Communication Studies Alumni

Katie Scally '11

Account Executive, Storefront Political Media

Katie Scally approved"The values I learned at UP in influenced my career. I felt I was called to do something for the betterment of society, and where I work allows me to support those who are trying to make a difference locally and nationally.

For three years, I worked in the San Jose mayor’s office supporting economic development, budget policy initiatives,
and managing the mayor’s social media accounts. That experience prepared me well to join the team at Storefront Political Media in San Francisco in September 2017. We work for a variety of progressive candidates, causes, and worker’s groups. Public service, particularly at the local level, is inspiring to me because it is about ordinary people taking extraordinary action together. I feel that my new position fits well with that ethos.

As an undergraduate student, I took part in a variety of opportunities, including the Washington Semester Program, where I interned on Capitol Hill in Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office. I also became the ASUP vice president my senior year. This taught me about the importance of leadership, the good that can come from working with others, and that individuals can make a difference in their own community.

These experiences, my political science and communication classes, and the values at UP in influence what I do today and what I want to do in the future."

Malika Andrews '17

NBA Reporter, ESPN

photo of Malika Andrews“I love talking to people and writing. When I started at UP, most of my communication studies friends worked for The Beacon, the University’s student run news outlet. I decided to try it, fell in love, and haven’t left the field. I worked at The Beacon for three years and did a bunch of internships and freelance work for various news outlets around the country. For some reason, The New York Times editors decided that I was a worthy internship candidate and I was fortunate enough to be kept on after that. I got a job writing sports for The New York Times. I wrote features about marathon runners, WNBA and NBA players and general managers, triathletes, the impact of football-related head injuries, and a slew of other things. I now work as a NBA reporter for ESPN covering the Midwest. I have been incredibly lucky to have an army of amazing mentors, industry friends and professors that pushed me to be my best and continued even when I wanted to give up. Their support is definitely my secret sauce.”