Alumni Stories

Brian Richardson posing with American Ninja Warrior materials.

Brian Richardson


As executive producer of "American Ninja Warrior," alumnus Brian Richardson coordinates the details that makes the stunts and feats possible.

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Three people wearing white t-shirts dance outdoors.

Caleb Marshall


He uses his YouTube platform to encourage people to move their body, no matter their shape, size, sexual orientation, gender identity or dance background.

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Ashlee Fujawa

Ashlee Fujawa

BAJ'04, MA'06

She co-founded Uncovered, an organization that combines data, analytics and community efforts to help solve the cold cases of murdered and missing people.

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Greg Sorvig, BA'06, leads a post-screening Q&A after the 2018 Heartland International Film Festival screening of 'When Jeff Tried to Save the World' with director Kendall Goldberg and actor Jon Heder.

Greg Sorvig


In a year where festivals around the world were canceled, he helped Heartland Film rise above "the Band-Aid year."

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Jonathan Cohen and Eddie Vedder

Jonathan Cohen


He booked top talent for Jimmy Fallon's late-night shows for years, and he wrote the first band-authorized biography of Pearl Jam. His career started with Bloomington basement shows.

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Nick Hollkamp

Nick Hollkamp


His first job out of college was writing article synopses for library index systems. Now he has a Pulitzer.

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Mark Gillespie

Mark Gillespie


In 2005, he seized onto two emerging trends: podcasts and whiskey. Fifteen years later, he hosts the longest-running podcast on whiskey.

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Katie Crump and Riley Dismore

Katie Crump and Riley Dismore

BA'18 and BA'19

The co-founders of Film Wives Productions channel lived experiences such as sexual assault and the death of a loved one to evoke universal emotions.

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Max Aronson

Max Aronson


After working on "Community" and other hits, he's on the hunt for the next big TV show.

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Mary Kenney


She uses the character development skills she developed as a newspaper reporter to create compelling video game narratives.

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Melanie Sims


In her career as an entertainment reporter, she realized celebrities know how to tell a story to sell a product. Now she draws on those lessons in her new career in advertising.

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Laura Emerick


She edited renowned film critic Roger Ebert's Chicago Sun-Times columns for nearly 30 years. When he died in 2013, she decided it was time to try something new. Now she's the digital content editor for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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Brian Stack


A comedy writer and actor who has played Cartoon Donald Trump, Kilty McBagpipes and Hannigan the Traveling Salesman on late-night television, he entered comedy as an Indiana Daily Student cartoonist.

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Myrna Oliver


As one of the only women in professional journalism at the time, she found her niche writing the obituaries of influential people.

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Tom Hensley


His first job was recording radio jingles at a Nashville, Indiana, studio. His last was playing keyboard for Neil Diamond.

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Aaron Sharockman


As executive director of Politifact, his mission is to combat misinformation on the internet.

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Matt Shane


A last-minute sound engineering job offer from HBO's "Flight of the Conchords" developed into a years-long, Grammy-winning partnership.

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Eric Pankowski


His first job in TV research gave him the insight he needed to pitch hit TV shows. Now he's executive producer of "Carpool Karaoke: The Series."

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Garrett Greller


He started a hemp product business during his sophomore year and developed its brand through Media School classes.

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