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USA Today's Robert Klemko Moves to Sports Illustrated

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USA Today Sports Writer and Merrill College alum Robert Klemko will begin reporting for Sports Illustrated in late April, 2013. He will be based in Chicago covering teams in the midwest for Peter King's new NFL website. (Photo courtesy USA Today)

King's announcement: "Klemko, 25, went to Robert Morris University to play tight end for football coach Joe Walton -- until a torn labrum in his freshman year ended that quest. He transferred to Maryland and did the journalism thing in college, working at local papers and sites until USA Today hired him last August to cover the NFL. This impacted me: I was at Joe Flacco's family party post-Super Bowl in February, gathering stuff for my Sports Illustrated game story, and suddenly I saw Robert. Then, an insightful story shows up on while I'm still writing at 6 in the morning. Looking forward to seeing Robert mine some more news for us."


Arelis Hernandez '09 Wins Freedom Forum/ASNE Award for Distinguished Writing on Diversity

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Alumnae Arelis Hernandez along with two colleagues at the Orlando Sentinel win this award for their 2012 series that focused on race releations tied to the Trayvon Martin case. The award announcement says, "Their multi-platform series not only tackles the history of race relations, but also delves into the complexity of ethnicity and race in order to shatter stereotypical myths. The reporters and editors accomplished this under tough conditions -- a tragic shooting that went viral internationally." In the shadow of Race Series: Trayvon Martin Case

Sara Zailskas Walsh '02 named Senior Analyst at United Airlines

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Sara Walsh '02 recently started a new job as Senior Analyst-User Experience Content Strategy with United Airlines. She will be advising the content decisions as the airline overhauls its digital consumer touch points to ensure that what they offer is valuable to the consumer, makes for a good user experience, and delivers on the company's business goals. Although it is a jump from the journalism field, Walsh knows that her editorial and journalism background prior to becoming a content strategist -- she has copy editing, writing, editing and management experience in newspapers and trade publishing (print and digital) -- is one of the reasons she was hired and plays into her day-to-day content strategy work. She is excited to get back into the travel industry. 

Curtis Eichelberger '90 publishes book about religion in the NFL

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Curtis Eichelberger's first book, Men of Sunday, will be available in book stores starting on August 28. The book, published by Thomas Nelson in Nashville, is about the role religious faith plays in the lives of NFL players, coaches and their family members. An excerpt of the book will run in the September 2 edition of Parade magazine.

Eichelberger joined Bloomberg News as the NFL at-large writer in 1998 and is now a sports business/enterprise reporter for the company. He supplemented his undergraduate degree in journalism from Merrill College with a masters in journalism from Georgetown University in 2009.

Doug Ward, PhD '96 wins award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year at AEJMC

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Doug Ward, PhD '96 will be receive a $10,000 award given to the outstanding teacher of the year at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference in Chicago on Thursday, August 9th. The dissertation that Dr. Ward completed at Merrill College won a prize in the annual competition of the American Journalism Historians Association and has since been published as a book. After graduating, Dr. Ward became a staff editor for the New York Times and he is currently the Budig Professor of Writing at the Kansas University School of Journalism