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The beat of her own drum

Natalie Shelton ’05It’s not every day that one gets to perform on stage at Boston’s Symphony Hall, especially if you are not a professional musician.

But that day recently came for Natalie Shelton ’05. She got to play the timpani, a giant classical drum, during a performance at Boston’s Symphony Hall. Her performance was part of a new Boston Symphony Orchestra program in which amateur musicians from various professions are selected through an application process, brought together, provided brief rehearsal time, and then given a chance to play in front of a live audience. [Read more...]

Lesley Stahl ’63 honored for excellence

Lesley Stahl ’63, © Alexander MorozovIn November 2014, 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl ’63 was honored for her decades of distinguished reporting with the International Center for Journalists’ (ICFJ) Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism. The Founders Award is given to those who “demonstrate a longtime commitment to the highest standards of the journalism profession,” according to the ICFJ website. Past recipients include Tom Brokaw, Christiane Amanpour and Bob Schieffer.

Stahl has repeatedly shaped the national—and international—debate through groundbreaking work as a CBS White House correspondent, Face the Nation moderator, 48 Hours host, and now as a mainstay on 60 Minutes, ICFJ president Joyce Barnathan said in a press release. [Read more...]

Kenneth Babby ’02 named chair of baseball company board

Kenneth Babby ’02Kenneth Babby has been named chair of the 10-member board of Minor League Baseball’s Baseball Internet Rights Company (BIRCO). Babby is the owner and chief executive officer of the Akron RubberDucks. BIRCO manages digital and interactive media rights of its member Minor League Baseball clubs and leagues.

A story about the appointment on MiLB.com pointed out that during Babby’s first season with the Akron Aeros (former name of the RubberDucks), he emphasized improving the fan experience at Canal Park and achieved a 11.9 percent increase in attendance. He also was instrumental in adding a privately funded $1.65 million HD video board. (Babby’s success was also chronicled in a September 2014 article in Cleveland Business.)

The MiLB.com story noted: “Babby’s experience with Internet rights and media advertising began in 1999 as a summer intern for the Washington Post. He climbed the ranks and eventually attained the position of vice president of advertising, and most recently, the chief revenue officer of Washington Post Media and general manager of Washington Post Digital, its online and social media counterpart.”

Ted Nesi ’07 listed as one of best political reporters in the country

Ted Nesi ’07The Washington Post this winter confirmed again what we at Wheaton College already know: Ted Nesi ’07 rocks as a reporter. He made the newspaper’s “2015 list of best state political reporters.”

Nesi, who majored in political science at Wheaton, covers politics and the economy in and around Rhode Island at WPRI-TV. This semester he is teaching “Journalism” at Wheaton as a visiting instructor of English. [Read more...]