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Margaret Magnarelli (BSJ99, MSJ99)

Margaret Magnarelli accepted a new role as head of marketing and communications at Baldor Specialty Foods, the largest supplier of produce, meat and specialty foods from Maine to Virginia. She was previously executive director of digital strategy at Morgan Stanley.

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Craig Nakano (BSJ93)

Craig Nakano was named the Los Angeles Times’ assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment. Previously he was deputy entertainment editor and, before that, arts editor. He lives in Long Beach, CA, with his husband, Todd Henneman (Medill ’93), and their son, Gus.

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Patrick Harwood (MSJ90)

Patrick Harwood has published his fifth book, “Stories from the Underground: The Churchyards of Charleston.” (BirdsEyeViews Publications). The book examines Charleston, S.C.’s rich, diverse and interesting history through the prism of its religious burial grounds. Harwood is a communication professor at South Carolina State University. For more information, visit mybirdseyeviews.blogspot.com

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Kesha Boyce Williams (BSJ96)

Kesha Boyce Williams has joined the University of South Carolina Upstate as the new vice chancellor for marketing and strategic communications. In her new role, she provides strategic leadership to the USC Upstate marketing and communications team and foster a spirit of collaboration.

Before this position, Williams served for nine years as the public information director for Clemson University, where she developed and implemented strategies for marketing, communications, and social media content.

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Bridget Haggerty (IMC95)

Bridget Haggerty (IMC95) has been named vice president of advancement at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI.

Since joining Carthage in 2016, Bridget has elevated and helped launch various campus initiatives. She has reinvigorated the President’s Leadership Council, evolved Carthage’s donor recognition programs into a Leaders in Philanthropy program valuing committed donors at every level, and developed significant donor engagement programs including the 75 Years of Black Excellence and pre-health programs. Thanks to her efforts, Carthage established the Wiggan-Kinniebrew Black Alumni Network, which has yielded over $1 million in donations for equity and inclusion initiatives in three years.

In addition, Bridget’s efforts have brought several new members to the Board of Trustees. She has been a vital partner in recruiting alumni and parents in support of the College and has developed strong, collaborative relationships with faculty and staff across campus.

Bridget lives in the Third Ward in Milwaukee, WI.

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Pradnya Joshi (BSJ93, MSJ93)

Pradnya Joshi (BSJ93 and MSJ93) has joined The Washington Post in the newly created role of National Weekend Editor. She focuses on breaking news stories and ensuring that the weekend report is vital and engaging. She previously worked for nearly five years at Politico and worked for The New York Times for 11 years in various editing roles.

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Patrick Gallagher (IMC94)

Patrick Gallagher and his wife recently purchased Grand Craft Boats, builder of handcrafted mahogany wooden boats that attract celebrities and classic boat enthusiasts alike. Within the first year, Patrick, serving as President and CEO, moved production from Holland, Michigan to Genoa City, Wisconsin with a vision to grow the company.

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Benoit Denizet-Lewis (BSJ97)

Benoit Denizet-Lewis, an associate professor at Emerson College and a longtime contributing writer with The New York Times Magazine, was awarded a 2022 New America fellowship. He will work on a new book, “We Don’t Know You Anymore,” about people who experience significant shifts to an identity or belief system.

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Gregor Gilliom (MSJ90)

Gregor Gilliom (MSJ ’90) is owner and editorial director of Versatile Words (www.versatilewords.com), a writing and content strategy practice that serves countless regional and national brands, including NetJets, Nationwide, JPMorganChase, and Target. Founded in 2005, Versatile Words has won dozens of awards for copywriting and creative collaboration, and Gregor recently received the Ed Grauer Leadership Award, the highest honor given by Columbus Society of Communication Arts, the region’s leading creative industry organization.

Prior to his work with Versatile Words, he worked for eight years in magazine editorial, including titles based in Chicago, San Francisco, Madison, and Columbus, Ohio, where he served as founding editor of Columbus CEO magazine. He and his family live in Upper Arlington, a suburb of Columbus.

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Joanne C. Gersnter (MSJ95)

Joanne C. Gerstner was elected to the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame, for its 2021 class. She joins the two other female sports media already elected to the Hall, and she is the first female sports writer. She is being honored for her award-winning career and leadership to advocate and promote women in sports media.