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Kid Quill (Mitch Brown '16) Launches New Tour & Album, Sunset Diner

September 9, 2019

"Yacht rock meets hip-hop on one of the most popular songs released by an Indianapolis musician this year," reports the Indianapolis Star. "Kid Quill built… Read More

Founder Bill Rasmussen '54 Joins in the Celebration of ESPN's Sign-On, 40 Years Ago Today

September 7, 2019

"Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of ESPN’s first telecast, an edition of SportsCenter taped from the network’s Bristol studios," reports today's Hartford… Read More

Stan Zabka '49, Who "Helped Shape Golden Age", Reflects on Life in TV, Music and Movies 

September 3, 2019

Stan Zabka enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 19 and, after serving in World War II, "attended Indiana’s DePauw University and earned a Bachelor of Arts… Read More

Free Speech is in Short Supply on American College Campuses, Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

September 2, 2019

"Common gumption would dictate that colleges and universities foster environments that promote 'free and open inquiry in all matters,' and guarantee 'the… Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Examines the "Dark Side" of Social Media

August 29, 2019

"A lot of good things happen on social media, but there is also a dark side," Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University, said… Read More

Bill Rasmussen '54 to Appear on SportsCenter Special: ESPN's 40

August 28, 2019

"ESPN hit the airwaves September 7, 1979," notes the cable sports network's website. "To commemorate its 40th anniversary, SportsCenter Special: ESPN's… Read More

Drew Powell '98 Calls Andrew Luck "A Guy You Can Really Look Up To"

August 27, 2019

"It was so easy for me to say to my son, Leo, like, 'There's a guy you can really look up to'," actor Drew Powell says of Andrew Luck, the quarterback… Read More

The Society of Professional Journalists Returns to "Hallowed Ground" to Celebrate 110 Year Anniversary

August 23, 2019

"We are sitting and standing on what is hallowed ground for a vital part of our republic and our world -- the pursuit of truth," said Ken Owen '82, special… Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 to Join in Monday 'Community Conversation' About Social Media

August 22, 2019

"Social media networks have swarmed over American culture, bringing both new opportunities and numerous drawbacks," notes an article in Greencastle's … Read More

You're Invited to Friday Ceremony Marking the Society of Professional Journalists' 110th Year

August 20, 2019

A brief ceremony will take place this Friday, August 23, to mark the 110th anniversary of the Society of Professional Journalists -- the nation's largest… Read More

Gregory Lippert '77 Named President & CEO of Willie's Restaurants

August 20, 2019

Gregory R. Lippert, a 1977 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Willie's Restaurants. Based in Houston… Read More

41 Years Ago Today, Bill & Scott Rasmussen ('54 & '86) Had an Idea That Became ESPN

August 16, 2019

"On August 16, 1978, Bill Rasmussen was stuck in traffic on a sweltering I-84 in Waterbury, Conn, and stuck for an idea on how to fully utilize the satellite… Read More

Award-Winning Journalist Ben Solomon '10 is Frontline's' First Abrams Filmmaker-in-Residence

August 12, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winning video journalist Ben C. Solomon, a 2010 graduate of DePauw University, has joined PBS's Frontline as the series' first Abrams Filmmaker-in-Residence… Read More

Reporter Robert Sherman '18 Gets Shout-Out on Network Morning News Program

August 6, 2019

"The reporter who did this, Robert Sherman of our CBS 42 station in Birmingham, said, 'Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can inspire a… Read More

Erin O'Brien '15 Joins Economic Development Effort as Communications Specialist

August 3, 2019

Erin O'Brien, 9 p.m. news anchor at KXLT/Fox 47 in Rochester, Minnesota, and 2015 graduate of DePauw University, is leaving the world of television news… Read More

ESPN Founder Bill Rasmussen '54 Reveals "New Chapter" and Calls for "Enthusiastic Effort" to Tackle Parkinson's Disease

July 15, 2019

"I’m a positive guy," Bill Rasmussen, founder of ESPN and 1954 graduate of DePauw University, writes today for the network's website. In an open letter… Read More

"Information Chaos" is a Disservice to American Citizens, Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

July 13, 2019

According to Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication (media studies) at DePauw University, "in the 21st Century, the role and effectiveness of the… Read More

Dominic Miranda '19 Joins WTHI News Team

July 11, 2019

Dominic Miranda, a May 2019 graduate of DePauw University, has joined WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, Indiana, as a multimedia journalist. A communication major… Read More

Grace Kestler '12 Selected to Participate in Panel at Young Democrats of America National Convention

July 10, 2019

Grace Kestler, a 2012 graduate of DePauw University, "will address a room full of young Democrats later this month," reports Indiana's Columbus Republic… Read More

"Fake News is Not Going Away," Writes Prof. Jeff McCall '76 in The Hill

June 29, 2019

"News consumers need to stop feeling all helpless in dealing with fake news," writes Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University… Read More

NBA All-Star VP Dianna Boyce '88 Caught the Volunteering Bug as a DePauw Student

June 28, 2019

Dianna Boyce, a 1988 graduate of DePauw University who was recently named vice president of 2021 NBA All-Star, Inc., "got her start volunteering when she… Read More

Edward R. Murrow Award Goes to Student Journalism Project That Included '19 Grads Tilly Marlatt & Brooks Hepp

June 18, 2019

A journalism project that included 2019 DePauw University graduates Brooks Hepp and Tilly Marlatt has won the Student Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence… Read More

Dianna Boyce '88 is VP of 2021 NBA All-Star Weekend

June 18, 2019

Dianna Boyce, a 1988 graduate of DePauw University, has been named vice president of 2021 NBA All-Star, Inc. "Boyce most recently served as senior director… Read More

When it Comes to "Cleaning Up" Social Media, Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Writes, "Good Luck With That"

June 17, 2019

"Social media giants have responded to mounting pressure from politicians and activist groups," writes Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at… Read More

Lynn Demos '11 Joins Charleston Regional Development Alliance

June 10, 2019

Lynn Demos, a 2011 graduate of DePauw University, has joined the Charleston (South Carolina) Regional Development Alliance as business development coordinator… Read More

"Imperiled" Journalism Industry Faces Yet Another Challenge: Finding Workers, Observes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

June 3, 2019

"American citizens concerned about the current condition of the journalism industry will soon have more to worry about," writes Jeffrey M. McCall in The… Read More

Sportscaster Nate Ryan '17 Joins El Paso's KVIA-TV

June 2, 2019

Nate Ryan, a 2017 graduate of DePauw University, is the new weekend sports anchor/reporter at El Paso, Texas ABC affiliate KVIA-TV.  He begins his duties… Read More

Agent Austin Brown '07 to Represent Top NBA Prospect Zion Williamson

May 31, 2019

"Duke's Zion Williamson -- one of the most anticipated NBA Draft prospects in a generation -- has signed with CAA Sports," reports ESPN.com. "CAA basketball… Read More

Noah Droddy '13 Featured in Spot for California Race

May 25, 2019

"We're running at sundown this year, an event you don't want to miss," says Noah Droddy, professional runner and 2013 graduate of DePauw University, in… Read More

Grace Kestler '12 Receives 'Women in Leadership' Award

May 14, 2019

Grace Kestler, a 2012 graduate of DePauw University, is one of four 2019 Women in Leadership honorees as selected by the Columbus, Indiana Chamber of Commerce… Read More

It's Time for the FCC to Address "A Continued Coarsening of Television Content": Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 10, 2019

"The Federal Communications Commission has the opportunity to address a sham that has been foisted on television viewers for over two decades," begins… Read More

Mandy Levy '05 "Thrilled" by Attention Her Book Receives

April 29, 2019

"I'm thrilled," Mandy Levy, the 2005 DePauw University graduate who authored Calorie Accounting: the Foolproof Diet-by-Numbers Plan for a Skinnier New… Read More

Prof. Jennifer Adams Talks with TV Station After Witnessing Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral

April 17, 2019

"Even though it's more than 4,000 miles away, Hoosiers visiting Paris and others living abroad are feeling the impact from the heartbreaking images of… Read More

DePauw Student Journalists Receive Five Regional SPJ Awards

April 12, 2019

Eight DePauw University student journalists collected five honors -- including three first-place recognitions -- at the 2018 Region 5 Mark of Excellence… Read More

TV Station Spotlights WGRE, USA's First Noncommercial FM Station, As it Celebrates 70th Anniversary

April 9, 2019

"WGRE on DePauw University's campus is the oldest college radio station in the country," reported Indianapolis station WISH-TV during its Daybreak broadcast… Read More

Greg Gelzinnis '84 Leading Missouri's Northwest Chamber of Commerce

April 5, 2019

Greg Gelzinnis, a 1984 graduate of DePauw University, is the new president and CEO of the Northwest Chamber of Commerce. Based in Woodson Terrace, Missouri… Read More

DePauw's WGRE to Celebrate its 70th Anniversary This Weekend

April 3, 2019

"DePauw University radio station WGRE (91.5 FM) is celebrating its 70th birthday this month," reports the Banner-Graphic of Greencastle. "WGRE signed on… Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Chastises "Hair-on-Fire Coverage" of Mueller Investigation

March 27, 2019

"An old saw in the journalism industry advises reporters to go only where the facts lead," begins an op-ed column by Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication… Read More

Prof. Kevin Howley Contributes Essay to Aliens in Popular Culture: A Guide to Visitors from Outer Space

March 24, 2019

Kevin Howley, professor of communication at DePauw University, contributes an essay to the new book, Aliens in Popular Culture: A Guide to Visitors from… Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Cited in NPR Report on Lilly Singh's Move to Network TV

March 18, 2019

"NBC just announced that YouTube star Lilly Singh will replace the time-slot currently filled by Carson Daly, whose late-night show has been going for… Read More

Saint Frances, Directed by Alex Thompson '12, Recognized as "Breakthrough Voice" at SXSW Film Festival

March 16, 2019

Alex Thompson, a 2012 DePauw University graduate whose new film, Saint Frances, is having its world premiere at the SXSW Festival, is among those cited… Read More

Buffalo Bills Assistant GM Joe Schoen '01 Took DePauw Internship to NFL Career

March 4, 2019

Joe Schoen, assistant general manager of the National Football League's Buffalo Bills, "played quarterback as a freshman at Indiana’s DePauw University… Read More

Caroline Torie '13 Begins Anchoring Weekend Evening News at South Bend CBS Affiliate

March 2, 2019

Caroline Torie, a 2013 graduate of DePauw University, has been promoted to weekend evening news co-anchor at South Bend, Indiana CBS affiliate WSBT-TV… Read More

Jordan Dillon '05 Joins the Plaid Agency

February 28, 2019

Jordan Dillon, a 2005 graduate of DePauw University, has joined the Plaid Agency in Carmel, Indiana, as account executive.  The company is a full-service… Read More

Radio Conversation on Fact-Checking News Items on Social Media Includes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

February 26, 2019

"Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the task of weeding through Facebook and picking out false news stories is too large a task for one company to handle… Read More

Modern Political Debates are "Fake, Soundbite Exchanges," Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

February 25, 2019

Plans by Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez to hold 12 debates involving his party's 2020 presidential candidates lead Jeffrey M. McCall… Read More

Prof. Kevin Howley Discusses Impact of Oscars Telecast with Washington Times

February 22, 2019

Box office receipts are up, but television ratings for the Academy Awards have been declining, notes the Washington Times in a preview of Sunday's annual… Read More

Taryn Owens '13 Joins Board of Decatur County United Fund

February 21, 2019

Taryn Owens, a 2013 graduate of DePauw University, has joined the board of directors of Indiana's Decatur County United Fund. A native of Decatur County… Read More

Actor Drew Powell '98 to Address DePauw's Class of 2019 at Commencement, May 19

February 20, 2019

Drew Powell, an actor and 1998 DePauw University graduate who is best known for four seasons as a character on Fox's hit series Gotham, will provide the… Read More

Jeff Bezos Battle Only Adds to National Enquirer's Challenges, Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

February 13, 2019

"Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos alleged that the National Enquirer tried to extort him, and the billionaire’s backlash over the alleged blackmail… Read More

Prof. Gloria Townsend, Katie Birge '08 & Three Alumni-Led Companies are Nominees for "Best of Tech in Indiana"

February 12, 2019

Gloria Childress Townsend, professor of computer science and chair of the department at DePauw University, is a nominee for the 20th annual TechPoint Mira… Read More

"One-Off Commercial" Isn't Enough to Bolster Journalism's Reputation: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

February 9, 2019

"The Washington Post jumped into a parade of beer and snack commercials during the Super Bowl with its own sixty second advertisement designed to underscore… Read More

Judge Shea Nickell '81 Seeks Kentucky Supreme Court Seat

February 5, 2019

Shea Nickell, a judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals and 1981 graduate of DePauw University, has filed to run for a vacant seat on the Kentucky Supreme… Read More

Robert Weiss, DePauw Debate Coach & Speech/Communication Professor for 40+ Years, Dies at Age 92

February 1, 2019

Robert O. Weiss, professor emeritus of communication at DePauw University and a member of the faculty for 42 years, died yesterday in Greencastle. He was… Read More

Student Journalists Peter Nicieja '20 & Katie Hunger '21 to Join in Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigation into Disaster Recovery

January 23, 2019

Two DePauw University undergraduates -- junior Peter Nicieja and sophomore Katlyn Hunger -- are among 24 students from 19 college journalism programs across… Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Writes of "The Impossibility That Reporters Can Magically Create an Exact Copy of Reality"

January 17, 2019

Writing of so-called "fake news" for The Hill, DePauw University Professor Jeffrey M. McCall states, "The citizenry must sort journalistic fairness out… Read More

Bret Baier '92 Signs New Multi-Year Contract with Fox News Channel

January 8, 2019

Bret Baier, the 1992 DePauw University graduate who is anchor and executive editor of Fox News Channel's Special Report and the network's chief political… Read More

Challenges Facing CBS News Analyzed by Media Studies Prof. Jeff McCall '76

January 8, 2019

The move by CBS News to make veteran producer Susan Zirinsky the president of the division "makes sense on several levels," according to DePauw University's… Read More

120WaterAudit, Founded by Megan Glover '04, Chosen For Global Accelerator

January 6, 2019

120WaterAudit, an Indiana company founded and led by 2004 graduate of DePauw University graduate Megan Glover, "has been selected for a global accelerator… Read More

Southern California Radio Station Talks with Prof. Jeff McCall '76 About Study of Media Bias

January 3, 2019

"Americans might think the news is growing more biased, but the news consumer might want to take a look in the mirror," notes Southern California's KPCC… Read More

Dangers and Difficulties of Journalism are Examined in Column by Prof. Jeff McCall '76

January 3, 2019

"A societal commitment to the free flow of information has long been a hallmark of civilized and citizen-focused nations," begins a column for The Hill… Read More

Keira Amstutz '91 and Molly Chavers '98 Appointed to Indianapolis Bicentennial Commission

January 2, 2019

Two DePauw University graduates -- Keira Amstutz '91 and Molly Chavers '98 -- are part of a "a nine-member bipartisan commission [that] will lead the planning… Read More

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