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Guest Lecturers and Speakers

Mark Wilson speaks to Kym Fox's MC4321 class.

Guest Lecturers

Texas State alum and breaking news reporter Mark Wilson shows students in Kym Fox’s MC4321 class how to use Facebook Live to bring the audience into the story.

Taylor Shanklin discusses her role as VP of Product Marketing and Strategy at Pursuant.

Digital Media Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

Taylor Shanklin discusses her role as VP of Product Marketing and Strategy at Pursuant.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication makes a conscious and concerted effort to connect students and faculty with industry leaders, especially our alumni, to enhance the learning experience. These guests come to campus to speak to classes and student organizations and to serve on panels and hold workshops at SJMC-sponsored events.

2018 - 2019 Academic Year

Jessica Lee Acevedo, Latinas Unidas Representative, Texas State University
Cassandria Alvarado, Marketing Specialist, Capital Brain and Spine; Owner and Operator, CapturExistence Photography
Elaine Ayala, Reporter/Blogger/Columnist, San Antonio Express-News
Colleen Baker, Digital Marketing Manager
Katrina Barber, Graphic Designer, C3 Presents
Tyson Bird, Projects Designer, Innovation Studio, Gatehouse Media
Dr. Scott Bowman, Chief Diversity Officer, Criminal Justice Department, Texas State University
Kelsey Bradshaw, News Reporter, Austin American-Statesman
Chris Cantu, Social Media Manager, SXSW
Reyna Caraveo, Creative Director and CEO, R.A.C. Events and Design
Rob Cartwright, News Director, KEYE-TV
Jordan Cooper, Digital Media Planner, Umbel
Mara Corbett, Projects Designer, Innovation Studio, Gatehouse Media
Matthew Crowley, Digital Desk Editor, The Arizona Republic
Halie Davis, Communication Specialist, Student Life at Austin Community College
Jennifer Dodd-Taylor, News Director, Spectrum News
Sarah Duran, Multimedia Journalist, Spectrum News, San Antonio
Marc Duvoisin, Editor and Vice President, San Antonio Express-News
Kiersten Ehr, Digital Content Creator-Sales, KSAT12 TV San Antonio
Judy Everett Ramos, Owner, Judy Ramos Public Relations
Annabel Fidler, Sports Information and Digital Media Coordinator, Southwestern University
Alex Frank, Web Developer, Austin Web And Design
Silvia Foster-Frau, Reporter, San Antonio Express-News
Brant Freeman, Sportscaster, Texas State University
Steven J. Gaither, Founder, HBCUGameday.org
Omar Gallega, Technology and Culture Writer, Austin American-Statesman
Carlos Garcia, Reporter, Spectrum News
Bridget Garraway, Creative Manager, Alamo Drafthouse
Valerie Gomez, Video Editor, KENS 5
Carmen Graf, SVP, Executive Media Director, GSD&M
JC Hernandez, Solutions Planner, Under Armour
Debbie Hiott, Former Editor, Austin American-Statesman
Zach Ienatsch, Opinions Editor, The University Star, Texas State University
DaLyah Jones, Assistant Producer, In Black America
Patrick Kelly, SunLit Story Time
Susie Kelly, Marketing/ Social Media, SunLit Story Time
Mike Kickirillo, Director of Broadcasting, San Antonio Spurs Sports and Entertainment
Lisa Krantz, Photojournalist, San Antonio Express-News
Lane Lewis, Reporter, Anchor, Producer, CBS Radio, 105.3 The Fan
Dustin Lien, Founder, Jump Influence
Chuck Loesch, Engineer, Program Director, NO CONTROL Radio, Emmis Austin Radio; Host, The Metal Podcast and The Bad Feeling Podcast
Frank LoMonte, Professor and Director, The Brechner Center at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
Ashley Lowell-Doussard, Senior Producer, KXAS, NBCUniversal Media, LLC
Matt McClearin, ESPN Dallas, 103.3
Bryan Miller, Director of Marketing & Promotions, Texas State University Athletics Marketing
Mark Osmena, Video Production Coordinator, Texas State University Athletics Marketing
Sarah Parker, Content Marketing Manager, Trendkite
Jamie Paxton-Morey, SVP of Development/Executive Producer, Red Arrow Industries
Stephanie Perez, KGSR Promotions Director/Part-time On-Air Personality, Emmis Communications
Tara Pohlmeyer, Engagement Coordinator, Community Impact
Kerri Qunell, Chief Marketing Officer, Trinity Episcopal School; Adjunct Professor of Management, St. Edward’s University
Pam Renteria, Gaming Marketing Specialist, SXSW
Jordan Roberts, Senior Content Marketing Manager and Senior Web Editor, SXSW
Brittany Robinson, Social Media Manager, Margin Walker Presents
James Russell, Reporter, Truthout.org
Lydia Saldaña, Communications Director, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation
Brooke Shoemaker, Sports Anchor/Reporter and Yolo Texas Co-host, Quarter Moon Productions
Bob Shrader, Instructor Emeritus, Texas State University
Luke Simons, Discovery Desk Manager/Military Reporter, KENS 5
Matt Soles, Career Advisor, Texas State University
Chris Sommer, Afternoon News Anchor, KRLD Radio
Leah Steinbrink, President, Nichenista Media, LLC
Anna Tauzin Rice, Vice President, Marketing and Innovation, Texas Restaurant Association
Isamar Terrazas, Senior Assignments Editor/Field Producer,Telemundo 40, an NBC Universal owned station
Brittany Thomas, Queer Cats Representative, Texas State University
Alyssa Vidales, Multimedia Producer, Austin American-Statesman
Alex Williamson, Chief Brand Officer, Bumble
Taylor Wood, Marketing Analyst, Chive Media Group


2017 - 2018 Academic Year

Becca Aarsonson, Product Manager, Texas Tribune
Paul Alexander, News Director, KRIS-TV
Jill Ament, Producer/Reporter, Texas Standard
Efrain Aveja, Account Executive of Experience Marketing, LatinWorks
Olga Campos Benz, Community Relations Director and Author
Mike Blair, EVP, GSD&M
Jason Buch, Reporter, San Antonio Express News
Gary Boyer, Freelance Videographer, NBC, CNN & NBA

R.B. Brenner, Director, The University of Texas-Austin School of Journalism
Reggie Cajayon, Program Manager, Say What!
Chris Cantu, Senior Web Writer, SXSW
Kim Castelluccio, Digital Media Supervisor, 97 Degrees West
Kimberly Cook, Web Producer, Zenoss
Matthew Crowley, Assistant City Editor, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Patrick Curry, CEO, Farbridge
Kirsten Danis, Managing Editor, Marshall Project

Divya Darsi, Strategist, Y&R Austin
Chris Davis, Multimedia Journalist, KXAN-Austin
Hithia Davis, Library Assistant II, Alkek Library - CMES, Texas State University
Renee Dominguez, Freelancer
Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer, SXSW
Alex Franco, On-Air Radio Personality, Mix 94.7
Bruce Gaultney, Former Publisher, Austin Monthly
Holly Gibson, Developer, Praxent; Executive Director, Women Who Code
Kathryn Gisi, Reporter, Spectrum News
Sidney Gomez, Instructional Trainer, Spredfast
Jeff Hahn, Owner, Hahn Communications

Ashley Hebler, Web Developer, FANS 1st Media
Erica Hernandez, Producer, KSAT 12
Thomas Hodge, Front-end Developer, Sanders\Wingo
Johnelle Huebner, Owner, Clearly Classy Events
Boyd Huppert, Reporter, KARE-TV in Minneapolis
Alicia Inns, Reporter, KXAN-Austin
Laura Jesse, Public Affairs Account Supervisor, KGRB Texas
Dalyah Jones, Assistant  Producer/Host, KUT
Lucas Lane, Account Director, McGarrah-Jessee
Stephanie Lara, Account Executive, Creative Circle
Rebecca Larson, UX Designer, USAA
Keith McMahan, Asst. News Director, WOAI-TV and KABB-TV
Carolee Mitchell, Customer and Academic Relationships, Data.World
Matt Nelson, Creator, @WeRateDogs
Tara Pohlmeyer, Engagement Coordinator, Community Impact Newspaper
Michael Quintanilla, Fashion and Feature Writer, San Antonio Express-News

Kerri Qunell, Chief Marketing Officer, Trinity Episcopal School; Adjunct Marketing Professor, St. Edward's University
Alex Reid, Account Manager, Sanders\Wingo
Shannon Rideout, Director of Communications and Community Relations
, Del Valle ISD
Penny Riordan, Director, Digital Audience Engagement, Gatehouse Media
Jordan Roberts, Senior Web Writer, SXSW
John Salazar, Reporter, Spectrum News
Hector Saldaña, Texas Music Curator, The Witliff Collections at Texas State University
David Scaliatine, Assistant Director of Marketing and Membership, Texas State University Alumni Association
Jeremy Schwartz, Investigative Reporter, Austin American-Statesman
Taylor Shanklin, VP Product Marketing and Strategy, Pursuant
Matt Shoewalter, Associate Copywriter, DigitasLB
Dr. Gigi Taylor, Consumer Researcher, Freelance Consultant
Kristine Toma, University Archivist and Records Manager, Alkek Library - Public History Program, Texas State University

Erika Toney, Web Developer, Rainman Creative
Allie Watters, Community Experience Coordinator, Whataburger
Olivia Williams, Account Planner, GSD&M
Mark Wilson, Breaking News Reporter, Austin American-Statesman


Names in gold are alumni.