William Brown

What do you do? Television play-by-play broadcaster for Houston Astros baseball games. How did you get your job? Interview process. What is the best professional lesson you learned at the J-School? Commitment to the craft and dedication to being thorough. What advice do you have for current students? Seek internships and networking. Seek people of … Continued

Barry Bronson

How long were you at your previous job? I left Ashland Inc. and Valvoline after 21 years. I am now a PR consultant and freelance writer, a part of what Tina Brown calls “The Gig Economy.” What did you do? Valvoline is a marketer of automotive products and services. It’s best known for its motor … Continued

Margie Pollock Bridges

What was most interesting about your career? I have had a variety of jobs, sometimes holding three part-time jobs at a time. I proofread, edited others’ work, wrote newsletters, counseled and taught and helped people find jobs. I liked best of all being the main news person in a small town, interviewing interesting people and … Continued

Bill Bridgeforth

What do you do? After working in niche sports publishing for 10 years, I started my own company in 2008. I create interactive magazines for Web and tablet devices and also do more traditional graphic design and branding. Some of the organizations I’ve worked for are USA Baseball and USA Football, Duke University, Texas Christian … Continued

Thomas Blood

What do you do? I’m the creative director of Summit Marketing, a full-service marketing and communications firm with offices in St. Louis, Kansas City, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, D.C. We create a wide variety of marketing communications for consumer, business-to-business and government-related accounts. How did you get your job? Previously, I was the creative director … Continued

Bill Bledsoe

What do you do? I’m a senior product manager for Best Buy’s Media Network. I’m responsible for building systems that help Best Buy monetize their digital surfaces; think Web, APP and digital experiences in-store. Retail advertising is actually the fastest-growing part of digital marketing and I’m lucky enough to be right in the middle of … 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

Dan G. Blair

What do you do? I was named president and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration in June 2011. The Academy is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization, chartered by Congress to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. I was elected as an Academy Fellow in 2008. In … Continued

John Bick

What do you do? Presently retired after a career that included the St. Louis Suburban Journals and a long career in the local business newspaper realm. Was founding general manager of the St. Louis Business Journal in 1980, leading to a primary role in founding seven more business journals and the turnaround of three others. … Continued

Lisa Bertagnoli

What do you do? I am a full-time freelance writer, living and working in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. I currently write lifestyle features and cover nonprofits for Crain’s Chicago Business as well as contribute to AARP Bulletin, CreditCards.com, and write for a number of custom publishers. I also wrote a book, Scarlett Rules: When Life Gives … Continued