Jim Spencer, MA ’91

Jim Spencer, MA ’91, president and founder of Newsy, was awarded the Governor’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award at Missouri’s 2014 Governor’s Conference on Economic Development on Sept. 5. Newsy is a national video news network based in Columbia, Missouri. The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) acquired the digital startup in January 2014. Newsy produces … Continued

Amy Keller Laird, BJ ’97

Amy Keller Laird, BJ ’97, has been promoted to editor in chief of Women’s Health magazine. Previously, she served as executive editor.

Todd Natenberg, BJ ’91

Todd Natenberg, BJ ’91, is an account manager with School Specialty, which provides school supplies, furniture, and curriculum solutions to K-12 districts in western Missouri. Natenberg also writes a freelance fatherhood column for Lifestyle Publications in Kansas City and freelanced a first-person column to the Jerusalem Post on the shootings at the Jewish Community Center … Continued

Rebecca (Burke) Harlow, BJ ’98

Rebecca (Burke) Harlow, BJ ’98, recently had a poem published titled “Backpack” in the 2013 Anthology Cuivre River Volume VII. Another, “I Remember,” will be published by the end of 2014.

Trebor Banstetter

What do you do? I work in corporate communications at Delta Air Lines, primarily supporting government affairs and financial communications. I interact regularly with global media covering the airline and travel industries, telling the story of Delta and its 80,000 worldwide employees. I also work closely with my Delta colleagues on crisis communications and internal … Continued

Brett Austin, BJ ’93

Brett Austin, BJ ’93, is the coordinating producer of the ESPN SEC Network. Austin will oversee the weekly SEC Nation Road Show along with managing other network shows.

Gordon Young, MA ’90

A book by Gordon Young, MA ’90 – “Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City” – was recently named a Michigan Notable Book for 2014 and nominated for a Northern California Book Award for creative nonfiction.

Anna Johnson, BJ ’99

Anna Johnson, BJ ’99, an award-winning journalist with extensive experience working in the U.S. and the Middle East, has been named The Associated Press’ deputy editor for the U.S. West, overseeing coverage from 13 states. Johnson covered Iran’s 2009 presidential elections, the Iraq war, Egyptian archaeology and Dubai’s economic boom, among other stories as a … Continued

Mireille Zieseniss, BJ ’93

Mireille Zieseniss, BJ ’93, is the director of the U.S. Department of State’s U.S.- European Media Hub located in Brussels, Belgium. The Media Hub helps media organizations from across Europe gain access to U.S. government policymakers on top foreign policy issues. As a foreign service officer who specializes in public diplomacy, Mireille’s previous assignments include … Continued