You not only can ask the director, faculty and staff about the Greenlee School; you can go right to the folks who already climbed our success ladder!
These are just a few of our professional alumni who look forward to your questions about broadcasting, newspapers, magazines, digital media, public relations, advertising and anything else about your future profession.
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Just send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll direct it to one of our alumni listed here. When you send your message, begin by using the first and last name of the person you’d like to answer, as in “Dear Caralee Adams. …” Then ask away!
Interested in freelance writing? Contact Caralee Adams! Maybe you share a favorite topic with Caralee who writes about health, fitness and families. Her work has appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Better Homes and Gardens, The Christian Science Monitor, and Parents. She’s also done corporate communication for Nestle, Coca-Cola and Principal Financial.
Yes, Caralee is married to Chris Adams–both wrote for the Iowa State Daily as undergraduates–and now live in the Washington, D.C., area, where Chris works for McClatchy media outlets. He has covered everything from a small-town Louisiana sheriff, to the Martha Stewart stock-trading case, to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Did I mention he also won the Pulitzer Prize? Check out this link to see other Greenlee grads who’ve won the Pulitzer (in one case, two of them!)
If you want to be a Cyclone, there’s no better person to contact than John Arends who belongs to the 2010 Cyclone Family of the Year! John runs Arends, Inc., a Chicago-area agency that serves such clients as Kaiser Aluminum, Lucent Technologies, Philips, and Tyco. John also is a playwright. Check out his latest creation about the man for whom the Iowa State Football Stadium is named!
Chances are you already know Kevin Cooney (or think you do) because he delivers the news every night as anchor on KCCI. Kevin earned a journalism degree from ISU. But here’s something for you to ponder as you consider the college of your choice: Kevin joined KCCI’s newsroom while still in high school, began sports reporting in college, and worked there full-time after graduation. Got a similar dream? Contact Kevin Cooney.
One of our most accomplished alumnae is Karol DeWulf Nickell, former editor of Better Homes and Gardens. More recently Karol served as vice president and editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest’s home and garden group . Karol has two degrees from Iowa State–an undergraduate in journalism and a master’s in business. She knows the business, the publishing one, that is. Contact her if you have a question about that.
Our School is named after Bob and Diane Greenlee. Diane grew up in Chicago and studied radio and television at Iowa State University where she met her husband at the University’s radio station. Email Diane about anything to do with journalism education, and you’ll get results. Like Diane, Bob also specializes in broadcasting ever since his days as an undergraduate in Ames. Good thing, too: Soon after he left Ames, he and Diane purchased KADE, an AM radio station in Boulder, Colo. They bought another station, improved it and then sold them, becoming world-class entrepreneurs. Now they help run the Rock Bottom, ChopHouse, and Old Chicago chain of restaurants, with over 90 restaurants nationwide. Bob Greenlee is a great spokesperson for the School that bears their name!
If you have a question about education, then Brian Hemphill is just the person to contact. He’s the Vice President for Student Affairs at Northern Illinois University (but a Cyclone through and through)–and one of the youngest to hold such a position in the country. He knows stuff your parents might be interested in, too, from what to anticipate your first year away from home to how to graduate in four years.
Dave Kurns is a media expert–no other way to put it–beginning his career in newspapers and then becoming a copy editor for Better Homes and Gardens’ Special Interest Publications. He kept on getting promoted, too–to copy chief all the way to editor in chief of Meredith Interactive Media. Now he is working on special projects for Meredith Corporation and serving as chair of the Greenlee School Advisory Council. One of his goals is to interact with high school students and tell them about our program. So contact Dave Kurns today!
Lynn Manternach is president of MindFire Communications with offices in Cedar Rapids and the Quad Cities. She and her crew help companies understand their brand–images, slogans and themes that consumers recognize immediately. She’s a graduate of both the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, so if you’re torn between attending which of those two schools, write to Lynn Manternach for some advice on the best fit for you!
Have an opinion about something? Got a view? You might want to contact Dick Doak, a professional in residence at the Greenlee School with 42 years experience at The Des Moines Register. Students love Dick’s classes. Like many faculty, he wields his magic, transforming the classroom into a newsroom. Dick was a Pulitzer finalist, won many awards for his editorials, and remains one of the most insightful commentators in the country.
Going to college means thinking about finances in a new way–not only what you need to get by (iPhone, iPad, Game Console, etc.) but also how to budget so you won’t be living entirely on that college staple: Ramen Noodles. What better person to ask about managing college money than Barb Iverson, president of Weber Shandwick’s global financial services industry practice. This is one BIG company with offices around the world–a world you’ll explore by becoming an advertising or journalism major at the Greenlee School!