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Q&A with Trina Burton

Current Employer: Project Manager for Amplify Solutions, Inc. at Microsoft Major: Public Relations with an English minor Graduated: 1983 By Avery Gregurich Trina Burton’s 31-year career as a project manager has included jobs with diverse companies including Humana, T-Mobile, and the Kaufman Foundation. She currently lives and works in Redmond, Washington, as a contracted Project Manager for Microsoft. Where […]

Q&A with Adam Ghassemi

Current Job: Report/Anchor at CBS affiliate WTVF Channel 5 news in Nashville, Tennessee Major: Broadcast News and Information Systems Graduation: 2004 By Heather Kilby Since graduating from Drake in 2004, Adam Ghassemi has traveled the country doing what he loves: broadcast news. On his journey, he’s covered stories from severe car crashes to high-profile court cases […]

Q&A with Jared Hanel

Current Job: Photo Imagining & Entertainment Specialist at Walt Disney World in Orland, Florida Major: Marketing and Public Relations Graduated: 2013 By Lauren Manecke Jared Hanel couldn’t resist the magic. After participating in the Disney College Program, and he ended up back with Mickey after graduating from Drake. He moved to Florida, leaving his home in Burlington, Iowa, to […]

Q&A with Lauren Kowalsky

Current Job: Account Supervisor at Young & Rubicam in New York City Major: Advertising Graduated: 2008 By Hannah Powers It was during her college internships that Drake graduate Lauren Kowalsky learned that advertising was the career path meant for her. After earning her degree, she landed an ad agency job in New York City. Since then, she’s maintained the hectic […]

Q&A with Tamra Strentz

Current Employer: Edelman in Seattle, Washington Major: Public Relations Graduated: 1993 By Cassie Myers  Tamra Strentz spent her time at Drake University working toward a degree in Public Relations and preparing for a life in the communications field. Shortly after graduation, she worked at Edelman for almost 2 years. In 2006, she returned to the company, […]

Q&A with Lindsay Scarpello

Current Employer: Social Media Manager for Parallels in Seattle, Washington Major: Magazines and Writing Graduated: 2012  By Chance Hoener What prepared Lindsay Scarpello for her career? Her experiences while she was still at college. Working on the Drake Magazine staff and interning at Meredith Corporation for three years gave her career a kickstart; her focus guided […]

Q&A with Skylar Bergl

Current Employer: Complex Media in New York City Major: Magazine Journalism Graduated: 2012 By Paige Ernste Skylar Bergl found a way to combine his love of fashion and magazine journalism in a city known for its style: New York City. Skylar landed an internship at Popular Mechanics in New York the summer before his senior year, […]

Q&A with Alysse Gear

After graduation, Alysse Gear’s first job was somewhere most journalism majors would strive for —a widely circulated and historic publication. It was at that publication where Gear discovered her true passion, which led her out of the office and onto the farm.

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