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Being on the Debate "Undercard" is a Problem for Presidential Candidates, Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

November 10, 2015

A New Orleans Advocate article previewing tonight's Republican presidential debate includes analysis from Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication... Read More

DePauw Theatre Presents Arcadia, Nov. 19 - 22

November 7, 2015

"Arcadia is Tom Stoppard's richest, most ravishing comedy to date, a play of wit, intellect, language, brio and, new for him, emotion," opined the New... Read More

Changes in TV Industry Lead to Fewer Shows Being Canceled

November 5, 2015

"This year, the TV season has stretched into November without a single new title consigned to the rubbish heap -- something that industry watchers say... Read More

Retiring TV News Anchor Melissa Long '80 "Both Trusted and Liked"

November 4, 2015

"'Trust me' ... From the moment then-Melissa Hunter began her career reading afternoon news on WGL Radio in 1980, fresh out of DePauw University with a... Read More

Erosion in Public Trust of Media Should be a Wake-Up Call, Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

November 1, 2015

The latest Gallup Poll on the public's trust in media is "yet another dismal report on public perception of the journalism industry," says Jeff McCall... Read More

Dramatist Guild Fund Honors Gretchen Cryer '57

October 28, 2015

Gretchen Cryer, a 1957 graduate of DePauw University and former president of the Dramatist Guild Fund, was honored by that organization at a New York City... Read More

Ken Owen '82 to Moderate Nov. 4 James Carville-Karl Rove Discussion for Indiana Chamber

October 28, 2015

Ken Owen, executive director of media relations at DePauw and a 1982 graduate of the University, will moderate a discussion between James Carville and... Read More

"Sensible Setting" is Needed for Meaningful Presidential Debates, Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

October 13, 2015

Those looking for "rational political dialogue" in tonight's first televised debate between the Democrat presidential candudates "are sure to be disappointed... Read More

Marissa Jansen '14 Discusses the Power of Snapchat in College Admissions

October 8, 2015

"It's a growing trend among young adults, and increasingly, colleges are joining the social media conversation through University Snapchat accounts and... Read More

Jennifer Pope Baker '89 Selects a Favorite from the Banned Books List

September 27, 2015

As Banned Books Week begins, the Indianapolis Star "asked some local people (and one national celebrity) what’s their favorite book that has been banned... Read More

JT Benton '03 is Chief Revenue Officer at Goji

September 27, 2015

John Tyler "JT" Benton, a 2003 graduate of DePauw University, has joined Goji as chief revenue officer. The firm bills itself as the largest online, independent... Read More

Michael Neill '82 Joins First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust

September 22, 2015

Michael G. Neill, a 1982 graduate of DePauw University, has joined First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust as Carbondale Community Bank President and Trust & Wealth... Read More

Monty Python's Musical Comedy Spamalot to be Staged Oct. 1 - 4

September 22, 2015

DePauw Theatre and the School of Music combine to present Monty Python’s three-time Tony Award-winning musical, Spamalot. The production, the first of... Read More

Pre-Emmys, Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Discusses the Changing Landscape of TV Program Distribution

September 18, 2015

"Audiences are still much larger for network-originated shows, but the shows on streaming services have the attention of the entertainment establishment... Read More

Dani Weatherford '97 is Executive Director of the National Panhellenic Conference

September 14, 2015

Dani Weatherford, a 1997 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed executive director of the National Panhellenic Conference. NPC is a premier... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Has Advice for Moderators of Second GOP Debate

September 12, 2015

"The August televised 'debate' among Republican presidential contenders on Fox News Channel was a smashing success by the standards of television executives... Read More

Reparation, Directed by Kyle Ham '94, to be Screened at Breckenridge Film Festival

September 11, 2015

Reparation, a film directed by 1994 DePauw University graduate Kyle Ham and adapted from a play by professor of communication and theatre Steve Timm, will... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Analyzes Stephen Colbert's Hot Start on CBS

September 10, 2015

Stephen Colbert's CBS debut pulled in about 6.6 million viewers Tuesday night, doubling the ratings of NBC's Tonight Show, reports the Christian Science... Read More

CBS Needs to be Patient with Stephen Colbert, Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Tells Newspaper

September 8, 2015

"America's press has been going crazy with curiosity about what Stephen Colbert will do with The Late Show," writes Michael Hewitt in California's Orange... Read More

Super-Speed Internet Packages Mostly About Marketing, Suggests Prof. Jeff McCall '76

September 6, 2015

A new Internet package, offering Indianapolis-area homeowners Internet speeds of "up to 2,000 megabits per second, 167 times faster than the average U... Read More

Football & TV Combine to Create "A Broad Cultural Force": Prof. Jeff McCall '76

September 4, 2015

"The old expression says you can’t get enough of a good thing," writes Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University, in the Detroit... Read More

Updating of Classic Musical by '57 Classmates Gretchen Cryer & Nancy Ford to Premiere in October

August 30, 2015

Gretchen Cryer, a 1957 graduate of DePauw University, will direct and star in the world premiere of the musical she wrote with her DePauw classmate Nancy... Read More

Ron DeFeo '97 Appointed VP for Global Communications at American Airlines Group

August 26, 2015

Ron DeFeo, a 1997 graduate of DePauw University, is joining American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) as vice president - global communications. In his... Read More

Nicole Pence '06 Named Morning News Co-Anchor at Indy's CBS4

August 25, 2015

Television news anchor Nicole Pence, a 2006 graduate of DePauw University, is moving to mornings.  Pence, who currently anchors the 11 p.m. newscast, ... Read More

Meredith Siemens '05 Among Charleston, SC's 'Forty Under 40'

August 24, 2015

Meredith H. Siemens, a 2005 graduate of DePauw University, is among the "Forty Under 4)' featured in South Carolina's Charleston Regional Business Journal... Read More

Kate Manecke '06 is Host of Ohio TV's Broad & High

August 19, 2015

Kate C. Manecke, a 2006 graduate of DePauw University, is the new host of Broad & High , an Emmy® Award-winning weekly magazine show produced by WOSU Public... Read More

Jon Stewart "Is Not a Walter Cronkite," Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

August 13, 2015

The "glowing accolades" Jon Stewart is receiving after wrapping up a successful run on TV's Comedy Central "seem out of proportion" to Jeffrey M. McCall... Read More

Anchor/Reporter Eileen Park '08 Joins Portland's KOIN

August 10, 2015

Eileen Park, a 2008 graduate of DePauw University, is joining Portland, Oregon's KOIN-TV and will anchor the station's new weekend morning newscast, which... Read More

Old Media Still Pack a Potent Punch in Presidential Contest, Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Tells New Orleans Paper

August 9, 2015

"National media exposure still plays a major role in the presidential process, even though contests in individual states will pick the delegates who choose... Read More

New York's City Center Revives Musical by '57 Grads Gretchen Cryer & Nancy Ford

July 31, 2015

"A new series at New York's City Center this summer is reviving off-Broadway musicals, including I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road... Read More

Political Debates are Shows with Little Substance, Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Writes in USA Today

July 29, 2015

"Political debates have become nothing more than media events that do little to promote reasoned, in-depth discussion," writes Jeffrey M. McCall in USA... Read More

Indiana Pacers to Honor Hoosiers, Which Starred Steve Hollar '89

July 21, 2015

"On Tuesday, the Indiana Pacers announced they will wear special Hoosiers-themed jerseys to honor the iconic film's 30-year anniversary," reports the ... Read More

Kelly Writers Series Presents Playwright & Distinguished University Prof. Heather McDonald on Sept. 8

July 20, 2015

Heather McDonald, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright who is coming to DePauw University as 2015-16 Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field-McKenna Distinguished... Read More

Lisa Wallace '06 Promoted to Sr. Communications Manager at Visit Indy

July 14, 2015

Lisa Wallace, a 2006 graduate of DePauw University, has been promoted to senior communications manager, conventions & meetings at Visit Indy.  The organization... Read More

Article on "Summer Rush to Replace TV Actors" Cites Prof. Jeff McCall '76  

July 10, 2015

A Los Angeles Times article, which examines "a frenzy of tinkering" in some fall TV shows, includes comments from a DePauw University professor. The newspaper's... Read More

New Nonprofit COO Tiffany O'Donnell '91 Offers 'Five Step Program for Re-Invention"

July 3, 2015

"Habits don't make you better. They reinforce where you are. So what happens when your job becomes a habit?," asks Tiffany O'Donnell.  The 1991 DePauw... Read More

Anchor Change Gives NBC an Opportunity to Create "Real Impact," Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

July 2, 2015

Calling NBC's decisions to make Lester Holt the anchor of the Nightly News and send Brian Williams "to Siberia (MSNBC)" the right moves, Jeffrey M. McCall... Read More

Column on 40th Anniversary of Jaws Quotes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

June 28, 2015

"Jeff McCall, professor of media studies at DePauw University in Indiana, believes Jaws succeeded in ’75 because it appealed to a wide cross-section of... Read More

Today is 'Melissa Long '80 Day' in Fort Wayne

June 25, 2015

"It was very touching, and I loved it to pieces," Melissa Long said today after the mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, declared today "Melissa Long Day" in... Read More

Writing the Wilderness

June 24, 2015

Isle Royale is a remote island cluster in Lake Superior and the destination of a recent May Term trip for nine students led by Steven “Steve” R. Timm,... Read More

Amanda Miller Luciano '03 on Transitioning from Journalist to Realtor

June 19, 2015

"Colorado Springs native Amanda Miller Luciano worked in journalism for nearly a decade before deciding last year to become a Realtor -- a career that... Read More

Erin O'Brien '15 Competes for Title of Miss Indiana This Week

June 15, 2015

Erin O'Brien, a May 2015 graduate of DePauw University, is among "64 young women from all over Indiana (who) are set to gather in Zionsville to begin competition... Read More

Advertisers, Not "Curiosity Seekers," Hold Key to Future of 19 Kids and Counting: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

June 3, 2015

"As Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the parents on the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, prepare on Wednesday to address allegations that their oldest... Read More

"Vacuous Ethics" of Major Journalists are Nothing to Shrug Off: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 29, 2015

"The real damage done by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos’s vacuous ethics -- as shown by the revelation of his gifts to the Clinton Foundation -- won’t be... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Weighs In on 19 Kids and Counting Controversy

May 27, 2015

"Four advertisers pulled out of TLC's reality show 19 Kids and Counting, putting pressure on the U.S. cable network to decide the fate of the top-rated... Read More

Tusha Mittal '06 Receives Foreign Press Association Scholarship

May 25, 2015

Tusha Mittal, a 2006 graduate of DePauw University and currently enrolled in the master's program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism... Read More

Erin Flynn '96 to Present at 2015 Women in Technology Summit

May 18, 2015

Erin N. Flynn, investment banker at Ackrell Capital and 1996 graduate of DePauw University, will be among the presenters at the 2015 Women in Technology... Read More

Article on Network TV's "Great Comedy Rollback" Includes Comments from Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 16, 2015

"The TV networks unleashed their 2015-16 evening lineups in New York this week, leaving industry insiders buzzing about the Great Comedy Rollback," writes... Read More

Lauren Bohlander '04 and Tony Kanaan Bring New "Cheerleader" to Indy 500

May 8, 2015

"It is always worth saying how much we love being here," says Lauren Bohlander. The 2004 DePauw University graduate and her husband, IndyCar driver Tony... Read More

Newspaper Recaps Congressional Testimony of Stacy Lightfoot '99

May 7, 2015

"A lot of our low income, under represented students don't plan financially for their education and they rely on federal and state funds to do that," Stacy... Read More

Stacy Lightfoot '99 to Testify Before US Senate Committee Tomorrow

May 5, 2015

Stacy C. Lightfoot, vice president of college & career success at PEF (Public Education Foundation) Chattanooga and 1999 graduate of DePauw University... Read More

FCC Fine for TV Indecency is Warranted: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 5, 2015

"The Federal Communications Commission shocked the broadcast world this spring by finally deciding to enforce a federal law that prohibits indecent content... Read More

Society of Professional Journalists Honors 14 from DePauw, Including a Dozen Students

May 4, 2015

Twelve DePauw University student journalists and two DePauw alumni were honored for their work in the Society of Professional Journalists' "Best of the... Read More

Newspaper Talks with Prof. Steve Timm About His Award-Winning Collaboration with Kyle Ham '94

May 2, 2015

"What began for Steve Timm as a play would culminate with a premiere at (Julien Dubuque International Film Festival), and it only took 20 years," writes... Read More

Sarah Grover '87 Named Chief Brand & Strategy Officer at Barfresh Food Group

May 1, 2015

Sarah A. Grover, a 1987 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed chief brand and strategy officer at Barfresh Food Group, Inc. (BRFH). She comes... Read More

J.C. Pankratz '12 is 2015 National Playwrights Conference Finalist

April 30, 2015

Joan Catherine "J.C." Pankratz, a 2012 graduate of DePauw University, is among the 60 finalists of the 2015 National Playwrights Conference of the Eugene... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Bemoans "Lowest Common Denominator Approach" to Newsgathering

April 25, 2015

"NBC’s high-profile anchor, Brian Williams, has been suspended for telling tall tales," notes Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University... Read More

Susan Dinkel '95 and WTHI Celebrate 'Outstanding News Operation' Award

April 24, 2015

"WTHI-TV has a long tradition of Leading the Way in quality, local journalism," says Susan Dinkel, the station's news director and 1995 graduate of DePauw... Read More

Market for Superhero Movies is "Oversaturated," Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Tells California Newspaper

April 22, 2015

"The Hollywood dam is about to burst and send a flood of bright, masked and caped figures into a multiplex near you for at least the next four years and... Read More

27 Members of DePauw Student Media Honored with Statewide Awards

April 22, 2015

Twenty-seven members of DePauw University's student media were presented with awards at two recent ceremonies.  Fifteen staff members of Indiana's oldest... Read More

DePauw & Local School Students Collaborate on Annual 'Spring Spectacle of Shakespeare', May 2

April 21, 2015

DePauw Theatre’s 2014-15 season closes with the annual Spring Spectacle of Shakespeare on Saturday, May 2 in Moore Theatre, located within the Green Center... Read More

Ben Solomon '10 and New York Times Colleagues Win Pulitzer Prize

April 20, 2015

Ben C. Solomon, a video journalist for the New York Times and 2010 graduate of  DePauw University, is among a team of Times staffers to be honored today... Read More

TV News Anchor Tiffany O'Donnell '91 Named COO of Iowa Women Lead Change

April 16, 2015

Tiffany O'Donnell, a 1991 graduate of DePauw University, has been named the first chief operating officer of Iowa Women Lead Change. O'Donnell, who begins... Read More

John Herrick '10 Honored by Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters

April 9, 2015

John Herrick, sports director of Chisholm Trail Broadcasting and 2010 graduate of DePauw University, has been named "Non-Metro Radio Personality of the... Read More

DePauw Theatre Stages Antigone, April 16 - 19

April 7, 2015

DePauw Theatre presents Antigone, a high-stakes drama which has been entertaining audiences for more than 2,500 years after being written by Sophocles... Read More

Disinterest of Young Americans in News "A Disturbing and Ongoing Trend," Writes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

April 4, 2015

Young people often "stumble into" news while browsing social media sites, with Facebook being the primary outlet where "accidental news absorption" takes... Read More

Mitch Brown '16, a.k.a. Kid Quill, to Perform at NCAA March Madness Music Festival

March 29, 2015

"Shelbyville native and DePauw University junior Mitch Brown, also known as Kid Quill, will perform at 3:15 p.m. Saturday on the Side Stage at the NCAA... Read More

Story on Actors' Union Includes Comments from Prof. Amy Hayes

March 29, 2015

An Indianapolis Business Journal article on the Actors’ Equity Association, the professional stage actors union, is headlined "Deciding whether to join... Read More

Award-Winning Investigative Reporter Meg Kissinger '79 Returning to DePauw as Pulliam Visiting Professor of Journalism

March 26, 2015

Meg Kissinger, investigative health reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and 2009 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, will return to her alma mater... Read More

Beth Falls '09 Joins Assurance as Employee Benefits Advisor

March 24, 2015

Beth Falls, a 2009 graduate of DePauw University, has joined Assurance, an independent insurance brokerage.  Based in the firm's Chicago office, Falls... Read More

Season One Success of Empire May Be Hard to Top: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

March 20, 2015

"Empire just wrapped its first season Wednesday night with its best ratings so far," writes Scott Collins in the Los Angeles Times. "Now comes the hard... Read More

Obama Administration's "Overall Lack of Transparency" is Troubling to Prof. Jeff McCall '76  

March 18, 2015

"This administration came into office with high expectations for the free flow of information needed in a democracy," Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication... Read More

AP Story on Role of Journalists in Investigating Crimes Quotes Retired Prof. Bob Steele '69

March 17, 2015

"Robert Durst was a rich man living free despite police efforts to link him to murder. Adnan Syed was a young man imprisoned for life for killing an ex-girlfriend... Read More

Media Obsession with Young Demographic "Misguided," Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Tells California Paper  

March 10, 2015

When it comes to television ratings, demographics trump overall audience numbers, so a show that draws large numbers of younger viewers is more attractive... Read More

Column on Social Media Comments and Free Speech Cites Prof. Jeff McCall '76

March 9, 2015

"People who feel they have been wronged through social media can take strategic action to confront those who make incendiary comments," Jeff McCall, professor... Read More

"Online Threats are Still Threats," Writes Prof. Jeff McCall '76 as SCOTUS Examines Issue

March 5, 2015

There exists, writes Jeffrey M. McCall, "a dark and demented corner of social media where posters threaten and scare individuals. This leaves law enforcement... Read More

Zombies Meet Shakespeare in DePauw Theatre's Living Dead in Denmark, March 12-15

March 3, 2015

DePauw Theatre continues its 2014-15 season with an invitation for audiences to visit a zombie-infested Shakespearean world in Living Dead in Denmark.... Read More

"Media's Sense For the Dramatic" Drives Coverage of Las Vegas Killing, Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

February 23, 2015

"The shooting in Las Vegas is sad and tragic, of course, but frankly, it doesn’t need to be on the national news agenda," says Jeff McCall, professor of... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Discusses Changes in the Cable TV Industry

February 17, 2015

"Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company, is looking to expand with its proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable," begins an Indianapolis... Read More

Ben Solomon '10 of the New York Times Wins Prestigious Polk Award

February 16, 2015

Ben C. Solomon, a video journalist for the New York Times and 2010 graduate of  DePauw University, is among the winners of the 2014 George Polk Awards... Read More

"NBC's Loss of Principles" an Even Bigger Story than Brian Williams, Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

February 13, 2015

"Once a television news anchor's credibility is lost, nothing else matters," writes Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University... Read More

Departure of Jon Stewart Leaves a Big Void at Comedy Central, Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

February 12, 2015

Jon Stewart, who on Tuesday announced he will be stepping down as host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show at the end of the year, "was clearly the tentpole... Read More

Questions About "Agenda Setter" Brian Williams are Important, Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

February 10, 2015

"NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams may have temporarily exited his seat on the evening newscast, but the debate over what he has done to the credibility... Read More

Credibility is Key When it Comes to Brian Williams and Other News Anchors: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

February 10, 2015

"Other than a news anchor’s appearance, credibility is the only thing that would make a viewer choose which newscast to watch," Jeffrey M. McCall, professor... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Examines America's "Oversized Obsession" with Sports

January 30, 2015

"Let’s remember a key fact as we prepare snacks and grab the remote to watch the Super Bowl," begins an opinion column authored by Jeffrey M. McCall, professor... Read More

Longtime Fort Wayne TV News Anchor Melissa Long '80 to Retire

January 29, 2015

Melissa Long, a 1980 DePauw University graduate who has been a television news anchor in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for more than three decades, will retire... Read More

Art Exhibition Opening in Indy to Include Talk by Prof. Jeff McCall '76

January 29, 2015

Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University, will speak at the opening reception at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery in Indianapolis... Read More

TV's Changing Distribution Model May Leave Local Stations Scrambling: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

January 23, 2015

The switch of CBS television affiliates in Indianapolis could have a ripple effect and will be watched closely by broadcasters around the nation, according... Read More

Wisconsin Baseball Team Names Parker Schwartz '15 Announcer & Media Relations Director

January 20, 2015

The Green Bay Bullfrogs, a baseball team that plays in the Northwoods League, has named Parker Schwartz, a DePauw University senior, to serve as play-by-play... Read More

Darryl Neher '88 Announces Candidacy for Mayor of Bloomington, Ind.

January 17, 2015

Darryl R. Neher, a 1988 graduate of DePauw University, is a candidate for mayor of Bloomington, Indiana.  The Thursday announcement by Neher, a Democrat... Read More

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful President David Forsell '89 "Wants to Keep Making a Difference"

January 11, 2015

"My job provides me so much overlap with my personal values," says David Forsell, president of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.  Profiled in the Indianapolis... Read More

Michele Lorbieski Anderson '99 Appointed Member of Frost Brown Todd LLC

January 7, 2015

Michele Lorbieski Anderson, a 1999 graduate of DePauw University, has been named a member of Frost Brown Todd LLC and is practicing in the litigation department... Read More

Allison Dull '12 is Marketing Manager for Convention and Visitors Bureau

January 6, 2015

Allison Dull, a 2012 graduate of DePauw University, is the new marketing manager and festival assistant at the Greater St. Charles (Illinois) Convention... Read More

NBA Player Agent Austin Brown '07 Among "Sports World's Brightest Young Stars" in Forbes

January 6, 2015

Austin D. Brown, an agent with CAA (Creative Artists Agency) Sports and a 2007 graduate of DePauw University, is listed among Forbes magazine's "30 Under... Read More