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Week of October 14, 2013

Meet the Record Staff

The University Record is a publication of Internal Communications, a U-M division responsible for bringing news and information about University activities to the campus community and outside media sources. The Record is published for staff, faculty and retirees of the University.

With a beat as diverse as the University of Michigan, members of the Record staff need to draw upon a variety of experiences and skills to adequately and accurately cover the territory. Read ahead to meet the people who bring you the University Record.


Jillian Bogater, editor

Jillian may be a Floridian by birth, but she is a Michiganian by choice. She grew up in nearby Canton, graduating from Plymouth-Salem High School then earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and African studies from Central Michigan University. She cut her teeth as a cub reporter at the Plymouth-Canton Community Crier, and in subsequent years worked at newspapers in Milford, Cheboygan, Pontiac and Hillsdale — some of them twice. She was editor of Between the Lines and for almost six years worked as an editor of the national desk at The Detroit News. When she’s not chasing stories, Jillian writes her own in multiple blogs. She lives in Ferndale with her boyfriend, Matt, a dog named Charlie and a 23-toed cat called Cora.

Jamie Iseler, Record Update editor

Jamie comes to the Record after 33 years in the newspaper industry, where he has been a reporter, editor and page designer. He started his career at age 15 as a sports reporter for The Harbor Beach Times, a weekly newspaper in the small town where he grew up in Michigan’s Thumb area, on the shore of Lake Huron. He received a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University, where his studies focused on journalism and political science. After a brief stint at the Midland Daily News, Jamie spent more than 25 years at the Jackson Citizen Patriot. A small-town boy at heart, Jamie lives with his wife, Vicki; daughter, Shelby; and son, Max, in a historic home in the rural hamlet of Horton, southwest of Jackson.


Todd McKinney, sales manager

Todd immigrated to his home state of Michigan in 1989 after 15 years making music for stage and screen in Los Angeles. He earned a B.A. in English Language and Literature and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, both from U-M. Todd followed a Hopwood Award for Major Fiction in 1994 with several years as a radio copywriter and producer before launching imMEDIA Advertising, Inc. A two-year turn as the creative director from Hell, Michigan preceded Todd’s return to academe, though evidence of causality is slim. He lives in pastoral Livingston County with his wife Jackie, a longtime U-M RN. Their 4 children — Anne, Jonathan, Lily and Zoe — have flown the coop but remain near.

Kevin Brown, associate editor

Kevin spent his formative years in Dearborn, Ann Arbor and Nashville before working two years as a reporter with the daily Mining Journal in snowy Marquette. He returned to metro Detroit, working 14 years for the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers and 2-1/2 years for the Plymouth Township government in administration and communications. He also wrote a stack of freelance pieces for The Detroit News before joining the Record in 2005. Kevin also is a musician who has been nominated for four Detroit Music Awards.



Do-Hee Morsman, center administrator of the Nam Center for Korean Studies, on living in Korea: “I was able to experience and interact with the country and culture in a way that was on my terms.”


Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile, 8 p.m. Oct. 18, Rackham Auditorium.

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