Arek Sarkissian, former Wildcat reporter and summer editor in chief, circa 2000-2003, has been chosen to be among six American journalists to take part in a week-long exchange program in Turkey and Armenia this summer, sponsored by the International Center for Journalists.
Sarkissian, who now reports for the Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press, won first place for both investigative reporting and spot news photography from the Georgia Press Association this spring when he was at the Savannah Morning News.
More than 150 Daily Wildcat alumni and friends gathered at the University Marriott in Tucson on March 26 to induct 13 alumni into the paper’s Hall of Fame and recognize the achievements of 10 young alumni.
It was the 5th induction of a Hall of Fame class and the second ceremony honoring young alumni achievers. The event featured a reception, dinner and presentation program. Jeffrey L. Sklar, editor in chief of the Wildcat in 2002 and 2003, assisted in presenting the young alumni awards. James W. Johnson, professor emeritus of journalism and a member of the Hall of Fame’s 2003 class, introduced the newest Hall of Famers.
Eight decades of Wildcat alumni and staff were represented, from the 1940s to 2010s, demonstrating again the Wildcat’s powerful legacy and impact.
From marketing and PR pros to awarding winning journalists to an Iraqi war veteran and author, the 2011 Daily Wildcat Young Alumni Award winners represent high achieving accomplishments. They will be honored at the Wildcat Alumni Hall of Fame banquet and reunion on March 26 in Tucson.
Michael Barber, a digital marketing strategist who was a Wildcat account exec
Dave Cieslak, founder of Scutari and Cieslak PR (and former daily newspaper reporter) who was Wildcat editor in chief
Jennifer Duffy, PR manager for the Loews golf resorts in Tucson and Las Vegas who was a Wildcat managing editor
Ryan Gabrielson, a 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner who was a reporter on the Wildcat
Djamila Grossman, photographer for the Salt Lake City Tribune and a Wildcat reporter and photographer
Luke Larson, a Marine veteran of 2 tours in Iraq and author of “The Senator’s Son” who was Wildcat sales manager
Nate Olivarez-Giles, a reporter with the LA Times and a Wildcat reporter and photo editor
Nicole Santa Cruz, also a reporter for the LA Times and Wildcat editor in chief
Daniel Scarpinato, communications director for the Arizona legislature (majority) and a Wildcat editor in chief
Maxx Wolfson, field editor for Getty Images and a Wildcat sports editor
The Daily Wildcat Young Alumni Award was established in 2008 to recognize outstanding young alumni who have been out of school within the past 10 years. It is presented every two to three years in conjunction with the Daily Wildcat Hall of Fame.
The 2011 Hall of Fame nominees, announced earlier, can be found here.
You’re invited to honor and celebrate the 2011 Hall of Fame inductees and the Young Alumni winners on March 26, 2011. The dinner ceremony will be held at the Marriott University Park Hotel. Stay tuned for details.