Pat Patton

Growing up in the rural and friendly community of Albany in northwest Missouri, Pat Patton, MA ’71, learned the value of small-town kindness at a young age. The town was a tight-knit agricultural community with few strangers and many friendly faces. Patton and his family never had to worry about locking their doors or forgetting … Continued

Amy Brachmann

Amy Brachmann, BJ ’10, MA ’11, was a week away from deadline when she realized that the story she was working on needed to change direction. As an associate editor at ESPN The Magazine, lots of stories came across Brachmann’s desk. But this one, a feature on Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, posed a … Continued

Calvin Fussman

It was a hot August day in 1974 when a young man stepped out of a taxi and looked at a block of dormitories on the campus of the University of Missouri. Calvin “Cal” Fussman, BJ ’78, had just moved from Long Island, New York, to Columbia, Missouri, to become a journalist. With his hand-held luggage … Continued

Lori Berger

What do you do? I am the entertainment and special projects director for Hearst Magazines. As entertainment director, I put together celebrity covers for some of the Hearst magazines, which means projecting which celebrities will be hot – or not – since we work a good six months ahead of time. I also work on … Continued

Tony Kontzer

What do you do? I’m a freelance writer and journalist. My focus is on information technology, and I write for a variety of publishers and corporations. How did you get your job? This is my second stint as a freelancer. The first was from 1996-2000. I had been working for a weekly business publication (the … Continued

Blake Kuhre

“Goood morning! It’s The Wakey Blakey Show!” From 2007-13, thousands of preteens across the United States got dressed for school, had breakfast and brushed their teeth while listening to The Wakey Blakey Show on Radio Disney. Hosted by Missouri School of Journalism graduate Blake Barrett Kuhre, BJ ’03, the show allowed children to connect with … Continued

Skye Dent

Phillis Barbara Dent anxiously awaited her turn to jump. She was more than two miles above ground level and soon would feel 115 mph winds rushing past her ears, against her face and working against gravity to extend her free fall. Three, two, one – jump! After a 60-second free fall, Dent pulled the cord on … Continued

Steve Lentz

What do you do? I report, write, produce and deliver projects for video and the Web. develops compelling B2B (business to business) and B2C (business to consumer) video content for diverse clients. It’s our responsibility to develop concepts, create and allocate budgets, cover events and produce videos on time and on budget. Our clients … Continued

Miles Corwin

Miles Corwin began his career as a student reporter for the Columbia Missourian. He was drawn to covering the stories that were not being told by anyone else. There were stories about prisoners at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City. Corwin also remembers a feature he wrote to illustrate how physicians were treating terminally ill patients. His interview with a dying woman made a lasting impact on him.

Ann Friedman

By Elizabeth Gower About to graduate from the Missouri School of Journalism with a magazine journalism emphasis, Ann Friedman, BJ ’04, faced a fork in the road, unsure of which path to take. It was the early 2000s, and digital technologies were in their pioneer days. Not enough was known about these new tools to … Continued