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My name is Peggy Weber. I’m an author and journalist, also a wife, mom of three and grandmother of nine. I graduated from Marquette with a master of arts in journalism in 1980. I’m originally from East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Some of the best stories are the ones that focus on “ordinary” people. Every person has a story and can make for very interesting pieces.

Currently, I’m doing some reporting and writing. Before the pandemic, I also was giving talks about my book, Enough as You Are.

Being an author was relatively new to me. I feel blessed that Loyola Press


Name: Ricky Labrada
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Major: Journalism
Minor: French

For any student considering study abroad, I’d say go! Travel and study in another country; the connections I made are amazing.

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I studied in Paris, France for four months in the fall of 2020. It was by far the best experience if my life I actually cried when I had to go back home. Just meeting people from so many different countries whom I still talk to, going out to the Seine or the Eiffel Tower and just staying up late and seeing cultural differences was crazy — but so…


On Wednesday, February 24th, the Milwaukee Press Club hosted an “Evening with Chuck Todd,” a virtual event with the host of Meet the Press. Through the generous support of Tim Vetscher, an alumnus of the Diederich College now serving as the news director for TMJ4 News, forty students studying journalism were able to attend. Natallie St. Onge, executive director of the Marquette Wire, shared her takeaways from the event.

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There were many takeaways from the conversation with Chuck Todd and Charles Benson, in part with the Milwaukee Press Club. As always, I appreciated Todd’s honesty. He admits that the time…


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Alexa Jurado, Comm ’22, recently shared a documentary she made for the local nonprofit Greater Together. Her film, “2020” was screened virtually last December on the Milwaukee Film Festival’s website, a wonderful experience for her. Read on to learn more about Alexa and her work!

My name is Alexa Jurado, and I’m from Cary, IL, a small suburb of Chicago. I’m a junior majoring in journalism and digital media.

I wanted to make a film that would explore some of the more positive things that came from all the crazy things that happened last year.

My dream job is to…


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I’m Noelle Douglass, a senior from Bloomington, IL, double majoring in communication studies and philosophy.

I’m undertaking a senior thesis this year, which is the communication studies department’s first undergraduate thesis in over a decade. My project looks into the terms used for female attractiveness, how these terms are valued, how a social media platform like Instagram mediates these valuations, and how terms for attractiveness are attributed to certain women, “looks,” and/or societal roles.

Upon completion, I’ll both send the project to undergraduate research journals and give a short presentation summarizing my research here in the Diederich College of Communication


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Joe Poeschl

A 2008 alumnus of the Diederich College of Communication and a 2021 “40 Under 40” winner, Joe Poeschl took a moment to spill the proverbial beans on innovation, his newest venture, and squirrel fishing.

I’m Joe Poeschl, Program Director/Co-Founder of The Commons and Founder of JOERTS. I graduated from Marquette in 2008 with a degree in advertising and communication design. I was born in West Allis, and grew up in Slinger, WI.

I can honestly say that my time at Marquette led me to think and act differently about my career. From day one, I’ve had goals and motivations that…


Scholars in the Diederich College of Communication are investigating the problem of balancing work and motherhood during the CoVid pandemic. Professor Lynn Turner, Department of Communication Studies, and Associate Professor Gee Ekachai, Department of Strategic Communication, joined by Professor Emeritus, Karen Slattery, retired from the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, are interviewing mothers about managing family and employment during the health crisis.

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What was your inspiration for this research?

Gee: I am always interested in crisis communication so when COVID happened, initially, I was curious about how parents communicated the COVID crisis to their children. I mentioned my interest…


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Mary T. Wagner

The Diederich College of Communication is pleased to introduce you to Mary Wagner, a double alumna of Marquette University who combined her different degrees to craft a unique career.

My name is Mary T. Wagner, and I’m a two-time graduate of Marquette University. I first earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism in 1979, and then a law degree in 1999. I’m a native of Chicago but actually have lived in Wisconsin for virtually my entire life, since the age of sixteen. The journey has been full of twists and turns, ranging from daily newspaper journalism to “soccer mom” motherhood, freelance…


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The Diederich College of Communication recently caught up with TJ Bowden, Comm ’14, to chat about his work, life as a transplant to LA in the pandemic, and his favorite memories of Marquette.

Yo! I’m TJ, and I currently work as a Content Producer at ViacomCBS Digital and freelance Digital Producer at VICE TV. I graduated from Marquette University in 2014, and I majored in PR/Digital Media with a minor in Performing Arts. I’m originally from the south side of Chicago. I moved to Milwaukee for college and two weeks after I graduated from MU, I moved to New York…


As the number of available internships this past summer changed due to the ongoing pandemic, one student in the Diederich College took a leap of faith on a virtual option. This post originally appeared on The Big Think’s blog in the summer of 2020.

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Margaret Millerick

By Margaret Millerick

I learned that being open and willing to challenge yourself will give you experiences you never thought would have come your way.

It is easy to agree that the pandemic took a huge toll on peoples’ plans for the year. For me, similar to countless other college students this past summer, many internship…

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