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Marquette University Alumni Association

J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication Award Recipients

Communicator of the Year Award

Charles O'NeilCHUCK O'NEIL, SP '74
New York

Fast-paced and hilarious: That describes the average work day for Chuck, director of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. For more than a decade, Chuck has directed Comedy Central’s award-winning satirical news show.


By-Line Award

Daniel N. PatrinosDANIEL N. PATRINOS, JOUR '58

Over the decades, Dan’s journalism made an indelible stamp in the Milwaukee community, from his days as a cub reporter to his role as the first editor of JSOnline, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s website.

Professional Achievement Award

James R. Keppler and Deborah Schaefer KepplerJAMES R. KEPPLER, SP '79, and

Alexandria, Va.

As the founders of Keppler Speakers, one of the nation’s largest speakers bureaus, Jim and Debbie understand the power of a good story.


Young Alumnus of the Year Award

Angelo R. TrozzoloANGELO R. TROZZOLO, COMM '97
Kansas City, Mo.

Angelo has helped transform his family’s business, the Trozzolo Communications Group, from a small company with a handful of staff to a bustling marketing firm with 50 employees.

James T. Tiedge Memorial Award

Laurie A. ScheerLAURIE A. SCHEER, SP '78
Madison, Wis.

Throughout her career in television, and then as a writing teacher, author and consultant, Laurie has been a creative midwife, helping countless others bring their stories into the world.