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Christian Bryant

Garden & Gun VP, publisher

1995-96 cheerleading co-captain

Jim Schlueter

Retired Boeing communications director

Lead donor for UI’s Media Innovation Fund

Irving Azoff

CEO, Azoff MSG Entertainment

Former CEO, Ticketmaster

Stephanie Rosa

Festivate CEO & business dev. director

Festival Squad founder

Bryce Jakobs

Writer, producer


Zaldwaynaka Scott


Chicago State

Meg Graham

Business reporter


Michael Rosenbaum

Chief ‘Dadblogger,’ dadwrites.com

President, Quadrant Five

Kendra Smiley

Author, speaker, host

2001 Illinois Mother of the Year

Devi Laskar

Author, poet, photographer

Debut novel: ‘The Atlas of Reds and Blues’

Jim Nowlan

Author, columnist, publisher

Former state representative

John Foreman

News-Gazette editor, publisher

2006 Illinois Journalist of Year

Grace Hou-Ovnik


Illinois Dep't of Human Services

Michelle (Zasi) Amazeen

Assistant professor of mass communication

Boston University

Brandie Jefferson

Senior news director

Washington University

Matt Fishman

President, Fishman Solutions

Former Sirius XM college sports programming director

Laura Ewan

Manager of membership services

McLean Co. Chamber of Commerce

Roman Paluta

Ret. partner, business development director

Solve of Minneapolis

Mike Bass

Award-winning journalist

Former DI editor-in-chief

Dan Caterinicchia

Assistant VP, Strategy & Administration

Office of Advancement, Ohio State

Ian Punnett

‘Coast to Coast AM’ weekend host

K-State professor

Kurt Greenbaum

Director of communications

Washington U’s Olin Business School

David McCraw

Sr. VP, deputy general counsel

The New York Times Co.

Ralph Cooper

Sports director

NewsChannel 10, Amarillo, Texas