1950s–1970s

Richard Cardwell, BA’55, JD’58, was featured in a profile by Jon Kelley in the Kokomo (Indiana) Tribune. The profile recaps Cardwell’s golf career, from his experience caddying at the Kokomo Country Club in high school to rating premier courses for Golf Digest. (October 2017)

Larry McCoy, BS’59, AB’61, is author of two books published since he retired from news writing, editing and producing 10 years ago. His first book, "Did I Really Change My Underwear Every Day?"  makes light of the strange quirks of aging. "Everyone Needs an Editor (Some of Us More Than Others)" is his memoir. (March 2016)

John Potter, BS’60, retired in 2004 after working in television for 44 years. He began as a page at NBC and retired after his 23rd year producing the People’s Choice Awards on CBS. He has since written six novels, including Honorbound and Hold Your Horses, all available on Amazon. He lives in Arizona with his wife and is working on his seventh novel. (August 2016)

Richard Balough, BA’69, authored two chapters in separate books on legal issues regarding artificial intelligence and cloud privacy. The chapters are in “The Law of Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines” and “Drafting and Negotiating Cloud Computing Agreements.” Both books were published by the American Bar Association. Balough’s two chapters are his latest publications on artificial intelligence, privacy, and the internet. He lives in Chicago where he practices law. (November 2019)

David George, BA’61, lives in Gainesville, Georgia, with Gisela, his wife of 53 years. In 2012, David retired after working for 20 years in local news and 26 years with CNN in Atlanta. (June 2018)

Chet Justice, BA’63, worked at the Terre Haute Star newspaper before joining the Air Force as a public affairs officer for more than 40 years. He met his wife, Carol, ’68, while they were both editors at the Indiana Daily Student. They retired to the Tampa Bay area in the early 2000s. (March 2019)

Ed Spray, BS’63, MA’69, has been retired from his role as president of Scripps Network since 2005. He started his professional career as a film editor and cameramen at WISH-TV in Indianapolis and went on to work at WMAQ-TV and WBBM-TV in Chicago.

In 1986, Spray moved to Los Angeles where he would soon work as vice president of programming and development for all CBS-owned stations. In 1994, he helped co-found HGTV. He is the recipient of multiple Emmys and, in 2019, was inducted into the Indiana Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. (July 2019)

T. Nelson Williams Sr., MA’63, died May 28, 2018, in Alpharetta, Georgia. He was 85. Williams was the founder and first dean of the Department of Mass Communication at the University of Liberia, where he also obtained his bachelor of arts degree in 1958 before attending Indiana University for his master’s degree.

Williams served as chief of press and publications, chief of research and reference, deputy director general and undersecretary and deputy minister of information, cultural affairs and tourism when he joined the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs in Monrovia, Liberia.

He also joined the LAMCO (Liberian-American-Swedish Mining Company) Joint Venture in 1973, becoming director of information and public relations, before returning to work for his alma mater.

In 1964, Williams married University of Liberia biology graduate Ethel Ledlow.

Sheldon Shafer, BA’66, retired from the Louisville Courier-Journal after 44 years as a reporter. His beat revolved around local government, politics, development and many Louisville agencies. Shafer estimates that he has written 25,000 stories. (December 2017)

Dennis Elliott, BA’69, MA’10, is author of "Armageddon of a Different Order: Wake up, America." He served as a lecturer at the IU School of Journalism (a Media School predecessor) with a focus on public relations and media ethics courses and as faculty advisor to IU's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Elliott worked in a variety of roles for the pharmaceutical industry for more than 20 years, including roles in advertising, marketing, new product development and public affairs. (January 2019)

Margaret “Maggie” Hillery, BA’69, serves as interim editor of the Madison (Indiana) Courier. She oversees the newsroom during a transition period following the retirement of former editor Elliot Tompkin.

Hillery has extensive experience in the newspaper industry, having held positions including night copy chief at the Chicago Sun-Times and editor-in-chief at the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman. She was also editor of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Quill magazine, training consultant for Thomson Newspapers and managing editor of United Methodist News Service, among a number of other positions in news and journalism.

Hillery has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications; the University of Texas at Austin and The Media School. (December 2017)

Anita (Essex) Gyojin Cherlin, BAJ’67, returned to Columbus, Indiana, in 2010 after 42 years in California, most recently working at Stanford Hospital in Silicon Valley. She devotes much of her time in Columbus to the Democratic party of Bartholomew County, working to get candidates elected. (March 2017)

Craig Klugman, BA’67, is retiring after 33 years as editor of the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne. Klugman has led the paper to numerous awards, including the Hoosier State Press Association’s Blue Ribbon Newspaper of the Year award. He was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 2009. (December 2015)

Dave McAllister, BA’67, retired in 2004 from a public affairs specialist position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. He lives in Minden, Nevada, during the summer with his husband, Dick Beamer, and in Palm Springs, California, in the winter. He travels internationally often and enjoys volunteering in a number of capacities. (October 2017)

Tom Newby, BA’68, retired after 18 years as a judicial law clerk at the Indiana Court of Appeals. “I now spend most of my time in New York City, because I can,” he said. (April 2017)

Charles Sachs, BS’68, became interested in the historic sinking of the Titanic when he was in fifth grade at the Madison School in South Bend and has flourished into a career of expertise. While studying Radio TV at IU, he even produced a short film about the Titanic for one of his courses.

Since graduating from IU, Sachs has been a consultant on the feature film "Raise the Titanic," helped research for the expedition that found the sunken ship, and was a major character in the IMAX film "Titanica," which followed his expedition crew to uncover artifacts from the ship. He established the Oceanic Navigation Research Society, a nonprofit dedicated to the study of the history of ocean liner travel. Pictures from his collection have appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Art and Antiques and Compass, and he has lectured on more than 70 cruises. (March 2016)

David Ashenfelter, BS’71, celebrated his first anniversary as public information officer for the U.S. District Court for Eastern Michigan in Detroit, following a 46-year news career at newspapers in Kokomo and Bloomington, Indiana, and Detroit. He won nearly 80 local, state and national newswriting awards over the years, including two Pulitzer Prizes: 1982 Public Service for The Detroit News, and 2009 Local News as part of a six-member reporting team at the Detroit Free Press. He retired from the Free Press in 2012. (October 2017)

Will Norton Jr., MA’71, is a professor and inaugural dean of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi. He was inducted into the Mississippi Press Association Hall of Fame in July 2017. Previously, he was dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (August 2017)

Richard Gotshall, BA’72, retired from the Daily Journal in Franklin in January. He has been named a torch bearer for the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay. (August 2016)

David Shank, BS’72, is retiring as CEO/president of Shank Public Relations Counselors after 32 years. He and his wife, Marilyn, are principals of the firm. 

Shank Public Relations Counselors was incorporated in 1987 and has serviced a variety of local, regional and national clients from AT&T and Procter & Gamble to Coors Brewing and Indianapolis Public Schools.

David was admitted to the Public Relations Society of America’s College of Fellows in 2005. He is past chair of the PRSA Hoosier Chapter and PRSA East Central District. (April 2019)

Marilyn Shank, BS’73, is retiring as vice president of Shank Public Relations Counselors after 32 years. She and her husband, David, are principals of the firm.

Shank Public Relations Counselors was incorporated in 1987 and has serviced a variety of local, regional and national clients from AT&T and Procter & Gamble to Coors Brewing and Indianapolis Public Schools.

Marilyn has served as president of the PRSA Hoosier chapter and chaired the PRSA East Central District. She has served on the advisory board of the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, the Art Collection Initiative Task Force for Indianapolis Public Schools, the executive council of the IU Alumni Association and the boards of Theatre on the Square and the Indiana Parent Teachers Association. (April 2019) 

Vernon Williams, BA’73, is assistant to the chancellor for communications at IUPUI. Williams is a weekly columnist for The Crusader Newspaper Group, focusing on social issues, human interest, entertainment and profile pieces. He has served as president of Seventh Son Media Inc. and as a communication and community engagement strategist for IUPUI. Williams is a past executive board member of the Indianapolis Association of Black Journalists. (January 2019)

Jim Bright, BA’74, has spent much of the year traveling in his role as Rotary International’s Southern Indiana district governor. At a recent meeting in Bloomington, he was honored with copy of The Century of Service signed by Rotarians and friends in six countries and 10 states. (August 2016)

Craig Haffner, BA’74, is a Tony Award-nominated Broadway producer and Emmy Award-winning television writer and producer. He partnered with Hal Luftig, producer of "Kinky Boots" and "Legally Blonde," to develop and produce musicals and plays for Broadway. Among the projects is a revival of "Children of a Lesser God" for the 2017-18 season and "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" for the 2018-19 season. Haffner is also a partner and producer at Grand Canal Film & Theatre Works and Creepy Studios.

He has served on the board of directors for many civic and professional organizations, including The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Police Department Historical Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities.(December 2017)

Eric Hughes, BA’74, lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, Priscilla, near their two grown sons. He is mostly retired after starting and running two software businesses and working for Charles Schwab and Wells Fargo. His passion is in software usability, and he has worked on many projects for financial services and higher education clients. He also plays guitar and has produced three bluegrass and country-rock albums. (February 2017)

Karen Cherie Cogane, BA’76, released her first book, "Poodles of Park Avenue," in 2015 with Tate Publishing. She appeared on “Nutmeg TV” on the "Studio 411" show, hosted by Larry Dasilva, to discuss the inspiration for her book. Cogane previously was a faculty member at Yeshiva University, teaching ballet and jazz dance for 22 years. (September 2016)

Mary Beth Godsey, BA’76, was elected 2018-19 national secretary for Delta Theta Tau, a national non-collegiate philanthropic sorority, at the national convention in Knoxville, Tennessee. She works as a purchasing representative at the Indiana Memorial Union. (November 2018)

Donald Winslow, ’76, has been named to the National Press Photographers Foundation board of directors. Winslow is managing editor of content for the Amarillo Globe-News and AGN Media in Amarillo, Texas. He previously served as the editor of News Photographer magazine for the National Press Photographers Association for 13 years. (March 2017)

William (Bill) Gilmer, BA’77, retired from WPHM AM 1380. He served as news director and broadcaster. (August 2017)

Michael Greenspon, BA’77, is a production supervisor and 12:05AM Productions, which produces "Jimmy Kimmel Live." He has produced numerous other movies and television series, including "Who’s the Boss?" and "Married with Children." (October 2017)

Connie Terwilliger, MS’77, is an award-winning producer, writer and voice talent. Her career in visual media began during graduate school at IU, producing, directing and hosting shows for WTIU. Terwilliger went on to become the first female director at a San Diego network television station in 1977 and later the first female booth announcer in San Diego.

Through the mid-’80s, Terwilliger worked as voiceover talent in San Diego. During this time, she produced and co-produced multiple Emmy Awards ceremonies. Terwilliger has served on the boards of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which has since merged with the Screen Actors Guild, and the International Television Association, which became the Media Communication Association-International. In 2017, she was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Silver Circle for more than 25 years of significant contributions to television in the area.

She taught a voiceover class at San Diego City College for 18 years and now teaches small workshops and offers private coaching. She focuses her voiceover work on commercials, corporate marketing, training and in-store announcements. Terwilliger also writes and produces as time permits. (December 2017)

Tim Applegate, BA’78, is the author of three poetry collections plus the novel "Fever Tree." His second novel, "Flamingo Lane," will be released in December 2018. Tim lives with his wife in western Oregon, at the foothills of the coastal range. (July 2018)

Ann Craig-Cinnamon, BA’78, is currently an independent travel advisor with Travel Leaders. During her media career, she was the first woman to take on a major role at a morning radio show in Indianapolis. Since then, she has hosted shows on WZPL-FM, WENS-FM, WYJZ-FM and WHHH-FM. In 1983, she became one of the original reporters for WPDS-TV (now WXIN), as well as the network’s Public Affairs Director.

Craig-Cinnamon has also done extensive fundraising for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and New Life Home Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2019, she was inducted into the Indiana Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. (July 2019)

Brian Trauring, BA’78, is the vice president of news, marketing and content development for Lilly Broadcasting. Trauring formerly served as news director for WTVG, Toledo, Ohio for 16 years. In 2016, he was inducted into the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Hall of Fame.

Patricia Gibson, BA’79, is associate administrator for the Office of Communications and Public Liaison of the U.S. Small Business Administration. As associate administrator, Gibson will develop and execute the SBA’s communication strategy, including a new marketing plan to improve how the agency communicates with stakeholders. (August 2017)

Kent Lowry, BA’79, retired from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after 35 years at the company, the last 20 of them as the editor for national and international news. (March 2017)

Tara (Carroll) McKee, BS’79, is a sales manager at WMAQ-TV in Chicago. (January 2017)

Jeffrey Molter, BAJ’79, is director of communications at the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at New York University Langone Medical Center. He previously served as director of media and public relations at the American Association for Cancer Research in Philadelphia. Molter has received awards from many peer organizations, including the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators, PR Week, the Publicity Club of Chicago and PR News. (August 2017)

Marty Pieratt, BA’79, MA’11, teaches international business and global entrepreneurship at the IU Kelley School of Business. Pieratt formerly taught at the IU School of Journalism as a visiting professor from 2008-14. As CEO of Pieratt Communications, Pieratt owned seven radio stations that broadcasted to areas surrounding Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Louisville. (April 2019)