Alumni Class Notes


Anna Ferguson Hall (ABJ '05; MA '11)

Anna Ferguson Hall has been hired as the Public Relations and Social Media Specialist for the Glynn County Public School System in Coastal Georgia.

Megan Ernst (ABJ '14)

Megan Ernst was awarded a 2015 James Madison Fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Foundation. The fellowship supports the graduate study of American history by aspiring and experienced secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies.

Maria Torres (ABJ '14)

Was named the new Henry County Sports Reporter.

Mamie Shepherd (ABJ '13)

Mamie Shepherd was named to a national “Top 30 Under 30 list”  (  and was recognized in Indianapolis, IN during the RAIN Summit Indy for her work in radio broadcasting.

RAIN partnered with Edison Research to produce this list of up-and-coming radio broadcasters.  Edison Research has been “the sole provider of exit poll information to the six major news organizations – ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC, and the Associated Press – since 2003.”

Mamie is a member of the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame Board.

Crissinda Ponder (ABJ '12)

Crissinda Ponder was promoted to insurance reporter for personal finance website Crissinda joined Bankrate as a post-graduate editorial intern just weeks after graduating from Grady College and was hired as a full-time copy editor before her recent promotion.

Mikaya Thurmond (ABJ '12)

I have been hired as WRAL-TV's newest general assignment reporter. WRAL is the #1 TV station in Raleigh, NC. I started my career at WTVC-TV in Chattanooga, TN as a reporter and fill-in-anchor.

Savannah Williamson (ABJ '12)

Savannah Williamson a producer at KION in Salinas, Calif. won an regional Emmy award for her work. The award winning segment she produced was about a December wildfire in Big Sur, a popular hiking spot for campers and tourists. She produces both the 5 and 6 p.m. shows for the station.

Matthew Burgoyne (ABJ '11)

Matt Burgoyne was awarded a 2015 James Madison Fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Foundation. The fellowship supports the graduate study of American history by aspiring and experienced secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies.

Karie Hayden (ABJ '11)

Karie Hayden is with Kilgannon, an Atlanta-based advertising agency, as an account coordinator. She provides support for agency clients Manheim and SouthernLINC Wireless.

This is Hayden's second stint at Kilgannon. In the summer of 2010, she served as an intern.

Jennifer Mayer (ABJ '11)

Jennifer Mayer is the marketing and public relations coordinator for Historic Macon Foundation, a historic preservation organization in Macon, Ga.

Rebecca Stone (ABJ '11)

Rebecca Stone is a marketing coordinator for Navigant Consulting within the Healthcare Practice. Her position initially began as an internship and then turned into a full-time position. That's the beauty of internships!

Paige Benton (ABJ '10)

Paige Varner Benton was given the 2011 Chandler Award for Student Religion Reporter of the Year by the Religion Newswriters Association for her work at The Red & Black.

Marona Graham-Bailey (MA '10)

Marona Graham-Bailey passed away on July 16, 2013 in Ann Arbor, MI. She was pursuing a PhD from the University of Michigan at the time of her death. A website has been set up to celebrate her legacy

Lauren Hershey (ABJ '10)

Lauren is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa. She is a Health Education Volunteer in the southern part of the country in a region called Sikasso in a village of approx. 12,000 people.

Joel Kight (ABJ '10)

Joel Kight joined the staff of the Florida Times_Union in Jacksonville in November 2013 as digital director, leading a reconstituted digital department. He was formerly director of digital content and head of social media at the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald.

Annie Truax (ABJ '10)

Annie Truax is an associate account executive with Planit, a Baltimore-based marketing communications agency.


Emily Saeger Jarvis (ABJ '09, MA '11)

Emily Saeger Jarvis joined the faculty of Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga. in Fall 2012 as an instructor of Communication. She began working at Wesleyan in 2011 with the Study Abroad program.

Jennifer Bellamy (ABJ '08)

Jennifer Bellamy is member of the WXIA 11 Alive news team in Atlanta. Her career began in Macon, Georgia, where she worked for 13WMAZ as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor. She then joined News19 in Columbia, South Carolina, as a general assignment and political reporter. Jennifer was later promoted to weekend anchor. Jennifer was recognized by the 2015 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for Outstanding Local Television Investigative Reporting as a part of the News19 team. She also received a South Carolina Broadcasters Association STAR award for her coverage of South Carolina’s Department of Social Services.

Bunny Lindsey Byrne (ABJ '07)

Bunny Byrne (ABJ '07} started a newspaper in Thomasville, GA, called The Thomasville Townie. Having grown from a legal sheet of paper to four broadsheet pages in less than a year, the paper is poised for expansion in 2014. It's distributed for free throughout Thomasville, and can be read online at

Patrick Stapleton (ABJ '07)

In March, Patrick accepted a position as a promotions producer for WABC-TV in New York. It's the highest-rated local news station in the country. In June, Patrick married Shana Till in Columbia, S.C. She is a senior producer for MSNBC in New York. They live in Brooklyn with their cat and two dogs.

Davia Lassiter (MA '06)

I am the marketing manager for the College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University. Previous positions include copy desk chief and lifestyle editor for the Marietta Daily Journal and Cherokee Tribune newspapers. I've also worked as a freelance writer and editor for Dickey Publications, Warning Magazine, Sister2Sister and Upscale magazine.

Jenna Thomas (ABJ '06)

Jenna Thomas, the Director of Digital PR & Social at Nebo, an award-winning digital marketing firm, is the only finalist from Atlanta for PR Professional of the Year: Agency at PR News’ 2014 PR People Awards. These awards celebrate professionals from around the country who set the benchmark of excellence in PR. Thomas graduated from UGA in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Telecommunication Arts. Since then, she has successfully spearheaded countless initiatives for locally-based companies thanks in part to her passion and leadership. For more information, visit

Kathleen Frey Raven (ABJ '05, MA '13)

Kathleen Raven is a reporter covering oncology treatments for BioPharm Insight .

Anna Ferguson Hall (ABJ ’05, MA ’10)

Anna Ferguson Hall ('05, '10) was recently named the Education and Environmental Reporter for The Brunswick News in coastal Georgia. She likewise recently earned a 1st place investigative reporting award from the Georgia Press Association for a 10-part series regarding a Coastal Regional Commission's new 10-part economic development plan for McIntosh County.

Greg Bluestein (ABJ '04)

Greg has been named to The Washington Post’s The Fix’s 2015 list of best state political reporters. He also received Grady College’s John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award in 2014. Read The Washington Post’s story here.

Isaac Melton (ABJ '04)

Isaac Melton (ABJ '04) has received an EMMY nomination from NATAS for promotional work that he has done with Atlanta's CW.

Abby Headrick Wilkerson (ABJ '04)

Abby Headrick Wilkerson (ABJ ’04) of Sugar Hill, GA has joined the City of Suwanee, GA as Public Information Officer. She formerly served as Senior Manager of Communications at the Gwinnett Chamber.

Brennan Leathers (ABJ '03)

After working a decade in newspapers, Brennan Leathers currently works as Digital Media Director for Flint Media Inc., which owns 6 Southwest Georgia radio stations. Brennan writes for and contributes on-air news content.

Steve Sanders (ABJ '03)

Steve Sanders (ABJ '03) was selected by the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce and Augusta Magazine as one of the Top 10 Young Professionals to Watch.

Adam Fouche (ABJ '02)

Adam Fouche (ABJ '02) graduated from Columbus State University (Columbus, Ga) in May 2014 with a Master of Public Safety Administration. He currently serves the University of Georgia Police Department. Adam previously worked as a Georgia Press Association award-winning reporter for MainStreet Newspapers, Inc., Jefferson, Ga.

Karen Gailey (ABJ '02)

Karen Gailey is Public Relations & Marketing Communications Manager for The HoneyBaked Ham Company, headquartered in Alpharetta, GA. She lives in Sandy Springs.

Jay Mayfield (MA '02)

Jay Mayfield was recently hired at the Director of Communications and Marketing at The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn. Before returning to his alma mater, Jay was a senior public affairs specialist at the Federal Trade Commission.

Adam Pawlus (MA '01)

Adam Pawlus is the Executive Director of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association based in Washington D.C.

Meg Beckum (ABJ '00)

Meg Beckum joined Sullivan, a multi-disciplinary brand engagement firm in New York City, as creative director. She was formerly senior art director at digital innovation agency AKQA.

Stephanie Carroll Carson (ABJ '00)

Stephanie Carroll Carson (ABJ ' 00) is the co-owner of Superfly Fabulous Events, which manages craft beer and running events in the southeast. Events include Tennessee's Oktoberfest and All Ale to the Queen Beer Carnival. Carson continues to work as a producer for the Public News Service and as a freelance producer for cable and corporate projects. She lives in Asheville, NC with her husband and two daughters.

Jeremy Owens (ABJ '00)

Jeremy C. Owens was named San Francisco Bureau Chief and Technology Editor for MarketWatch, a Dow Jones online publication. He had been Online Breaking News Editor for Business and Technology at the San Jose Mercury News after previous stints at The (San Francisco) Examiner and The (Fremont, Calif.) Argus.

Kevin Wuzzardo (ABJ '00)

Kevin Wuzzardo (ABJ '00) was promoted to Assistant News Director at WWAY-TV in Wilmington, NC. He had been News Content Manager for the previous four years, and before that morning news anchor for three and a half years. Kevin, his wife and two children live in Leland, NC.


Dane S. Claussen (PhD ’99)

Dane S. Claussen has been named the new Professor of Communication and Pedas Endowed Chair in Communication at Thiel College (Pennsylvania), effective July 15, 2015. He will also be the executive director of the James Pedas Communication Center.

Joseph (Jay) Lowe (ABJ '99)

Joseph Ernest (Jay) Lowe, IV, age 38, of Athens, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2015. - See more at:

David Mowery (ABJ '99)

David Mowery Wins “40 Under 40” Award AAPC recognizes The Chairman as one of the 40 best and brightest campaign professionals under 40 years old New Orleans, La. - Mowery Consulting Group is proud to announce that David Mowery has been honored by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) as one of the 40 best and brightest campaign professionals under 40 years old currently working in the United States. “This is a major honor,” noted AAPC President Art Hackney. “The AAPC is proud to recognize leaders and innovators such as The Chairman who have already positively impacted our industry before their 40th birthday. It was amazing to see the large number of nominations for this new recognition; all of them worthy, and all of them the future of our industry.” The AAPC announced the winners of the first ever “40 under 40” awards at the 2015 Annual Pollie Awards & Conference on March 18 in New Orleans, LA. The Pollie Awards (Pollies) are bipartisan honors awarded annually by the AAPC to members of the political advertising and communications industry who have demonstrated superior work on behalf of their candidates and causes. Esquire magazine has dubbed the Pollies as “…the Oscars of political advertising.” AAPC Vice President Mark Mellman also noted: “Competition for the inaugural 40 under 40 list was intense. Our bipartisan team of judges reviewed the resumes of many very accomplished pollsters, advertising executives, researchers, campaign managers, and digital strategists from across the political spectrum.” Only 15 Republicans, 15 Democrats, and 10 nonpartisan operatives in the United States were named to this exclusive “40 under 40” winners list. Award winners were graded on a 40-point scale and selected for extraordinary achievements in politics and public affairs. Contributions to the health of the political business community through volunteer work and other forms of philanthropy were also considered.

Sara Robertson (ABJ '99)

Sara Robertson has been promoted to Vice President Production and Technology for KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. She is responsible for strategic planning and execution of KLRU's production and broadcast operations, including engineering and IT.

Tray Butler (ABJ '98)

Tray Butler (ABJ '98) is the author of the third-edition city guidebook Moon Atlanta, released in December by Avalon Travel. Butler is a freelance journalist, illustrator and creative writing instructor. He writes regularly for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WebMD and other outlets. This spring, Butler celebrates 15 years of contributing weekly illustrations to Creative Loafing Atlanta.

Ashley Harris (ABJ '98)

Ashley Harris, a vice president at McGuireWoods Consulting, took the oath of office on June 13, 2012 as the newest appointee to the Atlanta Urban Design Commission (AUDC). Ms. Harris was nominated by Councilwoman Felicia Moore, and approved by the City Council to serve as the lawyer representative on the Commission.

John "Paul" Sewell (ABJ '98)

John "Paul" Sewell is GT Software's Director of Global Marketing. In this role, Sewell is responsible for marketing operations across the globe including public relations, lead generation programs, corporate communications and web marketing.

Stefany Sanders (ABJ '97, MA '99)

Stefany Sanders is the Director of Social Media for Jackson Spalding where she is a key strategist for its client and sales teams and the in-house expert keeping the firm educated on new developments on the social media and digital communications frontier.

Prior to joining Jackson Spalding, she was Director of Communications for the Georgia Tech College of Computing where she was named "Communicator of the Year" in 2010. Her background also includes time spent as the Senior Communications Officer for the Georgia Centers for Advanced Telecommunications Technology and time working as an interactive consultant and producer with a multi-national public relations firm.

Todd Counter (ABJ '97)

Todd Counter is the Director of Admissions at Oak Hill School, an independent PreK - 6 school in Nashville, Tenn. Outside of his admissions duties, he leans on his Georgia J-School training for the school's communications efforts. He and his wife Maggie live in Nashville with their two daughters, Vee and Campbell.

Marc Lancaster (ABJ '97)

Marc Lancaster is deputy sports editor at The Washington Times, which relaunched its sports section in March after a 15-month hiatus. He previously worked as a baseball editor at AOL's after moving to the D.C. area from Florida in the fall of 2009.

Keysha Perry Lee (ABJ '97)

Keysha Lee was recognized by The Champion newspaper for the television show she created and hosts titled Lessons with Mrs. Lee. The shows airs on educational access channel PDSTV-24. Lee was also named to the 40 under 40 list by the UGA Alumni Association. Keysha and her husband Clifton were overjoyed to give their son Keyton a baby brother. Samuel Anthony Lee was born on October 23, 2014.

Danielle Underferth (MMC '97)

Danielle Underferth is the communications manager for the City of Beaumont, Texas. Danielle oversees all aspects of internal and external communications, including the city's website, video production, media relations, public service announcements, in-house graphic design and community and employee newsletters. Beaumont is a city of about 118,000 in Southeast Texas.

Sasha Zullo Zullo-Gorospe (ABJ '96, MA '98)

Sasha Zullo-Gorospe, a graduate of the Grady College New Media Institute, was promoted to Vice President of Business Development for CBS Interactive. Sasha oversees partner negotiations and business strategy for CBS' tech and games sites, such as CNET and GameSpot.

Amy Robach (ABJ '95)

Amy presented with Di Gamma Kappa’s Distinguished Achievement in Broadcasting and Cable Award at the annual DGK banquet this year.

Scott Grant (ABJ '94)

Scott Grant (ABJ '94) and his wife, Lisa Wilbanks Grant (BSEd '02) celebrated the birth of Samuel Gary Grant on August 4, 2014. Samuel is their first son. They have two daughters, Anna and Rebecca. The family lives in Gainesville, Georgia. Scott serves in communications and client services for Private Client Advisory, Inc., a financial planning and advisory firm in Gainesville. Lisa is a preschool teacher at their church, Blackshear Place Baptist in Flowery Branch.

Chuck Reece (ABJ '94)

Chuck was on Georgia Trend’s 2015 list of most influential and notable Georgians.

Mark Hodges (ABJ '93)

Each year, the Greater Augusta Arts Council recognizes outstanding members of the Augusta community for their support and contributions to the arts. This year, Mark Hodges was given the Media Award in recognition for his support of the arts in Augusta, Georgia. Mark is currently the Creative Services Director for WRDW-TV in Augusta.

Robert Williams (MMC '93)

The Washington Writers’ Publishing House has selected Robert J. Williams’ collection Strivers and Other Stories as its 2016 Fiction Prize Winner.  Washington Writers’ Publishing House will publish Strivers and Other Stories, ISBN: 978-1-941551-11-0, in November 2016.   Williams was born in Augusta, Georgia. He is the recipient of four Larry Neal Writers' Awards given by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Educated at Northwestern University and the University of Georgia’s Grady Graduate School of Journalism and Mass Communications, he resides in Washington, D.C. where he has worked in digital marketing, advertising and web technology for over 20 years.

Strivers is an impressive collection filled with memorable characters pushing against the limits imposed on them—by family, fate, racism, and their own flaws and aspirations. With insight and compassion, Williams offers thoughtful portraits of ordinary lives in these stories; in so doing, he presents a varied and vibrant gallery of Black middle-class life in the South. His prose is smart and subtle, and like his characters, it is fueled by a longing heart.” -Brendan Short, author of Dream City

Brian Wright (ABJ '93)

Brian Wright is analysis and command center leader for Wells Fargo's Enterprise Social Media. He recently launched social media command centers in Charlotte, NC and San Fransisco, CA which house people, process and technology to better support customers and drive actionable business insights. There were over 1 million social media mentions of Wells Fargo in 2013.

Matthew Brown (ABJ '92)

Matthew Brown is the Managing Editor of the Houston Home Journal in Perry, GA. He has been with the paper for 10 years mainly as a sports writer.

Thomas Hagley, Jr. (MMC '92)

Thomas Hagley, Jr. has been recognized by Education Week Magazine in its list of "Leaders to Learn From 2016." Hagley serves as chief of staff for Vancouver Public Schools.

Thomas Hagley, Jr. (MMC '92)

Thomas R. Hagley Jr., MMC 1992, received the 2014 Community Champion Award from the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce for his leadership in establishing Family-Community Resource Centers in 12 schools that serve high concentrations of poverty-affected students. Hagley is chief of staff for Vancouver (Wash.) Public Schools.

Dori Taratoot Kleber (ABJ '92)

Dori Kleber's debut picture book, More-igami (Candlewick Press, 2016), was named to the Georgia Center for the Book's 2016 list of Books All Young Georgians Should Read.

Wendy Phipps Phipps (MMC '92)

Senator & Minister of State with Responsibility for Health, Gender Affairs, Social Services & Community Development with the Government of St Kitts & Nevis (February 2015-Present)

Jennifer Deans Brumback (ABJ '91)

Jennifer Deans Brumback passed away Dec. 13. 2014.

J.C. Campos (ABJ '91)

J.C. Campos is a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. State Department, stationed at the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. In fall 2015, he represented UGA at a ‘Back to School’ fair in Karachi, sponsored by EducationUSA Pakistan and the U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), where hundreds of Pakistani students met alumni from 40 U.S. colleges and universities, answering questions on life in the U.S., aptitude exams, application process, etc.

Michael Abramowitz (ABJ '90)

Michael Abramowitz was recently (June 2015) promoted by PGA of America to Public Relations Manager, PGA Membership.


Guy Garrett (ABJ '89)

Guy Garrett received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Cybersecurity and Information Technology at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, FL.

Thomas Gould (ABJ '89)

Thomas Gould passed away Feb. 14, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. He was a professor of advertising at Kansas State University,

Sam Starnes (ABJ '89)

Joe Samuel "Sam" Starnes (ABJ '89) of Haddon Township, N.J., is a novelist. Breakaway Books published his third novel, Red Dirt: A Tennis Novel, in March 2015. Last year, Road Media reissued his first novel from 2005, Calling, as an ebook. His second novel, Fall Line, was named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "A Year in Reading: Best of the South" for 2012 list. Starnes works in the administration for Widener University in Chester, Pa., and has taught writing courses at Widener, Rowan University, and Saint Joseph's University.

Nancy Elder (ABJ '88)

JetBlue Airways recently announced the appointment of Nancy Elder to the role of Vice President, Communications.Elder joined JetBlue from Matter Unlimited, a strategic and creative communications agency in New York City where she was a founding partner and chief strategy officer. Previously, she held communications and marketing leadership roles at major corporations including General Electric Co., MasterCard Inc., Marsh Inc., and Time Warner Inc.

Katherine Bosworth Page (ABJ '88)

Photographer Katherine (Tracy) Page was awarded the Photographer of the Year award from the Georgia Professional Photographers Association. She was also very honored to receive the Best in State (Georgia) award from the Southeastern Professional Photographers Association. In addition, Katherine was honored with the Best of Show Illustrative Award, the Distinguished Award for a Male Portrait, First Place Award for Illustrative, the Dick Dickerson Award for Most Improved Competition Entries, and the Certified Professional Photographer Competition Award. Two of her entries into the Southeastern Professional Photographers Association were awarded “Seals” during this competition which automatically qualifies those entries for acceptance in the General Collection for International Print Competition with Professional Photographers of America, which will be held late summer in Atlanta. She is a Certified Professional Photographer and is 2014 Certified Liaison and 2014 Image Certification Judge and is also very active with the Professional Photographers of America where she serves as a committee member. She was welcomed last night to the 2014 Board for the Georgia Professional Photographers Association. Katherine is the mother of Emma and Kate and is the wife of Dr. Robert Page, Vice President of Academic Affairs of South Georgia State College.

Richard Buck (ABJ '87)

Mr. Buck joined the faculty of the new Hampton High School in Hampton, Ga. He will be instructing students in the content areas of public safety and allied health careers.

Laura Kilborn Kilborn (ABJ '87)

Laura Kilborn was named Editor of the Mandurah Mail in Mandurah, Western Australia.

Matt Moffett (ABJ '87)

Matt Moffett was elected President of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA) this spring. GDLA has more than 800 members throughout the state and serves as the voice for the civil defense bar.

Hilary Bishop Shew (ABJ '85)

Hilary Shew (ABJ '85) of Mountain Home, AR, wrote Endeavor: One Polish Family's Journey from Siberia to Freedom. The book tells the story of the plight of Polish citizens forcibly removed from their homes by Joseph Stalin's NKVD and deported to Siberian gulags, where they suffered unspeakable hardship, deprivation, and extermination through work. Follow the Raczynski family members as they flee Russia after being given "amnesty" on July 30, 1941. Available at

Frances Coleman Wellstead (ABJ '85)

Frances Marion Coleman Wellstead passed away Oct. 18, 2013.

Robert Miller (ABJ '84)

Novel "Forever Christmas" just released from Harper Collins Christian Publishing.

Susan Moss (ABJ '83)

Susan Moss is the first executive director of Women in Film and Television Atlanta.Moss has nearly twenty years of experience in a wide variety of creative management roles, including marketing for NASCAR, film and video production, and legal experience with Kilpatrick Townsend.

Sally Yates (ABJ '82)

Sally was on Georgia Trend’s 2015 list of most influential and notable Georgians.

Paul Chambers (ABJ '81)

Paul Chambers is the AT&T Regional Director of External Affairs for Northeast Georgia. With an office in Athens, he managers corporate affairs in the 26 county Northeast Georgia region. He and wife Suzanne have four children and two grandchildren.

Randy Loftis (ABJ '81)

Randy Loftis, former environmental and investigative journalist for hte Dallas Morning News, was awarded the 2016 Open Doors Award by the Fort Worth Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Hala Moddelmog (ABJ '81)

Hala was on Georgia Trend’s 2015 list of most influential and notable Georgians.

Elaine Crane Schulman (ABJ '81)

Elaine Crane Schulman is the Director of Public Affairs for Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

Cathy Cox (ABJ '80)

Cathy was on Georgia Trend’s 2015 list of most influential and notable Georgians.

Amy Glennon (ABJ '80)

Amy was on Georgia Trend’s 2015 list of most influential and notable Georgians.

Mark Haddon (ABJ '80)

Mark Haddon was named Vice President and Market Manager for Beasley Broadcast Group's cluster of radio stations in Augusta, Georgia that includes: New Country Kicks 99 WKXC-FM; 580 AM and 95.1 FM News Talk WGAC; HD 98.3 WHHD-FM; 93.9 BOB FM WDRR-FM; 95 Rock at 95.5 FM and 1480 AM; WGUS-FM The Southern Gospel Station at 102.7 FM and 93.1 FM; and WRDW-AM 1630 News Talk Sports.


Bonnie Arnold (ABJ '77)

Bonnie won a 2015 Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film for the movie “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”

Brad Majors (ABJ '77, MBA '80)

Brad Majors is vice president of marketing and development at Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands SC. In this capacity, he oversees all brand development, news media relations, fundraising and grant funding for Goodwill in the 16 South Carolina counties in which it operates. Prior to joining Goodwill, Brad was director of marketing for Greenville (SC) Technical College. Brad has owned his own marketing consultancy and worked for international advertising agencies based in New York.

Scotty Reiss (ABJ '77)

Scotty Reiss was elected to serve as president of IMPA, the International Motor Press Association in January 2015. In 2013, he started a website called SheBuysCars, a digital magazine and community about cars written for women.

Robert Briscoe Evans (ABJ '75)

Mr. Evans will be flying from Los Angeles to Georgia to appear as Oscar Madison in "The Odd Couple," playing May 1 - 17, 2014 at the Springer Opera House in Columbus, Georgia.

Bill Bryant (ABJ '74)

Bill Bryant (ABJ ’74) of Alpharetta, manager of executive communications at UPS, won a Cicero Award for a speech he wrote for UPS President of U.S. Operations Myron Gray. Presented by Vital Speeches of the Day, the Ciceros are considered the nation’s most prestigious speechwriting awards.

Richard Hoard (ABJ '74)

Rev. Richard Hoard third book, Through Fear of Death, was published in May 2014. The novel draws on his experience as a minister and hospice chaplain. His first book, “Alone Among the Living”, is a memoir of his father’s murder in the 1960s. Hoard’s second book was a fictional novel, “The Race Before Us”, that dealt with race relations for a young white teenager in middle Georgia during the 1960s.

Bob Giles (ABJ '73)

Bob Giles accepted a position in July 2014 as senior writer-editor at Georgia Tech in Institute Communications. He also maintains a website of his original short fiction,, which features stories under the theme "Sophomoric Humor for Sophisticates."

Phil Kent (ABJ '73)

Named the new CEO/Publisher of the Atlanta-based Internet news agency InsiderAdvantage Georgia and James magazine,

Clifford Sticher (ABJ '72, JD '75)

Has retired after more than 37 years of practicing law.He and his wife Debbie spend their time traveling and living at their homes in Blairsville and St. Simons Island.

Carlton Curtis (ABJ '72)

Carlton Curtis, vice president of industry relations for The Coca-Cola Company, has been honored with the 2015 Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award. Presented by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the award is a tribute to an individual who has shown extraordinary achievement and exemplary leadership in the restaurant and hospitality industry.


Charlayne Hunter-Gault (ABJ '63)

Charlayne is the 2015 recipient of the Washington Press Club Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The first black woman enrolled at the University of Georgia, Hunter-Gault has worked for The New York Times, won two Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award, and devoted her life to covering stories of civil rights and inequality. To read the story on PBS, visit

Beverly Stein Copen (ABJ '58)

Author and photographer, Beverly Copen recently published UR EYES ARE YOUR WINDOWS TO THE WORLD, a 32 page photographic book with several primary themes, plus a 40 page lesson plan and teacher’s guide as an e-book. For more information about her career visit

Claude McBride (ABJ '55)

Claude McBride (ABJ '55) passed away August 23, 2013. A longtime employee of the UGA Alumni Association and Chaplain for the UGA football team, McBride began his career as a newspaper reporter for The Columbus Ledger. He was the youngest member of the four-team whose reporting on Phenix City, AL helped The Ledger win the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Community Service.

Rhett Turnipseed (ABJ '50, MA '60)

Veteran broadcaster Rhett Turnipseed passed away January 18, 2015.

Howard Berk (ABJ '48)

Howard Berk passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2016. Berk wrote the screenplay for the 1985 Gene Hackman film Target and penned episodes for Columbo, Mission: Impossible and McMillan & Wife.

Elisabeth Acree Snelling (ABJ '48)

Elisabeth Acree Snelling passed away Oct. 8, 2014

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