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Celebrity Alumni

These graduates have made a name for themselves, thanks to their great Illinois education.

Scott Altman

(Class of ’81, College of Engineering) Scott is a NASA astronaut who commanded the mission to repair the Hubble Telescope.

Steve Chen

(Class of ’02) Steve is one of the founders of YouTube, the popular viral video Web site named 2006 Invention of the Year by Time magazine.

Jean Driscoll

(Class of ’91, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; MS '93, College of Applied Health Sciences) Jean is a world-renowned wheelchair athlete—a two-time winner of the Olympic Silver Medal and eight-time winner of the Boston Marathon.

Roger Ebert

(Class of ’64, College of Media) Roger is a Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic.

Dave Eggers

(Class of ’02, College of Media) Dave is the author of the best-selling “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius."

Bill Geist

(Class of ’68, College of Media; HON '05) Bill is a CBS commentator, Emmy award winner, author, and humorist.

Nancy Brinker Goodman

(Class of ’68, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Nancy is a former ambassador to Hungary and founder of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research, named in honor of her sister.

Mannie Jackson

(Class of ’60, College of Applied Health Sciences) Mannie is the owner of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Sheila Crump Johnson

(Class of ’70, College of Fine and Applied Arts) Sheila is a philanthropist, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television and America’s first black female billionaire.

Rick Kaplan

President of CNN (1997-2000), President of MSNBC (2004-2006), Executive Producer of World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, creator of E!, and winner of 34 Emmy's.

Jawed Karim

(Class of ’04, College of Engineering) Jawed is one of the founders of YouTube, the popular viral video Web site named 2006 Invention of the Year by Time magazine.

Ang Lee

(Class of ’80, College of Fine and Applied Arts) Ang is an Academy Award-winning film director.

Max Levchin

(Class of ’97, College of Engineering) Max is the founder of PayPal, the Internet money-moving service.

Josh Nizzi

(College of Fine and Applied Arts) Josh is a Freelance 2D and 3d artist who has designed several robots for Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen including Megatron, Jetfire, Power Up Optimus and Long Haul.

Nick Offerman

(Class of ’93, College of Fine and Applied Arts) Nick is an actor in hits including NBC’s Parks and Recreation, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Sin City, All Good Things, and Casa de Mi Padre.

Suze Orman

(Class of ’77, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Suze is a financial expert of books and media fame.

Dennis Swanson

(Class of ’61, College of Media, MS ’66, College of Media) Dennis is head of station operations for the Fox Television Station Group and former head of ABC Sports, NBC’s Olympic Committee, and COO of Viacom.


 
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