Notable Alumni in Journalism

Tiger Tracks for careers in Journalism

Walker Beauchamp Walker M. Beauchamp '11
Editorial Assistant, Oxford American magazine

Walker graduated with a major in government and a minor in history. He took the LSAT with every intention of going to law school, but decided instead to pursue an internship at The Oxford American magazine, a Southern literary/music magazine. He has since been hired as an editorial assistant, where his work helps celebrate the South by showcasing the best of the region's writing, music, and art. Walker has recently begun building a nonprofit record label at The Oxford American that seeks to expose both forgotten and contemporary Southern music.

Chris StirewaltChris Stirewalt '97
Political Editor, Digital,Fox News Channel, Washington D.C.

While at Hampden-Sydney, Chris was the editor of The Tiger student newspaperand majored in history. After graduation, he took a job as political editor first at the Charleston Daily Mail and then at West Virginia Media, where he wrote a column for the State Journal. He later oversaw the popular Morning Must Reads for the Washington Examiner before accepting his current job in July of 2010. Chris's Fox News blog has a particular focus on the 2012 election. He is a frequent news television contributor and is often applauded for bringing the gift of laughter to the political newsroom.

Hawes C. SpencerHawes C. Spencer '87
Editor of The Hook, Charlottesville, Virginia

Hawes Spencer showed up as a freshman in the office of The Tiger hoping to become the photo editor of the newspaper by his senior year. However, the small size of the Tiger staff meant that his climb to the chief editor's desk took less than a year. Along the way, he found that the accessibility of everyone from the resident advisors to the College president made Hampden-Sydney an excellent place to learn and practice journalism. From there, starting two weekly newspapers in Charlottesville-first C-ville Weekly and later The Hook-was just another step in the right direction.

J. Kendrick Woodley IIIJ. Kendrick Woodley III '79
Editor in Chief, The Farmville Herald

Ken Woodley graduated with a major in English and two years of column writing for The Tiger. The Farmville Herald has been his only employer. He encourages H-SC students to look for a career where they can make a difference. "Small town doesn't mean small time," he says, and the horizon is limitless wherever you stand. Ken has been featured in front page stories in The New York Times and The Boston Globe, among others, featured on The Today Show and The CBS Evening News, and praised editorially by The Washington Post for his work related to civil rights.

R. Randolph Henry IV  R. Randolph Henry IV '79
Writing Professor, University of Virginia; Author and Former Columnist

A Theta Chi, a Ralph McGill Scholar, and the Editor of The Tiger, Ran majored in English and later earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from Florida International University. He has written for the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, the St. Petersburg Times and Tropic-the Miami Herald Sunday Magazine. Since 2000, Ran has taught narrative non-fiction writing and classes in creating heroes at F.I.U. and Virginia Commonwealth University. He teaches self-designed writing courses for the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the University of Virginia, and is spending this semester teaching Football Writing at the University of South Carolina Honors College, the top Honors College in the country. His biography, Ball Coach: How Steve Spurrier Taught the South to Play Football will publish in the Fall of 2014.

Steve Wall '78Steve Wall '78
Publisher, The Farmville Herald

Steve graduated with a degree in biology. He is a Sigma Chi and a native of Farmville. While at Hampden-Sydney, Steve was the editor of the Tiger, which was founded in 1920 by his grandfather J. Barrye Wall '19. He is a fourth generation graduate of H-SC whose great grandfather Joseph Benjamin was in the class of 1876, aforementioned grandfather was in the class of 1919, and father William Bidgood was in the class of 1951. Other H-SC grads include his brother, his first cousin, and his father's brother. Wall is the publisher of The Farmville Herald, as were his father and his grandfather. Wall's classes at Hampden-Sydney were heavy with biology, but included a number of English classes with T.E. Crawley and Spanish classes with Jorge Silveira.

L. Richmond MartinL. Richmond Martin '71 LinkedIn
Head of the Journalism Department, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Rich Martin was a newspaper reporter and editor for 29 years in Virginia at The Roanoke Times, from which he retired as managing editor in 2004. His book, Living Journalism: Principles and Practices for an Essential Profession, was published by Holcomb Hathaway in 2011. At Hampden-Sydney he was a summa cum laude graduate in English and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Gamma Delta. He has an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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