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Matthew DeFour (BSJ03, MSJ04)

Matthew DeFour was named the 2020 Wisconsin Watchdog of the Year by Wisconsin Watch, the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, the Wisconsin Newspapers Association, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The award was in recognition of his in-depth investigative and watchdog enterprise reporting that prompted change at all levels of government, The award ceremony was delayed two years due to COVID.

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Kataryna Lyson DeLisle (BSJ01)

After 17 years of practicing law, Kataryna Lyson DeLisle has joined Radio Free Asia (RFA) as it General Counsel. At RFA, DeLisle will manage overall legal affairs relating to the company’s governance, employment, global operations, and contracts, in addition to serving as Secretary to RFA’s Board of Directors.

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Matt Repchak (BSJ05)

Matt was recently named Chief Marketing Officer of Florida Citrus Sports. The Orlando-based nonprofit is best known for organizing college football’s annual Vrbo Citrus Bowl, which the Wildcat football team won at the end of the 2020 season.

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Dr. Pritish Behuria (BSJ05)

Dr. Pritish Behuria is currently a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Politics, Governance and Development at The University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute.

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Vanessa Nichols Glavinskas (MSJ05)

Vanessa recently took a job with the Environmental Defense Fund as a staff writer. She looks forward to helping EDF tell stories about the most critical issue of our time: climate change.

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Pritish Behuria (BSJ05)

Dr. Pritish Behuria is currently a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Politics, Governance and Development at The University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute.

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Vivek Shankar (MSJ04)

Vivek has joined The New York Times as a senior staff editor and will be based at the newspaper’s Asia hub in Seoul. He will work closely with the news and Live operations, assigning, editing and writing. He goes to the Times after almost 17 years at Bloomberg News, where he covered companies, markets and governments from postings in Washington, Sydney and San Francisco.

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Kristin Thorne (MSJ05)

Kristin Thorne was recently promoted to Investigative Reporter at the nation’s #1 local news station – WABC-TV Channel 7 Eyewitness News in New York. She is the creator, writer, producer and reporter of a new True crime series called “Missing.” In it, she investigates the disappearances of people from New York City. The show will premiere on Hulu this year and is already available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and at ABC7NY.com.

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Kathleen Lopez (BSJ03)

Kathleen Lopez (BSJ03) has been promoted to Partner at Weaver Schlenger LLP, a women-owned business immigration law firm based in San Francisco. Weaver Schlenger is excited to recognize Lopez’s extensive legal expertise, success in client management and contributions to the firm. Lopez brings her previous experience as a journalist to discern pertinent facts, tell compelling stories and advocate on behalf of her clients.

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Emily Glazer (BSJ10) and Deepa Seetharaman (BSJ08)

A Wall Street Journal reporting team with Medill alumni Deepa Seetharaman (BSJ08) and Emily Glazer (BSJ10) won a 2021 George Polk Award for Business Reporting for their series “Facebook Files.”

Long Island University gave further insight into the selection:

“Reporter Jeff Horwitz and the staff of the Wall Street Journal have won the Business Reporting award for “Facebook Files,” an explosive series documenting how Facebook (now Meta) ignored internal findings that company practices promoted anger, divisiveness and extremism; protected drug cartels, human traffickers and dictators; and endangered teenage girls susceptible to body-image concerns, anxiety and depression. Files Horwitz obtained from a whistleblower demonstrated that top executives rejected fixes they feared might reduce profitability or create political friction.”