Alumni Profiles

Steve Capus, ’86

Steve CapusSteve Capus, ’86, is the Executive Producer of the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and Executive Editor of CBS News. Formerly the president of NBC News, he served as the No. 1 News Division executive and is responsible for all aspects of America’s highest-rated and most-watched network news division. In his role as Executive Editor of CBS News, Capus’ multi-platform expertise, as well as his decades of newsgathering and production experience, provides a key resource to the entire news division. His numerous honors include four Emmy Awards, six Edward R. Murrow Awards, one Alfred I. duPont and six National Headliner Awards. He had previously served as senior vice president of NBC News and as executive producer of NBC Nightly News. He was the executive producer for much of NBC News’ coverage of the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the war in Iraq and the “Decision 2002-2004” political coverage. Lew Klein Award Winner 2002.

Tamron Hall, ’92

Tameron HallTamron Hall, ’92, is a day-side anchor for MSNBC and host of the program NewsNation with Tamron Hall, along with serving as host the third hour of Today. Prior to joining MSNBC in July 2007, Hall spent 10 years at WFLD in Chicago, where she held a number of positions including gneral assignment reporter, consumer reporter and, most recently, host of the “Fox News in the Morning” program. While at WFLD, Hall covered several breaking news stories. She secured a one-on-one interview with Sen. Barack Obama shortly before he announced his run for the presidency. Hall was nominated for an Emmy for her consumer segment, “The Bottom Line,” which she launched in 1999. Before joining WFLD, Hall spent four years as a general assignment reporter at KTVT in Dallas. She began her broadcasting career at KBTX in Bryan, Texas, as a general assignment reporter. Hall delivered the 2008 Dorothy Kirsch lecture at the department’s annual awards ceremony, where she urged students to be true to their own values when pursuing news stories.

David Wood, ’70

David Woods

David Wood is the national security correspondent for The Baltimore Sun. He has been a journalist since 1970, a staff correspondent successively for Time Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Newhouse News Service and The Baltimore Sun. He covers military issues, foreign affairs and combat operations, and has been a Pulitzer Prize winner in 2012 for national reporting. For four years, he covered guerrilla wars and conflict in Africa as the Nairobi bureau chief for Time. A Washington-based correspondent since 1980, Mr. Wood has covered conflict in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Central America. He has won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Defense Reporting and national other awards. He has appeared on CNN, CSPAN, the PBS NewsHour and BBC World Service radio, and has lectured at the U.S. Army Eisenhower Fellows conference and at the Joint Forces Staff College. In 1992-1993, he spent a year with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, including three months of ground operations in Somalia. His account of that experience, A Sense of Values, was published by Andrews & McMeel in 1994.

Jim Kristie, ’76

Jim KristieJim Kristie is the editor and associate publisher of Director & Boards, which focuses on corporate governance for thought leaders. Directors and Boards seeks to help management and its board have the most productive relationship possible, in order to create great value for the company and its shareholders. Kristie has been editor since 1981, and associate publisher since 1991. During his tenure, he has served as coordinating editor of Corporate Restructuring: A Guide to Creating the Premium-Valued Company, published in l989 by McGraw-Hill Book Co. He is an adjunct instructor at Temple University’s School of Communications and Theater, teaching the course Advanced Public Relations Writing. He appears frequently before governance conferences and meetings, and is regularly quoted in the major media and specialized publications as an authoritative source on leadership issues.

Karrie Gavin, ’06

moon_philly_150Karrie Gavin, a 2006 Master’s of Journalism graduate, has celebrated the launch of her new book, Moon Philadelphia (Avalon Travel Publishing 2008). The book offers in-depth insight into the city’s most famous attractions while also revealing its best hidden gems. She offers experienced advice on visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art, exploring Fairmount Park and navigating Philly’s diverse dining, shopping and nightlife scenes. Trip ideas include the Two-Day Best of Philadelphia, Philly’s Culinary Classics and Philly on a Budget. Gavin’s writing has appeared in numerous local, regional and national magazines, including Philadelphia magazine. Her interest in the city was sparked as editor of Campus Philly, where she was responsible for editing a web site, newsletter and guide to Philadelphia for local college students.