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Student & Faculty Profiles

Tyler Clendenin
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Tyler Clendenin

West Virginia native Tyler Clendenin didn't realize his ability to connect with people was an asset until his strategic communications capstone class.

Kristen Basham
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Kristen Basham

After a summer internship with NASA, the Twitterverse and the Universe collided for Kristen--launching a career that she never imagined possible.

Now she is making it her mission to bring the wonders of outer space down to earth by putting her social media skills to work.

 
Kyle Monroe
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Kyle Monroe

Kyle came to WVU to join the “Pride of West Virginia” Mountaineer Marching Band but once he got to campus, opportunities in the field of television journalism led him to another team--the Mountaineer Sports Network.

Now he has front-row seats for some of WVU’s best sporting events, working as a camera operator and doing a job that he loves.

 
Rita Colistra
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Rita Colistra

Associate Professor

As a native West Virginian, it’s important to Associate Professor Rita Colistra to give back to her state, and she shares her passion with students through community-based projects.

 
Gina Dahlia
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Gina Dahlia

Teaching Associate Professor

From a young age, Teaching Associate Professor Gina Dahlia knew she belonged in television journalism, but she never bet on being a teacher. Now that she’s found her calling, Dahlia is leading her students to win national awards and to find their own dream jobs in television journalism.

 
diane jeanty
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DIANE JEANTY

Diane has always had a passion for journalism and for telling people’s stories. For Diane, truth is the ultimate goal.

As a student, she has put that passion to work as an intern at National Public Radio. She also has worked with Fox Sports, the National Association of Black Journalists student newsroom, West Virginia Public Radio and the WVU campus radio station.

 
Samantha Runyon
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SAMANTHA RUNYON

The power to affect positive change is what drives Samantha and what led her to study public relations at the WVU Reed College of Media.

After interning as a press assistant for a U.S. Senator in Washington, D.C., Samantha realized political PR was a path she wanted to pursue.

 
lauren nickle
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LAUREN NICKLE

Putting her classroom skills to work, Lauren helped launch Martin-Hall Agency, a student-run strategic communications agency that serves clients throughout the region.

Students who work in the agency create digital, social and print campaigns for clients in the arts, music and sports industries, building solid résumés before they even graduate.

 
Tim saar
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TIM SAAR

A self-described “tech geek,” Tim seizes every opportunity to experiment with the latest technology. So, of course, he jumped at the chance to use Google Glass in a reporting class.

If there’s a new gadget, tool or app out there, Tim’s probably the first to know -- and the first to take it for a test-drive.

 
morgan farr
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MORGAN FARR

As a kid, Morgan would wait by the mailbox for each edition of Sports Illustrated. Now she’s on the sidelines covering campus sports for ESPNU. Nothing will hold back this aspiring sports reporter.

Morgan has interned with the New York Yankees’ minor league team and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. She’s combining her love of sports with hands-on skills to land her dream job.

 
Garrett Yurisko
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GARRETT YURISKO

When Garrett started at WVU, he had his mind set on being a sports commentator. But his experiences in the Reed College of Media have shown him that he doesn’t need a neat and tidy career path. He could combine his passions and create a successful future like no one else’s.

Now, he’s using his digital communication skills to promote his own clothing and lifestyle brand, Day One.

 
Elaine McMillion
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ELAINE MCMILLION SHELDON

Elaine always wanted to be a storyteller, and while she was a student at WVU, she learned how to use print, video, photo and audio to capture and share the stories of the people she encounters.

This innovative, award-winning documentary producer is redefining what a story is and how to tell it. One of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, Sheldon’s work has been featured at the New York Film Festival, IFP Conference, Camden International Film Festival, StoryCode NYC and in The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Filmmaker magazine and PBS MediaShift.