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Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communication professor Andrew Nelson has been named Editor-at-Large for National Geographic Traveler and its attendant digital and social platforms.

"Andrew's made vibrant contributions and has been for many years an all-around exceptional representation of the National Geographic Travel brand, voice and values," said Traveler Editor-in-Chief George Stone. "We are honored to work with him and proud to recognize his words, talent and ideas."

The Bateman Case Study Competition is the Public Relations Student Society of America's premier national case study competition. For the fifteenth time since the year 2000, our 2016 team was chosen as one of three finalists from 70 total entries. The team will compete for the title and present their campaign to a panel of judges on Wednesday, May 18th in Chicago. The SMC congratulates students Morgan Ballard, Shea Hermann, Sophia Masone, Leanne Reisz, Edward Wroten, and as adviser Jeffrey Ory on their tremendous accomplishment.

Telemundo anchor and Emmy award-winning journalist Maria Celeste Arrarás '82 recently returned home to Loyola University New Orleans, on April 8, 2016 to film a future segment for Telemundo celebrating her 30 years in television. The Times-Picayune featured the visit on the front page of its April 14 edition.

Mass Communication alumna Kiran Chawla '06, lead investigative reporter at CBS station WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, was recently named a winner of a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting for her reporting that exposed potential safety violations at an area apartment complex that might have contributed to the electrocution of a toddler.

The Maroon, Loyola’s 93-year-old student newspaper, wins SPJ’s Mark of Excellence for “Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper”

Loyola Student News Service wins award for General News Reporting

Maria Celeste Arrarás '82, an anchor at Telemundo, co-moderated the CNN-Telemundo's Republican debate Thursday, February 25, 2016.

This was Arrarás' second time hosting a presidential debate. She previously moderated a 2004 Democratic presidential debate. Arrarás focused on issues facing Texas and southern states as well as the Latino community.

Ashley Fruge’ ’14 is moving from the Big Easy to Baton Rouge to become a full-time traffic anchor and reporter at WBRZ-TV.

While at Loyola, Fruge’ was a key part of the team that launched the Maroon Minute, the SMC’s daily webcast. One week after graduation Fruge’ plugged into the SMC’s vast alumni network and began work as a desk assistant at WWL-TV. She soon moved into an on-air position.

SMC Den of Distinction member Peter Finney has published a new book, giving readers insight into his prolific career as a sports writer over six decades.

Finney began his writing career as a college freshman at Loyola University in 1945. He went on to work for the States-Item, and later the Times-Picayune, until his retirement in 2013.

Janeicia Neely ’15 is fulfilling her lifelong dream of playing professional basketball.

Loyola School of Mass Communication Senior Mary Staes is turning her multimedia training from SMC classes into opportunities for unique internships.

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