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!”

Aurora Meyer, BJ ’05

Aurora Meyer, BJ ’05, BA ’05, of Columbia, Mo., is the marketing and public affairs coordinator at the Missouri State Teachers Association. On Sept. 21, 2018, Meyer successfully completed the examination for Accreditation in Public Relations.

Michaella Anne Thornton (Hammond), BJ ’00

Michaella Anne Thornton (Hammond), BJ ’00, is a staff writer for The Common Reader, a publication of Washington University in St. Louis. Thornton’s “true, personal story about science” will air Nov. 23, 2018 via the national podcast series, The Story Collider.

Kathleen Strand

What do you do? I am the head of external relations for McKinsey and Company. What is the best professional lesson you learned at the J-School? I learned how to talk to people from all walks of life during my time at the Columbia Missourian and the importance of telling their stories, not just reporting … Continued

Cristina Daglas, MA ’09

Cristina Daglas, MA ’09, was listed as one of “40 Under 40: Behind the Scenes in Sports Media” by The Big Lead. Daglas is a senior editor for the ESPN website.

Cicely Dyson

What do you do? I’m currently a news editor at The Wall Street Journal, managing the print edition of the European paper. My day-to-day involves sifting through the day’s news from our world, corporate and finance desks to determine what should lead the front page of the A and B sections as well as what … Continued

Tisha Thompson, MA ’01

Tisha Thompson, MA ’01, a 22-time Emmy Award-winning reporter, has joined ESPN’s investigative unit. Thompson will begin reporting for Outside the Lines on Jan. 2 based out of Washington D.C. In addition to her 22 Emmy Awards, Thompson has won three Gracie awards, 15 Associated Press awards and 14 Edward R. Murrow Awards. She has … Continued

Paul Dailing, BJ ’02

Paul Dailing, BJ ’02, has been named editor of Chicago Lawyer, a monthly magazine covering Chicago’s legal community.