University of Pittsburgh
October 4, 2004

Pitt Oct. 14 Career Day Panel to Feature Communication Professionals

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh Department of English will hold its annual Career Day panel from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 14 in the William Pitt Union Lower Lounge, 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland. The free event, featuring communication professionals, is open to the public.

Career Day panelists are Leasa Burton, executive editor at Bedford/St. Martin's Press in Boston; Allan Walton, assistant managing editor for features at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Sheldon Ingram, reporter for WTAE-TV news; Alyson Walls, a special projects reporter with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; and Dale T. Allerton, president of Allerton Marketing Communications. Harry Kloman, news adviser to The Pitt News, Pitt's journalism program coordinator, a journalism instructor at Pitt, and a movie critic for Pittsburgh City Paper, will moderate.

As executive editor at Bedford/St. Martin's Press, Burton selects books for her company's composition and business and technical communications lists. She earned the Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry at Pitt in 1992.

A Pittsburgh journalist since the late 1980s, Walton worked for The Pittsburgh Press prior to becoming the assistant managing editor for features at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in communication arts at the University of Dayton in 1979.

Reporter for the WTAE-TV news team for almost 13 years, Ingram has held numerous other jobs in broadcast journalism before coming to Pittsburgh. A former tutor of adult literacy, he earned the Bachelor of Arts degree at Morris Brown College, Ga., in 1987.

Walls, a special projects reporter with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, works with a six-person team that writes longer, more in-depth and investigative-type articles focusing on issues, trends, and events. She earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism at Marshall University, W.Va., in 1998.

President of Pittsburgh's Allerton Marketing Communications, Allerton earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in English writing at Pitt in 1971.

In addition, Pitt's Al McDowell Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of the late television newsman, will be presented at the event. The scholarship supports an undergraduate student in the English department's nonfiction writing program.

Career Day is cosponsored by Pitt's English department, The Pitt News, and Pitt's Office of Institutional Advancement. For more information, contact Harry Kloman at 412-648-7842 or e-mail kloman@pitt.edu.

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