Recent grads share employment news


Leigh Wheeler, a 2001 grad, is the development coordinator for the Travel Channel at Discovery networks. She tracks incoming and ongoing productions and proposals. "It's a lot of paperwork and organizing," she said, "but I'm happy to have my foot in the door at a quality organization, and it is a wonderful opportunity." Her e-mail address is

Jessica Vitak, a 2002 grad, is working in the Washington, D.C., bureau of PR Newswire, an organization with 30 bureaus located throughout the United States. She's one of eight people on the editorial staff in D.C., where she edits, codes and distributes news releases. The office is located about three blocks away from the National Mall, near the Washington Monument. "I love my job because I am learning a lot about the business and financial worlds," she said. "I enjoy being able to 1) read releases before the media or general public, and 2) work on a release in the morning and see it running across CNN's ticker by afternoon or see a VNR about the topic. For the first time since I entered college, maybe ever, I feel on top of the news. I am working in one of the busiest cities in the world, where news is happening all around me, and I am an important part of it. It's an extremely rewarding feeling." Her e-mail address is

Erik Furlan is a clerk/reporter in the Gaston, N.C., bureau of The Charlotte Observer. His responsibilities include office administration, compilation of an area entertainment calendar, writing features and covering area religion and business news. The 2002 Elon grad is living in the Charlotte area. "My ultimate goal is still in NASCAR media," he said. "Coming in as a broadcast major, I never imagined that my first job would be in the print field. The School of Communication's concentration cross-over allowed me to pick up the journalism concentration as well, opening up so many more doors. So far, it's been an eye-opening experience, classic 'first job' in communications." Erik's e-mail address is

Suzanne George, a 2002 grad, is an assistant account executive with M Booth and Associates, a New York City PR firm. She works with the company's Travel and Lifestyle team." I love my job," she says. "We have clients such as Royal Olympic Cruises, Ski Utah (all of the ski resorts in the state), resorts in Las Vegas, and, Beaulieu Vineyard in the Napa Valley and several others. It's great to work with such wonderful clients such as these. To think last year at this time I thought I was busy! It's been a bit of an adjustment getting into the New York way of life, but a good one. Billy Duffy and I are now engaged and planning to get married June 14 in Raleigh. Life is truly coming together for me." Her e-mail address is:

Allison Deiboldt, a 2002 grad, is a research analyst for the TV research firm Petry Media Corporation, a sister company to Blair Media. She is working in the main offices on 5th Avenue and 54th Street in mid-town Manhattan. She works with a number of broadcast clients from all over the United States, doing statistical analysis and writing proposals and presentations in regard to their best marketing strategies. She said she's thankful to all of her Elon professors for their influence and support. Her e-mail address is

Kristen Nastasia, a 2000 grad, has moved to her second position in TV News. She worked for about 18 months as a producer/reporter for WECT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Wilmington, N.C., before moving to WZVN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Ft. Myers, Fla. While she was at WECT she won two AP Awards (Rookie of the Year 2000, First Place Spot News 2000) and three RTNDA-Carolinas first places (political, consumer and news series reporting). She has been working at the Ft. Myers station for about a year now. She covers Florida's biggest county, Collier, and she lives in Naples. "My career is going so well," she said. "and I credit much of my post-Elon success with my hands-on training during college." While at Elon, she worked at ESTV and completed summer internships with WBTV in Charlotte and WWAY-TV in Wilmington. Her e-mail address is


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