Alumni Profiles

Jacqueline Olive, M.A.M.C. 2007, has won the 2019 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency for her film “Always in Season.” The documentary centers on the case of Lennon Lacy, an African American teen who was found hanging from a swing set in Bladenboro, North Carolina,…

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Posted: February 5, 2019

Erin Andrews, B.S. Telecommunication 2000 and 2018 Hall of Fame inductee, is the author of “I’m a Cervical Cancer Survivor. I Don’t Want Other Women to Become a Statistic” published in The Lily on Jan. 30. Andrews reflects on a life-changing phone call she received from her obstetrician-gynecologist about her…

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Posted: February 4, 2019

Cynthia Barnett, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and Bob Graham Center for Public Service Environmental Journalist-in-Residence is the author of “The Environmental Issue Republicans Can’t Ignore” published in The Atlantic  on Jan. 30. Barnett writes on the rising concern about climate change, the effects of pollution and…

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Posted: February 1, 2019

Cynthia Barnett Is the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and Bob Graham Center for Public Service Environmental Journalist-in-Residence. The National Book Award nominee’s writing wraps environmental insight in appealing packages from rain showers to seashells, while her teaching spans civics and storytelling. What will you explore in…

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Posted: January 30, 2019

By Alexa Asendorf, B.S. Public Relations 2013 Most collegiate paths are circuitous: The average college student changes their major at least three times over the course of their higher education journey. Not Adrienne Chance, B.S. Public Relations 2007. In high school, Chance (née Browne) decided she would pursue a career…

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Posted: November 29, 2018

Jamie Dupree, B.S. Broadcasting 1985, received the Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress from the Radio Television Correspondent’s Association (RTCA) at their 74th annual dinner on Nov. 14. Dupree is the senior Washington correspondent for  Cox Media Group’s Washington Bureau. Dupree’s 32-year career was derailed during the middle…

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Posted: November 19, 2018

Darrell Clayton Hammond used to perform impressions at home because it made his mother happy. He’d perform for students at a bar in Gainesville, often making them laugh. But the biggest gig of his life was a 14-year stint as a regular cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” where he…

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Posted: November 19, 2018

Cynthia Barnett, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and Bob Graham Center for Public Service Environmental Journalist-in-Residence, has been named to the 2019 Water Institute Graduate Fellows (WIGF) faculty team. The WIGF program supports interdisciplinary teams of six doctoral student Fellows and their faculty advisors as they conduct…

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Posted: November 15, 2018

Andrew Selepak, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications director of the online Master’s program in social media, was quoted in “Political News is Bad for People, Specifically Parents” published on Fatherly.com on Oct. 25. The article looks at the possible impact of watching too much news and the effect that it…

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Posted: November 12, 2018

A new class taught by Benny Torres, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising lecturer, was featured in “What Should I Take in the Spring? Upcoming New Courses” published in The Independent Florida Alligator on Oct. 28. In the article, six professors offer details on new classes available…

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Posted: October 31, 2018

By Max Chesnes, Journalism senior Celeste Martinez was running a pizza restaurant in San Juan, Puerto Rico – serving artisanal pizzas, local ingredients and craft beer – when she realized her job skills needed a boost. In 2013, at the age of 40, Martinez and her partners closed the restaurant,…

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Posted: October 23, 2018

By Denise Trunk Krigbaum, MAMC 1997 What some call a side hustle, Martin Matak, B.S. Advertising 1993, thinks of as a bonus. It all started for Matak, founder of wearable tech company VERT, when he came to the University of Florida for his junior and senior years. While he earned…

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Posted: September 28, 2018