The WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism has thousands of graduates across the country and around the world, and each alumnus is an important member of the SOJ family. We hope that you stay connected with us, visit campus, mentor future students, and share your WVU story with everyone you meet.
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Media sales account executive Sean Robertson says his advertising education provided a broad base for his future success. Robertson began his career with Turner Broadcasting and BET. Now with Dish Network, he manages accounts worth more than $25 million in revenue.
Joe Steranka (BSJ, 1979) always had big dreams. Now he’s living one as only the second CEO in the history of the Pro Golfers Association (PGA).
Brazil native Karina Gomes (MSJ, 2004; BSJ, 2001) has traveled the world, but it was her studies at the SOJ that prepared her to be a global journalist.
David and Rose Lied
The SOJ represents a place of “great beginnings” for Rose (BSJ, 1976) and David Lied (BSJ, 1976). It was in Martin Hall that they discovered their passion for advertising and also found lasting love.
It was an SOJ professor who inspired Mike Fulton (BSJ, 1979) to “take a leap of faith” and start his career in Washington, D.C. Fulton is forever grateful to his Martin Hall mentor—so much so, that he has become a mentor himself.
Chairman and CEO of the Arnold Agency Linda Arnold (BSJ, 1976) says her spirit and passion for public relations, and for life, helps get her clients the results they desire.
Sarah McLean (BSJ, 2008) says the lessons she learned at the SOJ not only gave her a solid foundation for a career in public relations but are helping her to create a road map for her life.
Kellen Henry (BSJ, 2008) is a multimedia journalist for Bloomberg News in Washington, D.C. Although she works in new media, Henry relies on the fundamental principles of journalism to tell a great story.
Andrew Worob (BSJ, 2005) wanted to be a sports journalist when he graduated, but he discovered a different passion along the way. See how his career has evolved with the social media revolution.
Born and raised in north central West Virginia, Andrew Scrtichfield (BSJ, 1998) has traveled far beyond the Mountain State and his alma mater to cover stories for NBC News ranging from U.S Presidents to earthquake recovery to women’s rights and baby elephant orphanages.
From newspapers to politics to Chairman and CEO of one of the largest independent PR firms in the country, Scott Widmeyer (BSJ, 1975) has an impressive resume but has always remained grounded in his Mountaineer roots.
Three years after graduating with a degree from the advertising program, the only account Jason Coffman (BSJ, 2000) was managing was for a restaurant — his own.
As “DJ Rane” on WPGC 95.5 in Washington, D.C., Ranelle Sykes (BSJ, 2000) has had the opportunity to meet big names in the hip-hop music industry but says it’s the everyday people that “rock” her world.
At WVU, Chip Fontanazza (BSJ, 2009) found the perfect place to merge his two passions – sports and news. He appeared on ESPN as a sideline reporter, covered a national breaking news story and got his first job—all before he graduated from college.
Megan Bowers (BSJ, 2009) is using the multimedia skills she learned at the School of Journalism to help others find inspiration and learn about innovative careers.
Washington Redskins Communications Director Michael Pehanich (BSJ, 2001) credits his eight-year career as an “NFL PR Guy” to the strong writing skills he learned at the SOJ.
Lauren O’Connor (BSJ, 2008) says the SOJ gave her the drive, both personally and professionally, to start an organization to raise awareness and funds for animal rescue.