Since its inception in 1966, the Journalism program in the School of Media and Communication at Temple has graduated nearly 6,000 alumni who blaze trails and make their marks on the industry—from breaking national news and anchoring national broadcasts to earning prestigious awards (including seven Pulitzer Prizes) and pursuing advanced degrees.
Matthew Albasi ’12 and Max Pulcini ’13
Max Pulcini and Matthew Albasi know these are perilous times for newspapers, but they bought one anyway. They use their publications, The Spirit of Riverwards and The Spirit of Penn’s Garden, and a website hub to create discussion and unite the diverse, changing and sometimes fractious Philadelphia neighborhoods of Bridesburg, Fishtown, Kensington, Northern Liberties and Port Richmond. Read more SMC news about Pulcini and Albasi.
Steve Capus ’86
Steve Capus is executive producer of CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and executive editor of CBS News. In the latter role, Capus’ multiplatform expertise—as well as 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-Columbia University Award and six National Headliner Awards. He previously served as senior vice president of NBC News and executive producer of NBC Nightly News. He was executive producer of much of NBC News’ coverage of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, the war in Iraq and the “Decision 2002–2004” political coverage. In addition, Capus was honored with a Lew Klein Award in 2002. Read more SMC news about Capus.
Anna Goldfarb ’08
Author and blogger Anna Goldfarb points to her computer-assisted reporting class as the beginning of it all: It was there that she learned blogging basics. And without that knowledge, there wouldn’t be Shmitten Kitten, her popular dating blog read by thousands of fans each day. First it was 50,000 visitors a month. Then 1,000 per day. When the site reached one million total hits, she stopped paying attention to the figures and realized she had earned internet success. Shmitten Kitten led to a book deal with Berkeley; Clearly, I Didn’t Think This Through was published in 2012.
Tamron Hall ’92
Tamron Hall is an MSNBC anchor and host of NewsNation with Tamron Hall; she also hosts the third hour of Today. Before joining MSNBC in July 2007, Hall spent 10 years at WFLD in Chicago, where she held a number of positions including general assignment reporter, consumer reporter and host of Fox News in the Morning. Hall was nominated for an Emmy for her consumer segment, “The Bottom Line,” which launched in 1999. Before joining WFLD, she spent four years as a general assignment reporter at KTVT in Dallas. Hall began her broadcasting career at KBTX in Bryan, Texas, as a general assignment reporter. At Temple, Hall is a trustee; she has also served as the 2008 Dorothy Kirsch lecturer and the 2014 SMC Winter Commencement speaker. Read more about Hall’s career in Temple magazine.
Jim Kristie ’76
Jim Kristie is editor and associate publisher of Director & Boards, which focuses on corporate governance for thought leaders. He has been the publication’s editor since 1981 and its 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. Kristie is an adjunct instructor in Temple University’s School of Media and Communication, where he teaches Advanced Public Relations Writing. He also 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.
Harvey Pollack ’43
Harvey Pollack was the only person who was active in the NBA from its inception in 1946 until his death in 2015. His life with the NBA started when he served as assistant public relations director of the Philadelphia Warriors and was promoted to director in 1952. Pollack is credited with creating many of the statistical categories now integral to professional basketball, like blocked shots, minutes played, rebounds, steals and turnovers.
He also worked in publishing, for Associated Press, International News Service, The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, TV Guide, United Press International and newspapers across the country.
When the Warriors moved to San Francisco in 1962, Pollack remained in Philadelphia, where he worked for the NBA in various capacities until the 76ers were formed in 1963. He then worked part time in public relations for the 76ers until joining them full time in 1980. And in 1987, he became director of basketball statistics.
Pollack is the only statistician in any basketball-related Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Big Five Hall of Fame, the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame and others.
Jad Sleiman ’14
One week after graduating from the School of Media and Communication, Jad Sleiman was in the heart of the Syrian warzone for three days. And the week after that, The Washington Times ran his story on Harakat Hazm, a new conglomerate of two dozen rebel groups. Read more SMC news about Sleiman.
Karen Smith ’10
From her desk in Atlanta, Karen Smith covers the globe. She’s one of CNN’s international desk assignment editors, a gatekeeper of the stories that shape the world. In addition to ensuring stories come to fruition, Smith is also charged with the care of the correspondents, working with them to get live shots on the air and securing their safety.
Smith entered Temple’s School of Media and Communication aspiring to become an international journalist. When an opportunity to network with a Temple graduate who worked at CNN at an alumni event in Atlanta, Smith jumped on it. That initial conversation led to an internship at CNN, which in turn led to her full-time job.
Ali Watkins, ’14
As an intern with McClatchy DC in 2013 and 2014, Ali Watkins helped break a national story that detailed an apparent feud between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee over a congressional report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. Now she’s a national security correspondent at BuzzFeed World. Read more about Watkins in Temple magazine.
Joby Warrick, ’82
Joby Warrick is a Washington Post reporter and a multiple Pulitzer Prize–winner. In 1996, he won the prize for public service for a five-part series on hog-waste pollution in North Carolina. He began reporting on national security and the Middle East after 9/11, and won a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS (Knopf-Doubleday 2015). Warrick is also the author of The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA (Random House, 2011). Read more SMC news about Warrick.
David Wood ’70
A journalist since 1970, David Wood is national security correspondent for The Baltimore Sun. He has also served as a staff correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, Newhouse News Service and Time magazine. He covers combat operations, foreign affairs and military issues, and is a 2012 Pulitzer Prize–winner 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, Wood has covered conflict in Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe and the Middle East.
In addition, Wood has won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Defense Reporting and other national awards. He has appeared on BBC World Service radio, CNN, CSPAN and PBS NewsHour, and has lectured at both the U.S. Army Eisenhower Fellows conference and 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.