Communication Specialist, MU Office of Marketing and Communication
(Whitefish Bay, WI)
Constantly getting pushed outside my comfort zone was the common denominator to my Marquette journalism education. As a scared freshman, I was encouraged to take an Associated Press position from Kevin Orland, the Tribune managing editor. In the classroom, teachers like Paul Salsini and Gail Perlick challenged me to never accept ‘good enough’ and to keep digging to get the key quote, anecdote or person. And at the Tribune, I had opportunities to leap headlong into projects, find success or fail spectacularly and start over again to grow as a person and a journalist. I’m thankful that these experiences helped me adapt to a variety of professional environments, especially as we enter a radically new digital era.