The College of Media, Communication and Information was established in 2015. The CMCI alumni community includes you, your classmates and all graduates of the Department of Communication and the former School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Phil Heron (Jour) celebrated 35 years of marriage and 36 years at The Daily Times in Tennessee, where he writes a column reminiscing about his experiences as a reporter and the busy schedule that comes with the job.

Posted Oct. 30, 2018

Melvin Mencher (Jour), author of the seminal journalism textbook News Reporting and Writing, taught at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism from 1962 to 1990. Now retired, he lives in New York near Columbia University. He recently signed a copy of his textbook with the inscription, “To CU Boulder, where it all began.”

Posted Oct. 30, 2018

Sharon O’Brien (Jour) and Thomas J. O’Brien (Bus’57) celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on March 29. They met at CU Boulder, married in California and have five sons. “How ‘bout them apples?” says Thomas. The couple live on Lake Geneva in Fontana, Wisconsin, southwest of Milwaukee.

Posted Oct. 30, 2018

John Herzog (Advert) retired from his third state board, the Colorado Dental Board, in January. He was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper. John previously served on the Colorado Securities Board and the Colorado Utility Consumer’s Board. At CU, he served on the Alumni Association’s board twice and is a member of the CU Advocates program. He and his wife, Leslie (Engl’62), live in Colorado Springs. His daughter, Dana Jussaume (Hist’94), and son-in-law, Dave Eck (PolSci’84), attended CU, and his granddaughter, Emily Eck (Mus’20), attends the university now. 

Posted Oct. 30, 2018

Ken Frazier (Jour) and his wife, Ruth (Eng’65), made the trip to Boulder from their home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, last fall to attend CMCI’s Homecoming reception and the CU football game. Ken is the editor of Skeptical Inquirer: The Magazine for Science and Reason, which publishes critical scientific evaluations of controversial and extraordinary claims, including pseudoscientific and fringe-science matters. He won CU Boulder’s Norlin Award in 1985.

Posted May. 31, 2019

Mildred Taylor (MJour) is the author of nine books. Her first, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, which won the Newbery Medal in 1977, recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with the release of a special edition. At CU, Mildred helped create a black studies program and taught in it for two years. She lives in Boulder.

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Steve Hatchell (Advert) will be inducted into the CU Athletic Hall of Fame in November alongside nine other honorees. He is president and chief executive officer of the National Football Foundation (Irving, Texas) and the College Football Hall of Fame (Atlanta, Georgia).

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

In November 2018, Sheila Hollis (Jour) received the Petroleum Economist Legacy Award in London for achievements in energy law and policy worldwide. She is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Duane Morris and lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband, John.

Posted May. 31, 2019
Ken Jones (Jour) is a tax attorney for Eversheds Sutherland in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Previously he was a partner with a Big Four accounting firm, beginning in its D.C.-based national tax office before becoming a national partner in charge of the firm’s tax controversy services practice.
Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Susan Dellinger (PhDComm) published a book titled Communicating Beyond Our Differences in 1996. The book has now been translated into eight languages, including Arabic, Japanese and Russian. In 2018, Susan created a communication training company called Psycho-Geometrics LLC, which now has 44 licensed trainers in 10 countries worldwide.

Posted Oct. 30, 2018
John E. “Ned” Walker (Comm) is senior vice president and chief communications officer of Delta Air Lines. He and his wife, Jeanne Bryant Walker (Educ’74), split time among Aspen, Atlanta and Boulder.
Posted Jun. 3, 2019
William Hessin (Comm) has worked for decades in the Denver broadcast community, including at radio stations such as KIMN, KOA, KPPL and KTLK. He’s done voice-over work for local television stations and national clients such as Frontier Airlines, Starz!, Encore, the NHL and the Department of Defense. A member of Broadcast Pioneers of Colorado, William lives in Englewood, Colorado, with his wife, Polly. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Posted Jun. 3, 2019

John Leach (Jour; MJour’79) is the recipient of CU Boulder’s 2018 Alumni Recognition Award. He earned the honor for his invaluable professional insights throughout journalism’s transition at the university, and for being a crucial figure during CMCI’s creation. John is the former managing editor of The Arizona Republic. He’s taught journalism as a visiting professor at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California, and as a faculty associate at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix. After many years living in Arizona, John recently moved to Longmont, Colorado, where he lives with his wife, Deborah Ross (Jour’79). He is a member of CMCI’s Department of Journalism Advisory Board and supports the college through the John F. Leach Endowed Scholarship, which he established to benefit journalism students, and the Leach Scholarship Fund.

Posted Oct. 30, 2018

After working for more than 35 years as sports director at WLNE ABC 6 in Providence, Rhode Island, Ken Bell (Comm) is retiring. Ken covered some of the most memorable moments in New England sports history, including the Celtics’ championships of the 1980s, the Red Sox winning the World Series and numerous Patriots Super Bowl victories. A Colorado native, he loves to spend time outside running and hiking.

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

In 2017, Barbara Vobejda (Jour) was named deputy managing editor of The Washington Post.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Magdaleno “Leno” Rose-Avila (Comm) is the executive director of Witness to Innocence, an organization dedicated to empowering exonerated death row survivors. His long history of civil and human rights work includes directorial positions at Amnesty International and serving as executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle, Washington. 

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Peter Lasser (Comm’76) is a producer and director at Lasser Productions in Atlanta, Georgia. He’s produced 10 Olympic Games throughout his career in broadcast. As an alumnus, Peter stays connected with the college and our students. In October, he joined a panel of sports media professionals during CMCI’s inaugural Sports Media Summit. In April, he returned to speak with broadcast journalism classes about his experiences in the field.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

After 32 years at KCNC-TV/CBS4 in Denver, Donna Perry Gilbert (Jour) retired in 2017. She is now a volunteer at the Denver Dumb Friends League. 

Posted Oct. 30, 2018

Dave Curtin (Jour) won a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1990 and currently is the Assistant Director of Executive Communications at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

At the Lippin Group, a brand communications firm, Pamela Ruben Golum (Comm) has managed notable client accounts including Dick Wolf and his Law & Order franchise, various projects for the Disney Channel and the Emmy Awards. Previously, Pam worked as a journalist with Fairchild Publications and at radio station KBOL in Boulder. She and husband, Rob, live in Los Angeles, California, with their two daughters, Caroline and Jennifer.

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

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