Chips Watch: New jobs
for CQ coach Fitzpatrick, alums
Special to chipsquinn.org
Posted: Jan. 14, 2005
Awards …Jason Hidalgo (Summer 1995) is one of three winners of the 2004 Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Communication Award Eloquium for his
entry, With Every Breath, Hope. The international award
recognizes journalism that extends public awareness and understanding of chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Hidalgo is the first U.S. reporter to
win the award. See this year’s
Elvira Viveros (Summer 2003) placed 14th in the Hearst Journalism Awards
Program in feature writing. She received a certificate of merit for placing
among the top 20.
New beginnings… Chips writing coach Colleen Fitzpatrick, who has been
writing about mental health and addiction issues for magazines and newsletters
published by Manisses Communications Group in Providence, R.I., reports that
she has a new job. She becomes managing editor of a magazine devoted to her
own addiction -- gardening. Fine Gardening magazine is one of six four-color
magazines published by The Taunton Press of Newtown, Conn. Taunton is a family-owned
company started 25 years ago by Paul and Jan Roman. The stories in all the magazines
are written by practicing experts, and Fitzpatrick reports that their readers
are people who are passionate about their craft or pursuit. The Fine Gardening
staff of about 10 seeks out horticulture and garden-design experts and works
with them to share their knowledge in their own voices. Fitzpatrick says, “We
travel to visit them and their gardens and shoot photographs, and then work
with the experts to craft their stories. We publish eight issues a year, which
are available through subscriptions, or singly in bookstores and other outlets
nationwide.” Fitzpatrick plans to continue her work as a Chips coach.
Richard Koonce was photographed with Loie and John Quinn at a Freedom Forum dinner at the UNITY convention in August.
Injured in accident … Richard Koonce (inaugural
class of 1991) was seriously injured in car accident Jan.
9. Koonce was on his way home from work when his car was struck
from behind at a toll booth on the Ohio Turnpike. A weekend
reporter for the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal,
Koonce is on leave from teaching journalism and advising the
student newspaper at Norfolk State University. He is pursuing
a doctorate degree at Bowling Green State University. Cards
may be sent to him at 1703 Pierce St., Sandusky, OH 44870.
Moving up…Anthony Reyes (Summer 2001) has been promoted to chief photographer
at the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway, Ark.
Moving on … Erica Pippins (Summer 1999) is education reporter
at the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser. Pippins was a senior reporter
and ASNE/APME Fellow at The Herald in Rock Hill, S.C.
La Monica Everett-Haynes (Summer 2000) is a higher-education
reporter at Tucson (Ariz.) Citizen. Previously, she was a higher-education reporter at the Houston Chronicle.
ASNE/APME Fellow Lashonda Stinson (Summer 2000) has moved to a features-reporting
job from news reporter at the Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner.
Another ASNE/APME Fellow, Sue Stock (Summer 2000), is a business reporter
at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. She was a business reporter
at the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal.
Eddy Ramirez (Summer 2001) is a general-assignment reporter at the St.
Petersburg (Fla.) Times. Says Ramirez, “I cover Brandon and
the other bedroom communities east and south of Tampa -- a vast chunk of land
populated by retirees, military folks, farm workers and even traveling circus
performers who make this their home during the winters!”
Marci Turner (Summer 2001) has been hired as a news clerk at The
Vicksburg (Miss.) Post.
April Rushing (Fall 2001) was graduated from the University of Memphis
in December. This month, she began a new job as education reporter for The
Leaf Chronicle in Clarksville, Tenn. Says Rushing, “In addition to covering
K-12 and the local universities, I will assist with the newspaper's high school
Elisa Almodovar (Summer 2002) is a copy editor at the Denton (Texas)
Levi Long (Summer 2002) is a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star in
Leezel Tanglao (Summer 2003) was graduated from Loyola Marymount University
in December and starts the new year as a general-assignment reporter for The
Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif.
Rosalio Ahumada (Summer 2003) has joined the Merced (Calif.)
Sun-Star as an education reporter. Ahumada’s beat will include Merced
College and the University of California-Merced, scheduled to open in Fall 2005.
Telecia Baez (Summer 2003) has been named a 2005 Pulliam Fellow. Through
the program, she will be a metro reporter at the Indianapolis Star this
Tanya Caldwell (Summer 2003) will be a Summer intern at South Florida
Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale.
Stephanie Conduff (Summer 2003) will be a Summer intern at the Star Tribune
As a result of the regional Chips Quinn alum reunion in San Antonio, Texas,
Josie Garcia (Summer 2003) found a Summer copy-editing internship at
the San Antonio Express-News. She reports that it is a perfect arrangement,
as she is in school at the University of Texas-San Antonio.
More from the 2004 Summer class … Melissa Chavez has been hired as a
copy editor at The Salinas Californian.
Jillian Doria will be a Summer intern at the New York Daily
News. Says Doria, “I'm excited to see what the environment is like and to
experience the dynamics of the Big Apple.”
Patricia Ho is now a business reporter at the Merced Sun-Star, where
she joins Rosalio Ahumada in the newsroom.
Nicole Pegues was graduated from the University
of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign in December and is off this month to Northwestern
University's graduate program in magazine publishing.
More updates … Sherry Parfait (Summer 1994) was graduated in December
from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor of science degree in recording-industry management.
Miraj Berry (Summer 2003) was graduated from the University of Rhode
Island in May and offered a job as assignment editor at WJAR-TV in Providence.
Alex Medina (Summer 2003) was graduated
from Kansas State University in December and will be an intern at Sen. Sam Brownback’s
(R-Kan.) Washington, D.C., office starting this month.
Baby … Anthony Reyes (Summer 2001) is a proud dad to Cruz Anthony born Oct. 15. Says
Reyes, “Mom Angie and baby are doing just fine.”
Congratulations to all, and to all a Happy 2005. Keep your news coming. Send
updates to Program Coordinator Michelle Hedenskoog.
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