John Duban

When John Duban got a “D” in his advertising principles and practices class, his professor told him, “Guys like you never make it in the advertising business.” Duban, BJ ’87, proved his professor’s judgments were wrong. After almost 25 years of advertising agency experience, he is now executive vice president, global managing director at Starcom … Continued

Megan Reese

What do you do? I haven’t been at this job for very long, so I am still training. However, my job responsibilities so far include reviewing syndication screening reports and responding to the networks with content issues; creating new syndication guaranteed tracking sheets; and complete syndication post for all clients at the end of each … Continued

T.J. Quinn

Sometimes things don’t always go according to plan. However, with hard work and help from the right people, opportunity can appear where you least expect it. Such is the journey of T.J. Quinn, BJ ’91, who graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism with no intention of working in sports, yet today he works as … Continued

Merrill Perlman

What do you do? My business, Merrill Perlman Consulting, offers training and consulting on everything from reporting, writing and copy editing to corporate workflow, communications and recruiting. I’m also a freelance editor, with clients including book publishers, news outlets and private companies. I’m an adjunct assistant professor at the other Columbia, at the Graduate School … Continued

Courtney Murphy

The “easy button.” That’s how Courtney Murphy describes finding balance in her life. For a woman who has traveled around the world to pursue an award-winning career in revamping and redesigning magazines, she has to push this metaphorical button every now and then. Living closer to work, choosing her projects wisely, and making time to … Continued

Krista Kennell

What do you do? I am a photographer and have covered hard news, features, celebrity portraiture and Red Carpet out of Los Angeles and New York City. I just opened a photography studio near Manhattan. I am known for my work on wildfires in California, my coverage of the Arizona Yarnell fire and my social … Continued

Max Cole

New York Radio Personality Max Cole, 90 60 years of continuous broadcasting on the airwaves in New York Ernest Max Cole passed away on July 16, 2006, after a short battle with lung cancer. He was 90 years old. Born on Oct. 20, 1915, in Topeka, Kan., Cole grew up in Springfield, Mo. He graduated … Continued

Charles Choi

What was your first job? How did you get that job? I started off as and still am a freelance reporter. I’ve written for The New York Times, Scientific American, Newsday, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Science magazine and others. What advantages did a Missouri journalism degree give you? The most important thing I got from … Continued

Fred Bleakley

Waitlisted by the Ivy League, nearly sidetracked by interfering deans and his own egregious spelling error did not halt Fred Bleakley’s ambition for a successful career in journalism. Determination, perhaps, is the key to his achievements. He has won prestigious awards, including the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business Writing. He has held editorial … Continued

Gary Belis

Gary Belis, BJ ’77, proudly showcases a letter from Donald Trump on his kitchen wall. After he wrote a review of Trump’s first book in 1988 for Fortune magazine, describing Trump as “the finest example we have of materialism, ambition, and self-love among the baby boomers,” Trump let him know that he thought it was … Continued