George Morley/Charlie Kennedy Business Development Center Dedication

George Morley and Charlie Kennedy may have roots from different eras, being about 40 years apart in age. But when it came to spirit, work ethic, integrity and the impact each had on those around them and on the Arizona Daily Wildcat, it’s difficult not to see a duo cut from the same cloth.

With a group of more than 75 that included family and friends, Wildcat alumni and professional staff and students, these kindred spirits were honored, fittingly, together on April 10 with the official dedication of the “George B. Morley II and Charlie Kennedy Business Development Center.”

George Morley II
George B. Morley II

Morley, a former 28-year member of the U.S. Foreign Service, enjoyed a lengthy second career at the Wildcat, setting high standards with a high moral code from 1978-1993 as the Wildcat’s advertising manager. Kennedy, a Morley protégé from 1990-1992, passed away far too young but is revered to this day by his former colleagues – in addition to still being known as “George’s favorite.”

Charlie Kennedy
Charlie Kennedy

At the event, Chris Oldre paid tribute to both men. “George gave all the student salespeople the chance to grow up. He taught us ambition, commitment, responsibility and integrity. And he did it in a way that was serious, but it was inspirational, while pointing our compasses toward maturity and success.

Charlie had this ability – he could be charming, honest and persuasive. We were all completely inspired by Charlie every day – his interests, his curiosity, and his passion made him magnetic.”

Oldre, a Daily Wildcat alumnus (’92) who worked as a sales rep under George alongside Charlie, spearheaded the efforts in recent years to honor Morley and Kennedy. With the support of many others, as part of the Wildcat’s recent “Innovation in Media Campaign”, the fundraising effort has brought in more than $80,000 to date.

Overlooking the Wildcat’s sales and marketing area, a new sign honoring George and Charlie was unveiled as part of the dedication. The sign was donated by Custom Sign Factory, an Atlanta, Georgia-based company owned by the family of Dustin Potalivo, George’s grandson.

Chris & Charlie
Chris & Charlie
George, Charlie, Marion Morley

“George and Charlie began working together in the fall of 1990. Although these guys were like 40 years apart, these two shared an immediate and mutual bond. Father son, teacher student, brothers…George was Charlie’s favorite teacher; Charlie was George’s favorite student,” Oldre added.

“From the moment Charlie got the job, he was the best salesperson on staff. Charlie had this ability – he could be charming, honest and persuasive. We were all completely inspired by Charlie every day – his interests, his curiosity, and his passion made him magnetic. His support for his friends and colleagues was completely unwavering. Charlie dreamed the biggest dreams, and he believed in every one of them. … He never second-guessed his passions, and he was unafraid of his ambitions.

“George and Charlie influenced and inspired so many of us. And I’m positive that their spirit and this memorial will continue to point all kinds of others toward their own passions, impact and success.”

View more photos of the event here.


2016 Open House at the Daily Wildcat

On October 29th, more than 30 former Daily Wildcatters visited the newsroom and toured the Student Media facility, including the studios of KAMP Student Radio and UATV3. Current staffers answered questions about the print Wildcat and, and showed off their newest digital media tools.

*****Daily Wildcat Homecoming Tour!*****

Newsroom stat trackingOn Saturday, October 29th between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., drop by and take a tour of the updated Daily Wildcat newsroom!  Designed to encourage collaboration, innovation, and simply hanging out, we’ve added couches (green), tables for laptops and small group meetings, and large screens which livestream 24/7 digital stats, traffic patterns and social media activity.

You can also tour the entire Student Media facility, including the one-of-a-kind KAMP Student Radio studio.  If you attend the 10:30 a.m. School of Journalism Homecoming gathering (details here), Student Media director Brett Fera will escort you down the  street to the Wildcat afterwards.

We’re in the Park Student Union at 615 N Park Avenue – between Kaibab/Huachuca residence hall and the volleyball courts. Our entrances on Park and off the west courtyard are separate from the main union. Questions? Email Brett or call him at (520) 621-3408.

Woodhams Retires!

Wildcat Alumni and Woodhams
Woodhams and some of the Daily Wildcat alumni attendees

He came. He saw. He blew the doors off the ‘Glass House.’

After 31 years as a presence across the national student media landscape, Mark Woodhams, director of Arizona Student Media and adviser to The Daily Wildcat for more than two decades, retired on February 28th.

That evening, more than 150 current and former students, family members, friends and colleagues celebrated Mark at a party held at Amalour restaurant in Tucson. The event was spiked with reunions, speeches, gifts and farewells as those impacted by Mark’s work honored him.

Here are some photos for now, and a video is forthcoming.

2014 Hall of Fame video and slideshow online

You can now watch a video of the full 2014 Hall of Fame ceremony online. We’ve also posted a slideshow.  11 new Hall of Famers were inducted and 9 Young Alumni were recognized at the January 25th celebration.

2014 Hall of Fame inductees, left to right: Frank Rizzo, John D'Anna, Tim Fuller, Mark Emmons, Joe Cole, Joshua Moss, Joni Hirsch Blackman, Chris Oldre
2014 Hall of Fame inductees, left to right: Frank Rizzo, John D’Anna, Tim Fuller, Mark Emmons, Joe Cole, Joshua Moss, Joni Hirsch Blackman, Chris Oldre

Alumni Reunion and Hall of Fame Banquet Set for Jan. 25th, 2014

SaveTheDateEleven Daily Wildcat alumni will be inducted into the Wildcat Alumni Hall of Fame early next year. Join other Wildcat alumni and friends in celebrating the achievements of this distinguished group on Jan. 25 at the University Marriott in Tucson. View banquet details and how to order your tickets.

You can also watch a slideshow of the nominees during their Wildcat days


Nearly 100 Daily Wildcat staff turned out for our annual awards banquet on May 4, held once again on the lovely patio at Old Pueblo Grille. Staff were honored for year-long achievement in such areas as reporting, sales, customer service, graphic design, photography, illustrations, copy editing, multimedia and much more. This year we added the Wildcat Impact Award “for innovation and enterprise”, which was won by students in 3 different areas of the operation. From the newsroom, Colin Darland earned an Impact award for his redesign of the online paper; from advertising, Daniela Saylor was honored for her success coaching and training peers in sales; and from production, Lindsey Cook was recognized for stepping up as senior production coordinator and revamping several kep production processes.

Winning the signature advertising award – The George Morley Award for Achievement – was Jasmin Bell, a 3-year veteran of our classifieds advertising office.  The Clyde Lowery Award for Professionalism and Integrity, the newsroom’s major honor, was won by Heather Price-Wright, another multi-year veteran who served as opinions editor and copy chief.

A number of graduating seniors were honored for their service to the paper with a Daily Wildcat Alumni Award. On hand to present these awards on behalf of all Wildcat alumni were former EIC Alex Dalenberg and former photo editor Lisa Beth Earle. Winners are (including major positions held):

  • Jessica Leftault, Design Chief, Managing Editor
  • Mike Christy, Photographer, Photo Editor
  • Bethany Barnes, Reporter, Asst News Editor
  • Tim Kosch, Sports Editor
  • Ken Contrata, Copy Chief, Managing Editor
  • Heather Price-Wright, Opinions Editor, Copy Chief
  •  Bryan Roy, Online Editor, Sports Writer
  •  Brandon Specktor, Arts Editor
  •  Christine Bryant, Graphic Designer
  •  Sarah Dalton, Sales Coordinator, Advertising Rep
  • Grego Moore, Advertising Rep
  •  Daniela Saylor, Advertising Rep
  •  Jasmin Bell, Classified Advertising


2011 members of Wildcat Hall of Fame

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.

Click here for a pdf of the Hall of Fame program.

Click here for a selection of photos from the dinner and reunion.


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.

Read more about this year’s young alumni winners. They are:

  • 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.