Brooke Fraser is a 2012 graduate of the University of Tennessee’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media. She is also a producer of the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. Fraser started as a page at NBC in Rockefeller Plaza in New York City and she has since found her way from there to working at the Today Show for two years to now being an integral part of the highest rated nightly news program in America. We were able to speak with Brooke about her experiences and get some advice for current students who might want to follow in her footsteps.
Miriam Kramer didn't know she wanted to be a science journalist.
A 2011 graduate of Tennessee's School of Journalism and Electronic Media, Miriam is now a senior space reporter at the new media website Mashable in New York City. She has become one of the most highly respected science journalists in America and she says she found her way into writing about the final frontier while in school at UTK. In addition to her time in Knoxville, Miriam earned a master's degree in science, health, and environmental reporting from New York University. She has had the opportunity to watch private rocket launches and was even able to take a ride on a zero gravity flight.
We spoke with Miriam about how exactly she stumbled into this unique profession.
According to the official website, The Diplomacy Lab, launched by Secretary of State John Kerry in 2013, "enables the State Department to 'course-source' research and innovation related to foreign policy by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty at universities across the country.”
Millicent’s work focused on gender-based violence in India, because she is very passionate about the rights of women and girls. She proposed using social media and other creative platforms to encourage community engagement. Her policy proposal was titled, He, for She, for Delhi.
A segment documenting the “Eyes on LaFollette” project for the PBS program, Tennessee Crossroads, has won a Mid-South Regional Emmy Award. Will Pedigo and Matthew Emigh, both former students of Professor Heller and participants in the project as students in 1999, produced the segment for Nashville station WNPT.
Recognizing the success of our recent graduates and alumni is something valued by the School of Journalism and Electronic Media. A recent 2014 graduate, Mary Catherine Suhocki, has accepted a position with the Today Show and begins this amazing opportunity on Monday, November 17. She will be working with the Today Show's social media team in the Orange Room, a well known set on the show. She joins Brooke Fraser, a 2012 graduate, who also currently holds a position at the Today Show.
Mary Catherine completed internships at WBIR-TV, and two at CNN - one in Atlanta and the other in New York. She was a recipient of the Scripps Howard Foundation Fellowship in the summer of 2013, and was an excellent student. Both Mary Catherine and Brooke were among those who went on the New York trip provided each year by Dr. Sam Swan.
According to Dr. Swan, the School of Journalism and Electronic Media has a growing number of graduates who have moved and are now working in New York.
A fundraising page has been set up for Kelly Hunt, the JEM graduate injured in Afghanistan.
The page titled "Climbing for Kelly" on YouCaring.com has met its fundraising goal, but dontations are still being accepted. The page has been set up by Kelly's friends who write this:
"Our friend, Kelly Hunt, is a Public Diplomacy Officer with the U.S. State Department. She's a great friend. She's been in Afghanistan promoting human rights and was excited to be there. On April 6, 2013, she was injured in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan and is currently in hospital in Germany in critical condition.
Kelly Hunt, a 2008 JEM graduate, was injured Saturday, April 6th in Afghanistan. According to her LinkedIn profile, she is a Public Diplomacy Officer with the U.S. Department of State.
Tue, 04/08/2013 - 3:12pm:
Kelly Hunt worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel from 2007 - 2009. The Sentinel posted this report earlier today.
Sun, 04/07/2013 - 8:54pm:
A post by Hunt's mother on Hunt's Facebook page says, "Kelly was seriously hurt in the latest suicide bombing in Afghanistan.
She had suffered a complex skull fracture and was being monitored for bleeding and pressure. Latest update within the hour has Kelly doing great. Inter-cranial pressure is low and she is responding to stimuli. She's not out of the woods yet, so please continue to keep her in your prayers."
A later post from Hunt's mom says, "Dinah Hunt Latest update: she was in surgery today to remove fragmentation from the back, legs, hand, etc. She'll be on her way to Germany soon."
Updates will be provided as information becomes available.
Photograph retrieved from Hunt's Facebook profile.
JEM graduate Zac Ellis has been named the new author of the Sports Illustrated Heisman Watch column on SI.com.
"It's called Heisman Watch, which is exactly what it sounds like: I rank the field's Heisman contenders based on each week's performances," Ellis said in an e-mail to Dr. Elizabeth Hendrickson about the column.
This Sunday's Academy Awards made an Oscar-winner of UT alumnus Rich Middlemas, who won for Best Documentary Feature. Middlemas, along with Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin, produced the documentary Undefeated, which followed a Memphis football team during their winning 2009 season and first visit to the playoffs in the school's history.
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The Society for Neuroscience, (the professional society for neurosurgeons, neurologists, and neuroscientists), has chosen Emma Macmillan as one of two students nationally for their Science Journalism Student Award, which includes an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in November to cover their annual scientific conference, under the mentorship of a noted medical-science writer. Further information about this honor and previous winners can be found here.