Category: Alumni Profiles

Rick Montgomery ‘82

As you enter the Kansas City Star’s newsroom, take a right past the Octagon of Knowledge, (employees call it the “Ook,”) and through a maze of cubicles to find Rick Montgomery among 3-foot piles of notes and letters. Montgomery, a Star feature writer, is a traditional journalist. There are a couple coffee-stained reporter’s notebooks all … Continue reading Rick Montgomery ‘82

Carol Corning Hallquist ‘78

“What would it take to feed every hungry child in Kansas City?” That’s the question Carol Hallquist and her team posed to Harvesters, a charitable organization that had requested funding from Hallmark Corporation for their then-small program. Harvesters’ program filled the backpacks of low-income children with food before they headed home from school for the … Continue reading Carol Corning Hallquist ‘78

Kate Guess ’04

Class: 2004, Journalism and Mass Communications Then: PRSSA, Delta Zeta sorority Now: Director of Communication, Vermeer Corporation In her own words: I am the Director of Communication for Vermeer Corporation. Prior to Vermeer, I held marketing and communication positions for a privately held patient communications company, Maytag, Motorola, Polaris and Cold Stone Creamery. I have … Continue reading Kate Guess ’04

Rebecca Christian ’74

Class: 1974, Journalism and Mass Communications Then: Ethos magazine (editor); Iowa State Daily (feature writer) Now: Features Editor for Traditional Home magazine, Meredith Corporation In her own words:Based in Ames, I am the features editor of Meredith’s Traditional Home, and a columnist for The Dubuque Telegraph Herald. A playwright, poet and fiction writer, my work … Continue reading Rebecca Christian ’74

Zach Johnson ’09

Class: 2009, Journalism & Mass Communication Then: Ethos magazine (co-editor and writer); Trend (editor-in-chief); Delta Upsilon; Dance Marathon; TelSTAR; Meredith Apprentice; VEISHEA; Iowa State Daily (reporter and photographer); ISUtv (guest host); First Amendment Day; Leo Mores’ Society of Professional Journalists (vice president); Buchanan Hall (social chair) Now: Senior Editor, E! Online (NBCUniversal) In his own … Continue reading Zach Johnson ’09