Alumni Profiles - Terry Foster, ’81

Major:

Journalism (news editorial concentration)

Minor:

Economics

Current job:

Columnist, Detroit News
Detroit, Mich.

Co-host of the Valenti and Foster Show, 97.1 FM The Ticket
Detroit, Mich.

Best part of CMU's journalism program was:

“Learning from the older professors and hearing their stories from when they were in the field.”

As a CMU student, was involved in:

  • Central Michigan Life - Reporter for three and a half years
  • Forensics Team

Biggest accomplishment while at CMU:

“I did a spoof on designer jeans.” Foster had labels made that said, “Terry Foster,” and people put the labels on their jeans. Several years later he ran into a girl in California. She was wearing her “Terry Foster” designer jeans.

Accomplishments:

  • 2008 Department of Journalism Distinguished Alumnus
  • NBA Writers Award, 1991
  • AP Sports Editor Award
  • Valenti and Foster Show, top-rated P.M. drive show in Detroit in the spring book
  • Valenti and Foster Show, won the men’s 25-54 demographic in the last four books

Internships:

  • Saginaw News
Foster worked under Paul Chaffee, who taught him to say the same thing in fewer words.
“It really helped me become a better writer.”

What he does to be competitive in his field:

“I try to listen to what people are saying.”
Foster then writes about it in the newspaper or his blog.

Suggestion to students interested in the journalism program:

“Always remain curious.”
Foster also emphasized the importance of getting experience and clips.

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