Journalism Department alumni to receive top honors at Homecoming 2011

By Sheng Lee (@shengdanger)

Patrick Stiegman graduated from UWO as a journalism major and radio/TV/film and political science minor. As the vice president/executive editor and producer for, he is responsible for content planning and management of an award-winning team of more than 200 editors, writers and producers. Before his top-management position at, he spent nine years as vice president/director of Internet operations for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Journal Communications, building award-winning websites, including, Packer Insider and Badger Plus Online.

Because of his dedication to UW Oshkosh and his innovations in digital media, Stiegman will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest award from the Alumni Association, at a reception and dinner on Friday, Oct. 21, during Homecoming 2011. (Read more about Patrick Stiegman)

After graduating with a degree in journalism and radio/TV/film, Lori Kraus worked for various radio stations until she joined the CNN/ Turner Broadcasting team. She currently works for CNN as the senior promotion placement coordinator for on-air promotion. Her role is to strategically place promos for the CNN brand and all CNN programs on its television networks. While at CNN, she won the DuPont – Columbia University Award for coverage of the tsunami disaster in South Asia, and two Peabody Awards, one for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the other for coverage of the 2008 Presidential campaigns and debates.

The journalism and radio-TV-film major will be one of three top UW Oshkosh graduates to receive an Outstanding Young Alumni Award at a reception and dinner Friday, Oct. 21, as part of UW Oshkosh’s Homecoming 2011 activities. (Read more about Lori Kraus)

Michael Fredrick graduated with a journalism degree and was part of the University’s first National Student Advertising Competition team to advance to the national-level contest. He is now the creative director at Bader Rutter and Associates in Milwaukee and is responsible for leading a creative team that works with Fortune 500 clients. His creative work has been recognized nationally, recently winning two first-place awards in the BtoB Best Creative Awards. Prior to Bader Rutter, he worked as a copywriter and creative director at several Milwaukee-area advertising agencies, including Hoffman York, Curro and Celtic.

For Fredrick’s exceptional work in his career and community, UW Oshkosh will honor his efforts with an Outstanding Young Alumni Award at a reception and dinner on Friday, Oct. 21, during Homecoming 2011. (Read more about Michael Fredrick)

Fredrick and Stiegman will be featured panelists on “How the Department of Journalism Helped Get Me From Here (Oshkosh) to There (Where I’m at Today)” in Sage Hall Room 3232 during the Journalism Department’s Homecoming 2011 events.



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