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.
A correspondent for the Washington office of National Public Radio, Carrie Johnson has also worked at the National Bureau of the Washington Post and appeared on on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and other news outlets. In May 2016, she delivered the Commencement address at Benedictine's 126th Commencement Convocation.
Mike D'Angelo is a five-time Emmy award-winning photojournalist and editor for WGN-TV. He was a major contributor to "Honor Flight Chicago," a story that won a 2010 Edward R. Murrow Award for journalistic excellence. He has also served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Communication Arts.
Tara Treacy works for the Hollywood casting agency Valko/Miller Casting, specializing in TV comedy series. She has served as a casting associate for the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory since 2008 and has also worked on such network shows as Two and a Half Men, Mike and Molly, The 4400, and The Twilight Zone.
A graduate of Chapman University Film School, Melissa Kosar began her first film, Perilous Ties (2006), 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 served as an adjunct faculty member at Benedictine for three years.
An award-winning correspondent for the Chicago office of Bloomberg News, Mario Parker began his career as a general assignment reporter in Bloomberg's Washington D.C. office. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and other publications.
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