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Jessica Bruce ’87 is a success story at AP

Jessica Bruce ’87It’s little exaggeration to call The Associated Press (AP) the backbone of American news.

Even if you don’t realize it, you probably consume AP journalism almost every time you engage with the media. All that content in newspapers and on local TV newscasts and digital portals is created by thousands of AP employees spread across 263 locations, including every statehouse in the U.S., plus 105 other countries.

Since 2005, the task of overseeing human resources for that sizable staff has fallen to AP senior vice president Jessica Bruce ’87, one of eight executives on the organization’s senior management team who report directly to CEO Gary Pruitt. Bruce added a second title to her business card in April 2016, when she was promoted to lead corporate communications as well.

“Jessica has been a key leader for The Associated Press for more than a decade,” Pruitt said when Bruce’s new position was announced. “In this broader role, we will benefit to an even greater extent from her keen intellect and sound judgment.” [Read more...]

And the Emmy goes to…

…George Kunhardt ’09 for HBO documentary

From left to right: George Kunhardt ’09, Eva Lipman, Teddy Kunhardt, Jacqueline Glover, Peter Kunhardt and Brian Oakes pose with the Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking for Jim: The James Foley Story, during the Television Academy’s 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

From left to right: George Kunhardt ’09, Eva Lipman, Teddy Kunhardt, Jacqueline Glover, Peter Kunhardt and Brian Oakes pose with the Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking for Jim: The James Foley Story, during the Television Academy’s 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

George Kunhardt ’09, in association with HBO Documentary Films, Kunhardt Films and Marigold Pictures, in September won a 2016 Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking for his work on Jim: The James Foley Story.

The documentary tells the story of the American photojournalist who was kidnapped in Syria and went missing for two years before video of his public execution surfaced, introducing the world to ISIS.

Kunhardt was one of the producers on the documentary, working with producers Eva Lipman and brother Teddy Kunhardt and executive producers Peter Kunhardt (his father), Sheila Nevins and Jacqueline Glover.

The Emmy was presented at the 68th Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony that was held on September 11 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to honor variety, reality and documentary programs, as well as the artists and craftspeople behind the scenes who create television excellence.

The ceremony was televised on September 17, on FXX, and snippets also were shown during the 68th Emmy Awards show that aired live September 18 on ABC. [Read more...]

Promoting wellness 

Valerie Tobia ’07 joins Wheaton as director of counseling and health 

Valerie Tobia ’07 chats with a group of students who are in the Active Minds club.

Valerie Tobia ’07 chats with a group of students who are in the Active Minds club.

Valerie Tobia ’07 aspires to help students achieve wellness not only in their physical health but also in their mental well-being.

Tobia—who joined Wheaton on Sept. 19, 2016, as director of counseling and health services—is using holistic, integrated methods to support mental health that incorporate the body and respond to what individuals need, she said.

“This position speaks directly to my passions, education and identity as a public health social worker—focusing on prevention, support, programming initiatives, and linking students to needed services within Wheaton and the surrounding community,” she said.

Tobia, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and double minor in women’s and gender studies and English literature (with a focus on race and ethnicity), received her dual degree in public health and social work from Boston University. She has worked at the Justice Resource Institute, providing intensive in-home therapy and counseling within a residential program, and at Family Health Center in Worcester, Mass., as a public health social worker, where she provided mental health access, education and collaboration on primary care medical teams. [Read more...]

Return of the goddess

Athena IMG_0263Though the 20th-century plaster cast of the Lemnian Athena, a member of the world-renowned Caproni Collection, stands at almost seven feet tall, she has been an elusive member of the Wheaton community much of the last century.

But last summer, the goddess of arts, literature and reason received some well-deserved attention to replace a fragment of what remained of her left arm and reattach her head and neck to her body. [Read more...]