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West Virginia University Reed College of Media
Alumni eUpdate | January 2017
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Following the 2016 presidential election, the national media dubbed Appalachia “Trump Nation.” As a result, West Virginia University Reed College of Media, in partnership with West Virginia Public Radio and The Daily Yonder, launched a reporting project titled, “100 Days in Appalachia.” The aim of this project is to curate a variety of perspectives from faculty, professionals and thought leaders from across the region on the happenings during President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. Read more about “100 Days in Appalachia.”


College of Media receives largest planned gift in history

Martin_bigger Through the West Virginia University Foundation campaign “A State of Minds,” the WVU Reed College of Media received its largest planned gift ever. An anonymous journalism alumna pledged to leave the college a planned donation, the largest in history, through an estate gift. Once received, the money will be used to support major journalism initiatives. Read more about the College of Media’s largest planned gift in history and learn how you too can dedicate your legacy.

Journalism alumna and veteran reporter honors mentors with endowed gifts

martha Journalism alumna Martha Smith (BSJ,1970) pledged $155,000 to the West Virginia University Reed College of Media in the name of her West Virginia University mentors Mickey and Betty Furfari and Paul A. Atkins. The money will be used to create endowed scholarships to undergraduate students studying journalism at the College of Media. Smith, a journalist for 50 years, is an inductee of the Rhode Island Press Association Hall of Fame. Read more about Martha’s gift and treasured mentors.

IMC alumna named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list

Leyda_Hernandez For WVU alumna Leyda Hernandez (IMC, 2012), this is a milestone year. She was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the marketing and advertising category, which highlights leading change-makers and innovators in the industry. Hernandez, director of marketing at iSpot.tv in Seattle, Washington, says “she is always trying to be better than she was the day before.” Even with this career milestone, she has no intention of slowing down. Read more.

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