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Alumni Showcase

Our alumni are not afraid of taking risks and standing out. See how these alumni from the College of Information and Communications have taken their degrees to the next level.


Alumni Spotlight: Ashley Stevens

Ashley Stevens, MLIS ’11, manages the emerging archival program at the Historic Ford Estates in Michigan. 


The Conqueror Movement

Alumna Khadijah Dennis founded The Conqueror Movement which gives young, black creative and professional individuals, primarily from the Carolinas, a platform to help establish their brand.


From the schoolhouse to the White House

Josh Dawsey, a 2012 SJMC grad, is making a name for himself in the political realm. Dawsey started his career at The Wall Street Journal as a City Hall reporter, then got picked up by POLITICO to be a White House correspondent. Very recently, he was poached by The Washington Post.


Alumni Spotlight: Ron Stafford

Ron Stafford may be a recent alumnus, but he’s already applying the lessons he learned at SLIS in his work as a digitization technician. Read more about how Ron’s passion for preservation and information access is making a difference in his community.


Alumni Spotlight: Jamie Hoffman Brooks

From walking cats in New York to overseeing food photo shoots in Texas, there’s never a dull moment in Jamie Hoffman Brooks’ career. Read about how she uses her degrees from SJMC .


Alumni Spotlight: Elizabeth Cassidy West

As university archivist, Elizabeth Cassidy West specializes in bringing stories from USC’s history to life. It’s the perfect career for someone with degrees in journalism, history and library and information science.

Alumni Spotlight Suzi Roberts

Alumni Spotlight: Suzi Roberts

Suzi Roberts is proof that an SJMC education can prepare graduates for just about anything. The 2016 public relations alumna will compete in the Miss America Pageant in mid-September.

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Alumni Spotlight: Chaunté Turner

Alumna Chaunte’ (McLean) Turner has helped cover some of the biggest stories in South Carolina. But before she was executive producer at WCSC in Charleston, Turner was a broadcast student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Read about how the lessons she learned at the CIC still resonate today.

Marty Young Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight: Marty Young

For alumnus Marty Young, fun is just part of the job. Whether he’s interviewing celebrities, cracking jokes or winning broadcast awards, Young finds ways to incorporate his J-school education into nearly everything he does.

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Alumni Spotlight: Susan Lyon

Richland Library Learning Engagement Manager Susan Lyon is more than just a 2006 MLIS alumna – she’s also a 2017 Public Library Association Fellow. Lyon recently participated in a week-long leadership development program with other library leaders from across the nation.


Alum captures the Falcons in action

Kara Durrette, '10 journalism, showcases the Atlanta Falcons and uses all aspects of her Carolina education as the team's digital media producer.


MMC alumna wins top prize in ChooseATL Ultimate Job Interview Contest

After a rigorous social media campaign, interview, trip to Atlanta and televised competition, a School of Journalism and Mass Communications graduate won a $10,000 cash prize and the opportunity to interview with some of Atlanta's biggest companies.


Alumna credit her programs of study for confidence, success

An undergraduate degree in information science prepared Ashley Griffith for her current job and to excel in the master's program at the School of Library and Information Science. She's passionate about her career and her programs of study.


Managing the mayor

Lauren Harper, a 2016 public relations major, now works full time with the mayor of Columbia as his policy and communications advisor. See how her experiences at USC led to success in the work force and more.


McCue named 2016 Outstanding Librarian in S.C.

Alumna Heather McCue was recognized by the South Carolina Library Association for her outstanding service to the community. McCue says the recognition encourages her to "dream bigger." 


Alumni Spotlight: Mandy Malone

Pete the Cat is one cool cat, and so is Katie (Mandy Malone. The 2013 MLIS alumna works as a technical services specialist at the Williamsburg Regional Library in Williamsburg, Va. From dressing as the famous feline children's book character to cataloging materials, see how Malone uses skills she learned through in the School of Library and Information Science.


Alumni Spotlight: Desiree Murphy

Desiree Murphy graduated in 2011 with a journalism degree. As a writer/reporter for ETonline and Entertainment Tonight, rubbing elbows with celebrities is all in a day’s work. She credits her professors at the CIC— as well as her experience on the InterCom staff —for preparing her for the fast-paced world of entertainment news.


Michael LaForgia: Investigative journalism is not dead

Former Daily Gamecock editor and Pulitzer Prize-winner Micheal LaForgia exhorted young journalists attending the Buchheit Lecture to carry the mantle of investigative journalism forward, in spite of skeptics who believe the industry is dying. 


Alumni Spotlight: Tobias Brasier

Tobias Brasier, MLIS, 1994, is the director of web services for the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is passionate about web redesign and is putting his degree to use through a variety of projects for the law school and the Coleman Karesh Law Library. Through his many endeavors, Brasier illustrates just how versatile an MLIS can be.


Alumni Spotlight: Karen McMullen

Karen McMullen is a 1994 MLIS graduate. In addition to working as head of access services for the USC School of Medicine Library, Karen also finds time to make a difference in her community.


Madisyn Kellough: SE Emmy Winner

Madisyn Kellough, who graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2015 with a broadcast journalism degree, won a Southeast Emmy from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.


Mark Slice: Lights, camera, audio

The tradition of the USC football team entering in to "2001" works successfully in part to School of Journalism and Mass Communication graduate Mark Slice, the associate director of live operations and engineering for USC athletics. 


Free to Be

Vicky Free's office at BET Networks offers an enviable view of Midtown Manhattan, but the Spartanburg native and 1992 journalism graduate didn't come to New York to enjoy the view. As the international media company's executive vice president of marketing and chief marketing officer, she's there to do business and get things done.


Joy Callaway

Joy Callaway is a 2009 MMC graduate. Her novel, The Fifth Avenue Artists Society, was recently published by HarperCollins. See how her experience at the CIC has shaped her career today.


The perfect marriage

For Tamara King, two things have been major players in her life since day one — community and books. She finally found a way to work both into her career. 

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From the classroom to the newsroom

M.M.C. student Jennifer Blencowe credits her USC graduate education for helping her land her first job in a television newsroom. 

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John O'Hara: Spotlight on sales

What do Ellen, TMZ and the Big Bang Theory have in common? They are sales properties managed by John O’Hara, a 1982 graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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Baby showers and master's degrees at Davis College

The last thing one may associate with Davis College and the School of Library and Information Science is a baby shower. But that is one of many fond memories for Cecilia and Josh Hem Lee, who both earned Master of Library and Information Science degrees.


Words for the world

Laura Griner's never been to Afghanistan. She doesn't speak Dari or Pashto but the University of South Carolina graduate is hoping to bring a little peace to the country, one children's book at a time.

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PR alum opens the door for others

Stephen Brown’s parents joke that his first words were Bi-Lo and Sears. As a young child, he sang advertising jingles and could recognize a company’s logo. A pop culture fanatic, he would memorize the HBO guide and recite movie reviews for kindergarten show-and-tell.