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

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
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 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

Jack Brown (MComm) is an estates director with Rodeo Realty in Beverly Hills, California. He served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam before working in public relations at Denver’s Office of Economic Opportunity. He has represented real estate and entertainment clients in Los Angeles and Malibu for over 30 years. He and his wife, Kathleen, have homes in Los Angeles and Indian Wells, and their three daughters and one grandson live in Napa.

Posted Oct. 16, 2020