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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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

John Branch (MJour) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times. He’s renowned for covering the offbeat in the sporting world, from alligator hunting to wingsuit flying. He’s the bestselling author of two books that have been featured multiple times in Best American Sports Writing, and his most recent book was released on June 1, 2021. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Posted Oct. 20, 2021

John Branch (MJour’96) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times. He is renowned for covering offbeat stories in the sporting world, from alligator hunting to wingsuit flying. He is the bestselling author of two books that have been featured multiple times in Best American Sports Writing and his most recent book will be released on June 1, 2021. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Posted May. 11, 2021

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

Brent Schrotenboer (Jour), an enterprise and investigative reporter for USA Today, won his 11th national top 10 writing award since 2014 from the Associated Press Sports Editors, including those he won in 2021 with colleagues in explanatory reporting, projects reporting and event coverage. He has been with USA Today since 2012 and lives in San Diego, California. He has won 20 APSE national top 10 awards since 2001.

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Alanna Rizzo (Bus’97; MJour’03), a seven-time Emmy Award winner, rejoined MLB Network’s roster of on-air personalities where she is a contributor to High Heat with Christopher Russo. Rizzo has also covered the Los Angeles Dodgers’ trips to the World Series in 2017, 2018 and 2020. She most recently won the 2020 Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association’s TV Reporter Award. In July 2021, Rizzo made history as part of the first all-woman broadcast crew to call a Major League Baseball game. In 2019, she founded Guidry’s Guardian Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps rescue dogs from the streets and out of high-kill shelters.

Posted Oct. 20, 2021

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

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

Jad Davenport (MJour), a National Geographic represented freelance photographer and writer, captured a flock of Iceland gulls outside of Ilulissat, Greenland, which sits at the mouth of the Ilulissat Kangerlua glacier (Jakobshavn Icefjord). The glacier produces 20 million tons of ice a day. See "Never-Ending Storyfrom the fall 2021 issue of CMCI Now for more of Davenport’s photos and an essay on visual storytelling. His memoir, Blue Horizons: In Search of the Last Wild Islands, will be out in early 2022.

Posted Nov. 22, 2021

In February 2021, Tom Stilwell (Jour) started a new role as vice president for corporate communications at “cybersecurity unicorn” Illumio. Previously, he ran communications at Zscaler and Splunk. Before moving into technology communications, Stilwell spent 12 years in broadcast news production working in the Colorado, Oregon and San Francisco Bay Area markets.

Posted Oct. 20, 2021

Kristin Patturelli (Advert) has come full circle to land back in journalism after a 20-year career in digital media. Working in sales at Muck Rack, she resides in Westchester, New York, with her husband, 7-year-old daughter and rat terrier and chihuahua mix, Don Vito. After 15 years in New York, she spends her free time counting down the days until she returns to the West Coast.

Posted Oct. 20, 2021

Peter Finch (MJour) is a news anchor at KCBS Radio in San Francisco and is the producer and host of the podcast Finch Files: Stories From San Francisco and Beyond. He has worked in San Francisco radio since moving there from Boulder in 1993. In 2014, he was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame.

Posted Oct. 20, 2021

Kristin Patturelli (Advert'98) has come full circle to land back in journalism after a 20-year career in digital media. Working in sales at Muck Rack, she resides in Westchester, New York, with her husband, 7-year-old daughter and rat terrier and chihuahua mix, Don Vito. After 15 years in New York, she spends her free time counting down the days until she returns to the West Coast.

Posted May. 11, 2021

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

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