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January 2008

Release Date: January 25, 2008

Returning Graduates to Highlight ASU ‘Journalism Day’

Four Angelo State University journalism and communication graduates will return to campus as the keynote speakers for the second annual “Journalism Day” Thursday, Jan. 31, in the Houston Harte University Center.

Journalism Day events will run from 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Thursday in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center and are open free to the public. Anyone interested in a career in journalism, mass communication or the television entertainment industry is encouraged to attend.

The speakers will be Daniel Devereaux, a 1994 ASU graduate and manager of NBC’s Broadcast Operations Northeast; Bhavesh Patel, a 1994 graduate and veteran of hundreds of on-air marketing campaigns for CBS, NBC, Fox and HBO in Los Angeles; Satcha Pretto, a 2001 graduate and co-host of “Primer Impacto Fin de Semana” on the Univision TV network; and Luis Rios, a 1983 graduate and director of photography for the Miami Herald newspaper in Florida.

Devereaux and Patel will kick-off the program at 9:30 a.m. with a session on television and entertainment. At 11 a.m., Rios will address photography journalism, followed by Pretto’s presentation on TV news and commentary at 12:30 p.m. All four speakers will then gather at 2 p.m. for a panel discussion moderated by Dr. June Smith, head of the ASU Department of Communication, Drama and Journalism. Each session will include question-and-answer time for the audience.

In his current position, Devereaux manages five NBC affiliates from his office at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City. Pavel now works for an independent post-production company in Los Angeles. Pretto, prior to joining Univision in Miami, worked as a reporter and anchor for the nightly edition of KTLE-Telemundo and as a CNN correspondent. Each studied radio/TV with communication instructor Pat Turner and helped her implement ASU’s current radio/TV programs.

Rios is also photo editor for the “Iris Photo Collective” web site. His daughter, Jennifer, is immediate past editor of the Ram Page and is currently serving a Scripps Howard internship in Washington, D.C.

Funding for the Journalism Day activities comes from a Scripps Howard Journalism Fund Grant distributed for the purpose of encouraging students to consider journalism as a major and career.

For more information, contact Dr. Smith at 942-2031, Ext. 350.