Feb 8, 2017
Former AWSM president Paola Boivin will be leaving the Arizona Republic to teach as a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Boivin taught part-time at Arizona State’s journalism school last year, but will makethe full switch over after working at the Arizona Republic since 1994. At the Republic, Boivin was a columnist and was a beat reporter who covered Arizona State football and basketball.
Boivin will teach two classes as a professor, including sports reporting to master’s degree students. She will also work with students in the Cronkite Sports Bureau, which allows students to write for various publications such as Fox Sports Arizona and MLB.com.
“I taught pro bona at ASU for the last year, as I wanted to avoid any conflict of interest because I covered so much ASU, to see if might be something I wanted to pursue,” Boivin said. “I loved it and was grateful they gave me an opportunity. It’s such a high energy, forward-thinking place!”
Meri-Jo Borzilleri is the new editor-in-chief for Bellingham Alive, a lifestyle magazine in Bellingham, Wash. She is AWSM’s awards coordinator and most recently worked as a freelance journalist and adjunct professor in the journalism department at Western Washington University. Previously, she was a staff writer in the sports departments of the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Miami Herald and the Hilton Head (S.C.) Island Packet.
Megan Ryan has joined the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in a new position to the paper, covering Major League Soccer and Minnesota United FC. Ryan is a Minnesota native and University of Minnesota graduate, and spent two years at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, most recently covering Penn State football. Ryan previously was at the Dallas Morning News.
Abigail Whitaker is now a morning associate producer for Fox 19 News in Cincinnati, Ohio. Formerly an intern of WTNH News 8 covering sports, Whitaker works with Fox 19 to book guests for the show and to help the producers in their daily activities, such as script writing. Whitaker is a Quinnipiac graduate and previously a field producer and play-by-play Quinnipiac University Bobcat Sports Network.
Grace Raynor is now the new Clemson beat writer for the Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C. Carolina. Raynor, a former AWSM intern, previously was a general assignment sports reporter, and in an expanded role, she will cover Clemson football, men’s basketball and baseball.
Hanna Sprague, an AWSM intern and the former Michigan State student chapter president, has been hired by PRO Sports Communications in Los Angeles. Sprague worked at PRO Sports Communications during her AWSM internship in 2016.
Penn State student chapter president Anita Nham has accepted a job in the year-long NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program. Nham will work in the communications department as an employee and strategic outreach intern. She will work on the “After The Game” program, helping to market the NCAA Former Student-Athlete Career Center, and will contribute to NCAA’s communications and internal communications strategy and more.
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