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Emmy Award-winning “60 Minutes” Correspondent Bill Whitaker ’73, L.H.D. ’97 is the recipient of the Los Angeles Press Club’s top honor, the Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The Agitators by Dorothy H. Wickenden ’76, L.H.D. ’14 is one of six nonfiction books for adults recognized this year for affirming “the highest values of the human spirit.” Executive Editor of The New Yorker and former HWS Trustee Dorothy H. Wickenden ’76, L.H.D. ’14 earned a Christopher Award for her 2021 book, The Agitators: Three Friends Who

Be King, Rewind: Katherine Ruggles ’22 rebrands Blockbuster Video for her Media and Society Honors project. English and Media and Society double major Katherine “Katie” Ruggles ’22 used the Honors Program at HWS to explore her interests in branding and marketing. Her Honors project, culminating in a website “Be Kind, Rewind: Rebranding Blockbuster for the

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle’s spotlight on Kurt Vonnegut’s celebrated novel highlights the Hobart grad who inspired its main character. More than 50 years ago Kurt Vonnegut Litt.D. ’74 published his seminal novel Slaughterhouse Five, based in part on the life of Edward “Joe” Crone Jr. ’45. Imprisoned with Vonnegut during World War II, Crone inspired

Through seven internships and an independent study project, Shayna Riggins ’22 has explored the fields of advertising and media. Since attending an advertising camp in high school, Shayna Riggins ’22 says she has been drawn to the field that holds the power to influence beliefs, opinions and behavior—and makes the world a more equitable place.

A donation from journalist George Stephanopoulos adds approximately 700 new items to the Collections of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. A new gift of nearly 700 photos from George Stephanopoulos was added to the Collections of Hobart and William Smith Colleges this fall, capturing important historical moments and artistic movements of the 20th century. Building

Students discuss branding with HWS Media and Society alums who work for Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Food52 and NBC’s Peacock. The alums hold advanced degrees from Cornell, Dartmouth and Emerson. During the Media and Society capstone class on branding, Associate Professor of Media and Society Leah Shafer facilitated a Zoom panel with her seniors and

The latest recipients of the Geneva Scholarship Associates fund are beginning to explore a variety of academic fields and interests during their first semester. With interests spanning art history, economics and entrepreneurial studies, three Geneva High School graduates – the latest recipients of scholarships from Geneva Scholarship Associates (GSA) – are engaging with campus during

Alan Kalter ’64, the longtime announcer for the “Late Show with David Letterman” and beloved Class Correspondent since 1972, died on Monday. Alan Kalter ’64 was a talented voiceover artist and comedian, and loyal member of the Hobart and William Smith community. Since his passing on Monday, Oct. 4, remembrances have been shared widely across

This summer, Zara Pyle ’23 balanced two remote social media internships at companies run by Hobart and William Smith alums. Zara Pyle ’23 worked as a social media manager intern for Leaders of the 21st Century (LOT21C), a nonprofit founded by Dan DeNose ’10. LOT21C works with high school students in their junior and senior