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Jacelyn Swenson

The Last Word with Jacelyn Swenson

Jacelyn Swenson (BSJ, 1981) retired in 2022 after more than 25 years with IBM. Most recently, she lead the Strategic Events team and IBM's Global Speaker's Bureau.

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 Becky Pallack

The Last Word with Becky Pallack

Becky Pallack is cofounder of Arizona Luminaria, a nonprofit news startup. She began working on it as a class project when she was a NewStart fellow in the College's Media Solutions and Innovation graduate degree program.

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The Last Word With Chelsea Fuller

Chelsea Fuller (BSJ, 2011) founded the West Virginia University student chapters of the NAACP and the Association of Black Journalists, which are both still active today.

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Ken Ward

The Last Word With Ken Ward

Ken Ward Jr., an investigative reporter at the Charleston Gazette-Mail, is one of the newest recipients of the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.” He is the only West Virginia University alumnus and fourth native West Virginian to receive the honor, and

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Jane Schachtel

Jane Schachtel

It’s easy to “like” alumna Jane Schachtel’s mantra – marketing new technologies with new technology. Since graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Journalism in 1988, Schachtel has lead marketing teams for companies like Microsoft, Intuit and, most recen

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