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Collin Hansen (BSJ03)

Collin Hansen was promoted in January 2021 to vice president of content and editor in chief of The Gospel Coalition (TGC), one of the largest Christian websites in the world. This year he also published Gospelbound: Living with Resolute Hope in an Anxious Age (Multnomah), written with TGC senior writer Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra (MSJ05).

His Gospelbound podcast in April 2021 featured an interview with Northwestern President Morton Schapiro and Gary Saul Morson, Lawrence B. Dumas Professor of the Arts and Humanities. In January 2022 he will begin teaching cultural apologetics as an adjunct professor at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

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John Eligon (BSJ04)

John Eligon was named Johannesburg Bureau Chief for the New York Times. Eligon had been working as a national correspondent covering race and inequality in the United States.

Eligon joined The Times in 2005 and spent his first two years on Sports before going to Metro, where he helped cover the trial of Brooke Astor’s son and the sexual assault investigation into Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

In 2012, he went to Kansas City to cover the Midwest and arrived in the middle of a drought. When Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 and the Black Lives Matter movement thrust issues of race and inequity to the front of the national conversation, his beat transitioned from covering the region to covering race in America.

“John is a brilliant and generous colleague who spots good stories everywhere,” said Jia Lynn Yang, the NYT National editor. “He has practically moved to Minneapolis to produce one powerful story after another on the reverberations of George Floyd’s killing. John’s stories are special, and readers of International are in for a real treat.”

Source: NYT announcement

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Stephanie Anton (IMC01)

 Stephanie Anton, President of Luxury Portfolio International, was selected for Forbes Real Estate Council, an invitation-only community for executives in the real estate industry. Anton was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of her experience, her track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, and her personal and professional achievements and honors. LPI is the luxury marketing division of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, the largest global network of premier locally branded firms dominated by many of the world’s most powerful, independent luxury brands.

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Kris Vera-Phillips (MSJ05)

Kris Vera-Phillips was elected Vice President of Journalism Programs for the Asian American Journalists Association. She previously served as an advisory board member, representing the San Diego Chapter. During her term, Kris will help lead AAJA’s professional training and programs aimed at helping Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists advance as news managers and media executives. She will also help support and raise up AAPI students who aspire to be the next generation of journalists.

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Dani Carlson (BSJ06)

Dani Carlson, director of communications and digital strategy for The Center for Community Solutions, a Cleveland-based nonprofit think tank, launched a health and human services journalism grant for reporters in Northeast Ohio. Five journalists received grant funding, and the first piece funded by the grant was published in one of the final editions of daily Ohio newspaper The Youngstown Vindicator. Before joining the nonprofit, Carlson spent 12 years as a television reporter in markets across the country.

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Jennifer Trammell (BSJ10)

Jennifer Trammell has been named the first Managing Director of the NextGen Speaker Series, based in Naples, Fla. The NextGen Speaker Series was created to foster leadership, mentorship, empowerment, and philanthropy. Trammell will expand the platform with an online learning portal where members can access key insights from world renowned entrepreneurs and business leaders.

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Evan Hill (BSJ07)

Evan Hill, a member of the New York Times Visual Investigations team, was lead reporter on an investigation into the Russian bombing of Syrian civilians that won a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting on May 4 and a George Polk Award for international reporting on February 19. The Pulitzer jury recognized the Visual Investigations team for two stories that proved, for the first time, that the Russian Air Force was responsible for a series of attacks on hospitals and other civilian sites in opposition-held Syria. The investigation has been cited during a United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria and during a congressional hearing on protecting civilians during armed conflict. Hill and his team relied on traditional reporting, contacting dozens of sources, and new open source techniques, such as geolocation and metadata, to carry out their investigation.

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Bill Healy (MSJ09)

Bill Healy (MSJ09) and Alison Flowers (MSJ09) met while studying at Medill. They recently co-produced a 7-part investigative podcast called “Somebody” for the Invisible Institute, The Intercept, Topic Studios and iHeartMedia. The podcast follows the story of Courtney Copeland, who was shot and killed in Chicago in 2016. “Somebody” is narrated by Copeland’s mother, who believes police are hiding something about his death. The series explores questions of police accountability and public trust.

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Dani Friedland (MSJ10)

Dani Friedland is the new Director of Marketing Communications for The American Institute of Steel Construction.

She and her team are responsible for telling the story of America’s remarkable structural steel industry and the passionate people who work in the fields of architecture, engineering, steel fabrication, and construction. Although their expertise varies, these people have one thing in common: They will leave a legacy in steel.

AISC is a nonpartisan not-for-profit trade institute and industry association, founded in 1921, that strives to increase the market share of domestically fabricated structural steel.

Friedland joined AISC last year after nine years in B2B magazine publishing, where she held editorial, new media, and editorial tech roles. She briefly returned to Medill as an adjunct lecturer in 2018 and had an absolute blast working with the next generation of dedicated journalists.

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Todd Johnson (BSJ08, MSJ09)

Todd Johnson has been hired as Chief Content Officer of The Grio, a leading news and entertainment site dedicated to providing African-American audiences with compelling stories and perspectives. Johnson first joined theGrio.com shortly after it launched in August, 2009, as a video journalist and reporter. Johnson was eventually promoted to Managing Editor, helping guide the news site through multiple transitions before it was acquired by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios in 2016. Prior to his return to The Grio as Chief Content Officer, Johnson served as Editorial Director of NBCBLK, a division of NBC News Digital. Johnson will be responsible for elevating The Grio’s voice and branding, its overall editorial strategy and growing its audience.