Guest Speakers

Alumni Talks 2016 - 2017
Monday, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Special Guest: Chris Burke ('05)
Chris has covered the NFL for Sports Illustrated since 2011 and is's lead NFL draft expert. He worked for The Michigan Daily as a senior sports editor, covering hockey, men's basketball, and football, until 2005. After graduation, he worked for MLive and AOL Fanhouse, amongst other gigs. 
Location: Paul Brentlinger Conference Room
Tuesday, OCTOBER 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Special Guest: Alex Wellins ('84)
Co-founder and Managing Director of The Blueshirt Group in San Francisco, CA

His investor & media relations firm has managed more IPOs than any others. This 1984 graduate of LS&A (Poli Sci) will discuss his background providing marketing communications to Silicon Valley software startups and his move into media relations/Public Relations, and potential summer internships. 

Location: Paul Brentlinger Conference Room
Monday, OCTOBER 10, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Special Guest: Mary Kramer
Mary is the publisher of the award-winning and highly regarded regional business publication and website, Crain's Business Detroit, serves on many boards, and is the firest woman to be elected president of the historic Detroit Athletic Club.
Location: Paul Brentlinger Conference Room
Wednesday, NOVEMBER 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Special Guest: Louis Meizlish ('04)

Louis served as Daily Editor in Chief in 2003 after working as a reporter and summer editor, and celebrated his 21st birthday putting out a special edition covering the Supreme Court decisions on Grutter and Gratz -- collectively known as The Michigan Cases -- re-affirming affirmative action. After college, he worked in Lansing for a congressman, then attended law school and served as EIC of the Wayne Law Review. He currently handles mostly felony trial cases as a practicing attorney.

Location: Paul Brentlinger Conference Room
Tuesday, DECEMBER 6, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Special Guest: Tony Ding ('05)
Freelance photographer for the Associated Press

Tony joined The Daily in 2002 as an arts writer, but after photos taken at a Green Day concert impressed the photo editor, he was poached to be a staff photographer and later served as Managing Photo Editor from 2003 to 2005. Since graduating from the College of Engineering in Computer Science, he allocates free time outside of a day job with Apple Inc to freelance photography in Michigan with the Associated Press. Tony has covered every season of Michigan football and basketball for the last decade, and his "sportraits" of athletes from all major sports teams are widely recognized, in addition to special coverage of the auto industry, election, and NYT travel features like "36 Hours in Ann Arbor." 

Location: Paul Brentlinger Conference Room
Monday, FEBRUARY 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Special Guest: Geoff Larcom, executive director of media relations at EMU

A veteran Ann Arbor journalist with a long history in this town, Larcom had a total of 26 years experience working as an editor and reporter for print and online newspapers, including 12 years as sports editor at The Ann Arbor News. Later, he covered higher education from 2000 to its print edition closure in July of 2009, then served as a columnist for Ann Arbor before becoming director of media relations at EMU in September of 2009.

In 2008-09, Larcom completed a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan. He was one of 20 journalists from around the world selected for the mid-career program that involved a year of academic study and travel to Argentina, Russia and Israel.

Larcom has a master's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in political science from U-M, where he served as sports editor of The Michigan Daily after three years as a sports reporter. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife, Kristen, and has two sons who graduated from Michigan State. City Hall is named after his father, Guy, who served as Ann Arbor's first city administrator, from 1956-1973.

Location: Paul Brentlinger Conference Room
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