Former student covers terror for PEOPLE magazine



Elaine AradillasPEOPLE crime reporter and former journalism student covered the Oct. 31 attack on a bike path in New York City in which 8 people were killed and 11 injured. 

 Click here for an earlier story about Elaine.


Former student covering California fires.

Reporter Joe Vasquez
Former student Joe Vasquez gained expertise and skills on The Ranger while a student at the college. The national Emmy winning reporter used this practical experience to cover this story with KPIX in San Francisco. 

Firefighters Work To Protect Homes From Wildfire In Geyserville 

Residents have been ordered to leave and firefighters are working to protect homes from the Pocket Fire in Geyserville, Vazquez reports.

Veteran reporter Vasquez has traveled far and wide in search of good stories. 

In a local TV news career that spans more than two decades, Vasquez has hustled after hurricanes and tropical storms in Houston and New Orleans; covered politics and police in Philadelphia; and while in the Bay Area, has covered all the major stories; from the San Bruno explosion, to the “most dangerous street in Oakland” to a faked finger discovery in a bowl of chili in San Jose. 

In September, 2010, Vasquez and his team were awarded the National Emmy Award for their Breaking News coverage of the Oakland riots following the shooting of Oscar Grant at the hands of a BART policeman. That award followed a regional Emmy for the same coverage.


Chalk Day celebrates National Newspaper Week



Students used chalk to express themselves and celebrate freedom of speech on Oct 2. Since 2004, during National Newspaper Week The Ranger has hosted Chalk Day, as a movement to allow students to celebrate the importance of the First Amendment. The narrator is Teresa Talerico, a former student and current adjunct instructor in the journalism program. The event was planned this year by a public relations class. 


Former student finds her niche in New York


Former student Jolene Almendarez, a criminal justice reporter and managing editor for The Ithaca Voice, primarily covers crime and courts. 

Her journey to The Voice took a circuitous route from sunny South Texas to frigid Alaska and on to the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region of New York.

Following her stint as a reporter, editor and multimedia editor at the college, she enrolled at the University of Alaska Anchorage to major in journalism. 

Almendariz started her professional career in crime reporting at The San Antonio Express-News part-time before being hired at The Post-Standard in Syracuse.

"What I learned at The Ranger is to always make the extra call, double check a fact, ask people to clarify and treat every source like they matter. The Ranger is the best newsroom I have ever worked in. Cherish it," she said. 


This is a link to The Ithaca Voice. Read more  here.


Former student becomes "legend" down under.


A ride on a busy Sydney, Australia, roadway turned into a TV appearance and a bit of fame as a "Cycling Hero" for a former student.

Jono Wright, a senior copywriter at Ogilvy Australia, lives in Coogee, New South Wales, Australia. 

Jono, who answered to "Jonathan" while in San Antonio, worked as a news and features reporter and managing editor on The Ranger while at the college, and his unique sense of humor was evident back in the day to his colleagues on staff and his instructors.  

His rise to fame and this video on "The Project" came from confronting a cheeky litterbug who had thrown rubbish out of his expensive automobile onto the street in Sydney, Australia. 


Former student stumbles on front page photo

Former student Eric Kayne, a free-lance photographer in Houston, happened on to what appeared to be a typical protest march in Oakland, CA. 

But let Kayne tell the story from his Facebook post:


A group of anti-Donald
Trump protestors storm 
into Oakland City HalI.

Interesting day yesterday. 
On spec, I went to downtown Oakland yesterday to photograph anything connected with the court appearance of Noor Salman, the wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Matee

Not five minutes there, I get a call to photograph an unrelated protest literally around the block at Oakland City Hall.


Two former students show their work.

Each year about this time the San Antonio Express-News looks back at the old year and looks forward to the new year.  These former students were photojournalists on The Ranger and The Fourth Write. Read their behind-the-work stories about the photos that were selected. 



Pictures of the Year: Kin Man Hui

Pictures of the Year: Edward Ornelas


Former student returns to her real passion.

Cathy Leigh Duncan
Catherine “Cathy” Leigh Duncan credits her time at San Antonio College for her ease of transfer to the University of Texas, her subsequent bachelor of journalism degree and her current position as director of communications for Institutional Advancement at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio 

“Beginning my college education in the Journalism Department at San Antonio College was the smartest thing I ever did. I wish I could take credit for this brilliant decision. But, I can't. I only began at SAC because financially I had no other options,” Duncan said.  

“Although Highlands High School classmates had teased me about going to ‘San Pedro High’ as they called it, I found a challenging, national-award-winning journalism program." 

W.B. Daugherty, Lynnell Burkett, Jerry Townsend and Chet Hunt figured out all my weaknesses and then strove to make me a better writer, speller, designer and interviewer,” she added. 
One of Duncan's responsibilities
at the UT Health Science Center 
San Antonio is this magazine. 

In Daugherty’s classes, one misspelled word meant an F on a story. If it wasn't perfect, don't even think about turning it in was his credo, she recalled.    

“Weeks after high school graduation, I learned that on second round I received the four-year Baumberger Endowed Scholarship, and after two years at SAC and working on The Ranger, I transferred to UT Austin's print journalism program,“ she said. 

“I can still remember my first semester in a writing class at UT Austin. I was so afraid the other students who had been at UT their first years were ahead of me in journalism knowledge. After our stories were graded, they were put in a box in alphabetical order, she recalled.  


Former student digs into all things tacos in the city.

Click here to read his newest journalistic effort. Click here for an earlier post about Ben and his time at SAC and the Express-News. This is Ben's latest note about taking a break.