Alumni News

Hugh Wilson, B.S. Advertising 1964 and 1982 Alumni of Distinction, died on Jan. 14 at his home in Charlottesville, Va. He was 74. Wilson started his television career by writing scripts for “The Bob Newhart Show” and “The Tony Randall Show.” In 1978, he created and served as executive producer…

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Posted: January 22, 2018

Former Tampa Bay Times columnist Jeff Klinkenberg, B.S. Journalism 1971, is one of three 2018 Florida Heritage Award winners. For almost 40 years, Klinkenberg penned the “Real Florida” column warmly depicting the diversity of Florida’s residents. The Florida Heritage Awards honor outstanding folk artists and folk culture advocates who have…

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Posted: January 11, 2018

Jamie Dupree, B.S. Broadcasting 1985, has worked as a Capitol Hill radio reporter for Cox Media Group for three decades, but a rare neurological disorder – tongue protrusion dystonia – has now compromised his voice. “The Radio Reporter Who Lost His Voice but Still Covers Congress” published in Politico Magazine…

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Posted: December 20, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Journalism adjunct faculty member Ronnie Lovler, MAMC 2008, is the author of the chapter “Journalist: Don’t Shoot” published in Alone Together: Tales of Sisterhood and Solitude in Latin America. Alone Together is a rich anthology of women’s voices from around the world as…

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Posted: November 29, 2017

Perched in his Los Angeles kitchen is one of Rich Preuss’ most prized possessions, the 1995 Most Valuable Player Award, a recognition he received while working as a production student at WUFT-TV. Now he can add another prestigious award to his collection – a 2017 Primetime Emmy Award. Preuss served…

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Posted: November 14, 2017

Rich Preuss, B.S. Telecommunication 1996, received a 2017  Creative Arts Emmy Award from the Television Academy in the Original Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within an Unscripted Program category. Preuss was co-executive producer for the online program: ”The Oscars: All Access.” During the national broadcast, Preuss spent time backstage with…

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Posted: September 18, 2017

Stephanie Tinoco, B.S. Telecommunication 2015, recently joined the WSOC-TV Channel 9 Eyewitness News team as a reporter. WSOC-TV is the ABC-television network affiliate in Charlotte, N.C. Prior to her new position, Tinoco served as a reporter and fill-in anchor for FOX affiliate WFTX in Fort Myers, Fla. While at WFTX,…

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Posted: September 18, 2017

Tom Kelleher, professor and chair of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising Department, was quoted in “CEOs Parted from Trump – as Local Business Leaders Stay Silent. Why?” published in The Palm Beach Post on Aug. 30. Kelleher comments on Palm Beach County businesses’ silence on…

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Posted: September 1, 2017

Rick Schneider, B.S. Telecommunication 1984 and 2013 Alumni of Distinction, executive vice president and chief operating officer of WETA, was elected chair of the Affinity Group Coalition (AGC). AGC is a forum for addressing system-wide issues of interest to public television stations. It is comprised of representatives from the Independent…

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Posted: September 1, 2017

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Innovation News Center has launched a new weekly podcast exploring issues facing the local television news industry. Broadcast Bits: A Time of Change in TV News is hosted by CJC News Manager Harrison Hove. Each podcast will include multiple perspectives and guests…

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Posted: August 23, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations Professor Mary Ann Ferguson and alumna Hyejoon Rim, Ph.D. 2013, authored “Proactive Versus Reactive CSR in a Crisis: An Impression Management Perspective,” accepted for publication by the Journal of Business Communication. Rim, the first author on the article, is currently…

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Posted: August 23, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications alumna Shelby Webb, B.S. Journalism 2013, current education reporter for the Houston Chronicle and former Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune writer, won first place in the Beat Reporting category and second place in the Data Reporting category from the  Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Sunshine…

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Posted: August 22, 2017