Outstanding Alumni

The College of Media & Communication Outstanding Alumni Awards were instituted in 1981 to recognize alumni of Texas Tech University who have made outstanding contributions to the field of media and communication.

Any person, organization, media group or company may make nominations for the annual recognition. A selection committee representing the students, faculty, alumni and advisory committee is appointed by the dean of the College of Media & Communication.

Outstanding Alumni are recognized at a breakfast on Saturday morning prior to a home football game in the fall.

A medallion is given to each honoree, and plaques are retained for display in the Media & Communication Building.


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2013 Outstanding Alumni
Jules Andres

Jules Andres

Jules Andres earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with a news editorial emphasis in 1993 from the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University. She currently is the director of corporate communications at Mattel, a publicly-owned $7 billion consumer goods company.

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Todd Chambers

Todd Chambers

Todd Chambers earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1988 from the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University. He later earned a master’s degree in mass communications in 1994, also from Texas Tech. He received his doctorate in communication in 2000 from the University of Tennessee.

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Brian Gordon

Brian Gordon

Brian H. Gordon earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1990 from the Texas Tech University College of Media & Communication.

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Cathy Conley Swofford

Cathy Conley Swofford

Cathy Conley Swofford earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980 in journalism and political science from Texas Tech University. Since then, she has spent most of her career as a journalist covering education, the economy, the environment, and other issues for newspaper, radio and television audiences. Swofford started her career as a newspaper reporter in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.

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Alex Wells

Alex Wells

Alex Wells graduated in 2001 with a degree in advertising from the Texas Tech College of Media & Communication. He has been a member of the National Advisory Board for the college since 2006.

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