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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Andy Vuong (Jour) is the senior manager of communications at Charles Schwab. He lives in Lone Tree with his wife and two children. 

Posted Nov. 15, 2018

Since graduating, Richa Giri Mitchell (Jour) has worked in various newsrooms throughout the country. She now works at a PBS affiliate in Los Angeles where she has been a news reporter/segment producer for six years. She was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011 and has been a presenter for the Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Posted Mar. 16, 2018

Tiffany (Mathews) Cross (Advert) is working for the Kellogg Co. as the Pringles USA associate brand manager.

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Megan Bundy (Advert'01) has worked in advertising for the last 20 years in the New York City area and is currently the senior vice president at FCB New York. She lives in Connecticut with her family and is a proud mother to two beautiful girls. She misses Boulder and hopes to visit for a football game soon!

Posted May. 11, 2021

Danielle Praeger (Advert) is the vice president of R&D at Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods. She has devoted her professional career to helping to grow the company her father founded in 1994. She develops new nutritious products, including veggie-forward, plant-based, and kid- friendly frozen foods. During non-COVID-19 times, you’ll find her pursuing adventures like hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, exploring Southeast Asia or seeing the sites of Italy.

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

Mike DePaolo (Comm) is the senior manager of digital marketing at Titleist, makers of the No. 1 ball in golf and one of the leading brands in the game. He lives in Ashland, Massachusetts, with his wife, Ashley, and two sons.

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

Lauren Gullion Utecht (Jour) lives in Los Angeles and is the vice president of human resources and corporate communications at Penske Media Corp., which owns more than 20 media brands including Rolling Stone, Variety, Robb Report and WWD. In 2012, she earned an MFA in creative writing from Colorado State University.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Jessica Schilling (Jour, Mus) lives in Boston and is the senior product designer and information architect at Solaria Labs, the innovation incubator at Liberty Mutual Insurance. She is the user experience director for its new Certainly insurance platform. Jessica also travels nationwide as a DJ for Argentine tango events and festivals.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Michael Maney (MComm) moved to Austin, Texas, in 2018 to become the senior director for internal communications for Whole Foods Market. In 2019, he was promoted to the global head of internal communications and engagement. 

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

A short film called Laboratory Conditions that Robert Scheid (Jour) edited (and got to act in as well) is making the film festival rounds. The film stars Marisa Tomei, Minnie Driver and Paulo Costanzo. Robert acts, edits and teaches editing and all things Apple in Los Angeles and remotely via the Internet.

Posted Mar. 16, 2018

Heather Mundt (Jour) is a freelance writer. She wrote Colorado’s only comprehensive guide to family travel, Colorado Family Outdoor Adventure, which was published in May 2022 by the University of New Mexico Press. The Colorado native and mom of two teen boys lives in Longmont with her husband and two rescue huskies. She writes about family, adventure and outdoor travel.

Posted May. 4, 2022

In 2004, Melissa Stockwell (Comm) became the first woman to lose a limb in the Iraq War when she lost her leg to an IED during a routine patrol in Iraq. After a long and challenging recovery, she went on to win three paratriathlon world championships and a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Her memoir, The Power of Choice: My Journey from Wounded Warrior to World Champion, was published in 2020, and in 2021, she competed in the Summer Paralympics in Tokyo.

Posted Oct. 20, 2021

Natalia Zea (Jour) is the district director of communications for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, where she oversees media relations, citizens’ information and translation services. She spent 14 years as a television reporter and anchor covering everything from politics to crime to hurricanes. In 2019, she received the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Businesswoman of the Year award for public service. Natalia has a 7-year-old daughter, 6-year-old son and 8-year-old rescue pup.

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

Natalia Zea (Jour'02) is the district director of communications for Miami-Dade County Public Schools where she oversees media relations, citizen's information and translation services. Previously, she spent 14 years as a television reporter and anchor, covering everything from politics to crime to hurricanes. In 2019, she received the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Businesswoman of the Year award for public service. Natalia has a 7-year-old daughter,  6-year-old son and 8-year-old rescue pup.

Posted Aug. 5, 2020

Donald Anderson (PhDComm) lives in Highlands Ranch and is the director of organization and talent development at Oracle. He has written two books: Organization Development: The Process of Leading Organizational Change in 2017 and Organization Design: Creating Strategic & Agile Organizations in 2018. He also edited two volumes of case studies in organization development and change.

Posted Nov. 12, 2019

In August 2018, Robin Johnson (Jour; MJour’05) became director of the University of Idaho’s School of Journalism and Mass Media. Before that, he was an associate professor in Sam Houston State University’s Department of Communication. Robin’s research focuses on gender, technology, labor and digital media. In addition to his teaching and research roles, he serves as the department’s graduate program coordinator and multiplatform journalism track coordinator.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Ian Cohen (Jour) joined PayPal in November 2018 as the head of global content creation and innovation. He previously was the global executive producer and president of content creation and innovation at Weber Shandwick. Ian also merges his background as an Emmy-winning daytime TV producer. He lives near Boston with his wife, Lauren, and three children—who all know the CU fight song!

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Liz Haltiwanger (Jour) has been named the general manager of KKTV 11 News in Colorado Springs. She started at the station in 2003 as the producer and led the news department for 10 years. Liz is a board member of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition and is the president of the Colorado Springs Press Association. 

Posted Nov. 15, 2018

Peabody award-winning investigative reporter Marshall Zelinger (Jour) recently celebrated his first day on the air on the 9News program Next with Kyle Clark. Prior to that, he spent seven years at Denver7.

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Effie Seibold (MJour; Law’07) is the training director for the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office and was an adjunct professor at Colorado Law. She lives in Boulder with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.

Posted Oct. 20, 2021

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