School of Communications

The National Advisory Board

The School of Communications Advisory Board provides professional expertise to the faculty, internship and career networking to students, and program support to the school. Media professionals and corporate executives—many of them current or former Elon parents—come to campus each semester to share their expertise in classes. In fact, many students say the Advisory Board visit is a highlight of the semester. In turn, the faculty benefits from a discussion of media and communication trends that may impact curriculum, the internship program and the job market for seniors. Additional support comes in the form of annual contributions and development efforts to enhance the School of Communications.

Michael Radutzky (chair) is senior producer for “60 Minutes” and, in 2012, also became executive producer of creative development at CBS News. He joined CBS in 1984, became a producer for the “CBS Evening News” in 1988, and came to “60 Minutes” in 1995. He worked most closely with correspondent Ed Bradley until Bradley’s death in 2006. Radutzky is an 11-time Emmy recipient, producing many of the newsmagazine’s biggest stories featuring Michael Jackson, the Oklahoma City bomber, the Duke lacrosse rape allegation, and the pilot who landed his plane in the Hudson River. In his role as executive producer of creative development at CBS News, Radutzky’s assignment is to find innovative ways to create and distribute content across cable, broadcast and other platforms. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

Karen Albritton is president and CEO of Capstrat, an integrated communications agency based in Raleigh. As the top executive of one of the largest public relations firms and advertising agencies in the Triangle, she is responsible for agency strategy, operations and financial performance. In addition to her extensive media background, Albritton has been a champion of innovation and integration in social, digital and analytics during her Capstrat tenure, which began in 2000. Previously, she served as managing director at FGI marketing and as vice president and associate media director at McKinney+Silver. The Triangle Business Journal has recognized Albritton as one of the Triangle's Businesswomen of the Year, and NC Magazine has named her an Exceptional Woman Leader. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jeff Blumb is a partner at Nation Consulting, a Wisconsin-based public strategies firm that serves both regional and national clients. With nearly three decades of high-level strategic communications experience, Blumb has expertise in media and government relations, strategic messaging, branding and crisis communications. He spent a quarter-century working for National Football League teams, including nine seasons as director of public relations for the Green Bay Packers. As a member of the Packers staff, he oversaw media relations, team services and the organization’s publications and websites, while also providing PR counsel to the team’s coaches, players and top executives. The NFL selected Blumb six times to work the Super Bowl as a select group of invited club PR staff members. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Roger Bolton is president of the Arthur W. Page Society, the professional association for senior public relations and corporate communications executives. Previously, he was senior vice president of communications at Aetna, a $35 billion provider of health care benefits, with responsibility for all internal and external communications, advertising, brand management and corporate public involvement. Before Aetna, Bolton was IBM’s director of corporate media relations and director of communications for the IBM server and software divisions. Prior to his business career, he was assistant secretary of the Treasury for public affairs under President George H.W. Bush, assistant U.S. trade representative for public affairs under President Reagan, and special assistant to President Reagan in the White House. He is a graduate of Ohio State University.

Brad Brinegar is chairman and CEO of McKinney, an advertising agency based in Durham. Since Brinegar’s arrival in 2002, McKinney has doubled in size by building one of the most innovative business models in the advertising industry, one that blurs the line between traditional and digital media. As a result, McKinney has been recognized as one of the nine best agencies in the country by Advertising Age and as one of a handful of agencies setting the standard for creativity in advertising by One magazine. He is on the board of the American Association of Advertising Agencies. Prior to McKinney, Brinegar spent two decades at global advertising giant Leo Burnett in Chicago, rising from trainee to CEO of Leo Burnett USA. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned an MBA from Columbia University.

Ann Camden is senior vice president of G&S Business Communications, an independent public relations agency based in New York City with offices in Raleigh, Chicago and Basel, Switzerland. In her current role, she leads employee engagement practice, building comprehensive programs that help establish the culture and brand at client companies and G&S. Camden joined the firm’s Chicago office in 1993 and transferred to the Raleigh office in 1996. She oversees client work in public and media relations, crisis communications management, and tactical programs such as collateral production, digital media, trade show/event management, product, service and corporate launches. In 2011, she was named a Triangle Woman Extraordinaire by Business Leader. She is a graduate of Purdue University.

Julie Carey is the northern Virginia bureau chief for NBC News4 in Washington, D.C. The station, WRC-TV, is NBC owned and operated and houses the Washington bureau of NBC News. Carey has been covering northern Virginia since joining News4 in 1992, ranging from political coverage to reporting on the trial of sniper suspect Lee Malvo. In the 1990s, she provided daily coverage of the impeachment trial of President Clinton. In 2009, she had a brief role as a news reporter in the movie “State of Play” starring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck. Prior to joining News4, Carey reported for KSDK-TV in St. Louis, WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, and KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she began her career. She is a graduate of Indiana University. Her husband, Michael Tackett of The New York Times, also is a School of Communications Advisory Board member.

Kelly Carlton is creative director of motion graphics at AV Squad, a creative advertising agency located in Los Angeles, California. Before joining AV Squad in 2015, he served as creative director of motion design at Trailer Park, a movie trailer post-production studio and advertising agency based in Hollywood, California. For 11 years, he was art director and creative director for motion graphics at Intralink Creative, where he led a team of motion graphic designers doing feature main titles, trailers, corporate logo design and animation. Projects included “The Dark Knight” and “The Da Vinci Code.” He served as vice president at DevaStudios before joining Trailer Park in the creative director position in 2011. During Winter Term 2015 and 2016, Carlton led Elon’s COM 364 “Motion Graphics” course, highlighting the creation and integration of motion graphics into video production. He is a graduate of Georgetown College and earned an MFA at the University of Cincinnati.

Rich Cervini is senior vice president of production and technical operations at CBS Television Distribution. In 2012, his duties expanded to include West Coast shows in production such as “Entertainment Tonight,” “Dr. Phil” and “Judge Judy.” Cervini’s career began as a broadcast engineer at WOR Radio-TV in New York City. He became director of broadcast operations at WNBC-TV before joining King World Productions as director of technical operations and eventually becoming vice president of production and technical operations. King World was a production company and syndicator of television programming in the United States until its 1999 incorporation into CBS Television Distribution. At that time, Cervini became vice president and then senior vice president at CBS Television Distribution. He is a graduate of Adelphi University.

Joie Chen is principal of Way Forward Media, an independent consulting company in Washington, D.C. Formerly the host of "America Tonight" on Al Jazeera America, she joined Al Jazeera in 2013 after working at both CNN International and CNN, where she earned an Emmy Award for her work as anchor covering the bombing at Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. She has also won a CableACE best newscaster award as co-anchor of CNN's "This World Today." Prior to her stint at CNN, Chen spent six years as a correspondent and anchor at CBS News in Washington, D.C., where she covered the White House and Capitol Hill. She also reported for "CBS Sunday Morning." While at CBS, she won an Emmy for her coverage of the three-week sniper siege in the Washington, D.C., area. She is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Michael Clemente is the former executive vice president of news at Fox. In that role, he oversaw all news operations for the most-watched cable network. Clemente joined Fox News in 2009 following 27 years at ABC News, most recently as a senior executive producer of the ABC Digital Media Group where he served as executive producer of and ABC News Now, the first-ever live 24/7 broadband wireless news channel. Previously he was senior producer for “20/20” with John Stossel, Elizabeth Vargas and Barbara Walters and senior producer for “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.” He also spent two years at CNN in Washington, where he oversaw live and breaking news coverage out of Washington and helped grow CNN’s signature talk shows of that era including "Crossfire” and "Inside Politics." He is a graduate of American University.

Angela Connor is executive vice president of media and audience engagement for Capstrat, one of the Triangle’s largest communications firms. In her current role, which is based in Raleigh, she assists clients with developing their social media strategy to change conversations and drive successful business outcomes. With more than 17 years of experience in print, broadcast and online news – with stops in Cleveland, Raleigh and throughout Florida – the former multimedia journalist is an expert on engaging online audiences. Her highly rated book, titled “18 Rules of Community Engagement: A Guide for Building Relationships and Connecting With Customers Online,” provides readers with strategies for building and growing successful online communities. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University.

Tim Franklin is president of The Poynter Institute, a journalism education and training center in St. Petersburg, Fla. Before joining Poynter in 2014, he was managing editor in the Bloomberg News Washington bureau for three years and previously served as founding director of the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University. Franklin began his career at the Chicago Tribune, where he rose from reporter to associate managing editor. He went on to become the top editor at the Indianapolis Star, Orlando Sentinel and Baltimore Sun. The Sun won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize during his 2004-08 editorship. Franklin twice has served as a Pulitzer Prize jurist. He is national co-chair of the Freedom of Information Committee for the American Society of News Editors. He is a graduate of Indiana University.

MJ Jacobsen is the former vice president of communications for the National Geographic Society. She oversaw a staff that manages communications for the society’s programs and products, including magazines, cross-platform editorial campaigns and the National Geographic Bee. Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, reaching about 370 million people each month through its magazines, the National Geographic Channel, books, videos, maps and interactive media. Before joining the society in 1987, Jacobsen was an on-air reporter at WJLA-TV and WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C., KPHO-TV in Phoenix, WTVF-TV in Nashville and WOWK-TV in Charleston, W.Va., and taught journalism at Arizona State University. She is a graduate of American University.

Allen H. Johnson III is editorial page editor of the News & Record in Greensboro. After six years as editor of the weekly Winston-Salem Chronicle, Johnson joined his hometown paper, the News & Record, in 1987 as features editor. He became sports editor in 1992 and editorial page editor in 1999. In that capacity, he leads editorial board meetings, writes a weekly column, writes or edits most editorials, and screens letters to the editor. Johnson has taught journalism courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro, Winston-Salem State, North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T. He also taught a short course in newspaper management for newsroom executives in Zambia. He is twice a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill with an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree.

Bill Kanarick is chief strategy officer for Publicis.Sapient, part of Publicis Groupe and the world’s largest and most advanced digital transformation platform. Based in Boston, he oversees the sales and corporate marketing functions for Sapient worldwide, including the evolution of the company’s brand and its go-to-market strategies and offerings. Kanarick has held a variety of leadership positions at Sapient, including driving the evolution of Sapient’s interactive business and the acquisition of Nitro Group in 2009 to form SapientNitro, creating a unique brand-led, integrated marketing and technology services firm. Throughout his career, Kanarick has built and grown highly successful businesses in both Europe and North America. Prior to his role leading Sapient Interactive in North America, Kanarick spent six years in Europe, where he oversaw the company’s growth in that region from 2000 to 2006. He is a graduate of Boston University.

Eric Kraus is executive vice president of communications and public affairs at Clean Harbors, Inc., a provider of environmental, energy and industrial services based in Norwell, Massachusetts. It is the largest hazardous waste disposal company in North America. Most recently, he served as senior vice president and chief communications officer at Bacardi Ltd., which oversees more than 200 brands and labels of rum and other spirits. Previously, Kraus was senior vice president of corporate communications and public affairs at Covidien, a $12 billion healthcare products company; a vice president at Gillette where he was instrumental in negotiating the sponsorship of Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL’s New England Patriots; and a vice president at Procter & Gamble. Before that, he was a Boston Herald reporter, account executive at PR agencies, and public relations manager for Miller Brewing Co. He is a graduate of Boston University.

Jack MacKenzie is executive vice president of Penn Schoen Berland (PSB), a global research-based consultancy that specializes in messaging and communications strategy for its corporate, political and entertainment clients. In his role, MacKenzie leads the organization’s global media and entertainment practice based in Los Angeles. Prior to joining PSB, he served as senior adviser at Oxford Road, a performance-based advertising agency, and executive vice president of Frank N. Magid Associates, where he led the development of numerous breakthrough research methodologies and insight services in the entertainment space. He began his career in local television news with stops in Savannah, Georgia, Norfolk, Virginia, and Denver, Colorado, where he served as news director at KCNC-TV. He is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri.

Sunshine Overkamp, APR, is chairman of Overkamp Overkamp-Smith, a consulting firm in Atlanta that specializes in strategic planning and crisis communications. She previously served as vice president of the Council on Foundations in Washington, D.C., senior vice president of the United Way of America, and as a journalist. Among her honors is an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, election to the Honor Roll of Women in Public Relations, and being named most admired practitioner of nonprofit public relations by pr reporter. She has served on the national board of the Public Relations Society of America, chaired the Ethics Promotion Committee, and served on the Universal Accreditation Board. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and has an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Byron Pitts is chief national correspondent for ABC News and, in 2014, was named co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline” in New York. Prior to moving to ABC news, he was chief national correspondent for the “CBS Evening News” and a “60 Minutes” contributor. Pitts became a CBS News correspondent in 1998, based in Miami, Atlanta and then New York City in 2001. He was one of the lead reporters of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and received a national Emmy for his coverage. As an embedded reporter covering the Iraq war, he was recognized for his work under fire within minutes of the fall of the Saddam Hussein statue. He became chief national correspondent for CBS News in 2006. Pitts is author of a 2009 book, “Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges,” about having a debilitating stutter as a child and being functionally illiterate until about age 12. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University.

Tony Quin is founder and CEO of IQ, an advertising agency with digital and interactive media at its core. Headquarters are in Atlanta with offices in New York City. Clients include Allstate, Microsoft, Under Armour and Wells Fargo. Quin came to the United States in his 20s to work at Leo Burnett Advertising in Chicago. After stints at both NBC and ABC in New York, he moved to Los Angeles where he produced television pilots, specials and series and was executive vice president of Film House, an advertising agency. In 1995 he founded IQ television group, which subsequently became IQ Interactive and now is simply IQ. The agency has accumulated more than 200 awards, including the Grand Prize at Cannes Cyber Lions for its Volkswagen work. Quin, co-founder and board chairman of the Society of Digital Agencies, was born and educated in London.

Lee Rainie is director of internet, science and technology research for the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan “fact tank” based in Washington, D.C., that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. Prior to launching the Pew Research Center’s technology research in 2000, he was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report. Under his leadership, the center has issued more than 500 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the internet’s role in their lives. All reports and the project’s data are available for free. Rainie is co-author of a 2012 book published by the MIT Press about the social impact of technology. He also co-authored a book series with Elon professor Janna Quitney Anderson about the future of the internet. Rainie is a graduate of Harvard University and has a master’s degree from Long Island University.

Gayle Sierens is the former news anchor at NBC affiliate WFLA-TV in Tampa, Fla. She began her career in sports broadcasting as a weekend reporter and then weekday sports anchor. Sierens was honored with a Florida Emmy for sports reporting in 1984. She also became a freelance play-by-play announcer for ESPN. While with NBC Sports, she did play-by-play for a 1987 NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs – and still holds the distinction of being the only woman to do play-by-play for a regular season NFL game. At WFLA, she transitioned from sportscaster to news anchor in the mid-1980s and won an Emmy for news reporting in 1991. Prior to joining WFLA-TV, Sierens was with WFSU-TV in Tallahassee, Fla. She is a graduate of Florida State University.

Michael Tackett is a bureau editor for The New York Times based in Washington, D.C. Prior to 2013, he was managing editor of the Washington bureau for Bloomberg News, helping to oversee 250 reporters and editors in the nation’s capital. Before joining Bloomberg in 2008, Tackett was Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune, where he spent 28 years as a reporter, assistant city editor, national correspondent and political writer. He directed coverage of the rise of Barack Obama. He previously served as national editor for U.S. News & World Report. Tackett is a recipient of the White House Correspondents Association Award for National Reporting for a series on the influence of lobbyists. He is a graduate of Indiana University. His wife, Julie Carey of NBC4 in Washington, also is a School of Communications Advisory Board member.

Craig Waller is president at Pace Communications, a global content marketing agency based in Greensboro. The agency produces print materials, magazines, websites and interactive initiatives for clients that include Walmart, Verizon, US Airways, Southwest Airlines, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and the American Cancer Society. In 2013, the Content Marketing Institute named Pace the Content Agency of the Year. Waller became president at Pace in 2013 following nine years as chief marketing officer and president of Pace’s airline media division. Before joining Pace, he was co-founder and CEO of Cedar Communications (Omnicom Group), a top-five custom publishing agency in the United Kingdom, and then CEO of the digital and content agency Chime Communications, based in London. He is a graduate of the University of Durham in England.

Evan Welsh is senior director of SME and partner marketing and communications at SAP, a market leader in enterprise application software in Philadelphia. He is responsible for overall communications, including executive communications, speech writing, messaging strategy and social media, for the president of global partner operations. Since joining SAP in 2005, Welsh has held positions of increasing responsibility, including senior director of corporate affairs. He previously served as director of public relations and communications for The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia. Welsh is an adjunct professor at Arcadia University (Pa.), where he teaches graduate courses in international public relations. In his youth, Welsh lived in Switzerland for nine years and graduated from the Kantonsschule in Zofingen. He is a graduate of Penn State University.

Ken White is news director at WOWK-TV, a CBS affiliate in Charleston–Huntington, West Virginia, and former news director at Fox Charlotte. White began his career as sports director at WAKA-TV in Montgomery, Ala., and worked as a political reporter and assignment manager at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh, assistant news director at WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, and a news director at KTBS-TV in Shreveport. White then came to Fox Charlotte (WCCB-TV), where he developed and launched news programming at the station. White has received multiple Emmys and Associated Press awards. He is a national Delta Sigma Chi award winner and served as president of the Radio Television News Directors Association of the Carolinas from 2003-07. He was named News Director of the Year by RTNDAC. White is a graduate of the University of South Florida.

Brian Williams (honorary chair) is anchor of breaking news and special reports for MSNBC, following 10 years as anchor and managing editor for NBC Nightly News. His broadcast career began in 1981 in Pittsburg, Kansas, followed by Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City. He joined NBC News in 1993 and served as chief White House correspondent. In 1996, he became anchor and managing editor of The News with Brian Williams on MSNBC. He became anchor of NBC Nightly News in 2004. He has moderated seven presidential debates. He attended both Catholic University and George Washington University. His wife, Jane Stoddard Williams, who was a member of the President's Advisory Council at Elon, is host and producer of “Bloomberg EDU,” Bloomberg Radio’s weekly look at education.

Norby Williamson is executive vice president for production at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut. He manages production operations, remote operations, stats and information, creative and studio direction, ESPN International production and ESPN Deportes production. In July 2016, he added oversight of production and media sponsorship integration and an “at-large” creative television role to develop new initiatives and enhance ESPN’s existing programming. Previously, he oversaw programming responsibilities such as creating new programming, show development and program scheduling across networks. Prior to 2014, Williamson directed all rights negotiations and managed relationships with rights holders for all ESPN entities. Williamson joined ESPN in 1985 as a production assistant in the studio production department and rose quickly through the global television channel’s ranks. He is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University.