The RSJ congratulates Distinguished Alumni Winners

The RSJ congratulates Distinguished Alumni Winners

The Reynolds School of Journalism celebrated its 2016 Distinguished Alumni Winners as part of the University of Nevada, Reno Homecoming celebration. Honorees included:

Erin Russell Erin Russell ’00 (journalism and political science)

Erin Russell is vice president of state government affairs at UnitedHealth Group, where she leads strategy and implementation of public policy in four states. Prior to that, Erin served as director of legislative affairs for Kaempfer Crowell law firm.  A third-generation Nevada alumnus, Erin served on the Nevada Alumni Council and is active in southern Nevada alumni events. She and her husband, Nevada System of Higher Education Regent Trevor Hayes, live in Las Vegas with their two children.


Marc CarigMarc Carig ’06 (journalism)

Marc Carig is a sportswriter and covers the New York Mets for Newsday. While a student at Nevada, Marc served on the editorial board of The Nevada Sagebrush and had summer internships at The Boston Globe and The Washington Post, where he continued to work following graduation. He covered college football and basketball until 2008, when he began his award-winning career covering Major League Baseball. After covering the Baltimore Orioles, he moved on to the New York Yankees beat for the Newark Star-Ledger. Marc is set to begin a two-year term as the New York chapter president of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He lives with his wife, JoAnna, in Cedar Grove, N.J.


Abbi Whitaker Abbi Whitaker ’04 (journalism) 

Abbi Whitaker is co-founder and president of The Abbi Agency, a Reno-based integrated marketing communications firm whose impact is felt from the streets of Reno to the trendiest office buildings in New York City and Silicon Valley. Abbi serves on the boards of The Chamber and the EDAWN Foundation, and has been nationally recognized as a member of the Forbes Agency Council. Abbi and her husband, Ty, have two children and spend leisure hours camping and exploring the hot springs and other wonders of Nevada’s backcountry.


Myram Borders Myram Borders ’58 (journalism) 

Myram Borders had a long and distinguished career in journalism. She was Las Vegas Bureau Manager for United Press International for more than two decades, where she reported from Las Vegas on Nevada gaming, politics, organized crime, race riots, nuclear testing and society. After her time at UPI, Myram opened the first full-time Las Vegas office for Gannet Newspapers and was appointed Nevada Commissioner of Consumer Affairs by Gov. Bob Miller. She retired in 2002 and lives in Las Vegas.

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