Alumni Experiences

Our graduates work in some of the top newsrooms, public relations departments, and firms across the country and the globe. Some of our graduates chose other career paths, including law, business management, teaching and social media management. Keep in touch.

Rachel Zarrell ’12

Rachel is New Initiatives Lead at BuzzFeed, where she leads video innovation through experimentation and strategy.

Emily Sweeney ’98

Emily is a staff reporter at The Boston Globe. She also serves as president of the New England chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Jenna Duncan, ’12

Jenna is a Higher Education and Business Reporter at Denton Record-Chronicle in Denton, Texas. While a student at Northeastern, she was the Editor-in-Chief of The Huntington News.

Dan Peleschuk ’09

Dan is a freelance journalist based in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he has covered post-Soviet politics, most notably on Russian-Ukrainian relations. His reporting has appeared in the Christian Science MonitorRussia Profile and World Politics Review, among others. In the fall, he will return to the University of Toronto to finish his M.A. in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs, after which he plans to return to Russia to continue reporting.

John Guilfoil, BA ’07

John recently launched his own public relations firm, John Guilfoil Public Relations, which specializes in providing PR and public information services to police and fire departments. He was the Deputy Press Secretary to Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino from 2012-2014. Before joining the mayor’s staff, he was a general assignment reporter for The Boston Globe. Guilfoil is the owner/editor of Blast Magazine, an online magazine he founded in 2007. He is also an adjunct professor at Northeastern University, School of Journalism where he teaches public relations classes.

Rachel Slajda, BA ’07,

Rachel is a segment producer for the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC.  In this position she writes about income inequality, race and gender issues and education among other issues.  View her blog.

John LeRoy, BA ’11

John is the Director of Strategic Communications at M.S. Walker, Inc. Before joining M.S. Walker, he was the Account Director, 360 Public Relations.

Michele Gorman Richinick, BA ’12

Michael is a political reporter for Newsweek. Before joining Newsweek, she was a Digital Writer/Cross-Media Associate Producer at

Steve Daly, MA ’16 BA ’88

Steve is an associate director of communications in the Office of Alumni Relations at Northeastern University. Before joining the staff at Northeastern, he had a 20-year career as a sportswriter for The Portsmouth Herald, The Telegraph of Nashua and the Lowell Sun, where he did his co-op. Daly is the author of “Dem Little Bums The Nashua Dodgers,” a story about a Minor league baseball team in Nashua, N.H., that played an important role in the integration of baseball. Read more about his book.>> He is currently working on another book on New Hampshire baseball. Daly can be reached at

Dan Kennedy, BA ’81

Dan is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University.  Prior to joining the faculty, Kennedy was a media critic for the Phoenix.  See his bio here. [Link]

Gladys McKie, MS ’14, BS ’80

Gladys is the Graduate Coordinator for CAMD and the School of Journalism, Northeastern University.  Before that she had her own public relations business, McKie Communications, in Worcester, MA.  She also held professional public relations positions at Newton Wellesley Hospital and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. See her bio here. [Link]

Jillian Bongiorni, ’13,

Jillian is an Account Coordinator at Torch Communications, a public relations and communications company in Boston.

Gary Somerset ’94

Gary is the Media and Public Relations Manager at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C. He is the spokesperson and in charge of PR for this federal government agency. After graduating from Northeastern, he spent about 13 years in television news as an anchor/reporter.

Callum Borchers, MA ’11

Callum covers politics and the media for The Washington Post. He was formerly a business reporter at The Boston Globe.  Read his articles in “The Fix,”  in The Washington Post.

Peter T. Wilson ’90

Peter is the Managing Editor at WBZ-TV, Boston’s CBS affiliate, and has been with WBZ since 1994. Mr. Wilson can be reached by email.

Mike Beaudet,MA, ’08 

Mike is an investigative Reporter at WCVB-TV News, Boston and Professor of Practice, Northeastern University School of Journalism. Before joining WCVB, he was an investigative reporter for FOX News. See his bio. [Link]

Rayan PayneBA ’12

Rayan is a traffic reporter for Total Traffic Network, WNEW 99.1 in Washington D.C.  Payne covers the Washington D.C. and Baltimore markets. After graduation, Payne was a production associate at the Public Broadcasting Service in Washington D.C.

Andy Towne, BA ’12 

Andy is the Senior Account Executive at ZeroTurnaround, a software development company. After graduation, he was a Media Relations Assistant for the Boston Red Sox. Towne is also a Freelance sports broadcaster.