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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:00 AM

Bissinger's new gig: radio talk show host

Buzz Bissinger '76 has certainly has had a busy spring.

He released a personal book about his relationship with his son. And it was recently announced that he will be writing the screenplay for the film adaptation of his book Three Nights in August.

Now Bissinger, a former DP Sports Editor and Editorial Page Chairman, has added the role of radio host to his already packed schedule. On June 25, he began hosting an afternoon drive show (3-7 p.m. daily) on Philadelphia CBS station Talk Radio 1210 WPHT (1210-AM). The show is co-hosted by longtime Philadelphia radio host Steve Martorano.

"This will be my first regular full-time gig on radio,” Bissinger told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Actually [it'll be] my first time I've worked for someone in 20 years."

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:00 AM

Gabriele Marcotti joins ESPN

Gabriele Marcotti '95, has spent the past decade building his reputation as an expert international soccer journalist. This month, he added ESPN to his resume of employers.

ESPN announced that Marcotti signed a multi-year deal to create content across multiple ESPN media as a writer and analyst. He will appear regularly on "Press Pass," the network's nightly soccer disscussion show, as well as write for ESPNFC, the upcoming multi-language, multi-country soccer brand under which ESPN will house all of its soccer properties in the near future.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed watching, consuming -- and, periodically, contributing to -- ESPN's soccer coverage around the world," Marcotti says. "ESPN brings a uniquely global and distinctive offering to soccer fans, and one which I'm looking forward to working on."

The Italian-born Marcotti, who now lives in London, is a former DP reporter and Editorial Page Editor. 

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:00 AM

New York, Philly wrap up summer DPAA get-togethers

The DPAA's first-ever summer of get-togethers in cities around the country came to a rousing conclusion with events in New York this week and Philadelphia last week, which followed get-togethers in Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. last month.

Never a group to shy away from a drink or two, nearly 70 past and present Daily Pennsylvanian staff members gathered at Central Bar in New York City on Tuesday, July 24.

The get-together, organized by David Burrick '06 and Rod Kurtz '02, saw the largest turnout of DP alumni since the newspaper's 125th anniversary celebration in Philadelphia three years ago. With more DP alumni than any other city in the world, the turnout in New York exceeded expectations. The more than 70 attendees at the New York event spanned six decades, from the class of 1969 (Mark Lieberman) to recent 2012 graduates (Jennifer Scuteri, Unnati Dass, Jessica Goodman, Jared McDonald, Ali Kokot, Samantha Sharf) -- plus nine current DP editors and staff members and DP General Manager Eric Jacobs and Operations Director Katherine Ross.

"I remember attending one these happy hours as a summer intern in Washington over a decade ago, and it was so much fun connecting with such a wide range of alums," Kurtz said. "I'm thrilled we we able to bring these events back and introduce a whole new generation of DPers."

A week earlier, in Philadelphia, a smaller group of alumni met at Old City's National Mechanics on July 18 -- one of the hottest days of the year. "We were quite thankful the air conditioning was working," said organizer Kent Malmros '00.

"It seemed like everyone had a nice time visiting with fellow classmates and networking with alumni they didn't know," Jacobs said after the concluding get-together in New York. "A common parting salutation in both Philadelphia and New York was 'let's do this again!' And based on the enthusiasm for the events we held this summer, I'm sure we will."

For more pictures from these get-togethers, visit the DPAA's Facebook page.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:00 AM

Clemson Smith Muniz: a leader in Spanish sports broadcasting

It is a Monday morning, and Clemson Smith Muniz (C ’79) sounds a lot more energetic on the phone than he did the night before.

On Sunday, the New York Jets had battled the Miami Dolphins in a grueling game that was not decided until a Jets field goal in overtime. Smith Muniz described every excruciating detail as the play-by-play voice of “Los Jets en espanol.”

“That was a tough one,” the former DP co-sports editor is saying.

“The game was sloppy, and the Jets played poorly. I began with the pre-game show, at 12:30 -- and then there was the post-game show. I broadcast for five hours straight.”

He has the DP to blame. It launched him into what would become a career as one of the leading Spanish-language sports announcers in America.

Smith Muniz was among the first sports broadcasters hired when ESPN created its first Spanish-language sister network, ESPN International.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:00 AM

Two new DPAA Board of Directors members appointed

The Daily Pennsylvanian Alumni Association is pleased to announce its two newest Board members: Nick Plagge '01 and Julie Steinberg '09.

Before graduating in 2001, Plagge held positions as Design Editor and DailyPennsylvanian.com Editor, and sat on the DP Executive Board. He started his career with 4 years on Wall Street trading ETFs on the floor of the American Stock Exchange. After a brief west coast stint, he moved back to the east coast and a year of overseas consulting work in Abu Dhabi. He then returned to Philadelphia, where he helped establish, with his brother and cousin, a real estate investment operation with properties in south-, southwest-, and west-Philadelphia and in Germantown. In the fall of 2011, Nick led that same partnership to establish a center city-based stock trading operation in an effort to capitalize on Philly-based securities industry professionals seeking a trading platform and short- and medium term funding. Plagge's current projects also include a subscription-based real estate investment website servicing the probate investment community, and a business development role at his family's tour operator business. He is extremely excited to incorporate his varied entrepreneurial and finance-related career experiences in his role as a member of the DPAA Board of Directors. He currently lives in south Philly.

Steinberg is a 2009 College graduate. While at the DP, she served as minority affairs and graduate schools beat reporter, Spin opinion blogger and print columnist. She also worked as the film editor for 34th Street magazine. After graduating, she interned at The Wall Street Journal and was hired for its online financial website, FINS.com, as a reporter. She joined The Wall Street Journal's Money & Investing section as a reporter in August 2012, where she now covers private banking and wealth management. 

They replace Steve Klitzman '66 and Justin Schechter '77, both of whom made important contributions to the DPAA Board over the past three and four years of service, respectively.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:00 AM

DP wins two 2012 Pacemaker awards

At the largest college media conference in the country on November 3 in Chicago, the DP was presented with two Pacemaker awards -- widely regarded as the most prestigious awards in college journalism -- for the print newspaper and the paper's website.

The Associated Collegiate Press annually recognizes excellence in college journalism by bestowing Pacemaker Awards to newspapers, magazines, websites, and yearbooks. The awards, which are informally considered the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize for college newspapers, generally go to the five publications judged best in the country.

It was the first Pacemaker for the DP since back-to-back wins in 2007 and 2008. The DP has now received the Pacemaker Award a total of nine times since 1997, including four consecutive years from 2001-2004.

But the good news for the DP didn't end there. The DP's website, theDP.com, received its first-ever Pacemaker when the awards were announced in Chicago. The website has been a frequent finalist in recent years, but the site's complete overhaul and redesign in fall 2011 led to the website's first national Pacemaker award.

The four other daily newspaper winners were The Daily Northwestern,the Minnesota Daily, the Syracuse Daily Orange, and Penn State Daily Collegian. For newspaper websites at schools with greater than 20,000 students, the DP was one of six winners, along with The Daily Californian, The Michigan Daily, the Minnesota Daily, the Missouri Maneater, and the North Carolina Daily Tar Heel.

You can read about these and other awards on the DPAA website on the Awards page (under the "At the DP" menu above.)

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Friday, May 04, 2012 12:00 AM

New David Cohen book: conservative politics, liberal ideas

New books from DP alumni authors seem to be pouring off the presses these days. Hitting the bookshelves on May 2: a new non-fiction work from David B. Cohen '81: Left-Hearted, Right-Minded: Why Conservative Policies Are The Best Way To Achieve Liberal Ideals.

Cohen, a Los Angeles attorney, is a self-professed former liberal who served in the Bush administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior and as a member of President Bush’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.At the DP, Cohen was a reporter and City Editor.

From the publisher: The book starts out as a political memoir with two protagonists: Liberal Dave, the person that the author was in his youth, and ConservaDave, the person the author ultimately became. Liberal Dave was a typical American kid -- if by 'typical' you mean a Jewish Samoan being raised by a single mother in an extended working class family. The author takes us on an amusing journey in which Liberal Dave, a staunch progressive with little tolerance for conservatives, eventually becomes a conservative himself -- without abandoning the concerns and ideals he held as a liberal. We get to listen in on debate between Liberal Dave and ConservaDave on a wide range of issues, including capitalism, Occupy Wall Street, Steve Jobs, taxing the rich, and much more. The book then moves into an issue-by-issue demonstration of its central thesis: that conservative policies are indeed the best way to achieve liberal ideals."

"I'm not trying to argue with liberals, who are well represented among my dear friends and family," Cohen says. "I'm trying to start a conversation. In the book, I try to support conservative policy positions using arguments that would have resonated with me when I was a liberal."

Cohen tells the DPAA that "the book talks a good deal about my time at the DP -- including when my good friend, Dom Manno, wished death on President Reagan. I hope our members, especially my contemporaries, will find my recollections accurate and entertaining."

[Editor's note: DP Alumni can browse and purchase books by fellow DP alumni in the Amazon-powered DPAA Bookstore. To see the latest from David Cohen, and hundreds of other books from DP alumni authors, visit the DPAA Bookstore. Purchases via this website provide a small contribution to the DPAA.]

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Thursday, May 03, 2012 12:00 AM

Elfin on the future of journalism

David Elfin '81 recently sat down with CollegeMagazine.com to talk about the state of journalism today. 

Elfin is currently a columnist for 106.7 "The Fan" in Washington, D.C. after having worked as a sports beat reporter for The Washington Times for 23 years (most of them covering the Washington Redskins). He spent 12 years on the Board, and two as president, of the Pro Football Writers of America. At the DP, he was a sportswriter for four years as well as sports editor for 34th Street Magazine.

He railed against amateurs breaking news online, even though they don't have the contacts, conduct the interviews, or have the training and experience of professional journalists. "You could sit in your dorm room, never having interviewed a player, and your opinion on cyberspace is equal to mine. That to me is a little scary," he said.

The idea that anyone can be a journalist due to blogs and Twitter, Elfin argues, is "bad because I still think it’s a profession. It’s not just some fly-by-night thing. This is something I’ve devoted my whole life to basically and to think that you might have an amateur breaking the news -- how would you feel if you had an amateur cutting you open in surgery or an amateur designing a bridge?”

As for the future of journalism, Elfin said it depends on the current generation of young adults. "You have gotten used to the idea of not paying for content. Well, who do you think makes the content? I don’t know what the future is because no one wants to pay anyone to do anything. Everyone wants it on the Internet and wants it free. So until that stops, why would you go into journalism?”

Click here to read the full interview.

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Thursday, May 03, 2012 12:00 AM

Alan Schwarz & the 92-year-old bootlegger

New York Times reporter Alan Schwarz '90 was recently featured on influential media blog JimRomenesko.com. Romenesko interviewed Schwarz about recent front-page article he wrote for the Times about 92-year-old Hyman Strachman. 

Schwarz had heard from a friend about how Strachman was making bootleg DVDs and sending them to American troops stationed around the world. Schwarz was able to track down Strachman, who lives in Long Island, and talk to him about why he started his pirated DVD program.

"He was nothing but a delight," Schwarz, a former editor of the Weekly Pennsylvanian and Summer Pennsylvanian, told Romenesko. "He was charming, he was a fun story teller. He acknowledged what he did was illegal -- he wasn't oblivious to that." Romenesko details how Schwarz came upon the story, which Schwartz describes as the lucky happenstance of being mentioned in conversation with an old friend during their respective five year old kids' play-date. "As soon as she said, 'he’s a 92-year-old guy bootlegging DVDs for the troops,' I knew it would be on the front page of the New York Times."

To read the New York Times piece, click here. To read the Romenesko piece, click here.

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Thursday, May 03, 2012 12:00 AM

Lieber: High-Impact Writer

DP alums in the Dallas-Fort Worth area interested in writing should come see DP alum Dave Lieber '79 when he speaks at the DFW Writers' Conference on May 19th.

Lieber, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Watchdog columnist, will lead a session called "The High-Impact Writer," where he will talk about ways to write and create change in the world.

Prior to writing columns in Texas, Lieber got his start writing columns for the DP, where he was a reporter and editorial page columnist from 1975-79. He is also the author of several books. His latest, Bad Dad, was released last year, and Dave Lieber's Watchdog Nation: Bite Back When Businesses and Scammers Do You Wrong was released in a new 2012 edition earlier this year. 

For more on the Writer's Conference event, click here.

[Editor's note: DP Alumni can browse and purchase books by fellow DP alumni in the Amazon-powered DPAA Bookstore. To see the latest from Dave Lieber, and hundreds of other books from DP alumni authors, visit the DPAA Bookstore. Purchases via this website provide a small contribution to the DPAA.]

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Thursday, May 03, 2012 12:00 AM

Weddings: Rachel Feintzeig

Congrats to former DP Managing Editor Rachel Feintzeig '07 on her marriage to fellow Penn alum David Bennett April 28 in New Haven.

Feintzeig currently covers bankruptcy and restructuring for Dow Jones Newswires in New York. She also serves on the DPAA Board of Directors.

Check out the wedding announcement in the New York Times.

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Thursday, May 03, 2012 12:00 AM

Maria Popova: curator of the Internet, defender of books

Maria Popova '07 is well known for her blog Brain Pickings, where she curates the Web for interesting stories, art and ideas. 

Popova, who worked at the DP as an advertising representative and assistant advertising manager, recently sat down with Findings (another new media website which allows readers to post clips of what they're reading and discuss them) to talk about about the future of books and the written word.

Papova argues for the continued existence of books in this increasingly digital age. Although the Kindle app on her iPad is her "weapon of choice", she said tries to read one "old book" for every new one she reads on her digital tablet. "Books, with their inherent pace and timescale, invite -- force, one might say -- writers to step back from that haste and reflect more deeply on what is being written, research it more thoroughly, deliver it more eloquently, argue it with better-substantiated conviction. Though books have a long history of being proclaimed dead, I trust they will endure, in one form or another -- it's simply too important to preserve that mode of arguing ideas."

Click here to read the full story.

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Thursday, May 03, 2012 12:00 AM

Sidman: Young & Hungry

Jessica Sidman '08 has been named the new food editor at Washington City Paper. She'll be writing food column for the weekly paper's print edition, and produce its "Young & Hungry" food blog.

In a blog post about hiring Sidman, the paper's editor wrote, "She's an immensely well-connected reporter who's been a scoop machine for Bisnow. She demonstrated her chops as an elegant, thoughtful writer in prior intern stints at Washingtonian, the Dallas Morning News, and USA Today. She's also a deeply entrepreneurial journalist: Recognizing that food is a big piece of the culture and the economy of a city, she conceptualized and launched Bisnow's dining newsletter—which today has thousands of subscribers. At Washingtonian, she shot video in addition to writing about food, a skill she'll bring to bear here as well. And she started her own blog about ice cream, The Frozen Fix."

At the DP, Sidman was a beat reporter from 2004-07. She also served as 34th Street Features Editor in Spring 2006 and Interim Assignments Editor in 2006. At the Washington City Paper, she joins another DP alum, Mike Madden '98, who is the paper's managing editor.

Click here to read an announcement on her hiring.

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Thursday, May 03, 2012 12:00 AM

Babies: Jeremy Kahn

The newest output from Jeremy Kahn '96 isn't a story about billionaire Richard Branson disrupting the British banking industry. (That was in March.) No, his latest production is his new son, Gabriel, born April 11 in London, where Kahn and his wife Victoria now live.

"After almost four years living in India and freelancing for publications that included Newsweek, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Smithsonian and The Boston Globe, in April of this past year I moved to London," Kahn wrote on the DPAA website recently. "I am now working as a writer for Bloomberg Markets, the monthly business magazine Bloomberg publishes."

Kahn's son joins older sister Cordelia who, Kahn says, "is relishing her role as big sister... helping us take care of Gabriel, giving him lots of love and already telling him what to do."

Kahn was a news reporter, Senior Editor and Managing Editor at the DP.

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Thursday, May 03, 2012 12:00 AM

Passings: Roy Menzel '38

Roy Menzel '38 passed away April 14 in his life-long home of Stevens Point, WI.

Menzel, a DP sportswriter from 1934-1936, was 95. He worked in marketing communications and community relations for Sentry Insurance for more than 20 years before forming his own PR consulting company. He was active in numerous service organizations in his hometown, and received several Distinguished Citizen Awards from area groups. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Margaret, and seven sons.

One of his sons, William Menzel, wrote of his father's Penn pride. "He was the Spoonman that year [1938], and the spoon was proudly displayed on his casket at the funeral."

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 12:00 AM

Erik Larson on tour 

Best-selling author Erik Larson '76 will be making a several appearances in the coming weeks across the country. A former Wall Street Journal features writer and ongoing contributing writer for Time magazine, Larson has written four non-fiction books. His latest, In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and An American Family in Hitler's Berlin, was published last year.

On May 1st, Larson will deliver the keynote address at Facing History and Ourselves' 21st annual Chicago Benefit dinner on May 1st. For more information on that event, click here.

Then on May 5th, Larson will be appearing at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati. For more info on that event, click here.

On May 8th, he will be speaking at The Music Hall for Writers on a New England Stage in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For more info on that event, click here.

The New York Times also reports that Larson is writing a new book on the sinking of the Lusitania, which is set to be released in 2015.

[Editor's note: DP Alumni can browse and purchase books by fellow DP alumni in the Amazon-powered DPAA Bookstore. To see the latest from Erik Larson, and hundreds of other books from DP alumni authors, visit the DPAA Bookstore. Purchases via this website provide a small contribution to the DPAA.]

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Monday, April 23, 2012 12:00 AM

Latest DP & DPAA Awards

The DP and its staff have recently won a number of awards. The business staff received eight awards in late March in the annual CNBAM (College Newspaper Business & Advertising Managers) contest. And DP staff members received a total of 39 Gold Circle awards for print and online work from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

Earlier this year, at the annual DP staff banquet, the DPAA honored 5 students for their exemplary work in business, photography and writing.

For the details on all these awards, check out the Awards page under "At the DP" in the menu bar, or simply click here to jump to the page.

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Monday, April 23, 2012 12:00 AM

Coming this summer...
DPAA get-togethers in a city (maybe) near you

The DPAA is working on organizing a series of casual summer get-togethers for DP alumni in cities around the US. Plans are underway for events in Philadelphia, New York, Washington, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Alumni in each city are working on securing a location for an after-work get-together in each city; dates and locations will be announced in May. 

If you're interested in helping out in one of those cities -- or want to organize something in anther city, contact DPAA President David Burrick.

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Monday, April 23, 2012 12:00 AM

Bissinger revisits Friday Night Lights

Buzz Bissinger '76, who has just released a follow-up to his iconic tale of high school football in small-town Texas, Friday Night Lights, will make several upcoming appearances in Philadelphia. Twenty-two years after the original, the After Friday Night Lights sequel was released as an online-only ebook short.

Bissinger, a former DP Sports Editor and Editorial Page Chairman, will discuss his books May 10 at a fundraising event for Spells Writing Lab at Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Center City. The non-profit aims to develop the creative and expository writing skills of school-age children through free, fun, and imaginative writing programs and teacher development opportunities. For more information on the event, click here.

Bissinger's new, very personal memoir, Father's Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son, will be released May 15. (An except was published in this week's Newsweek.) He will appear at a free event at the Philadelphia Free Library on May 16 to talk about the book. For more information on the event, click here. Bissinger will then embark on a short tour of appearances and book signings around the country. 

[Editor's note: DP Alumni can browse and purchase books by fellow DP alumni in the Amazon-powered DPAA Bookstore. To see the latest from Buzz Bissinger, and hundreds of other books from DP alumni authors, visit the DPAA Bookstore. Purchases via this website provide a small contribution to the DPAA.]

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From the DP General Manager

2012: Challenges & opportunities

These are the times that try men's souls (No, too extreme.)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was (Nope, overly melodramatic.)

Alright, let's just say that the past few years at the DP have been full of challenges, with some bright spots and promising signs along with some troubling trends. And as we near the year's midpoint, 2012 is providing more of the same.

The DP will record an unprecedented fourth consecutive year running in the red when the 2011-12 school year comes to an end this June. The losses so far have been covered by surpluses from previous years, but if the paper continues operating at a deficit, within one or two years it will need to dip into its Development Fund, which is intended to be used for a new office sometime in the future.

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Friday, April 20, 2012 12:00 AM

Two alums join DPAA Board

The Daily Pennsylvanian Alumni Board is pleased to welcome two new members – Joel Siegel '79 and Robin Fields '89.

Siegel, a former DP Features Editor and reporter, currently works at ABC News, where he is a Head Writer and Producer. Prior to joining the TV world, he worked at the New York Daily News, where he was a Senior Political Correspondent and City Hall Bureau Chief. Siegel also previously worked for The Associated Press. He is no newcomer to DPAA activities, having critiqued the paper and spoken at the Marquez Journalism Conference a number of times.

Fields, a former editor of 34th Street, is an editor at ProPublica, a non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. She worked as an investigative reporter at the Los Angeles Times before joining ProPublica and has also worked at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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Friday, April 20, 2012 12:00 AM

2012 Marquez Conference scheduled

The DP's 27th annual Steven A. Marquez Journalism Conference has been scheduled for Sunday, September 23, 2012.

The conference brings more than a dozen DP alumni working in journalism to campus for an afternoon of panel discussions with current student editors and staff members of the DP. The sessions aim to both inspire and give practical pointers to the DP's journalists.

The annual fall conference was, in its second year, named in memory of Steven A. Marquez '79, a former DP Managing Editor who was a reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News when he died in 1987 at the age of 29. Marquez, a native Philadelphian, was a strong supporter of the city's local communities and was widely praised for his neighborhoods coverage while at the Daily News. He had maintained close contact with the DP in the years after his graduation, and had been elected to serve on the DP Alumni Association Board of Directors just before his death.

As always, all DP alums are welcome to participate in the conference as either panelists or guests. If you are interested in attending, please contact this year's conference coordinator, Jeff Shafer '06.

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Friday, April 20, 2012 12:00 AM

Dash leaves NYT for Treasury

Eric Dash '02 left the New York Times after 8 years to take a post in the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington. Dash (who is a member of the DPAA Board of Directors) covered the banking industry for the Times, during one of the most interesting and news-making times for the banking industry since the Great Depression. His new position at the Treasury is Senior Advisor for Policy and Communications.

Dash said he now works with the public affairs team to help drive the Treasury's ongoing efforts to provide fact-based, data-driven content on the Administration’s economic policies. "I've always been interested in public service and can't think of a more relevant and interesting job at such a critical time for our country. I'm still settling in, but I'm excited to be helping the public affairs and policy teams tackle some of the most pressing economic issues facing our country. I've always been interested in public service, and it's a real privilege to work with such a smart and dedicated group of people."

At the Times, Dash won a 2009 Gerald Loeb Award -- which honors journalists who make significant contributions to the understanding of business, finance and the economy -- for his coverage of Citibank and the roots of the financial crisis. In a career trajectory most college journalists can only dream about, Dash landed at the Times less than two years after graduating from Penn.

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Friday, April 20, 2012 12:00 AM

Successful Melody

Melody Joy Kramer '06 earned the head-spinning title of "Most popular woman at NPR's Fresh Air (and it's not Terry Gross)" in a recent April article on the inside-journalism Neiman Journalism Lab website. The NPR radio show is produced at Philadelphia's WHYY, where Kramer was hired two years ago as the show's first and only web producer. Taking a show with almost no social media presence, Kramer has grown the show's Twitter followers from 3,800 to more than 71,000, and landed more than 60,000 Tumblr followers in 20 months. The secret of her success? Not following the rules for building a social media following. "I think I just know how to talk to people," Kramer said. After the article was published, she said she was surprised at the number of people, many complete strangers, who contacted her and mentioned that they remembered her DP column. Kramer was a popular DP columnist for two years, but but it has been six years since her last DP column. Fittingly, in that last DP column, she wrote "I don't know what I'm doing in May, but no matter where I'm working or studying, I will write -- hopefully for an audience larger than my immediate family." Mission accomplished, Melody! Read the full Neiman article of Kramer here.

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Friday, March 02, 2012 03:14 PM

Call on Chatzky, live

Jean Chatzky '86 made her television hosting debut February 28 on “Cash Call with Jean Chatzky," a new program on cable network RLTV. Chatzky is a popular personal finance expert, award-winning journalist and bestselling author, and longtime the financial editor for NBC’s "Today" show. RLTV is a network aimed a 50-and-over viewers. The network says the weekly, live 30-minute call-in show, at 8pm (Eastern) Tuesdays, will “help set viewers on the path to financial health by offering thoughtful advice, a dose of empathy and practical, actionable strategies.” Chatzky will be joined each week by financial specialists and industry experts as she answers questions from viewers around the country.

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