Shirley Staples Carter

What do you do? I am a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, teaching public relations management to undergraduate and graduate students, advising honor student projects, and conducting research on women and leadership and multicultural images in advertising. Previously, I served a five-year term as the founding director of the School from … Continued

Carol Carter

In 1966, Carol (Werneck) Carter, BJ ’70, joined older brother Allen during his senior year at the University of Missouri. She wasn’t exactly sure what she wanted to do. During her first semester, her degree took a short detour through the theater department. Theater sounded fascinating, and it brought her back to her junior high … Continued

Ben Carmichael

What do you do? I am an ASCAP-registered songwriter, guitarist and vocalist for the band Trash Executioner. How did you form your band? While hosting an open mic for poets, songwriters and comedians, I met the band’s bassist and co-songwriter. The owner of a local bar recognized our potential and offered us a rehearsal space … Continued

Dave Busiek

Can you describe what a typical workday is like for you? I get up early in the morning and start my day reading the online news. Then I watch the 5 a.m. morning newscast. I arrive at the station at 8:45 a.m. We have a 9:30 a.m. story meeting in the conference room where we … Continued

Stacy Burks Howard

What do you do? I am the Southwest District office director for U.S. Senator Christopher S. “Kit” Bond. I oversee a staff of three, listen to phone calls and answer questions for constituents, make travel arrangements for the Senator, and attend various meetings on his behalf. I also maintain a working relationship with media markets … Continued

Gary Burandt

Who do you feel has influenced the profession of advertising the most? It’s not a who. It is a group of people: David Ogilvy, Bill Burnbach, Leo Burnett, Ray Rubicam, Ed Ney, and Bill Marstellar. Is there a common characteristic that resonates with this group? They all had great respect for the consumer, and they … Continued

Jess Bunn

True Tiger Uses His Newsroom Skills to Develop Boardroom Solutions When Jess Bunn, MA ’77, reflected on his choice to become a newspaperman, he borrowed a quotation from Mike Royko, the famous Chicago newspaper columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner. “The true appeal of this job is that I can do it while I’m sitting. The … Continued

Jeff Buhai

Life is all about having fun and doing as many things as possible for Jeff Buhai, BJ ’69. He did not want to live with the regret of missing new professional opportunities or exploring uncharted territory. A born storyteller, Buhai began to chase his dream of becoming a journalist while attending a summer journalism program … Continued

Douglas Bugger

What do you do? Deputy Press Secretary for Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19). How did you get your job? Applied to join Congressman’s staff following 5-plus years in newspapers and 8-plus years in education. What is the best professional lesson you learned at the J-School? You are not going to make everyone happy. What advice … Continued

Richard Buckley

What do you do? Director of communications and marketing, Greater Missouri March of Dimes. How did you get your job? Through networking. What is the best professional lesson you learned at the J-School? Be thorough. What advice do you have for current students? Take a double major and/or get another degree in something in addition … Continued