Alumni Spotlight

The MCJ department is happy to share the stories of our wonderful alumni. If you are an alumnus(a) and would like to share your story and/or recent accomplishments, please email your story

Alumna Kirstie Hettinga earns her Ph.D

Kirstie Hettinga

Kirstie Hettinga is one of our outstanding graduates who not only received her B.A. from our department, but she also completed her M.A. in the MCJ’s graduate program. After graduating with honors from Fresno State, Kirstie was accepted into the Ph.D. program at The Pennsylvania State University where she earned her doctorate in mass communication. Dr. Hettinga is now member of the faculty at California Lutheran University. We are proud of Kirstie’s accomplishments.

Angelo Stalis Wins NATAS’s Silver Circle Award

Angelo Stalis

Angelo Stalis, who retired from KFSN (Channel 30.1) in 2013 after more than 40 years on the air, received the “National Academy of Television Arts & Science’s Silver Circle Award."

The award honors individuals who have been in broadcasting for 25 years or more and have made contributions to Northern California TV for a major part of their careers. He will be one of six inductees into the “Circle.”

The 1964 Fresno High School graduate had a part-time job at KFIG (AM 1430) while he was in college. Angelo graduated from Fresno State in 1970 with a degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting. As soon as he graduated from Fresno State, Stalis was hired by the local ABC station, where he initially worked as an announcer/director. In 1977 he took over the weather duties

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Alumni Receive “40 under 40″ Award.

Business Street Online's “40 Under 40” awards honor hardworking individuals in the local business community who have achieved great success before they have reached the age of 40. This year, 2011, three MCJ alumni have been selected for this award. Our congratulations to: Danielle LeBouef, Eric McCormick, and Josh Tehee.

Danielle LeBouef (2004)

Danielle LeBouef 2004

Danielle graduated from California State University, Fresno with a degree in mass communications and journalism, with an emphasis in public relations. She also got a certificate in marketing, with a goal of working at a public relations and advertising agency. Today, she's an account executive and public relations specialist with Cohen Communications.

Eric McCormick (1994)

Eric McCormick 1994

McCormick graduated from Bullard High School in 1989 and California State University, Fresno with a bachelor's in journalism/advertising and a minor in business/marketing in 1994. He made a large investment to start his company in 2008 when businesses were struggling for new, more effective marketing ideas, and it has resulted in great success for him as well as local businesses. Today he has over 175 clients and delivers over 250,000 texts a year for clients all over California. McCormick Mobile Media is still the only company in Fresno to offer a complete suite of mobile products for small businesses.

Josh Tehee

Josh Tehee

Josh Tehee has a degree in mass communications and journalism from California State University, Fresno and wrote for Fresno State's newspaper The Collegian. Tehee is now an important part of Fresno's cultural landscape as a writer with The Fresno Bee, a Creative Fresno board member, coordinator of the Fresno Famous Web site, and founder of the Fresno Urban Sound Experience music festival. As one of the key coordinators of, Tehee communicates his excitement and opinions on local life in the Central Valley to a vast audience of readers that may not be fans of traditional print and TV media outlets. He is engaged in the downtown redevelopment process and has been a vital part of the Creative Fresno team that has brought the FUSE festival to the area for 3 years in a row.

Jed Chernabaeff and Eric Cohen

The MCJ department congratulates Jed and Eric on their recent accomplishments.

Jed ChernabaeffEric Cohen

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors announced the new appointments for Jed Chernabaeff (B.A. in PR, 2004) and Eric Cohen (B.A. in Journalism, 1994; M.A. in Public Administration, 2008). Click here to read more on their latest achievements.

Victor Hernandez

Victor Hernandez

Victor Hernandez, Director of Domestic Newsgathering at CNN/U.S., was nominated by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in their list of 35 Most Influential People in Social Media as part of their own anniversary celebration. The department congratulates Victor on this honor. Follow the story.

Desa Belyea

Desa Belyea

A native of Fresno, Desa Belyea has spent most of her career in the newspaper business beginning with her first job at age 16 as a reporter for the Sanger Herald during summer vacation. After graduating from California State University, Fresno, she moved to San Francisco to do public relations for CARE (Cooperative for American Remittances to Everywhere). She returned to Fresno to assume responsibility for the Women’s Section of The Fresno Bee and was instrumental in realigning The Bee’s resources to better serve the diverse population and changing demographics of the region. She was the first woman to hold the position of assistant managing editor at The Bee and was responsible for the newsroom’s strategic planning. In 1995, Desa and her husband, the late George Belyea, established the George and Desa Belyea Charitable Trust to be administrated through the Fresno Regional Foundation, “because Fresno had been good to us and we wanted to do something good for Fresno.” Now retired, Desa divides her time between Fresno and San Francisco.