Alumni Authors

Each book cover is a doorway.

For both the reader and the writer, it’s an escape out of the world in which they live or an entryway leading to a greater understanding of it.

Spring 2017 Edition

Because those who have studied journalism care so deeply about words and writing, it makes sense that they feel compelled to write. For some, writing is enjoyable, and for others, it’s therapeutic. For many, such as J-School alumnus Michael Merschel, writing a book was a life goal. Merschel said he gave himself a deadline – if he did not write a book by age 45, he’d have to stop calling himself a writer. Now, he can call himself an author. 

Enjoy Merschel’s story behind his book, and our selection of just a few of the many J-School alumni who have written books recently. Perhaps the authors feel the sense of accomplishment expressed by “Little Women” author Louisa May Alcott: “I want to do something splendid. Something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I think I shall write books.” 


Adrienne Bulinski

Blood, Sweat and Tiaras

Donn Hess

A God in Middle Management

Michael Merschel

Revenge of the Star Survivors


Andy Marso

The Klinefelter Legacy

Kelly Irvin

Upon a Spring Breeze

Tim Savage

Davey's Savior

Marcia Kelley

How to Graduate Debt-Free

Bob Kealing

Elvis Ignited

Kevin Dilmore

Star Trek Waypoint #2