Media and Society

Beyond HWS

HWS graduates have always gone on to careers with the media, but we have only recently added a Media and Society major. HWS alums are eager to provide guidance for students who are interested in pursuing media-related careers.

Here's a sampling of some HWS alums who have careers in the media:

Faderera Adesina '08 - Production Dept., EventQuest
John Bogosian '03 - Regional V.P., John Hancock Financial
Amillie Coster '06 - Senior Assistant, Morgan Stanley
Tiffany Fields '03 - Production Coordinator, MTV Networks
Erin Giantomasi '07 - Program Coordinator/Planner, BP America Corp.
Ilana Gordon '02 - Marketing, Houghton Mifflin
Anne Hellebush '07 - Account Rep., One Communications
Jennifer Hettler '02 - Media Planner, Ypartnership
Josephine D. Hewitt '02 - Jewelry Designer, JoJo Ware
Helmi Hunin '05 - Location Assistant, SNAP Productions
Alicia Johansky '06 - Manager, Artsy's Art Gallery
Jacqueline Johnson '05 - Senior Account Exec., Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
Michael Kaplan '08 - Junior Editor, BRTRC Inc.
Tiara Kelly '05 - Senior Editorial Assistant Higher Ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Ashley Kent '07 - Recruiting Coordinator, Advantage Human Resourcing
Jessica Larigan '05 - University Marketing Specialist, Yahoo! Europe
Molly McAndrew '03 - Events Manager, Women's Way
Maurice McCarthy '07 - Production Secretary, CBS
Brian Parks '00 - Production Underwriter, Distinguished Programs Group
Ednesha Saulsbury '00 - Director, Signs of Life
Lauren Spelman '01 - Interior Designer
Elizabeth Staino '07 - Brand Manager, Clement USA
Frances Sulle '05 - Program Associate, DreamYard Project
Nicholas Versandi '05 - Business Analyst, METRO New York, Inc.
Katrina Wood '03 - Brand Marketing and Advertising, Virgin Atlantic Airways
Erin Zipfel-Bhavsar '00 - Law Student, Syracuse Law School
John Baxley '84: Production Manager/Executive - ABC/Disney
Katherine E. Blodgett '80: Assistant Director of Public Relations - Philadelphia Orchestra
Kent L. Brown '65: Editor in Chief - Highlights for Children
Lawrence C. Burstein '74: Publisher - New York Magazine
Wendy Ettinger '78: Casting Director - Wendy Ettinger Casting
Dana Glaser '98: Producer for the Today Show - NBC
Elizabeth Granfort '84: Beauty Editor - YM Magazine
L.R. Hock '69: VP/Promotion - Universal Studios, Inc.
H.R. Jackson '66: Senior VP/Production -Fox Sports Net (FSN)
Holman Jenkins '82: Writer/Editor - Wall Street Journal
Kellie King '94: Producer - Inside Edition
Scott Kirshenbaum '93: Director/NCAA Event Marketing - CBS Sports
Brian Lenihan '03: Video Editor/Music Director - Florida Panthers
Ronald Levy '66: President - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Khalida Lockheed '92: Digital Designer - Nickelodeon's Blues Clues
Gary DeWitt Marshall '89: Actor - The Song of Jacob Zulu (Broadway), Rennaissance Man and In & Out (Film)
Karim Mawji '92: Vice President - MTV Networks
Christopher McDonald '77: Actor/President - Middle Son Production, Inc.
Mark Neveldine '95: Writer/Director - Crank, Crank II, Pathology, Game
Jeffrey Pellegrini '92: VP Advertising Sales - Discovery Channel
Joel Rose '70: Writer - Marie Clare Magazine
Charles Salisbury '63: President/Director - Salisbury Broadcasting Corp.
Sarah Shumway '01: Editor - Dutton Children's Books/Penguin Group
Gregory Stewart '95: Cameraman - ESPN & Access Hollywood
Laura Sydell '83: Correspondent - National Public Radio
Hannah Wallander '96: Graphics Editor - New York Times Company
William Whitaker '73: Correspondent - CBS, Inc.
Dorothy Wickenden '76: Journalist and Executive Editor - The New Yorker
Irene Zutell '87: Writer - People Magazine



Chris McDonald '77

English major
Film, Television and Stage Actor

Chris McDonald '77

"After HWS, I began to pursue an acting career by studying at the Royal Acdemy opf Dramatic Art in England and the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory in New York City. From there I went on to roled in films like “Thelma and Louise,” “Grumpy Old Men,” “Happy Gilmore” and “Quiz Show.” I’ve guest-starred on shows like “The Sopranos” and have played Billy Flynn in the musical "Chicago.""

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