Alumni Spotlight

Our alumni launch their own public affairs firms, win Emmy awards, premier their films at major festivals, lead important studies, and serve as press secretaries for major presidential campaigns. Read their personal stories below.



Not Your Boyfriend's Sports Show Logo

Talking Sports from the Female Perspective

January 15, 2016

During the past year, podcasts have had a moment, exploding onto the cultural scene and changing the way people get information.

Dana Bash, Chief Political Correspondent CNN

Dana Bash, BA ’93, Named CNN Chief Political Correspondent

August 18, 2015

Dana Bash, BA ’93, is now CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent. Bash, who earned her degree in political communication, assumes the coveted editorial role after more than 30 years with CNN.

Mike Valerio after winning two local Emmy awards in 2015

Career in Local News Leads to Emmy-Winning Success for Recent SMPA Alumn

July 31, 2015

Mike Valerio, BA ’10, a weekend  and breaking news anchor in Richmond, Virginia, and his team at NBC recently won two local Emmy awards for their weekend news coverage in the DMV market—t he only s

Caroline Ayes, CCAS BA ’13

SMPA Alumna Making Strides in Morocco

March 31, 2015

Many SMPA alumni have made a name for themselves here in the States.

Mike Shanahan

Remembering Mike Shanahan

November 24, 2014

We note with regret the passing of Michael Shanahan, assistant professor of media and public affairs, on Saturday, November 22.

Sarah Ferris GWU SMPA alumni spotlight News21

Reporting on the National Gun Debate: News21 Fellow Dives Deep into Hometown Issue

September 08, 2014

When I first heard about News21 last fall, I didn’t know exactly what it was.

Adam Conner and Neil Portnow

GW Alumni Association Recognizes SMPA Alumni Adam Conner and Neil Portnow

August 15, 2014

As part of Alumni Weekend this September, SMPA alumni Adam Conner, BA ’

Women in Public Relations July 2014

Three Alumnae Named Finalists for 2014 Emerging Leaders Award

July 24, 2014

The Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) named Alexandra Dickinson, MA ’11, Sara Neumann, BA ’07, and Marcia Newbert, BA ’10 among the finalist for the 2014 

Alex Abnos

Alumnus Travels with U.S. Soccer Team to World Cup

July 10, 2014

For Alex Abnos, the trip to Brazil to cover the World Cup has been a decade in the making.

Will Johnson, Jen Nedeau, Alex Kellner, Camille Heyboer, Aliya Karim, Adam Shapiro, Charlie Rybak, Max Nunes, Margeaux Abrams

Learning From the Best Digital Strategists

April 28, 2014

As a fellow at Bully Pulpit Interactive (BPI), a digital marketing agency, I've been learning from some of the best digital strategists out th

Eva Price, BA '00

A New Take on Peter Pan, and More

April 01, 2014

A typical day in the office is anything but typical for Eva Price, BA Political Communication ’00; on any given afternoon, you might find her stopping by a dress rehearsal for one

Dan Gabriel

From GW to the CIA and Beyond

February 02, 2014

Toward the end of 2013, Dan Gabriel, BA ’01, worked as a CIA technical adviser for a major motion picture.

Megan Whittemore at the 2013 PR People Awards luncheon in Washington, DC (courtesy Megan Whittemore).

Alumna Named PR Person to Watch

December 20, 2013

If you keep tabs on the national political scene, you probably know that Megan Whittemore, CCAS BA ’08, GSPM MS ’10, is the Press Secretary for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (who is also a GW graduate). Whittemore recently made headlines again when PR News included her on the “2013 PR People to Watch” list.

Mike Valerio and Natalie Cucchiara at McAuliffe headquarters

SMPA Alums Reunite, Team Up for NBC Election Coverage

November 18, 2013

By Mike Valerio
JMC '10

Chuck Todd couldn't call the election yet. Celebrations stopped. And this wasn't the fight Virginia's next governor expected.

Tod Plotkin and Sara Evans

Two Alums, One Big Success: Meet Green Buzz Agency

November 18, 2013

Though they shared some classes at GW, Tod Plotkin, GWSB BBA '03, and Sara Evans, SMPA BA '04, weren't formally introduced until Plotkin's senior year.