Department of Communication Arts


With their emphasis on hands-on experience, individual instruction by experienced faculty, and grounding in Benedictine's liberal arts tradition, the programs in the Department of Communication Arts have produced a number of successful media professionals.

 Carrie Johnson

Carrie Johnson ('93)

Carrie Johnson worked for several years at the National Bureau of the Washington Post, has appeared on MSNBC's Hardball, and now works at National Public Radio.

 Mike D'Angelo

Michael D'Angelo ('01)

Mike D'Angelo is a five-time Emmy award-winning photographer and editor for superstation WGN-TV, and was a major contributor to Honor Flight Chicago, the winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award for journalistic excellence. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department.

 Tara Treacy

Tara Treacy ('01)

Tara Treacy works for the Hollywood casting agency Valko/Miller Casting and has served as the casting director for such network shows as Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory.

 Melissa Kosar

Melissa Kosar ('05)

A graduate of the Chapman University Film School, Melissa Kosar directed her first film, Perilous Ties (2006), which was begun as a senior project at Benedictine. She has also worked as a shadow director and director's assistant for the programs The Middle (ABC) and Happily Divorced (TV Land).  Kosar worked as an adjunct faculty member at Benedictine for three years.

 Mario Parker

Mario Parker ('05)

Mario Parker interned as a pool reporter covering the White House while in graduate school. He is now a reporter for Bloomberg News.