Journalism and Publishing

Whether it's a year-long investigative piece, an IKEA[TM] instruction manual, or your classic coffee-table book--a lot of thought goes into each and every type of publication. Even if a field may not "read" as literary-related, if it happens to communicate with the public (or other allied fields), they rely on writers. And those writers, rely on editors. Ever wondered what it takes to fulfill these roles? Have you questioned what molds future best-sellers, or what dictates how last night's play-by-play looks online? Curious about how one can intermix and apply one's writing and communication skills in a variety of fields? Come join a panel of alumni who found out.

Panel Participants

Jennifer Fisher, AB'07, M.S. in Journalism'08 (Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism)

Managing Editor, Crain National
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Ms. Fisher graduated from the College in 2007 with a degree in English, then obtained a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. At the College, she wrote for The Chicago Maroon, worked for the alumni magazine and ran cross-country and track and field. She now serves as managing editor for Crain National, a network of business newsletters launched by Crain Communications in 2016. Previously, she was a news editor for several editions of Pioneer Press, a suburban newspaper chain owned by the Chicago Tribune. She now lives in Chicago with her husband, two sons and basset hound.

Christina Kahrl, AB'90, AM'98 (Loyola)

Senior Editor, MLB, ESPN
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Ms. Kahrl is a senior editor on the Major League Baseball beat at ESPN. She was part of creating an industry thought leader at Baseball Prospectus, where she edited and wrote for several bestselling books. She graduated from the College in 1990 with a degree in History. She earned her MA in History in 1998 from Loyola University of Chicago.

Gretchen Young, AB'84, AM'84

Vice President and Executive Editor, Grand Central Publishing
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Ms. Young graduated from the College in 1984 with both an AB and AM in Spanish language & literature. She went on to work in television in New York City, and then in publishing. She is currently a vice president and executive editor at Grand Central Publishing at the Hachette Book Group USA. She is the editor of over 75 New York Times bestsellers as well as award winning authors including Elizabeth Alexander, Oscar Hijuelos, Caroline Kennedy, George Carlin, Eric Schmidt, Jesse Klein, Congressman John Lewis, Ethan Hawke, Andy Borowitz, Jesse Klein, Willie Geist, Tiger Woods, Caitlyn Jenner and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Her most recent #1 New York Times bestseller is Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women who Will Run the World by Jennifer Palmieri. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.