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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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
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

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

Peter Lasser (Comm), is a producer and director at Lasser Productions in Atlanta. He has produced for 11 Olympic Games throughout his career in broadcast, including the Tokyo Olympics. He stays connected with the college and its students as a member of CMCI’s advisory board. In 2019, he joined a panel of sports media professionals during CMCI’s inaugural Sports Media Summit and returned to speak with broadcast journalism classes about his experiences in the field. Lasser is married to Cynthia Potter, who earned an Olympic bronze medal in 3-meter springboard diving in 1976 and frequently serves as an analyst for televised diving events, including during this year’s Summer Games.

Posted Oct. 20, 2021

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

John Anderson (Comm) is the owner and executive producer at Black Watch Productions, which is creating and producing a filmmaker attraction video for New Jersey. Black Watch Productions has interviewed over 20 subjects from all across the film industry, including Jersey native Danny DeVito.

Posted Oct. 20, 2021

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

Dave Curtin (Jour) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who retired from CU Boulder after 14 years in campus executive communications and 30 years as a Colorado journalist. Curtin’s son, A.J. Curtin (CritMed’19), is a freelance media producer and audio engineer based in Denver.

Posted Oct. 20, 2021

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

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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