Betty Cole Dukert

Why did you choose to attend the Missouri School of Journalism? I intended to become a journalist from about age 13. I can’t imagine why, as I knew none. Probably it was movies. Fortunately, when I began to think about specific colleges, I lived in Missouri and knew the journalism school at MU was tops. … Continued

Amy Bannister DiGiacomo

What do you do? I’m in charge of the marketing and public relations for a 140-bed hospital outside of Charleston, S.C. How did you get your job? My husband and I wanted to move to S.C. to be closer to family, so I posted my resume on Monster, CareerBuilder, and a number of marketing and … Continued

Walt Denny

What career steps did you take before opening your own ad agency? I started as a copywriter for Western Auto Supply at their home office in Kansas City. I worked there for three years before going to a mid-size agency, Barkley & Evergreen, also in Kansas City. There, I worked as a copywriter and worked … Continued

Ward Degler

The Early Years Ward Degler was born May 4, 1935, in the small town of Phillips, Wis. The country was in the depths of the Great Depression. His father, a forester from Indiana, earned about $60 per month as a superintendent for the Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCC, a public work-relief program for unemployed men, … Continued

Mike DeArmond

What do you do? On Feb. 11, 2012, I covered my last athletic event for The Kansas City Star after 41 years with that newspaper either as a correspondent or a full-time reporter/editor. After filing my story on Missouri’s basketball victory in Columbia, Missouri, over Baylor, I officially retired, having covered high schools for one … Continued

Carol Daus

What do you do? I am the editor of Patio & Hearth Products Report, a Los Angeles-based trade publication covering the home furnishings/remodeling industry. I am also a freelance writer and wrote a book that was published in 1999: Past Imperfect: How to Trace Your Family Health History. How did you get your job? From … Continued

Jay Dade

What do you do? I am currently a shareholder in the law firm of Polsinelli P.C. in the firm’s Springfield, Mo. office. I’ve focused my practice on management-side labor and employment relations law. As such, I counsel clients on a broad array of day-to-day personnel management and union-management issues. I also provide management training programs in the areas … Continued

Scott H. Cytron

What do you do? Cytron and Company is known for helping companies and organizations improve their bottom line through strategic public relations, communications, marketing programs and top-notch client service. An accredited consultant, Scott works with companies, organizations and individuals in professional services (medical, legal, accounting, engineering), high-tech and B2B/B2C product/service sales. Pierpont Communications is a … Continued

Doug Crews

What do you do in your role as Executive Director of the Missouri Press Association? The Missouri Press Association is a trade association of Missouri newspapers. We have about 300 member newspapers. I’ve been executive director since 1990, and I worked here 11 years prior to that as assistant director. I’m in charge of what … Continued

Ryan B. Cummings

What do you do? I am the design manager at a national association. My main responsibility is the production of a monthly magazine, PAYTECH. My husband and I moved to my hometown in 2005 and I’ve worked at the American Payroll Association since 2006. Best professional lesson learned at J-School? Your portfolio must be perfect! … Continued