The Department of Communication is fortunate to have a broad network of alumni and friends working in a variety of professional fields—from journalism, to marketing, to PR, political communications, social justice advocacy, public health, and entertainment —who generously share their advice and expertise with our students. Keep an eye on our events calendar and our Instagram feed for news about upcoming ComCareers events and see links below to view past sessions.

Alumni career panels and AMA (Ask Me Anything) Sessions

Throughout the academic year, we will host career panels and AMA Sessions in which alumni share their career journey, industry and career insights, advice on navigating the job search, and tips for success. Sessions have included alumni from SAP, WE Communications, Audiation, King County, Friends of Youth, among many others! 

Check out some of the past sessions:

ComCareer Stories

Remembering Don Pember

UW Communication professor emeritus Don Pember, a hugely influential journalism and media scholar and beloved teacher and mentor, passed away in late June. Pember’s legacy continues to shape our program and the discipline at large, and his many students and colleagues remember him as an … Read More

Mentorship For Black Professionals, Earbuds Not Included

In the past year, Tiana Cole and Brad Blackburn III have spoken with Black civic leaders, broadcasters, business owners, educators, nonprofit directors, and other successful professionals about their careers — including how race has factored into their journeys. Their unfiltered conversations are now streaming on Identity … Read More

A lasting legacy: Honoring Communication alumna Kay Tomita Hashimoto

Born and raised in Washington, Kay Hashimoto (BA, journalism, 1952) dreamt of becoming a journalist, setting her sights on UW as the place to realize that dream. After graduating high school in 1946, Kay worked for two years to earn the money she needed for … Read More

Raising the (Sustainable) Roof

Sometimes an idea takes hold and won’t let go. For University of Washington alum Alexa Bednarz, that idea was a carbon-neutral building product that could potentially benefit millions of people worldwide. Turning that idea into a reality has been a journey and a challenge. Bednarz … Read More

Alumni of Distinction and Hall of Fame 2022

Every year, the UW Department of Communication honors outstanding alumni who are making a difference in their careers and communities by inducting them into the Department’s Alumni Hall of Fame. We also recognize the exceptional work of recent graduates through the Outstanding Early Career Award, … Read More