Words from our Alumni
Over the years, the MCJ department has had the pleasure of seeing thousands of students graduate from our program. If you are an alumnus/alumna of the MCJ department (TCOM or Journalism), please join the MCJ Alumni chapter. We want to stay connected! Want to be included on our alumni page? Please send us your picture, year you graduated and a few words about your time with us to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Boren (B.A., 1972)
Jim Boren is an award-winning journalist who is widely recognized as one of the top political commentators in California. In a 40-year career in the newspaper business, he has had a range of journalistic assignments. He is now editorial page editor and vice president for The Fresno Bee.
"When I showed up in the department at age 19, I thought I was the luckiest guy in the world just to be there. I was very lucky, indeed, to be mentored by some of the best journalism professors in the country. They demanded a lot of you, but gave even more in return. They prepared you for the real world, and I understand that more each day I’m in the news business."
Demi DeSoto (B.A., 1986)
While at Fresno State, Demi served as General Manager, Promotions Director, and Radio Host at KFSR 90.7 FM. His first job in TV was at KJEO-TV Channel 47. Currently, Demi is the play by play announcer for the Southern Oregon Renegades, a semi pro football team playing in the NAFL. He also does media relations for the Southern Oregon Riverdawgs.
"In the mid 1980′s the Speech Arts Building at CSUF was a magical place where creativity flourished. The program and staff prepared us well for the rapidly changing world of media. As we travel on our paths around the world, we are forever grateful for the seed they planted."
Victor Hernandez (B.A., )
Victor Hernandez is the Director of Domestic Newsgathering at CNN/U.S.
"The academic experiences and life perspectives afforded during my time at California State University, Fresno helped shape my work ethic, vision and leadership values I've tried to exemplify throughout my career. I find myself fortunate enough to work for one of the most recognizable media brands on the planet, alongside some of the most foremost journalists from respected global academic institutions; however I'm always genuinely gratified of my humble roots on the Fresno State campus and often quick to match my honorable Valley pride with those of my esteemed colleagues."
Soma Norodom (B.A., 1993)
Soma recently accepted a new position as a Columnist for the Phnom Penh Post, the number one newspaper in Cambodia. The column will talk about controversial and sometimes taboo topics and issues affecting Cambodia. This is a very influential and powerful position and is another promotion that reveals how “the top leaders in the country are grooming [her] to become the future leader of Cambodia.” Soma says of her time at Fresno State, “My years at Fresno State were unforgettable. I loved attending the classes and my professors challenged us everyday, not only as students, but as role models and citizens. I am proud to have achieved my career goals in Television Broadcasting and most of all, I can proudly say that my former professors are my friends, and still my biggest supporters.”
Jan Yanehiro (B.A., 1970)
Jan Yanehiro is an Emmy Award winning television host, she pioneered the magazine format on television as co-host of Evening Magazine, a nightly program in San Francisco from 1976-1990. Currently, she is the host of Everyday Angels on Comcast Cable TV and the Executive Producer of Pacific Fusion TV.
“Solid journalistic skills are what I learned best at Fresno State. Back in my day, it was called journalism… and we were taught to report with integrity, factual information and compassion. I valued my lessons then… and they hold their value today. I remember learning what made a good story; I also remember learning what I could do to move beyond a good story. I hope I have made all my professors proud.”