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The Power of a Medill Education

As the media industry experiences unprecedented change, Medill leads the way. We are training a new generation of multimedia journalists and integrated marketing communications professionals who are finding new ways to understand audiences and not only thriving in this exciting new landscape but also helping to shape it.

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Gillian Flynn (MSJ97)
"I often think of Medill as the place I found myself as a writer. My time there was so special, the teachers so committed, and many of my best friends 20 years later are the writers I met when I was at Medill."Gillian Flynn (MSJ97)

Author, "Gone Girl," "Dark Places" and "Sharp Objects"

Our Alumni

Medill alumni represent the highest levels of accomplishment in journalism and marketing communications. By attending Medill, you join this network of powerful professionals working all over the world. This tight-knit group loves to help their fellow Medillians and Wildcats by serving as mentors and connections for future job opportunities. 

Featured Alumni
Medill alumnus George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin (BSJ70, MSJ71)

Author of novels adapted by HBO as “Game of Thrones”

Martin is a novelist and short story writer in the fantasy, horror and science fiction genres who is best known for “A Song of Ice and Fire,” his international bestselling series of epic fantasy novels that HBO adapted into the dramatic series “Game of Thrones.” 

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Medill alumnus Younghee Lee

Younghee Lee (MSA90)

EVP of Global Marketing, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics

Lee oversees Samsung's global brands and strategic marketing communications for its mobile communications business. At Samsung, she has introduced clear product segmentation and consumer-oriented strategies. 

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Medill alum Mike Wilbon

Mike Wilbon (BSJ80)

Co-Host of "Pardon the Interruption" on ESPN

Wilbon is a featured columnist for ESPN.com and ESPNChicago.com, and he appears on the "NBA Sunday Countdown" pregame show on ABC.

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Medill alum Kelly McEvers

Kelly McEvers (MSJ97)

Host of NPR news magazine “All things Considered”

McEvers also hosts the NPR podcast “Embedded.” Prior to her current role, she was based in the Middle East. Her reporting on the Syrian civil war won a George Foster Peabody award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University award and a Gracie award.

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Medill alum Terry Davenport

Terry Davenport (MSA83)

SVP of Marketing and Global Brand Adviser at Starbucks Corporation

Davenport leads marketing and brand strategy for Starbucks and is responsible for product development, consumer insights and innovation. Prior to this role, he served as chief marketing officer of KFC.

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Medill alum Sheinelle Jones

Sheinelle Jones (BSJ00)

Anchor for "Weekend Today" and News Correspondent at NBC

Jones is a journalist and news anchor working for NBC News and MSNBC. She is co-anchor of the Saturday editions of "Weekend Today," a host of "MSNBC Live" and a correspondent for all platforms of NBC News.

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A global presence

Medill is more than a specific location or singular experience. We have programs in Evanston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. Medill faculty and students are also an important part of the Northwestern University program in Qatar.

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Medill Across the Globe

In addition to our campuses in the U.S. and Qatar, our faculty lead classes to Asia, Europe, Africa, South and Central America. Where will you go? Explore our global offerings in our IMC and Journalism programs.

Todd Smith (IMC05)
"Medill prepared me in every way to be a 21st century marketer. It gave me the perfect mix of traditional marketing tools and skills combined with new tools and thought processes to excel in consumer marketing."Todd Smith (IMC05)

Former President and Chief Marketing Officer, Sonic Drive-In

Research Centers and Institutes

Innovation Through Application

Medill is home to several research centers and institutes that produce cutting-edge research, develop new media products and greatly expand our knowledge of journalism and integrated marketing communications.

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Knight Lab

Knight Lab is a community of designers, developers, students and educators who work on experiments designed to push journalism into new spaces. It's best known for its innovative suite of open-source and adaptable tools for media makers.

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Spiegel Research Center

Spiegel Research Center conducts evidence-based, data-driven analyses to prove the relationship between customer engagement and purchase behavior. Its research has included proving the financial impact of consumer behavior in social media, mobile devices, customer reviews and more.

Visit Spiegel Research Center's website