny Hero. (February 2018)

Emily A. Ehmer, PhD’15, is an assistant professor of journalism in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Along with Ammina Kothari, PhD’12, Ehmer published “Coverage of Burmese refugees in Indiana news media: An analysis of textual and visual frames” in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. (November 2018)

Kioko Ireri, PhD’15, published a book chapter on corruption in the Kenyan media titled, Professional Ethics: High Levels of Corruption in Kenyan Journalism Practice. The chapter appears in the just-released book, Critical Perspectives on Journalistic Beliefs and Actions: Global Experience, and explores perceptions, sources, forms and severity of corruption in Kenyan journalism. (July 2018)

Molly Jirasek, BAJ’15, is assistant news director for HOI ABC at WEEK-TV in East Peoria, Illinois. She was previously a multimedia journalist and producer at WSBT22 in South Bend, Indiana. (February 2018)

Anu Kumar, BAJ’15, is a project assistant in the Chicago Office of APCO Worldwide. Kumar joined the APCO Worldwide team in August 2015. (April 2017)

Mark Newman, BAJ’15, completed a national tour for his No. 1 bestselling baseball book Diamonds from the Dugout. He has five additional books planned. Newman was formerly enterprise editor with Major League Baseball Advanced Media. (February 2018)

Lacy Scarmana, BAJ’15, joined CBS News in New York City. She will participate in a rotation program between different CBS shows, starting off as a researcher for the CBS Evening News. Scarmana was previously a producer at WVIK public radio in Rock Island, Illinois. In her time at IU, she worked as a journalist and producer for WFIU. (March 2018)

Dylan Sinn, BAJ’15, is a sportswriter for the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Journal Gazette. He covers IU basketball on the Eyeing IU page, along with Notre Dame football and Fort Wayne TinCaps baseball for the paper. He was previously a digital media intern with USA Today Sports Media Group. (February 2018)

Class of 2016

Rebecca Banks, BA’16, served as cinematographer and executive producer of “Refugee Is Not My Name,” which won best documentary for social justice at the Hollywood Women’s Film Festival. Banks is a production coordinator for Nickelodeon Animation and CEO of Blood Rose Productions, LLC, and has held various roles for VICE Media, the Smithsonian Institution and Prometheus Entertainment. She lives in Malibu, California. (January 2019)

Jeremy Barbuto, BA’16, is a European site leader for freeD Systems Navigators with Intel. He was previously a videographer for the Detroit Lions. (December 2017)

Annie Brackemyre, BAJ’16, is an executive assistant at the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies.She works on special projects, including the institute’s co-sponsored WYPR show, Living Questions. (January 2017)

Mackenzie DeGroot, BAJ’16, is a reporter at the Decatur (Indiana) Daily Democrat. In her time at IU, DeGroot was an on-air personality at WIUX and a member of the Bloomington Ad Club. (December 2017)

Hannah Goodwin, BAJ’16, is an account executive at BLASTmedia in Fishers, Indiana. She formerly worked in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, supporting the Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Indiana Office of Defense Development. (February 2018)

Holly Hays, BAJ’16, is a breaking news night reporter at the Indianapolis Star. In her time at IU, she served as editor-in-chief of both the Indiana Daily Student and Arbutus yearbook. (December 2017)

Gabrielle McLemore, BAJ’16, is a press secretary and multimedia specialist with the Indiana Senate Democrats. (January 2017)

Laura Schulte, BAJ’16, is a street reporter at the Wausau (Wisconsin) Daily Herald. She was named Wisconsin’s Rookie Reporter of the Year at the 2018 Wisconsin Newspaper Association conference in Madison. (April 2018)

Alexa Tupper, BAJ ’16, is a marketing project and account lead for Beacon Health System in South Bend, Indiana. In her role, she develops strategic marketing and media plans for three hospitals and the medical group. She previously worked as a marketing coordinator for YMCA of Southwest Michigan. (November 2018)

Andy Wittry, BAJ’16, is a post-graduate intern at Turner Sports, writing and editing stories for, which covers 90 collegiate championship sports. (December 2017)

Jessica Yarvin, BAJ’16, is a broadcast news assistant at PBS NewsHour. She wrote an article on women in the 2018 midterm elections: “Will 2018 be the next ‘Year of the Woman?’ (August 2017)

Class of 2017

Hannah Alani, BAJ’17, is a reporter for the Charleston Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina. After graduating, she also interned for the New York Times.

Tristan Fitzpatrick, BAJ’17, is communications manager at the Cancer Support Community, the country’s largest provider of social and emotional support for those affected by cancer, in Washington, D.C. He previously served as the organization’s digital outreach coordinator. (January 2019)

Greg Gottfried, BAJ’17, is a board/tape operator for CBS Sports Radio and WFAN in New York City. He is also working toward a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University. (December 2017)

Hailey Hernandez, BAJ’17, is a digital media content specialist with Team USA. Previously, Hernandez interned at Sporting News. (December 2017)

Katie Kapusta, BAJ’17, is a news reporter and anchor at WFIE 14 in Evansville, Indiana. Kapusta was previously an intern for the Hoosier Sports Report with the Herald-Times, reporting on women’s sports at IU. (December 2017)

Nicole Krasean, BAJ’17, is a video production intern with the Indianapolis Colts. (August 2017) 

Karley Marotta, BA’17, is a weekend sports anchor at WXOW in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She was previously a marketing intern at the Big Ten Network. (August 2017)

Olivia Ray, BA’17, is a sports reporter at WSBT in South Bend, Indiana. (August 2017)

Simon Williams, BAJ’17, is a morning news reporter for KFOX14 and CBS4 in El Paso, Texas. (October 2017)

Ben Wittenstein, BAJ’17, is a play-by-play broadcaster and sports talk host at KRES radio in Moberly, Missouri. (August 2017)

Class of 2018

Jack Evans, BAJ’18, placed first in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s national writing championship in San Francisco. (June 2018)

Joseph Harrison, BS’18, was awarded First Prize – Romantic Comedy Screenplay in the 2018 Film Crash Screenplay Competition for “DID YOU HEAR?” (October 2018)

Lauren Lanham, BAJ’18, is a marketing and communications coordinator for the Flossmoor Country Club near Chicago. (June 2018)

Kylie Money, BAJ’18, is a public relations account assistant at BPS Marketing Inc. in Indianapolis. Her clients include IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital, the Eagle Creek Park Foundation and Suburban Indy Shows. (November 2018)

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