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Photo of Joel Bartlett Joel Bartlett
Former TV meteorologist
During his career as an Emmy-winning weathercaster, he quipped that the fog at SF State does not come "on little cat feet" but on "heavy panther paws."
Photo of Ken Bastida Ken Bastida
News anchor
This KPIX 5 co-anchor received a 2004 Emmy Award for his "Inside the Middle East" series along with eight Emmy nominations during his tenure at the station.
Photo of Stan Bunger Stan Bunger
News anchor
The popular anchor at San Francisco's KCBS AM 740 says that professors Harb Morgan, Benjamin Draper, Spencer Michels and Ron Compesi helped him start his successful broadcasting career.
Photo of Tim Cahill Tim Cahill
Adventure writer
The adventure writer, author of "Jaquars Ripped My Flesh" and "Hold the Enlightenment," once told an interviewer he has the "best job in journalism."
Photo of Steve Centanni Steve Centanni
Television correspondent
This national correspondent for the FOX News Channel has reported on numerous global news stories and events. His first on-air gig was at KBRG Radio, "giant 88 at San Francisco State."
Photo of Elaine Corral Elaine Corral Kendall
News anchor/actress
This Emmy-winning alumna brought us the news for nearly 20 years on KTVU but gave it all up for her first love, acting. She has appeared in nine films.
Photo of Lisa Davis Lisa Davis
Investigative reporter
This winner of the prestigious George Polk Award has never forgotten the advice she got from one of her journalism professors: "If your mother says she loves you, check it out."
Photo of Nguyen Qui Duc Nguyen Qui Duc
Radio host/producer
Former host of "Pacific Time" on KQED public radio, he remembers his Radio and TV professors as serious, not stuffy -- especially Rick Houlberg, "a fun professor with an easy attitude but tremendous knowledge of the industry."
Photo of Dina Ruiz Eastwood Dina Ruiz Eastwood
News anchor/TV host/stay-at-home mom
Best known as a news anchor for KSBW in Salinas, this radio and television grad acted in the movies "True Crime" and "Blood Work" and hosted "Candid Camera" before she starred in the E! reality TV show "Mrs. Eastwood & Company."
Photo of Ben Fong-Torres Ben Fong-Torres
Rock journalist
One of rock's premier journalists, he edited the Daily Gater during the Summer of Love era, when the campus was alive with political protest and the psychedelic sounds of groups like the Jefferson Airplane.
Photo of Mike Galanos Mike Galanos
News anchor
As news anchor of CNN's "HLN," this BECA grad brings national and world news reports into living rooms across the country.
Photo of Ted Griggs Ted Griggs
Television executive
The winner of several Northern California Emmys, he was a sophomore at SF State when he landed a job as a sports producer at KRON. Today he is the president of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
Photo of Kimberly Hunt Kimberly Hunt
News anchor
A former researcher for Peter Jennings and associate producer for ABC's "Monday Night Football," Hunt is an Emmy-winning news anchor at San Diego's KGTV.
Photo of Sterling James Sterling James
Disc jockey
The sultry-sounding Bay Area disc jockey, known for sassy one-liners and interviews with some of the biggest names in music, cut her broadcast teeth during a weekly on-air slot at campus station KSFS.
Photo of Cheryl Jennings Cheryl Jennings
News anchor
This KGO news anchor has won the prestigious Gracie Allen Award and four Northern California Emmys.
Photo of Adair Lara Adair Lara
An award-winning San Francisco Chronicle columnist for 12 years, now a writing instructor, she marks her students' strongest sentences in highlighter so that "everybody has some lemon-striped passage to feel proud of." She got the idea from Professor Leonard Wolf.

Photo of Dave McElhatton Dave McElhatton
News anchor
He got his first job in broadcasting two weeks out of SF State and went on to become one of the Bay Area's best-loved TV newsmen, anchoring the evening slot at KPIX for many years.
Photo of Al Martinez Al Martinez
Newspaper columnist
This Golden Gater editor had to leave SF State before graduating to fight in the Korean War, but it hasn't seemed to hurt his career any. He has earned three Pulitzer Prizes as well as the moniker "The Bard of L.A."
Photo of Eric Newton Eric Newton
Senior adviser to the president, Knight Foundation
This journalism grad was managing editor of The Oakland Tribune when the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize. He went on to create and coordinate the content for the Newseum, the nation's first museum of news.
Photo of Eric Newton Michael Moss
This reporter at The New York Times earned the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for his investigation of the dangers of contaminated meat.
Photo of Malou Nubla Malou Nubla
TV host
This Emmy-winning Bay Area TV personality broke into the broadcast business after telling an interviewer, "If I don't get this job, my dad's going to kill me."
Photo of Carter B. Smith Carter B. Smith
Radio personality
During his 50-year career, this broadcaster has been on almost every radio and television show in the Bay Area.
Photo of Frank Somerville Frank Somerville
News anchor
This broadcasting major shocked a television audience by proposing to his girlfriend live on Oakland's KTVU, where he has worked for more than a decade and currently co-anchors the evening newscasts.
Photo of De Tran De Tran
Newspaper publisher/editor
In 1975 he left Vietnam for the U.S., where his first job was selling the San Francisco Examiner on a street corner. After earning his journalism degree, he established Viet Mercury, the first Vietnamese newspaper published by a U.S. media company. He is now the publisher and editor of VTimes.
Photo of Jose Antonio Vargas Jose Antonio Vargas
This political science graduate was just four years out of college when he won a 2008 Pulitzer Prize as part of a team of reporters at The Washington Post that covered the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech.
Photo of Gregory Vistica Gregory Vistica
The reporter who broke the Tailhook sexual abuse scandal and exposed ex-Sen. Bob Kerrey's role in a Vietnam War massacre got his start in journalism editing the Golden Gater.
Photo of Jan Wahl Jan Wahl
Film critic
Vancouver Magazine called this radio/TV grad "San Francisco's sharp-witted solo answer to Siskel and Ebert." On KRON she sports a new hat each week as she serves up show-biz scoops and film critiques. The two-time Emmy winner first worked at the station as an undergrad.

Photo of Annie Wells Annie Wells
News photographer
Her photography professor, Ken Kobre, advised her to arrive early, stay late, run fast and jump high. His advice paid off. In 1997, she won a Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography.
Photo of Linda Yee Linda Yee
This journalism graduate and reporter at CBS station KPIX 5 has earned six Emmys for news, including a national Emmy for her coverage of the 2009 Oscar Grant protests and riots in Oakland.
Photo of Kim Yonenaka Kim Yonenaka
TV host
This on-air reporter and former co-host of "49ers Total Access" is no stranger to athletic competition. She holds the sixth-place record for career points for Gator women's swimming.


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