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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Award-winning producer and voice actor David Vincent (Jour) is known for voicing hundreds of characters in animation and video games such as Super Smash Bros. and Street Fighter. David is co-founder and CEO of iOS app Unlocked—the pop culture streaming network, putting fans and celebrities together. David lives in Los Angeles and travels the world greeting fans at comic and Japanese animation conventions. He returned to Denver for Colorado Anime Fest in spring 2018.

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Julie (Dybdahl) Meidlinger (MJour) is program coordinator for Raritan, a quarterly journal of politics and letters based at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

Jason Gewirtz (Jour) will attend his fifth Olympic Games in 2020 for SportsTravel magazine, where he has served as editor and publisher since 2014. Recently, he moderated a session on the economic impact of running events at the IAAF Global Running Conference in Lanzhou, China. He and his wife, Niki (CommDisor’94), live in Centennial with their son, Jonas.   

Posted Nov. 12, 2019

After 18 years at 9News in Denver, Cheryl Preheim (Comm) anchored her last newscast for the station in 2016. The Indiana native has interviewed countless newsmakers, including former President Jimmy Carter and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai. Cheryl and her family now live in Atlanta, Georgia, where she works as a morning anchor for WXIA. 

Posted Nov. 15, 2018

In June 2017, Alison (Ali) Bay (Jour)  was appointed deputy press secretary for Californian Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. She previously served as the deputy director for the California Department of Public Health's Offic eof Public Affairs. Alsion has lived in California for 20 years. 

Posted Nov. 15, 2018

David Smail (Advert) is a professor of practice in CMCI’s Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design. Before returning to CU Boulder in 2016, David served as the chairman and executive director of BBDO Vietnam.

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Leslie Oliver (Jour) is director of media and external communications at Comcast NBCUniversal. Previously, she was the communications and policy director for U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter. After following her brother, David Oliver (Jour’91), to CU Boulder, Leslie lived in Washington, D.C., where she worked as a political consultant and with trade and nonprofit organizations. She is a CU football season ticket holder and recovering attorney, and has lived in Denver since 2000.

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

John Branch (MJour) is a journalist and author who works for The New York Times as a sports reporter. He won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing for "Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek," a multimedia narrative on a deadly avalanche in Washington State. He was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for his series titles "Punched Out" about the death of the ice hockey player Derek Boogaard. His most recent book, The Last Cowboys, chronicles a rodeo and ranching family struggling to build a future using old ways in the new West. 

Posted Nov. 15, 2018

Brent Schrotenboer (Jour), an enterprise and investigative reporter for USA Today, won his fifth national top 10 writing award since 2014 from the Associated Press Sports Editors. Brent, who lives in San Diego, California, has been with USA Today since 2012, covering various legal, business and social issues related to sports. He has won 14 national top 10 awards since 2001.

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Alanna Rizzo (IntBus’97; MJour) was recognized as the 2019 Southern California Sports Broadcasters reporter of the year for her reporting on the Los Angeles Dodgers for Spectrum SportsNet LA, an honor she shared with
Jill Painter Lopez (Jour’94), a Fox Sports West reporter covering the Los Angeles Angels and Anaheim Ducks.

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

Lee Hood (MJour; PhDComm’01) is an associate professor at Loyola University Chicago where she won the national Edward L. Bliss Award for Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Education in 2018. She taught broadcast journalism at CU Boulder from 2000 to 2009 after an 18-year career in TV news.

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

Lee Hood (MJour'97; PhD Comm'01) is an associate professor at Loyola University Chicago and won the national Edward L. Bliss Award for Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Education in 2018. She taught broadcast journalism at CU Boulder from 2000 to 2009 after an 18-year career in TV news.

Posted Aug. 5, 2020

Anthony Martini (Hist, Jour) is director of content strategy and design with AT&T, where he leads a team that develops guidance for 150,000+ frontline representatives and call center agents across the company. He, his wife and two daughters love exploring Colorado and supporting local charities like Bags of Fun and the American Heart Association.

Posted Nov. 12, 2019

Since 2003, Norm Shearer (Advert) has been chief creative officer at Cactus, one of Colorado’s top creative advertising agencies. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in California, Norm lives in Denver with his wife, Dawn. 

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Don Heider (PhDComm) served as dean of the Loyola University Chicago School of Communication from 2008 to 2018 and received the Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism & Mass Communication Administrator of the Year Award in August 2018. Shortly after, he accepted a position with Santa Clara University, where he is the chief executive of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

 

Kelly Graziadei (Advert) recently became the entrepreneur in residence at Foundation Capital, a venture capital firm in Menlo Park, California. She has over 20 years of leadership experience in technology and consumer internet.

Posted Mar. 16, 2018

Laura (Schneider) Moetz (MJour) joined Accenture PLC in September 2016 as a marketing and communications manager based in New York City. Previously, Laura was a manager of internal and employee communications for Willis Towers Watson. 

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Greg Benchwick (Jour) is a longtime travel writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Condé Nast Traveler, Wild Blue Yonder and numerous Lonely Planet guidebooks. He also writes for the U.N. Development Programme and UNICEF. Last December he published his first fiction book, Martha: The Last Passenger Pidgeon, which helps children explore conservation, environmentalism and history. He lives in Denver, and when he’s not traveling for work he travels for fun with his 10-year-old daughter.

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

Meredith Long (Jour) is the chief revenue officer for Quantcast, a leader in artificial intelligence and its application for brands, agencies and publishers. She spent more than 15 years at Time Inc., serving in various roles including publisher of TIME

Posted Nov. 15, 2018

Sandy Blumberg (Advert) left his job as the director of field marketing at Coca-Cola to take on new role as the director of field & experiential marketing for Bulletproof 360.

Posted Mar. 16, 2018

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