Alumni: 2010s

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Class of 2010

Riya Anandwala, MA’10, is joining the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, D.C., as a media relations officer. Anandwala will cover two program divisions that focus on the environment, biotechnology, agriculture, energy, space, cybersecurity and the physical sciences.  “I’m excited about the move and glad to be getting back into writing about scientific research,” she wrote. Anandwala had been senior communications manager at the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, also in Washington, D.C. (August 2016)

Haley Bakker-Arkema, BAJ’10, was recently named global and communications manager for Nike’s women’s and running categories. Based in Portland, Oregon, she will work with these brands to carry out communications for global markets. She has worked in communications for Nike since 2013. She previously worked for Golin in Chicago. (April 2016)

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)

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

Kari (Friedlander) Hodes, BAJ’10, is vice president of digital content at Trusted Media Brands, formerly known as the Reader’s Digest Association. (December 2016)

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)

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, joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch as vice president of global markets marketing. She previously worked as a senior associate of digital and social media strategy at Burson-Marsteller’s New York office. (December 2016)

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)

Mary Reisert, BAJ’10, moved to Austin, Texas, where she will continue to work as a social business manager for IBM Watson. She handles all digital and social strategy for the company. (August 2016)

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)

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)

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)

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, gave play-by-play announcements to a national audience on ESPN for the Jan. 2 University of Houston vs. Temple University basketball game. Leno has done play-by-play announcements for organizations such as the Big Ten Network, ESPNews and USA Field Hockey. He said he still thinks about his days at IU, when he used to lug his heavy equipment from his dorm room to the radio station and spend all night producing packages for WTIU. (January 2016)

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, has joined the public affairs team the U.S. Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan. She serves as a photographer, reporter and social media manager. Mullis also teachers online courses through Southern New Hampshire University. (April 2016)

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)

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 an executive producer and head of video content at A Plus, a company founded by Ashton Kutcher that spreads positivity across the Web. This video made by A Plus asking people to share their biggest regrets has recently gone viral on social media. (February 2016)

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)

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

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)

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, jessicabrickerwrites.com. (August 2017)

Kioko Ireri, PhD’13, is author of “Do They Preach Water but Drink Wine? Examining ‘The Corruption Dragon’ in Kenyan Journalism,” published in the Journal of Media Ethics in October. The article is based on his dissertation on corruption in Kenyan journalism. (December 2016)

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)

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)

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

Kioko Ireri, PhD’15, is an assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at the United States International University-Africa in Kenya. His paper, “Do They Preach Water But Drink Wine? Examining ‘The Corruption Dragon’ in Kenyan Journalism,” was accepted in the Journal of Media Ethics. He is also author of “High Job Satisfaction Despite Low Income: A National Study of Kenyan Journalists,” published in the March issue of Journalism and Mass Communications Quarterly. (March 2016)

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)

Class of 2016

Rebecca Banks, BA’16, is an associate producer at Prometheus Entertainment. She lives in Malibu, California. (August 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)

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

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)

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

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