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Alumni Spotlight: Stephen Bergerson

After majoring in journalism-advertising track at the University of Minnesota, Stephen Bergerson (B.A., '70) took his interest in advertising to law school at William Mitchell College of Law. The recently retired attorney from Fredrikson & Byron combined those worlds in a way that few had done before. Upon graduation, he created the Twin Cities' first advertising law practice, and enjoyed a 40-year career with an eclectic roster of clients.

Alumni Spotlight: Emily Banks

In 2012, the Pew Research Center found that 62 percent of smartphone owners read news stories on their devices. And that number continues to grow. News outlets are thinking smarter about how content appears on mobile devices. Enter Emily Banks (B.A., '08), who was named the first lead news editor for mobile content at the Wall Street Journal in 2014. Here, she works with the news team to ensure that content works for mobile users. Banks, who worked at Mashable from 2010-2014 and began her career as a journalist working in both newspapers and broadcasting, tells us about the changing landscape of news technology.

Michele Norris (B.A., '05), former regular host of NPR's "All Things Considered" and now special correspondent for NPR, was honored with the Peabody Award for excellence in electronic media from the University of Georgia for her self-funded "The Race Card Project."

1943 alumnus Bob Fransen will receive the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication Alumni Society Board's Award for Excellence on April 30, 2014, as part of the School's annual Spring Showcase event.

Alumni Spotlight: K. "Vish" Viswanath

A man with many titles, K. "Vish" Viswanath (M.A., '86; Ph.D., '90) is a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, a faculty member with the Center for Community-Based Research at Harvard's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and faculty director of the health communication core at the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC). At the DF/HCC, he also holds roles as the leader of the Cancer Risk and Disparities program and founding director of the DF/HCC's Enhancing Communications for Health Outcomes Laboratory. In addition, he continues to lead important health communication research and mentor the next generation of health communication scholars.

Elliston Fund Hits $1 Million In Giving

Since its inception in 1980, the Herbert Berridge Elliston Memorial Fund has provided scholarship and fellowship support to nearly 450 graduate and undergraduate students. Here, we take a look at where some recipients have ended up.

Grieving Online

In the wake of recent school shootings, communication researchers explore why people use Facebook to connect and pay their respects.

Alumni Spotlight: Luke Behrends

After a number of national campaigns, SJMC alumnus Luke Behrends (B.A., '04) scored a touchdown in the advertising world when he created Tide's 2013 Superbowl ad, which, post-game, was ranked second by USA Today's Ad Meter. The senior copywriter at New York-based Saatchi & Saatchi, whose clients also include Miller beers, Honey Nut Cheerios and Trident Gum, tells us about creating work in the national spotlight and what keeps him creative.

The Above the Fold Award honors graduates of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication who have achieved distinguished careers and showcased exemplary accomplishments under 40 years of age. The Award will be given to the honorees at the School's annual Spring Showcase event, held April 24, 2013 at TCF Bank Stadium. Register for the event.

In 2013, the honorees span the fields of journalism, social media, advertising and communications.

Annie Griffiths (B.A., 1976) is a pioneer who has photographed in nearly 150 countries in her career. As one of the first female photographers for National Geographic, Griffiths traveled the globe and, in 2008, published "A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel," a photo memoir about her experience.

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