Arts, Media & Journalism

Jean (Cameron) Tudor ’56, an artist specialising in vitreous enamels, writes, “My happy life spent in my studio has been so enriched by my history background.”  Throughout her studies and travels in various parts of the world, Jean has immersed herself in historical enameling and metalworking traditions, finding inspiration in Celtic and Native American styles and objects.  Examples of her beautiful work may be seen at www.jeantudorenamels.com.

Following graduation, Dale Wirsing ’58 earned his M.A. in journalism from Stanford and worked as a reporter for the Palo Alto Times and Madison Capital Times before returning to Tacoma to join the staff of the News Tribune, from which he retired in 2000.  He has been active in historical education and preservation, serving as President of the Tacoma Historical Society and on the boards of the Washington State Historical Society and Job Carr Cabin Museum among other commitments.  Dale writes, “I've always been appreciative of the depth and perspective I gained from my history classes at Puget Sound, and I should mention in particular the influence of Prof. Stan Shelmidine, a stern taskmaster when it came to clear and accurate prose.” Dale has found many ways to put these skills to use as a journalist, copyeditor, teacher, and author.

Tom Winter ’87 worked as a research historian at the Smithsonian’s National Portait Gallery and studied history at the University of York before changing gears to pursue a career in journalism and photography.  Tom’s articles and photos, many related to his passion for skiing, have appeared in many publications, including the Los Angeles Times.  He writes, “I’ve been very influenced by historical methodology as a journalist. The tools I learned at UPS, such as how to research and where to chase down information, have been invaluable. Understanding the human experience, being able to put it into context and add meaning is a huge part of the storytelling I do as a journalist when creating feature-length stories.” While continuing to work as a freelance journalist, Tom has built another successful career in marketing and brand management, and currently serves as the Americas Manager for the elite Freeride World Tour, overseeing all North and South American communications, sport development and media partnerships.