Journalism (news editorial concentration)
Columnist, Detroit News
Co-host of the Valenti and Foster Show, 97.1 FM The Ticket
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.
- 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
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.