Comm Grad Spotlight

Comm Grad Spotlight: Ashley Kronsell

Ashley L. Kronsell
B.A. and M.A., Communication
Communication Specialist, Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC), Energy Global Security Division, Argonne National Laboratory


Ashley Kronsell helps develop communication strategies and plans and helps coordinate media campaigns, creates trade show displays, manages social media and visual communication, and develops content for special events including workshops, conferences, and competitions. Previously, Kronsell was a university Communication instructor and served as a mentor for at-risk Communication students.

Comm Grad Spotlight: Brandi Chastain

Brandi Chastain
B.A., Communication
Professional Soccer Player (Retired), U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team


Brandi Chastain is a former women’s soccer player who retired in 2010 after a career that included stints with the Women’s Professional Soccer League, Women’s Premier Soccer League, and the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. She has won two World Cup championships, two Olympic gold medals, and an Olympic silver medal. Chastain also served as a commentator for NBC Sports during the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, for ABC/ESPN during the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and for regular season Major League Soccer matches. A 2016 selection to the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Chastain is now an assistant soccer coach and a spokesperson for AbbVie pharmaceutical company, where she speaks on digestive issues.

Comm Grad Spotlight: David Letterman

David Letterman
B.A., Communication
Late Night Talk Show Host (Retired), The Late Show with David Letterman


David Letterman began his career as an announcer and newscaster at his college’s student-run radio station. Years later, he became the longest-serving late night talk show host in history, serving as a host for 33 years before retiring in 2015. He was the recipient of a 2016 Peabody Award, and has been nominated for 52 Emmy Awards, winning 12 times. He also won four American Comedy Awards, received the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence in 2011, and was a recipient of the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors. Letterman also owns a production company, Worldwide Pants, which produced his late night show as well as several prime-time comedies.

Comm Grad Spotlight: Dana Bash

Dana Bash
B.A., Political Communication
Chief Political Correspondent, CNN


Dana Bash is a journalist and anchorwoman for CNN, currently serving as the network’s chief political correspondent. Bash plays a key role in election coverage, and served as a questioner in six of the network’s seven 2016 primetime primary debates in addition to co-anchoring CNN Election Center. Since joining CNN upon her college graduation 23 years ago, Bash has served as the network’s White House and Capitol Hill correspondent and as an editor in CNN’s Washington bureau and producer for several of the network’s public affairs shows including “Late Edition” with Frank Sesno, “Evans & Novak,” and “Inside Politics Weekend” with Wolf Blitzer.

Comm Grad Spotlight: Robert Lampley

Robert Addison Lampley
B.A., Communication; J.D.
Assistant Director, Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity, Central Michigan University


As an attorney, Robert Lampley investigates civil rights-based claims of harassment and discrimination that occur within the university community. He also advises a student-based organization that encourages students to voice their opinions and actively engage in campus activities. Lampley also provides training on university policies involving civil rights and equity.

Comm Grad Spotlight: David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz
B.A., Communication
Television Actor


Boreanaz is an actor, producer, and director. As an actor, he is best known for his roles in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” and his 12 seasons on the drama series “Bones.” For his work on “Angel,” Boreanaz received three Saturn Awards for Best Actor. He has also done voice work for several television shows and video games, including the shows “Family Guy” and “American Dad!” Boreanaz is also an entrepreneur. In 2013, he helped found the cosmetic company, Chrome Girl, which produces vegan nail polishes that are free of common toxins.

Comm Grad Spotlight: Jessica Berlin

Jessica Berlin
B.A., Communication
Social Marketing Manager, Yahoo


Jessica Berlin is a social media manager and digital marketing strategist with a background in public relations. She currently oversees the influencer capabilities of Yahoo, working to identify and create relationships with influencers to enhance awareness and engagement of Yahoo products through organic social media. Previously at Yahoo, Berlin developed creative global social media programs that led to increased awareness, use, and engagement.

Comm Grad Spotlight: Al Roker

Al Roker
B.A., Communication
News Anchor


Al Roker is a television host, weather forecaster, and book author. Best known for his weather reporting on NBC’s “The Today Show,” Roker is also an award-nominated author of a murder mystery book series. He has frequently guest-starred in television shows and has voiced a number of television and movie characters. Roker serves as CEO of Al Roker Entertainment, Inc., a multimedia development and production company, and is founder of Roker Labs, which delivers digital and live streaming content across media platforms. Roker has received 13 Emmy awards, and was inducted into the New York Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2015.

Comm Grad Spotlight: Brandon Weathers

Brandon Weathers
B.A., Communication
Analyst/Federal Government Contractor, Concur Solutions


Brandon Weathers works as a federal government contractor specializing in IT support solutions, finance, and government regulations. He provides system support for travel programs, helps arrange travel, troubleshoots IT issues, and analyzes business processes to create more effective practices. Weathers is also working toward his yoga teaching certification and is continuing his fine arts education.

Comm Grad Spotlight: Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey
B.A., Communication
Film Actor


Matthew McConaughey is an Academy Award winning actor, known for both his comedic and dramatic roles. McConaughey first gained attention for his role in “Dazed and Confused” in 1993. However, it was McConaughey’s role in the 2013 film “Dallas Buyer’s Club” that earned him both an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He also received a Critics’ Choice Award for his role in the television drama series “True Detective.” McConaughey founded the “just keep livin” Foundation to empower high school students to lead active lives and make healthy choices. In addition to acting, McConaughey co-teaches film classes at his alma mater in conjunction with film directors and university lecturers.

Comm Grad Spotlight: Spike Lee

Spike Lee
B.A., Communication
Director, Producer, Actor


Spike Lee is a film director, producer, writer, and actor whose movies are known for exploring race relations, urban crime, and political issues. His movies, produced by his production company, 40 Acres and Mule Filmworks, include the Academy Award nominated film “Do the Right Thing” and the documentary “4 Little Girls.” Lee’s film “Malcolm X” was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress because of its cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance. Lee has also directed music videos for artists including Michael Jackson and Prince, among others. He serves as an Artistic Director and Professor, teaching graduate courses in film. In 2015, he received an Honorary Oscar for his contributions to film.

Comm Grad Spotlight: Tim Allen

Tim Allen
B.S., Communication
Television and Film Actor


Tim Allen is a television and film actor. Allen rose to fame for his role as Tim Taylor in the television show “Home Improvement,” for which he received a Golden Globe Award and multiple Emmy nominations. Since then, he has starred in the Disney trilogy “The Santa Clause” and voiced the lead character in the “Toy Story” trilogy. Also an accomplished author, Allen once has the top-rated television show, number one box office film, and best-selling book in the same week. He is currently on the television series “Last Man Standing” and has a thriving stand-up comedy career, performing regularly in Las Vegas. Allen also runs two companies, focused on filmmaking and design.

Comm Grad Spotlight: James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini
B.A., Communication
Television and Film Actor (Deceased)


James Gandolfini was an actor best known for his role as Tony Soprano in the HBO series “The Sopranos.” Gandolfini received three Emmy Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards for his depiction of Soprano,. He was also a successful theatre and film actor as well. He debuted on Broadway in the 1992 revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and his big screen debut followed in 1993 with the film “True Romance.” In addition to starring in a number of films, including the Oscar-nominated “Zero Dark Thirty,” Gandolfini produced two documentaries that focused on Iraq War veterans and the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on soldiers and their families.

Comm Grad Spotlight: Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon
B.A., Communication
Television Actor


Mark Harmon is a television actor whose breakout role came in the 1980s television series “St. Elsewhere.” While Harmon has appeared in a number of television series, he is perhaps best known as the lead character on the current CBS series “NCIS,” a role that has earned him three People’s Choice Award nominations. Harmon also received Emmy nominations for his role in the miniseries “Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years” and for his guest starring role on “The West Wing.” Other memorable television roles include stints on “JAG” and “Chicago Hope.” Harmon is an accomplished producer and serves as an executive producer on “NCIS” while also running his own production company.

Comm Grad Spotlight: Bob Costas

Bob Costas
B.A., Communication
Sportscaster, NBC Sports


Bob Costas is a primetime host and sportscaster for NBC Sports, and is the network’s longest-serving sports announcer. Costas plays a key role in covering multiple sports for NBC, including football, baseball, and basketball. He has served as primetime host for 11 Olympic games and six Super Bowl games. Costas has hosted myriad shows on NBC, HBO, and the MLB Network. He also contributes to “The Today Show” and “NBC Nightly News” and has contributed to several sports documentaries. Costas has won 24 Emmy Awards and is the only broadcaster in history to win Emmy Awards for sports, news, and entertainment. Costas has been named Sportscaster of the Year a record eight times and was inducted into the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame in 2012.

Comm Grad Spotlight: Hannah Storm

Hannah Storm
B.A., Communication
ESPN journalist and anchor


Award-winning journalist, producer and director Hannah Storm is a pioneer in the field of sports broadcasting for women, a published author, an advocate for children suffering from debilitating vascular birthmarks, and most importantly, a mother of three. Storm holds various hosting duties at ESPN, most notably for SportsCenter. She also hosts sporting events around the world, is the founder of Brainstormin’ Productions film company, and the founder of the Hannah Storm Foundation, which advocates for children and parents of children suffering from debilitating vascular birthmarks. Storm is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Comm Grad Spotlight: Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert
B.A., Communication
Actor, Comedian, TV Host


Stephen Colbert is a comedian, author, and host of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” He began his current hosting gig in late 2015 after hosting nearly 1,500 episodes of “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central. Colbert previously was a correspondent on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. Colbert has won nine Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and two Peabody Awards, and was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2006 and 2012. He graduated from Northwestern University with a concentration in theater.

Comm Grad Spotlight: Howard Schultz

Howard Shultz
B.A., Communications
Executive Chairman of Starbucks


Howard Shultz has served as Starbucks’ chairman and CEO for more than three decades, building it into one of the world’s most recognized and respected businesses. He is also co-founder of the Shultz Family Foundation with his wife, Sheri, helping to provide opportunities and professional pathways for young people and veterans. Shultz graduated from Northern Michigan University.