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Alumni News: Black, Freeman, LeZotte, Ledford, Redman

Alumni News Jan. 2015

Casey Black (BS/JEM ’14) was selected for the UT Congressional Internship Program.  The Memphis JEM graduate is working in the office of Senator Lamar Alexander on Capitol Hill. Her experience with social media and working on the Medal of Honor project were key factors in helping her earn the internship.

In addition to CCI Director of Development Patrick Powell, two CCI alumni were named to the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s list of “40 Under Forty.”  Erin Burns Freeman (BS/PR ‘02), senior account executive at Ackermann PR and Anne LeZotte (BS/PR ‘02), communications manager at Pilot Flying J, were also part of the 2015 class. To view their profiles, visit

Joey Ledford (BS/JEM ’78), U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Southeast Region II public affairs officer, has published his debut novel, “Speed Trap.” A long time journalist, Ledford has already begun writing his next novel.

Nashville resident and textile artist Daren Rabiner Redman (BS/JEM ’82) was recently interviewed by about her work and upcoming Artist in Residency at Grand Canyon National Park. Redman finds her journalism skills helpful when promoting her artwork. “My degree helps me with the ins and outs of how to approach the media and how to be sensitive to their deadlines.”