Alumni Profiles

Prior to moving to Eugene to join the doctoral program at the UO School of Journalism and Communication, Teddy Workneh had no knowledge of Oregon and hardly any about the United States, but he was passionate about the research opportunity.
Sierra McClain ’19 had always been drawn to journalism, so she applied to the one-year Journalism Master’s program. She has already made some impressive progress in her career.
Jackie Gutierrez, MA ’21 (journalism), is the founder of Women Kick Balls, an independent media company focused on authentic storytelling centered around women’s soccer.
The SOJC alum, who has been an entrepreneur since she was a young girl, launched The Jefas, a first-of-its-kind beauty platform with aspirations to be the Sephora for Latina-founded brands. 
Few people are lucky enough to have a day job or a side gig that allows them to accomplish good in the community while living out their creative dreams. Sommer Martin ’17, who has a master’s degree in multimedia journalism, has both.
Erika Bolstad ’20 came to the Multimedia Journalism Master’s program to learn how to make documentaries. Her first film, which solved a family mystery, started as her capstone project.
When Jacob Espinoza graduated from the SOJC with an advertising degree, he didn’t take the typical post-graduation route, but said it helped him find something unexpected he loves to do.
As part of an interview series with 100 creative directors, Mehringer talks about his creative process along with some specific challenges of making great work for others.
Journalism alum Tony Aaron Fuller ‘05 makes his identity central to his work as a Tribal affairs communication specialist for the Oregon Department of Human Services.
The public relations alum advises on strategy and communications for Colorado governor Jared Polis.