By Caroline Shaw A 16-year-old girl got to meet Taylor Swift, the artist who helped her cope with the sudden death of her father. A Stage 4 cancer patient and survivor of Iowa’s farming crisis in the 1980s met Willie Nelson, the artist who started Farm Aid, to help support family farms. As the music, … Continue reading Matt Leimkuehler MS’15
By Lily Gray Writing about politics can be one of the hardest beats for any journalist. From keeping up with the constant political changes to maintaining objectivity, Elaine Godfrey, ’15, attacks her beat with integrity, open-mindedness and skill. She searches for answers by taking the initiative to reach out to people to gather their explanations, … Continue reading Elaine Godfrey ’15
By Jack Bluhm Advertising, journalism and public relations make up the trinity of majors at the Greenlee School. Brian Renaud has worked as a journeyman across all three disciplines since graduating from Iowa State in 1987. Renaud’s foray into journalism began with an internship during his junior and senior years with WOI. While at the … Continue reading Brian Renaud ’87
By Terriana Hicks Kate (Adams) Bruns, ’99, credits a legendary children’s author for her own literary inspirations. “I had that sort of creative Dr. Seuss-type of element to my personality,” said Bruns, author of Cy’s Surprise, the new children’s book published by the Iowa State University Alumni Association. Brun’s book was released last summer for … Continue reading Kate (Adams) Bruns ’99
By Carly Reiser When he’s not adding to his collection of 1,200 beer cans or jamming out to Johnny Cash, Greg Ahrens spends his time at SKAR as a creative director and co-owner of the advertising firm. Starting out at the University of Iowa, Ahrens didn’t know what he wanted to do, but he knew … Continue reading Greg Ahrens ’91
By Henry Zimmerman For Chelsea Reynolds, gender and sexuality has been an interest since she was a kid. But it wasn’t until an internship at Men’s Health that she knew she wanted to pursue the interest through academia. When Reynolds, ’08, first came to Iowa State, she was interested in poetry and English. But after … Continue reading Chelsea Reynolds ’08
By Derek Clayton Trudging along in a snowstorm, rolling at 15 mph and fighting to stay on the road, Tushar Dayal had no idea braving the elements would be the start of his career in media. Especially since he came to Iowa State as a business major. Dayal’s academic career in the College of Business … Continue reading Tushar Dayal ’09
From receiving his bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism to being awarded four honorary doctorates, James Grunig, ’64, credits much of his success to his undergraduate adviser at Iowa State, the late Carl Hamilton.