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Bonnie Bernstein '92 moderates Title IX panel discussion at the White House

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 Merrill College alumna and member of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism advisory board Bonnie Bernstein '92 moderated a panel discussion at the White House on June 20 on "Intergenerational Views on the Impact of Title IX in Athletics." The panel, which featured Billie Jean King and WNBA President Laurel J. Richie, was part of an event hosted by the Council on Women and Girls marking the 40th Anniversary of Title IX. Bernstein is an ESPN broadcaster and was a four-time Academic All-American gymnast while at the University of Maryland. 

Lori Beecher '87 is Merrill College Distinguished Alumna of 2012

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Lori's career in television news began during her senior year at Maryland when she was hired to work full-time on "Nightline" at ABC News. After seven years at "Nightline" and "Good Morning America", Lori went to NBC News. After a year as an associate producer for "NOW with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric", Lori spent the next twelve years working with Katie Couric as editorial producer for the "Today" show and at "Dateline NBC". In 2006, Lori moved with Couric to CBS News where she was a producer for the "CBS Evening News" and for "60 Minutes". Now working on Couric’s upcoming syndicated talk show, "Katie", Lori is the recipient of News and Documentary Emmy Awards as well as the Alfred I. DuPont Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.

Abby Brownback, MJ '10 married to Eric Teetsel on New Year's Eve

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Abby Brownback, MJ '10 at her New Year's Eve wedding in Topeka, Kansas with Merrill classmates Alex Pyles, MJ '11 and Shannon Hoffman, MJ '11. Abby is an education reporter for The Gazette, a weekly newspaper in Prince George’s County (Md.). 


Ellyn J. Pollack, MA '84 elected to the PRSA College of Fellows

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Ellyn J. Pollack, MA '84 was elected to The Public Relations Society of America's (PRSA) prestigious College of Fellows. She will be inducted with the 2011 Fellows candidates at a ceremony on October 15, 2011. 

Pollack is a health communications consultant and principal of Pollack Communications. She has worked for the National Institute of Health (NIH) for more than 18 years, serving for 11 of those years as Communications Director for the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health. With her election to the College of Fellows, she is being honored for the leadership, vision and strategy she provided to women's health and her health education campaigns, which are customized to reach people of multiple racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. 


Jenifer Gee '06 promoted to Editor of the Auburn Journal

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Jenifer Gee '06 was recently selected to be the Editor of the Auburn Journal, a six-day-a-week newspaper in Auburn, California. Gee's promotion is a reflection of her inquisitive, community-minded, and accurate reporting of local news and featured stories during her nearly four years at the newspaper. Her coverage of the 49 Fire in Auburn was recognized with awards from the California Newspaper Publisher Association and the Suburban Newspapers of America, and in 2009 she was selected as Gold Country Media's employee of the year.