Journalist-Author to Speak at JAMM Senior Reception

Thursday, April 21 2011

MOSCOW, Idaho – Alison Kartevold, an award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker and author, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Idaho School of Journalism and Mass Media’s senior recognition reception on Wednesday, April 27.

Kartevold, a 1988 graduate of the University of Idaho in telecommunications, will speak at 5 p.m. at the 1912 Center, 412 E. Third St. in Moscow. The reception is free and open to the public. Faculty members will present awards to outstanding seniors in each of the four majors offered by the school: advertising, public relations, journalism and broadcasting-digital media.

“Alison is well qualified to talk to our graduates about the demands and challenges they will face in their careers,” said Kenton Bird, JAMM director. “She demonstrates how a graduate can succeed in multiple careers by building upon her experiences at the University of Idaho.”

Kartevold’s background includes work as a freelance news reporter and producer on national news outlets including NBC, MSNBC and The Weather Channel; as a location producer for “NBC Nightly News” and the “Today Show”; and as a reporter and producer of more than 50 long-form programs that have been seen on public television stations around the country, including KSPS-TV in Spokane, Wash.

Kartevold’s newest venture is as an author of a children’s book, “KenKarta: Battle of the Onoxmon,” published by The Artists’ Orchard. She will sign copies of the book Thursday, April 28, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the University of Idaho Bookstore, 710 Deakin St. in Moscow. She also plans to attend the Los Angeles Book Festival April 30 and May 1.

The School of Journalism and Mass Media is a unit of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. It provides professional training for media careers in a liberal arts context. The school has more than 450 undergraduate students and graduates nearly 100 seniors each year.

For more information regarding the senior reception, please contact Sue Hinz at the School of Journalism and Mass Media, at (208) 885-8873 or
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