The Central Michigan University
Journalism Hall of Fame will recognize the accomplishments of five alumni this fall — from the founder of the popular @APStylebook Twitter handle to the marketer credited with leading a favorite fast-food campaign.
"These five alumni were selected because of their tireless dedication and grounded ethics," said Janet Hethorn, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts. "We are proud of what they've achieved in their careers that followed their graduation from CMU."
Colleen Newvine Tebeau, '92
Colleen Newvine Tebeau, '92, is the product manager for the AP Stylebook — the revered book that guides writers in the industry — and helps run the @APStylebook Twitter account. The account has gained more than 262,000 followers since its launch in 2009.
"She sets the standards that all of today's journalists count on for credibility, gravitas and reliability," said TJ Bucholz, president of Vanguard Public Affairs Inc. "With the term 'fake news' on the lips of every media observer and pundit these days, Colleen's work draws an important line between professionals and charlatans."
Tony Cervone, '85
Tony Cervone, '85, is the senior vice president of global communications at General Motors. His 30-year career also includes roles at Chrysler, Volkswagen and United Airlines, and his recognitions include a top ranking on PR Week's 2016 Power List.
"Cervone is demanding, expecting his team to stick to the facts and keep it simple. That philosophy has helped him not just weather numerous crises during his career, but also has helped guide the organizations he represented to be more transparent and truthful in their dealings with media, the public, shareholders and government officials," said Tom Wickham, manager of communications for General Motors North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations.
Steve Fecht, '80
Steve Fecht, '80, spent years honing his craft at The Detroit News before leaving to start Steve Fecht Photography. He uses his 25-plus years as a photojournalist, photo editor and photo director to work with commercial and corporate clients. He also works with the news photo bureau at General Motors.
"Steve has been so many things in his career — photographer, mentor, director, businessman — and he has excelled at each. He has won countless state and national awards for his photography. He is a respected director who has impacted many young photojournalists," said Cathaleen Curtiss, director of photography at The Buffalo News, New York.
Kenneth Gal, '78
Kenneth Gal, '78, started his career at Central Michigan Life and was honored early in his career as the 1977-78 Distinguished Advertising Manager of the Year by the College Newspaper and Advertising Managers. Today he's known for his impact on global consumer brands such as Pepsi, Disney and KFC.
"Ken's DNA is embedded on brands long after he's stopped working with them," said Sonja Singer, senior manager of human resources at Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. "You can credit him with leading the wildly successful value initiative 'Make a run for the border,' Taco Bell's campaign that lowered the price of fast-food lunch in America."
Gal is the CEO of Shiny Objects Marketing Inc. in Los Angeles.
Jim Harger, '76
Jim Harger, '76, is a reporter for MLive Media Group at The Grand Rapids Press.
"Jim represents what a good journalist has always been, in print and digital times: accurate, informed, independent, curious and dogged in the pursuit of truth," said Dan Gaydou, president of MLive Media Group. "In an age of increased skepticism surrounding media credibility, Jim stands out as one who is considered above reproach."
Hall of Fame induction ceremony
The alumni will be inducted into CMU's Journalism Hall of Fame on Nov. 4 at the Courtyard Marriott at CMU. The department also will honor Central Michigan Life staff members from 1987 to 1988. For more information about the hall of fame, contact Dave Clark, director of student publications, at 989-774-1678 or send him an email.