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Spring 2016 Edition


Tupperware book to become a movie

Bob Kealing was sitting on his couch, glued to the newest episode of “American Experience” when he came across the subject for his third book. It was the show’s episode on Tupperware, and Kealing, a William Allen White School of Journa­lism and Mass Communications graduate of 1987, was captivated by one particular character: Brownie Wise.

For Kealing, Wise, a creator of home parties and an integral piece to the popularity of Tupperware, perfectly fit the bill of a main character. Now, two years later, Wise is set to be played by Sandra Bullock in a film version of Kealing’s book, “Tupperware Unsealed: Brownie Wise, Earl Tupper, and the Home Party Pioneers.”

“I always thought Brownie Wise would be a great character for someone to play, and I thought that from the get go,” Keal­ing said. “But it’s one thing to think it, and it’s another thing to see it come to fruition.”

Since 1992, Kealing has worked as a broadcast journalist in Central Florida, and he’s currently working for the NBC affiliate in Orlando. Kealing took his day-to-day investigative and journalistic skills up a notch when he decided to write his first book, on Jack Kerouac, in 2004.

“It’s just another journalistic outlet,” Kealing said. “I’ve been in the business for a long time, and it’s just another way to engage in what I love to do, which is storytelling. … It’s a journalistic challenge.”

Kealing said that before coming to the University of Kansas, he never considered writing books, but he credited some professors at the J-School with pushing him toward the career he now has — Max Utsler and John Broholm, namely.

“I feel like none of it would have been possible without my days on the Hill there in Lawrence,” Kealing said. “Those people were critical to me having this kind of career.”

The film version of Kealing’s book is still in development after it was purchased by Sony Pictures, but Tate Taylor will adapt, produce and direct the film, along with production help from Tom Shelly, who initially pitched the idea to Taylor.

Kealing will release a fourth book with the topic of Elvis Presley this year, along with a re-released version of the Brownie Wise story in July.

— Christian Hardy is a junior from Derby, Kansas, studying news and information.


1960s

Judy Farrell Corcoran (BSJ 1966) has embarked on a second career as program manager for Dress for Success Des Moines, a worldwide nonprofit supporting disadvantaged women in their job searches. Corcoran coordinates the Going Places Network and as a volunteer, she serves on the DFS-DSM board and has written successful grants. She retired in 2013 as vice president, corporate communications, for a $50 billion division of Wells Fargo & Company.

Ralph D. Gage Jr. with Caroline Trowbridge

Ralph D. Gage Jr. with Caroline Trowbridge

Ralph D. Gage Jr. (BSJ 1964) was inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame at the annual Kansas Press Association convention in Overland Park, Kansas, in April.  At The World Company, Gage held the positions of general manager, chief operating officer and director of special projects. He retired in 2013. He is also a trustee of the William Allen White Foundation.

1970s

Colleen C. Eagle (BSJ 1971) is self-employed as a project manager and editor, helping to develop global oncology training materials for pharmaceutical sales representatives.

Sam Ford and his family attend the Washington D.C. Hall of Fame Society Awards Program.

Sam Ford and his family attend the Washington D.C. Hall of Fame Society Awards Program.

Sam Ford (BSJ 1974) Washington bureau chief for WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., was inducted into the Washington D.C. Hall of Fame Society on April 10.  Ford is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and also a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Ford started his career at KSJN Radio and KMSP-TV in Minnesota and then worked as a reporter at WCCO-TV. He was a reporter for CBS News before moving to ABC News in 1987.

Paul Sherbo (BSJ 1976) profiles his experiences as a U.S. Navy officer in the desert war zone of Iraq in his new book. “Fish Out of Water,” which is his second book. Sherbo’s first book, "Unsinkable Sailors: The Fall and Rise of the Last Crew of USS Frank E. Evans, " documents the sinking of the Evans when it was cut in half by an Australian aircraft carrier in June of 1969. Seventy-four lives were lost and only one body was recovered. 

Roy Heatherly (BSJ 1978) became president and publisher of the Wichita Eagle in June 2015.

1980s

Linda Bauer-Berry (BSJ 1983) became director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection at the Kansas Corporation Commission in June 2015.

Julian Gonzalez with his daughter Sara, wife Janice and son Joseph.

Julian Gonzalez with his daughter Sara, wife Janice and son Joseph.

Julian Gonzalez was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in April. Gonzalez has been a sports photographer for the Detroit Free Press for 25 years. Gonzalez served in the U.S. Marines from 1972 to 1975. Before landing at the Free Press, Gonzalez worked at the Lafayette Journal and Courier in Lafayette, Indiana, and Gannett newspapers in Rochester, New York. During his career, he has photographed seven Olympics, six NCAA Final Fours, two NBA championships, five Stanley Cup final playoffs and numerous other high-profile sporting events. Gonzalez graduated from KU in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in social work and a minor in journalism. 

Brenda Wesierski Hull (BSJ 1984) is now vice president of professional development for the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination and American Association of Directors of Nursing Services in Denver.

John Egan (BSJ 1986) is editor-in-chief at LawnStarter, an Austin, Texas, based startup that helps people find, schedule and manage lawn-care services.

Stephen Wilton (BSJ 1987) has been promoted to associate manager of editing and production at H&R Block in Kansas City, Missouri.

Alison Young (BSJ 1988) has won the Scripps Howard Award for public service reporting for an investigation of safety and security lapses at hundreds of secretive biodefense laboratories. This project was the result of reporting by Young, along with Nick Penzenstadler, Tom Vanden Brook and a team of journalists in local newsrooms across the USA Today Network. 

1990s

Monica Hayde (BSJ 1990) worked in community journalism in and around Palo Alto, California, during the early to mid-1990s, then attended law school at the University of California, Berkeley. She practiced media law at a San Francisco law firm before transitioning into legal marketing. She has been a marketing specialist at international law firm Skadden, Arps for the last five years. 

Sherry Scott (BSJ 1991) has been named president of Gagen MacDonald, a strategy execution consulting firm that specializes in employee engagement, leadership and culture change.

Scott Collin (BSJ 1994) is chief creative officer at Influent50. He was hired in 2014 to build a creative department from the ground up for a new agency focused on consumers who are age 50 and older. 

Greg Farmer (BSJ 1994) was named managing editor of The Kansas City Star in March 2016.

Traci Carl (BSJ 1995) has been promoted to director of international operation for the Associated Press. 

Chris Ronan (BSJ 1996, MSJ 2011) is a public relations manager at Geocaching in Seattle. He was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kansas, in January 2016.

Brock Bowling (BSJ 1998) is play-by-play announcer at Davidson College/Schershot Productions.

Anthony Migliazzo (BSJ 1998) was recently promoted to executive director, business development, of branded content & native advertising at Time Inc.  Migliazzo was also a recipient of Time Inc.'s 2015 Chairman Award.

2000s

Tony Berg (BSJ 2001) has been named president and publisher of The Kansas City Star. 

Erin McDaniel (BSJ 2002) who is public information officer for Newton, Kansas, has been named Newton/North Newton Woman of the Year. 

Drew Davison (BSJ 2007) is staff writer at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Kelly Heavey-Collins (BSJ 2008) recently accepted a job at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver as community relations representative on the integrated communications team. 

Lynsay Montour (BSJ 2008) is corporate communications manager for Facebook in New York. She is focused on international public relations for the Monetization Communications team.

Rustin Dodd (BSJ 2009) is the Kansas City Royals beat reporter for The Kansas City Star. 

2010s

Stephen Montemayor (BSJ 2010) joined the Minneapolis Star Tribune in March 2015 and in January 2016 began a new beat covering federal court and federal agencies in Minnesota.

Michael Holtz (BSJ 2011) has accepted an offer to become the Christian Science Monitor's new Beijing bureau chief.

Brenna Malmberg (BSJ 2011) is project and content coordinator at Kiwi Crate in Mountain View, California.

Anna Allen (BSJ 2012) is head copywriter for TBWA in Hamburg, Germany, creating ad campaigns for German and international markets.

Andrew Joseph (BSJ 2012) is sports reporter for USA Today and For the Win. 

Daffodil Reumund (BSJ 2013) is now assistant account executive at Saatchi & Saatchi.

Jonathan Cooper (BSJ 2013) is now a reporter at KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City.

Whitney Antwine (BSJ 2014) recently accepted a new position with Southwest Media Group in Dallas as a campaign analyst. She diag­noses Google Analytics for clients and helps with the paid search team.

Caitlin Doornbos (BSJ 2014) is a breaking news reporter for the Orlando Sentinel in Orlando, Florida.

Allie Raymond (BSJ 2014) is social media coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.

Stephanie Bickel (BSJ 2015) has been working in public relations at Pennington & Company, a fraternity and sorority fundraising and consulting company in Lawrence, since June.

Paul Pierce II (BSJ 2015) is compliance coordinator for the Kansas State University Athletics Department.