Sean Jensen (Summer 1996) is a journalism instructor at the University of Minnesota this fall and a regular contributor to K-TWIN (96.3). He also is covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press on a temporary basis. Previously he was the Chicago Bears-NFL beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times.
Nancy Flores (Summer 2001) [...]
by Akeem Glaspie
Somewhere between my time riding in a speedboat while covering the practice of a high school rowing team and almost being trampled by the Detroit Lions’ all-pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson, my desire to be a sports writer was reaffirmed.
Before I became a Chips Quinn Scholar this summer, I was a recent [...]
Sonya Paclob (Spring 2013) and Ryan Blackwell (Summer 2005) each did their CQS internship at Public Opinion in Chambersburg, Pa. Blackwell is a photographer for the paper, while Paclob has since become a multimedia producer at a sister paper, the York (Pa.) Daily Record. Paclob, a graduate of Ohio University, worked with Blackwell to create [...]
The Chips Quinn Scholars program has lost an esteemed newspaper editor and dedicated career coach, Dick Thien, who died Aug. 23 at age 73. A CQS coach for 16 years, Thien helped shape the journalism careers — and lives — of countless Scholars, including one who says that “journalists will continue to benefit from Dick’s [...]
Nealy Gihan (Summer 2000)
Manager, WellPoint Inc., Virginia Beach, Va.
“What does the air smell like?” I asked myself one summer afternoon 13 years ago as I sat on a bench outside the train station in Lincoln, Neb. “What do I hear?”
The next day, I’d be back at the station to ride a coal-fueled train for [...]
Dick Thien was the classic shirt sleeve editor who ran his newsroom for his staff and his newspaper for his readers – a first-class journalist of the old school, a great colleague and a loyal friend of the Chips Quinn Scholars.
John C. Quinn
JCQ’s message reflects the sentiments of the entire CQS staff – past [...]
When I heard that Dick Thien had died, I wondered how a person whom I remember as being so vivacious, so energetic, so very present could be gone. But then I realized that he isn’t gone – at least not in spirit. He mentored so many journalism students and his influence was widespread and deep. [...]
by Frank Bi
An editor at Gannett Co.’s former flagship paper, the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle, Nestor Ramos has had an atypical journey through journalism.
After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with a degree in English, Ramos moved to Portland, Ore., where he found a job sorting mail at The Oregonian. As a mail [...]
by Donyelle Davis
Hostage situations, environmental survival techniques and disaster evacuations are only a few of the ordeals that the U.S. Navy has prepared me for. Despite the training and experiences I have gleaned from my service, however, I was never prepared for balancing two careers.
I credit my military training with preparing me for a lot [...]