Marlene Neill, MA ’07

Marlene Neill, MA ’07, has been selected for induction into the Public Relations Society of America College of Fellows, an honorary organization within PRSA comprised of more than 350 senior professionals and educators, each of whom has left a significant footprint on the public relations profession.

Jeffrey Whitford, BJ ’04

What do you do? I lead the ideation, creation and implementation of products, projects and programs that help our company and customers increase sustainability and be leaders in social impact related to science education and scientific research. How did you get your job? I “volunteered” into it…literally. I did an internship proofing catalogs and was … Continued

Anthony Jackson, BJ ’09

What do you do? I am Padma Lakshmi’s chief of staff and an associate producer on “Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi,” premiering June 18th, 2020, on Hulu. How did you get your job? After graduating from Mizzou’s Journalism School, I moved to New York and worked for a couple of years in public relations. … Continued

Alumnus Jon Franko carves his own path to success

By Jerry Duggan (Feb. 25, 2020) — Jon Franko, BJ ’05, may have grown up on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River, but he’s always been a Mizzou guy. Franko, whose grandfather, Keith Parker, played fullback for MU under esteemed football coach Don Faurot, bled black and gold when his friends bled orange and … Continued

Marcia Chatelain, BJ ’01

Marcia Chatelain, BJ ’01, recently published “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America,” which tells the history of fast food’s migration from the suburbs to the inner-city after Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968. The book, published by Liveright Publishing Corporation, tells a hidden history of race, civil rights, and the social origins of today’s … Continued

Anna (Comstock) Braunsdorf, BJ ’07

Anna (Comstock) Braunsdorf, BJ ’07, is the director of educational content at Elevate Labs, the company behind the Elevate and Balance mobile apps. Elevate is a brain-training app that won Apple’s App of the Year award and Balance is a highly-personalized meditation program.

Marlene Neill, MA ’07

Marlene Neill, MA ’07, was promoted to associate professor and graduate program director at Baylor University in the department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media.

Aaron Bennett, BJ ’06

Aaron Bennett, BJ ’06, recently accepted a position as senior marketing communications specialist at the University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business. Bennett writes: “My 12 years in broadcast journalism were amazing, and I give so much credit to my journalism education at Mizzou for preparing me to jump into a new career. M-I-Z!”