Communication & Media Alumni | University of Portland

Communication & Media Alumni

Malika Andrews, a black woman smiling on a NBA basketball court with a microphone in her hand

Malika Andrews, '17

NBA Reporter & Host, NBA Today

“Malika Andrews is a journalist as well as an NBA Reporter and host of ESPN’s weekday NBA studio show, NBA Today (2021), covering the league nationally. Her work has appeared across multiple ESPN platforms including, SportsCenter and ESPN Radio. Andrews made her debut as a sideline reporter during the 2019-20 season at the ESPN World of Sports Complex in Florida, serving as a sideline reporter throughout the NBA Playoffs and making her one of the youngest sideline reporters ever for a Conference Finals telecast.

Prior to joining ESPN in October 2018, Andrews worked for one year as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. Prior to joining the Tribune, Andrews worked for one year as a James Reston Reporting Fellow in the sports department at The New York Times.

Andrews is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and sits on the NABJ Sports Task Force Scholarship Committee. She was honored with the 2021 NABJ Michael J. Feeney Emerging Journalist of the Year Award.”


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Ben Arthur, '17

Tennessee Titans Beat Reporter, The Tennessean

“My name is Ben Arthur, and I’m the new Tennessee Titans beat reporter for The Tennessean. I’m coming to Nashville from Seattle, where I primarily covered the Seahawks in my hometown for the last two and a half years.

I’m excited and humbled to take on the Titans reporter role for The Tennessean. In Nashville, I’ll be fully immersed in an NFL beat for a well-respected daily news publication, after being tasked with covering multiple beats in Seattle. I was working in Laredo, Texas, for my first job in sports journalism when I got word through a friend of a sports-reporting gig at that focused largely on the Seahawks. I leaped at the opportunity and the chance to go home.

Over time, the opportunity to cover the Seahawks and the NFL became much bigger than just taking another step up the career ladder. It became a new love for me, much like basketball when I was growing up. More than two years later, I’m ready for this new journey covering the Titans. 

Apart from the usual goals of any beat reporter — trying to provide the most consistent, informative and in-depth coverage of the X’s and O’s — I hope to tell impactful, humanizing stories that transcend sports. Those have always been my favorite stories. And with everything we’ve been through as a country over the last year, from a societal and cultural standpoint, they resound more than ever.”

-Via The Tennessean

Sierra Bray, a white woman smiling in front of a city scape

Sierra Bray, '14

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Southern California

“As a PhD candidate and communication scholar, my research recipe involves the (somewhat unlikely!) blend of organizational behavior, critical/cultural studies, and science and technology studies… The topics that drive my research include organizational culture, workplace dynamics, gender, race, intersectionality, stereotypes, media depictions, computer-mediated communication, the internet, algorithms, and more.

Right now, as a PhD student at USC Annenberg School of Communication, the research topic that keeps me up at night is how women, people of color, and people of other historically marginalized identities navigate and negotiate power in professional settings, particularly in contexts involving digital media and technology.

I am fortunate to have published and presented my research around the world on topics such as cognitive biases against assertive professional women and working mothers, narratives of women in the software industry, racial and gender stereotypes propagated by animated GIF software algorithms, internet and mobile phone use of homeless populations on Skid Row, and the depiction of women coworkers in media.

I am passionate about bridging my professional experience with the tenets of organizational communication, critical/cultural theory, and science and technology studies to promote an applicable, inclusive, and interdisciplinary approach to communication research.”


Clare Duffy, a white woman wearing a black shirt in front of a blue background

Clare Duffy, '17

Writer, CNN Business

“Clare Duffy is a CNN Business writer covering the business of technology and the strategies of Big Tech companies. Prior to joining CNN, Duffy covered the footwear and apparel and banking industries for the Portland Business Journal, where she won first place in business reporting from the Northwest chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for a story about inequities in small business lending. Duffy is a graduate of the University of Portland and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She grew up in San Luis Obispo, Calif. and is currently based in New York.”

-Via CNN Business

Tori Dunlap, a white woman standing against a white wall in a blue dress

Tori Dunlap, '16

Founder, Her First $100K | Author | Podcast Host

“Tori Dunlap is an internationally-recognized money and career expert, and podcast host. After saving $100,000 at age 25, Tori quit her corporate job in marketing and founded Her First $100K to fight financial inequality by giving women actionable resources to better their money. She has helped over three million women negotiate salary, pay off debt, build savings, and invest.

Host of the #1 Business Podcast, Financial Feminist; author of the upcoming book ‘Financial Feminist’ (Harper Collins); and Adweek's ‘Finance Creator of the Year,’ Tori's work has been featured on Good Morning America, the Today Show, the New York Times, TIME, PEOPLE, New York Magazine, Forbes, BuzzFeed, CNN, CNBC, and more. With a dedicated following of over 3 million, over 3.5M podcast downloads, and multiple instances of her story going viral, Tori’s unique take on money advice has made her the go-to voice for ambitious millennial women. CNBC called Tori ‘the voice of financial confidence for women,’ while TIME said, “Tori Dunlap is on top of the personal finance world.’”

-Via LinkedIn

Taylor Stewart, a black man smiling in a gray suit in a dark room

Taylor Stewart, '18

Founder, Oregon Remembrance Project

“[Stewart] started the Oregon Remembrance Project in 2018 to help communities unearth stories of injustice and engage in the necessary truth-telling and repair required to reconcile instances of historical harm. His work connects historical racism to its present-day legacies in order to inspire contemporary racial justice action. In what started as simply a way to memorialize a man named Alonzo Tucker, Oregon’s only documented African American victim of lynching, [Stewart] has grown to see the power of reconciliation to rectify further instances of historical injustice.”

In 2022, Stewart received the 2022 Contemporary Alumni Award from the University of Portland.

-Via LinkedIn and Stewart

Tadeu Velloso, a Brazilian man sitting a smiling in a grey suit

Tadeu Velloso, '14

Attorney, K&L Gates

“Tadeu Velloso is a first-generation U.S. citizen raised by a Brazilian single mother who sacrificed much so he could succeed. And succeed he has: His résumé is competitive with professionals twice his age. After graduating from law school, Velloso clerked for Chief Justice Steven González at the Washington Supreme Court before practicing real estate and land use law in Olympia. ‘As an attorney, I’ve provided clients with comprehensive advice on matters pertaining to real estate, land use, business, transactional matters, municipal matters, and environmental issues,’ he said.

‘I’m the beneficiary of invaluable mentorship and continue to advocate for accessible and equitable mentorship opportunities for all.’ Outside his legal work, Velloso serves on several local volunteer boards and commissions, including as board chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington, vice chair for the City of Olympia Independent Salary Commission, and a cooperating attorney for ACLU of Washington. — MM

-Via South Sound Business “40 Under 40: 2022”

Kamauri Yeh, an Asian woman smiling in front of a multicolored neon backdrop

Kamauri Yeh, '11

Vice President, Global Women’s Creative Director, Nike

“As a sophomore at the University of Portland, I interned at Portland Monthly magazine working on their social channels. At the time, brands were just starting to use social media, and I realized that it was going to change the way we communicate. I wanted to be a part of that. During my senior year, the Pilot men’s basketball coach hired me to create and manage their social channels. A post I did about a game was picked up by ESPN and that’s when it really hit me how fun and impactful working in social media can be. After I graduated, I was fortunate to start my career at Nike where I was part of the digital team that launched Nike’s first Twitter handle.

[Now as Vice President, Global Women’s] Creative Director, I oversee and manage the end-to-end creative process for our Global Nike Sportswear, ACG, and Influencer Marketing studio. My role is to strategically orchestrate responsibilities and deliverables inclusive of art direction, brand storytelling, brand writing, social media creative, brand experience, and production.”

-Via University of Portland and LinkedIn