Communication alum landing key positions

Posted 12-5-2011 by Barrie Hill

Department of Communication alumni are landing key positions in their respective fields. Here's a round up of where our recent grads are working and what they're up to.

Holland Sanders, Fall 2009 Public Relations graduate, was recently named Marketing Manager for the Fort Worth Opera.


Jared Chism, Dec 2011 Public Relations graduate, has been hired to do social media for AT&T. Chism was a featured speaker at the Department of Communication’s annual Communication Day event this fall.


Ahsan “Ali” Kahn, Dec 2011 PR graduate, was hired for an internship with Fleishman-Hillard, a leading international communication agency with 80 offices around the world. Kahn will be training in Washington D.C. before working on the firm’s Best Buy account in preparation for a new store opening in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


Erikka Neroes, a May 2011 Public Relations and Communication Studies (Organizational Communication) grad, has accepted a position in the Public Affairs office of the Department of Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System.  During her final semester, she served as an intern in Senator Wendy Davis’ office.


Erika McMinn, May 2011 graduate and recipient of the Department of Communication’s 2011 Outstanding Public Relations student award, is an account executive at Concussion, a Fort Worth-based advertising agency.

Emily Suied, a May 2011 PR grad and past president of the UTA Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), received a $500 scholarship from the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Jean Weaver, 2005 cum laude communication/public relations graduate, published her first book. The freelance writer and editor is co-author of The Transition of a Country Boy: A Memoir. Weaver assisted Ron Howell in writing his memoirs about growing up in West Texas during the Depression and later becoming part of the booming oil industry.

Spring 2011 grad Susan Wilhelm Chandler is working in the Communication Department of the Fort Worth Police Department. Chandler is responsible for writing press releases and producing the employee newsletter for the FWPD.

Zoheb Hassanali, a Spring 2010 grad with a degree in Broadcasting and a minor in Speech Communication, recently accepted a position as a multi-media journalist with WACH in Columbia, South Carolina. Hassanali worked previously as an on-air reporter for KTVO in Kirksville, Mo.

Andrew Knaus, a Fall 2008 BCMN grad, was hired at KTTC in Rochester, MN. Knaus previously worked as a reporter at a station in Helena, MT.

Hope Ekwue, Spring 2009 broadcast grad, accepted a position as Director of Communications for Strategic Government Resource and is the contracted Public Information Officer for the City of Keller Public Works Department.

MA Communication grad Matthew Fisher has accepted a position as Communications Manager of Multimedia for the American Heart Association.

KKTV/Channel 11 in Colorado Springs, Co has hired Broadcast grad Mecca Rayne as weekend anchor. Rayne previously worked at KSNT/Channel 27, the NBC affiliate in Topeka, Kan. where she anchored the morning show. While attending UTA, she was a production assistant.

Joe Gumm, 2002 broadcast graduate, is working for Fox’s Oklahoma City affiliate KOKH-TV as morning anchor.

Broadcast and Spanish graduate Alexis Spears has joined the staff of East Texas’ KTRE as a video journalist. While at UTA, Spears reported, produced, and anchored UTA News and interned at KCBI Radio and CBS 11/ KTVT News in Dallas-Fort Worth. She previously worked at WOAY, an ABC affiliate in W. Va. as reporter, anchor and producer.

Raquel Daisy, Communication master’s alum, is now a Communications Specialist for North Texas Specialty Physicians in Fort Worth.

Sarah Macias, Spring 2010 Broadcast grad, has been selected for a producer/editor position with KXII in Sherman, TX.

Chris Ghanbari, broadcast major, is founder of DFW Reporting, an Arlington-based online news outlet. Ghanbari opened the company in January 2009 because of “the need for more positive news coverage in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.”