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Annual Alumni Awards

Advertising Alumni Award Winners

2019Leslie Osborne (97′)Chief Executive Officer, Watauga Group/CyBear Interactive
2018Curtis Rose (’03)Chief Operating Officer, EP+Co
2017Erin Hauck (’07)Senior Director of Digital Investment, Hearts & Science
2016Erik Izo (’87)Group Creative Director, mcgarrybowen, NYC
2015Adam Brown (‘94)Executive Strategist, Salesforce.com
2014Dana McCullough (’95)Vice President – Account Director, McCann Erickson
2013Kevin Kirksey (’98)Senior Director for Brand Communications & Digital, Nike North America

Communications Studies Alumni Award Winners

2019Graham Thomas (’08)Deputy Director of Partnerships, tnAchieves
2018Heather Fasano (MS ’15; BA ’12)Associate Sales Representative, Medtronic – Carolinas Region
2017Amy Harp Donahue (MS ’11; BA ’09)Director of Marketing and Communications, River City Company
2016Tiffany M. Haverly (’08)Communications Director, US Representative
Phil Roe (R/TN)
2015Elizabeth Clement Webb (‘03)Special Assistant to the Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
2014Tyler Summitt (’13)Head Coach, Louisiana Tech Women’s Basketball Team
2013Dean Rice (’94)Chief of Staff, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett

Information Sciences Alumni Award Winners

2019Zoe Hoyle (’94)Science Writer/Editor (retired), U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station
2018Sandra Treadway, PhD (MS ’07)Librarian & State Archivist of Virginia, Library of Virginia
2017Kendra Albright (PhD ’02; MS ’85)Director – School of Information Science, Kent State University
2016Gloria Sharrar (’82)Senior Vice President of Technology & Operations(retired), Bank of America
2015Dr. Danuta Nitecki (‘76)Dean of Libraries and Professor, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University
2014Marcellus Turner (’88)City Librarian, Seattle Public Library System
2013Dr. Shali Zhang (’88)Dean of Libraries & Professor, University of Montana

Journalism and Electronic Media Alumni Award Winners

2019Sharrie WilliamsNews Anchor, WPVI-TV, 6ABC Philadelphia
2018Frank Gibson (’76)Public Policy Director, Tennessee Press Association (retired)
2017Steve Dean (’74)Owner – FamFive Productions; creator – WBIR-TV’s Heartland Series
2016Knight Stivender (’99)Director of Marketing & Business Development, Alcott Marketing Science; Co-Founder & CEO, Girls To The Moon
2015Tori Blase (‘93)Supervisor & Executive Producer, CNN
2014Viola Gienger (’84)Senior Writer, United States Institute of Peace
2013Dean Littleton (’92)Vice President & General Manager, WATE-TV Knoxville

Public Relations Alumni Award Winners

2019Ed Patterson (’89)Vice President of Communications, Madison Square Garden Company
2018Rebecca Huckaby (MS ’03)Vice President of Public Relations, Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority
2017Kellie Davie (11)Founder of KeyCom PR
2016Tiffany Utsman Carpenter (’96)Associate Vice President of Marketing, The University of Tennessee System
2015Ellen Liston (‘84)Publicist, The Dollywood Company
2014Isaac Wright (’03)Vice President, American Bridge & Correct the Record 2016
2013Mary Beth West (’94)Principal, Mary Beth West Consulting