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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Susan Blickhahn Caragol (Jour) and Phil Caragol (Comm) celebrated 43 years of marriage and 37 years at their PR and advertising firm, Caragol Communications. After many years in New York City and San Francisco, they returned to the Front Range and continue to write and create. Look for “Buffalo Phil” at CU football games firing up the crowd.

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

Susan Blickhahn Caragol (Jour'75) and Phil Caragol (Comm'75) celebrated 43 years of marriage and 37 years at their PR and advertising firm Caragol Communications. After many years in New York City and San Francisco, they returned to the Front Range and continue to write and create. Look for “Buffalo Phil” at CU football games firing up the crowd.

Posted Aug. 5, 2020

John Estabrook (Advert) lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has owned and operated the windows and doors branch of Pella Corp. since 1997. He and his two partners recently purchased Pella Mid-Atlantic, which serves Maryland, Northern Virginia, Delaware, and Washington, D.C.

Posted Nov. 12, 2019

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

Gary Vicari (Comm) has been president of Arlington Toyota, a family-owned company started by his father in Palatine, Illinois, since 2000. He and his wife, Amy, have three grown children.

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

Michael Knisley (MJour) joined the faculty at the University of Missouri School of Journalism as an assistant professor in fall 2018. He is also the sports editor of the Columbia Missourian, a community digital and print news organization staffed by students and managed by faculty.

Posted Nov. 12, 2019

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

Dan Shattil (Jour) retired after 37 years as general manager of The Daily Nebraskan, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s school newspaper. “I’m retiring but I will still be around,” he says. “I plan to still come in as a volunteer.”

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

John Anderson (Comm) and his wife, Monica, live in Bloomfield, New Jersey, where they own and operate Black Watch Productions, which turned 30 in 2019. They recently launched the YouTube channel “On the Road to the End of AIDS,” which features the Braking AIDS Ride, an annual 300-mile, three-day ride dedicated to ending the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. and around the world.

Posted Nov. 12, 2019

Pam Taylor Yates (Advert), Anne Baldwin Castine (Comm), Francesca Bernhardt Beatty (Comm) and Caroline Bernhardt (Fren) were roommates in college and met up in Boulder for Homecoming in 2019. Pam traveled from New York City; Anne from Greenwich, Connecticut; and Francesca and Caroline from Florida.

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

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

For more than 40 years, Bill Lerner (Comm) has helped grow and develop iPark, his family’s parking garage business (previously known as Imperial Parking Systems), into New York’s largest garage and parking facilities operator. Bill also started the organization Billy4Kids to provide shoes for underprivileged children around the world. 

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

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

Vicky Collins (Comm) is president of the Denver-based television production company Teletrends. She is an Emmy-winning freelance producer for NBC Network News and works primarily as a field producer and booker for NBC Nightly News, Today, MSNBC and Dateline NBC. She also produces long-form stories and image-oriented videos for nonprofit organizations. Vicky is the proud mother of two boys: a University of Kansas graduate and a junior at CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Thomas Walek (Jour) is a senior consultant of strategic public relations at Meyer Capital, a marketing agency in New York. He began his career as a financial journalist covering global development at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Thomas is a member of the National Press Club and is on the information advisory board for CMCI. The Pennsylvania native grew up in Connecticut and now lives in New York with his wife, Nobuko, and son, Andrew.

Posted Oct. 30, 2018

A new book by John B. Lane (Jour)The Beatin’ Path: A Lyrical Guide to Lucid Evolution, won an Independent Publisher IPPY Award in April. He recently read selections from the book, along with a new piece, at a book signing at Tattered Cover book store in Denver. John is also an award-winning instructional designer and a pioneer in online learning. 

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

As senior vice president of government affairs for T-Mobile, Kathleen O’Brien Ham (Jour) is the company’s chief public policy advocate and manages all public policy issues before federal and state governments. Previously, she worked for the Federal Communications Commission in several top policy positions, including deputy chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Kathleen and her husband live in Arlington, Virginia.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

In 2018, Laurie Cantillo (Jour) left NASA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to start a job as deputy director of communications and education directorate at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

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