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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Shannon Lukens (Jour) is the award-winning news director for all seven radio stations in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She can be heard daily on the radio and as a sports announcer for events across Colorado. As president of Lukens Mountain Media, she manages social media for clients. Shannon and her husband, Jeff, have three children, two of whom are CU Boulder alumni.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Steve Getzug (Jour) spent 15 years as a journalist in Colorado, Wyoming and California before becoming a corporate communications executive at AECOM, a global infrastructure firm based in Los Angeles. He manages CEO and strategic communications activities while occasionally daydreaming about moving back to Boulder.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Kurt Ludlow (Jour) is the morning news anchor for WSYX-TV/WTTE-TV, the ABC/Fox affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. Kurt previously worked as a reporter and news anchor in Duluth, Minnesota, and Portland, Oregon. He’s won numerous Emmy and Associated Press awards as well as an Edward R. Murrow Award. Kurt received a Juris Doctor from Capital University. He is married to Laura and is the father of twin daughters.

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

Erik Leidal (Jour) is an Emmy award-winning freelance network camera operator. He has traveled the world covering major sporting events, including the Olympics, multiple Super Bowls, 32 years of college football (including some of the games at CU), over 100 major professional golf tournaments and more. He lives in Avon, Connecticut, with his wife and two daughters.

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

Doug Hochstadt (Jour) is the senior vice president of revenue and yield management for Disney-ABC. He is also the head of box office for Pantomonium Productions, a nonprofit theater company whose mission is to reach underserved children and families. He lives in New York City with his wife, Katherine, and daughter, Ella.

Posted Nov. 12, 2019

Peter DeLuca (Advert) is the senior vice president of brand communications and acquisition at T-Mobile in Seattle, Washington. Previously, Peter was the chief marketing officer for Banana Republic and worked at Charles Schwab in various senior marketing leadership roles. His son Chris is following his father's footsteps on campus this fall. 

Posted Nov. 15, 2018

Van Woodcock (Advert) is the senior vice president of global sourcing, logistics and trade in the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products division of The Walt Disney Co. Van has been with the company for 17 years and lives in Pasadena, California.

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

Tracy Lehr (Jour) won a Pacific Southwest Chapter Emmy for her human interest story “ASL Interpreters Relay Crucial Information During Disasters.” Tracy has worked for KEYT-KCOY and KKFX, an ABC/CBS and Fox11 affiliate in Santa Barbara, California, for two decades. She is the evening weekend news anchor and an evening live reporter during the week. She recently won a Golden Mike for a story called “Chaplains Answer the Call.”

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

Holly Gauntt (Jour) is the news director at Denver7. She started her career at KUSA in Denver and then KCNC, and spent 27 years in newsrooms in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Baltimore and Seattle before returning to Denver. She has covered the 9/11 attacks, President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, the D.C. sniper attacks and the bombing of the federal building Oklahoma City. She has won numerous Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards, including the national award for overall excellence in Washington, D.C., and Seattle, and at Denver7.

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

Neal Scarbrough (Jour) is an award-winning journalist, content creator and multimedia executive who has delivered a diversity of revenue-generating franchises across print, digital and broadcast. He is vice president and executive editor for Fox Sports. In this capacity, Neal has editorial oversight of FS1’s studio programming and serves as the daily talent coach for Fox Sports’ on-air personalities. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Los Angeles.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Karen Reid (Jour; MJour’90) was named chair of the 2018–19 Foundation Fundraising Committee for the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). As president and founder of Kaber Communications, she engages workforces through ambassador and volunteer programs that enrich organizational culture and maximize community impact. Karen and her husband, Charlie (PhDMechEngr’89), live in Dallas. 

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Joanne Bischmann (Comm) retired in January from Harley-Davidson after nearly three decades with the company, most recently as the company’s vice president and chief communications officer, as well as president of the Harley-Davidson Foundation. In December, she was inducted into the PRWeek Hall of Fame. Joanne lives in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband, Rob, and four sons. 

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Jay Rothman (Jour) is the vice president of production at ESPN, where he's the lead producer of Monday Night Football. Last fall, he invited four CMCI seniors–Changler Gould (Jour, PolSci'18), Tessa Diestel (Jour'18), Rachel Robinson (Jour'18) and Ashley Ben-Porat (Jour'18)–to Kansas City, Missouri, to go behind the scenes at a live Monday Night Football production. 

Posted Nov. 15, 2018

Kim Christiansen (Jour) will be the new female voice of the "Train Call" announcements at Denver International Airport after winning a statewide contest among many longtime newscasters. Kim, who grew up in Colorado, has spent her entire career at 9News working as a news writer and producer, general assignment reporter and news achnor. She has won seven Heartland regional Emmy awards for spot news, news writing and news reporting. 

Posted Nov. 15, 2018

Rob Decker (Comm) is a photographer and graphic artist based in Longmont. After working for clients including American Express, Dell, Dick’s Sporting Goods, the National Association of Realtors, Overstock.com, Stanford University, The Washington Post and others, Rob is now focused on his National Park Posters project, creating vintage-style posters for parks around the country.

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Stephanie Marchesi (Advert) is president of the health sector and eastern region at WE Communications in New York City. 

Posted Nov. 12, 2019

James Whitlow Delano (Jour) is a Japan-based documentary storyteller. He has published four photo books. In 2015, he founded the EverydayClimateChange Instagram feed, where photographers from six continents document climate change on seven continents. He says his time in the CU Boulder School of Journalism and Mass Communication fortified his dreams and taught him the skills to pursue them.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Since 2014, Brian Rooney (Jour) has been managing director of Goldman Sachs in New York City. Previously, he spent more than 20 years working for Bloomberg. Brian lives in Katonah, New York, with his wife, Carolyn. 

Posted Nov. 12, 2019

Timothy Tomasik (Jour) has been a practicing trial attourney in Chicago for 28 years and recently became a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He's the president-elect of the Illinois Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocated and has been inducte into the International Society of Barristers, where he now serves o the board of governors. Away from his work, he has served as board president of Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth, a foundation that provides grants to mentor programs dedicate to serving Chicago's underprivileged youth. He lives in Western Springs, Illinois, with his wife, Jennifer and two daughters, McKenzie and Maeve. 

Posted Nov. 15, 2018

Heidi L. Wagner (Jour) is the  senior vice president of government affairs and policy for Global Blood Therapeutics Inc. Before joining GBT, she spent more than eight years at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, where she held roles on the company’s management team. Before Alexion, she had an 11-year tenure at Genentech, and earlier in her career she was a health policy director and consultant to the trade association Healthcare Leadership Council.

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

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