Tennessee Alumnus

Best of 2014







Four issues in 2014. All different. All fun to make. What was the best?

The most read stories of 2014 were the cover stories, which makes sense and confirms why they were on the cover. I liked them all, but based on the number of clicks, our readers chose Southern Gentlemen about the Knoxville-based band The Dirty Guv’nahs. That was followed by How to See (all of) UT, the feature about our road trip across the state; Inside the Octagon about MMA fighter Ovince Saint Preux; and Eyes on LaFollette, a retrospective of a student photojournalism project over the last 20 years.

My favorite non-cover stories were Discover, Invent, Change, about 12 inventions by UT faculty; Disappearing Appalachia and Life in the Delta, both by Fred Brown; Twenty Years to Life, which was a great experience to report and write; and Listen to Joe because UT’s president, who has a genuinely down-to-earth demeanor, is taking on a huge issue that may not have an easy answer.

Magazines aren’t all about words, though. So I do have some favorite photos. Those are sprinkled in this article.

And, we can’t leave out video. Easily, my favorite is Knockout, which uses a Go Pro to show what it’s like to fight Ovince Saint Preux. This wasn’t for the Alumnus, but clearly the most viewed video produced by our office was UT President Joe DiPietro dancing to “Happy.” And who doesn’t like that hat?

Thanks to Tonja Johnson and Gina Stafford, who lead the Office of Communications and Marketing, for support and encouragement. Also, thanks to Laura Barroso for her great design work that started in 2014, Nick Simson for dedication and creativity in designing the website, Erica Jenkins for outstanding videos, Adam Brimer for wonderful photos, Jan Avent for awesome copy editing, Chandra Harris-McCray for putting together the content for Association News, John Lacey for selling advertising and good ideas and all of our writers, photographers and communicators across the state.

Anne Zachry, assistant professor of occupational therapy at UT Health Science Center and author of Retro Baby, plays with Gabriel (Gabe) Lewis, 1, son of Keisha Brooks (Martin ’98, HSC ’99), an assistant professor at UTHSC.

Look for the next Alumnus magazine coming out in spring 2015.