Dean Nelson

What do you do? The most immediate thing I have done is publish a new book about interviewing called Talk To Me: How To Ask Better Questions, Get Better Answers, and Interview Anyone Like a Pro, published by HarperCollins. It is both nuts-and-bolts advice and a deeper exploration of what we’re really after when we … Continued

Laura Eshelman

What do you do? I’m a senior video producer at Discovery Networks creating editorial video content for brands. I produce video content for Food Network, Travel Channel, TLC and HGTV. Before that, I was the first branded content video hire at Mashable and helped to get the team up to speed. It’s a fun crazy … Continued

Greg Kornfeld

What do you do? I’m an account executive at KTRS Radio in St. Louis. I started here in 1996. Prior to that, I was an account executive at KMOX/KLOU from 1977 to 1996. I’ve been in the business for 42 years. How did you get your job? I interviewed with Tim Dorsey and Robert Hyland … Continued

Alex M. Smith

What do you do? Rowman and Littlefield just published my first book, “SEC Football’s Greatest Games.” How did you get your job? A Rowman rep from Lyons Press reached out to me in late 2016. At the time, I was working with Cox Media Group (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, SEC Country, etc.) and my stories about SEC … Continued

Nancy Bishop

What do you do? I’m the editor and publisher of a Chicago arts and culture website founded in 2016 by a group of writers. As part of our “meet the staff” series, this profile/interview with me was recently posted. How did you get your job? A group of writers was working for another website (gapersblock.com) … Continued

Russ Mitchell

What do you do? I am the lead anchor/managing editor for WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Ohio. What is the best professional lesson you learned at the J-School? Tenacity, teamwork. Have a thick skin and don’t accept “No” for an answer. What advice do you have for current students? Work hard, be a master of everything. What … Continued

Abigail Geiger

What do you do? I work as an associate producer and writer at Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., where I use the skills I learned at the journalism school every day. I worked in newspapers after college, and I have wanted to work at Pew since college. I was lucky to get this position … Continued

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

Natalie Dupin

What do you do? I am a the public relations coordinator for the CNN New York Bureau. My job focuses primarily on the CNN Original Series. How did you get your job? I started applying like a madwoman to jobs in January. I flew out to New York once a month and lined up interviews … Continued

John Somerville

What do you do? I am retired. How did you get your job? Perseverance. After being decommissioned from the Navy in WWII, I went to Denver, where I was determined to become an editorial cartoonist on The Denver Post. (Their editorial cartoonist was in his seventies, doing seven cartoons a week plus an oil painting … Continued