John Sweeney: Creative Mix


John Sweeney was a sports fan at an early age, but as an “an athlete with no athletic ability,” he found other outlets for that passion. As just one example, Sweeney founded the Sports Communications Program at the UNC School … Continued

Donald Shaw: Fifty Years in Journalism Education


“It’s not what you know. It’s how you use what you know.” With more than four decades of experience in journalism education and research, Donald Shaw has taught countless numbers of students the fundamentals of news writing. Most students learn … Continued

James Goodmon: Engineering News Success


“When you lose the game, you go home, you wash your uniform and hang it up. You shine your shoes, and you clean your spikes, and you play the next day.” – James Goodmon    Forward-focused and driven are two … Continued

Karen Lynn Parker: Pioneering Change


Karen Parker was the first African American woman to join the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and in 1965 became the first African American woman to earn an undergraduate degree from the university. Parker went on to work … Continued

Jock Lauterer: Witnessing History


“Witnessing is the strongest form of advocacy.” Jock Lauterer began his photography career as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina in the 1960s. From a range of vantage points (perched in a tree, crouched on the ground, seated … Continued

Queenie Byars: Fighting for Progress on All Fronts


  As an Air Force officer, Queenie Byars traveled the globe. But an opportunity to teach led her back to the place from which she’d graduated, the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Byars, a former … Continued

Richard Cole: Foundation of Excellence


Richard Cole prefers not to speak in superlatives. He chooses not to pick the bests, or the worsts, or the happiests or the saddests—and given his long and rich tenure as former dean of the UNC journalism school, this is … Continued

Jane Brown: Finding Bliss in Journalism


Jane Brown knew at an early age she wanted to be a journalist; after all, it runs in the family. Watching her grandfather compose editorials on a linotype machine for the Amityville Record, a weekly newspaper he founded in Long … Continued

Clarence E. Whitefield: The Music Man


Clarence E. Whitefield, a Durham native, has distinguished himself in the field of public relations over the course of his 50-year journalism career. Originally a Tar Heel, Whitefield earned an undergraduate degree from UNC Chapel Hill in 1948. Though he … Continued