Start Here / Never Stop Podcast

The UNC School of Media and Journalism’s tagline, Start Here / Never Stop, adopted in the 2015-16 academic year, captures the idea that what students learn and experience at the school prepares them for successful careers and transitions in a dynamic media environment.

This podcast highlights the meaning behind the tagline through conversations between Dean Susan King and influential alumni, faculty, staff, students and speakers.

Carolyn Van Houten '14 | Justin Lyons '06 | Rochelle Riley '81 | Brooke Baldwin '01 | Jeff Mittelstadt '12 (M.A.) | Nikole Hannah-Jones '03 (M.A.) | Brad Hamm '96 (Ph.D.) | Aaron Dodson '15 | Roxane Coche '13 (Ph.D.) | Leigh Goodwyn '88 | Tarini Parti '12 | Lisa Stockman '91, '13 (M.A.) | Kathryn Walker '16 | Jess Clark '15 (M.A.) | Claudia Howard '03 | Emily Steel '06 | Alexandra Rizk Keane '14 | Pailin Wedel '04 | Rachel McMahan '17 (M.A.) | Parth Shah '15 | Jason Cooper '01 | Christina Vidal '12 | Natasha Duarte '11, '16 (M.A.) | Brian Strong '00 | Kat Downs Mulder '06 | Lisa Arney '03 (M.A.)


April 6, 2018

Lisa Arney '03 (M.A.) a senior communications manager at Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts. Click here to read more


March 29, 2018

Kat Downs Mulder '06 is the director of product at The Washington Post and leads a team of product managers and designers who work on The Post's website, native apps, video, email, newsroom tools and subscription products. Click here to read more


March 8, 2018

Brian Strong '00 is the senior vice president of brand communications at FOX Sports, working to elevate the brand storytelling strategy connected to key sports and entertainment moments, digital platforms, major marketing campaigns and special projects. Click here to read more


Feb. 23, 2018

Natasha Duarte '11, '16 (M.A.) is a policy analyst at Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). CDT is a nonprofit that works to preserve the user-controlled nature of the internet and champion freedom of expression. Click here to read more


Feb. 16, 2018

Christina Vidal '12 is a brand and marketing strategist focused on travel who founded Jetset Christina, a luxury travel website focused on showcasing the best in the world's most swoon-worthy locales. Click here to read more


Feb. 5, 2018

Jason Cooper '01 is a virtual and augmented reality specialist and Chief Digital Officer at Horizon Productions. In addition to recording the podcast, Cooper created a 360-degree video of his conversation with Dean Susan King. Click here to read more and see the 360-degree interview


Dec. 14, 2017

Parth Shah '15 is the second-ever graduate of the MJ-school to receive the prestigious Kroc Fellowship from National Public Radio. Currently, Shah is a producer at NPR working on Hidden Brain, a social science podcast and radio show which links research from psychology and neurobiology with findings from economics, anthropology and sociology, among other fields. Click here to read more


Nov. 30, 2017

Rachel McMahan '17 (M.A.) is the first-ever graduate of the UNC Environment and Science Communication dual-degree program — a path that enabled her to receive a bachelor's degree in environmental studies and a master's degree in mass communication in just five years. Click here to read more


Nov. 22, 2017

Pailin Wedel '04 is a Thai-American video journalist based in Thailand and the founder of TwentyFifty Productions in Bangkok. In 2017, she received a Whicker’s World Funding Award for her documentary, Hope Frozen, a film probing the ethics and morality of cryogenics and the meaning of death. Click here to read more


Nov. 10, 2017

Alexandra Rizk Keane '14 is a film producer, writer and editor and the founder of an independent production company — Rizk Pictures — launched in 2016. Rizk Keane is also producer for the 2017 feature film Literally, Right Before Aaron, a Rizk Pictures Production. Click here to read more


Oct. 23, 2017

Emily Steel '06 is a business reporter at The New York Times, where she has covered the media industry since 2014. While there, her reporting exposed a series of settlements related to sexual harassment allegations against Bill O’Reilly, the former Fox News host. Click here to read more


Oct. 3, 2017

Claudia Howard '03 is currently the global brand manager at The Weather Company, spearheading strategy and execution of marketing efforts to optimize the user experience, and grow and retain the user base for digital and mobile products with partners in various global markets. Click here to read more


March 2, 2017

Jess Clark '15 (M.A.) is WUNC's Fletcher Fellow for Education Policy Reporting. Her reporting focuses on how decisions made at the North Carolina General Assembly affect the state's students, families, teachers and communities. As a graduate student, she was lead writer and managing editor for, a special multimedia report on North Carolina’s hog industry from UNC’s award-winning series, "Powering A Nation." Click here to read more


Jan. 25, 2017

Kathryn Walker '16 was a double major in political science and public relations with a minor in history. On campus, she served as house chair of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, chair of the College Republicans and CEO of Carolina Liberty Foundation. The Presidential Scholar program has offered her the opportunity to learn more about higher education through work varying from planning the president’s inauguration to honing writing skills with the communications team. Click here to read more


Dec. 22, 2016

Lisa Stockman '91, '13 (M.A.) is the president of communications for inVentiv Health. She has more than 25 years of communications experience in ethical pharmaceuticals for clients including AbbVie, Amgen, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer and Roche as well as consumer goods companies including Coca-Cola. Click here to read more


Nov. 18, 2016

Tarini Parti '12 is a Capitol Hill reporter for BuzzFeed, based in Washington, D.C. She joined BuzzFeed in 2015 after working for Politico, where she covered money and politics, campaigns and agriculture since 2012 following her graduation from the UNC School of Media and Journalism. At Carolina, she served as the managing editor for The Daily Tar Heel and worked internships for the Center for Responsive Politics and The Christian Science Monitor. Click here to read more


Nov. 3, 2016

Leigh Goodwyn '88 is a 1988 graduate of the MJ-school with 20 years of marketing experience with major television networks including Turner Broadcasting and Discovery Networks, where she worked in affiliate marketing, advertising sales/marketing and eventually rose to head of international marketing. Click here to read more


Aug. 12, 2016

Roxane Coche '13 (Ph.D.) — a sports journalist turned university professor — worked as a freelance sports reporter and producer in Paris for three years, collaborating with several TV networks. Passionate about sports and gender equality, her research interests revolve around gender issues in sports media content, especially in online and social media. Most recently, Coche has organized and is leading a study abroad program at the Rio Olympics, featuring 29 MJ-school and 14 University of Memphis students. Click here to read more


July 21, 2016

Aaron Dodson '15 is an assistant editor for The Undefeated, ESPN's premier platform for exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture. In 2015, he graduated from the UNC School of Media and Journalism with a major in reporting and a minor in history. He has previously worked in the sports departments at The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post. Click here to read more


June 29, 2016

Brad Hamm '96 (Ph.D.) is the dean of the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Previously, he was the dean of the Indiana University Media School. Hamm, who earned his undergraduate degree at Catawba College and his master’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina, has also served as associate dean of the School of Communications at Elon University. Click here to read more


May 20, 2016

Nikole Hannah-Jones '03 (M.A.) won a 2016 Peabody Award for her collection of "This American Life" episodes on school segregation called "The Case for School Desegregation Today." The collection includes "Three Miles" and a two-part series called "The Problem We All Live With." Hannah-Jones earned her master's degree from the UNC School of Media and Journalism in 2003, where she was a Park Fellow. Click here to read more


May 4, 2016

Jeff Mittelstadt '12 (M.A.) is the founder and president of WildSides. His goal is to use his background in policy, economics, business, higher education and documentary journalism to cover human-wildlife conflict issues like they've never been covered before. He earned a master's degree at the UNC School of Media and Journalism in 2012, where he was a Roy H. Park Fellow. Click here to read more


April 19, 2016

Brooke Baldwin '01 anchors the 2-4 p.m. edition of CNN Newsroom. Prior to CNN, Baldwin worked at WTTG in Washington, D.C.; WOWK in Charleston/Huntington, W.Va.; and WVIR in Charlottesville, Va. In 2008, Baldwin moved to CNN, based in the network's New York bureau. Click here to read more


April 4, 2016

Rochelle Riley '81 is the Metro Columnist for the Detroit Free Press. On Sunday, April 17, 2016, she was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame, housed at Michigan State University. Click here to read more


March 18, 2016

Justin Lyons '06 graduated from the UNC School of Media and Journalism in 2006 with a public relations specialization. He received the Lois and H.C. Cranford Jr. Award from the school as the outstanding graduating senior in public relations. Click here to read more


Feb. 29, 2016

Carolyn Van Houten '14 was named the 2015 Newspaper Photographer of the Year, 2015 College Photographer of the Year and placed first in the 2014-15 Hearst Journalism Awards Photojournalism Competition. Click here to read more