Former students cover the Spurs vs. Houston

Spurs' Kawhi Leonard fumbles the ball against Houston Rockets' Trevor Ariza at the Toyota Center. Photo by Kin Man Hui for the San Antonio Express-News. 

Veteran sports reporter Tom Orsborn and photojournalist Kin Man Hui provide rabid Spurs fans with story and photos from Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Spurs survive loss of Parker to down Rockets

Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge scores against Houston Rockets' James Harden in Game 3 on the Western Conference semifinals. Photo by Kin Man Hui/San Antonio Express-New.

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. At first, it seemed like many protests I've photographed: about two dozen people gathered outside city hall to exercise their free speech. 

When they began walking, I figured they were going to do a march around the building and then wrap up. I scrambled to the end of the sidewalk to photograph them coming down the sidewalk when all of a sudden, they all started to bolt into a side entrance. 

Next thing I know, a protestor is having a tug of war with a security guard who kept repeating "No signs! No signs!" while the protester kept protesting "It's just PAPER! It's just PAPER!" 

It's always nice to be surprised (sometimes) and I ended up getting the A1 dominant image in today's edition of the San Francisco Chronicle (extra bonus of headline from a Doobie Brothers song :-))
See another story about Kayne here

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.  "Of course, I had to sneak looks at the other students' stories as I searched for mine. While I got 90s and 95s on stories with perfect AP Style adherence, perfect spelling, and written in pyramid style, the other students received much lower scores. They didn't even know AP Style.” 

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.

Former student featured on NBC News special

The one-hour special, Manson, featured PEOPLE crime reporter and former journalism student Elaine Aradillas.  Click here for earlier story about Elaine.

Check out this GREAT locator map on The Ranger.

Click on the "View larger map" symbol to see the work of a very talented young managing editor, Mandy Derfler.
If you are not included on the map, get on a stick and contact Mandy at

Former student moves from reporting to college PR.

Elaine Marsilio Krift
Elaine Marsilio Krift started in the journalism program at San Antonio College the spring semester after Sept. 11, 2001. "I remember seeing The Ranger's coverage of that day and being even more reinforced about pursuing a journalism degree."

Plus, she said she remembered walking by the journalism building and being in awe. As if to say, "One day I will be part of that program, and it's going to be great!" 

"I went to Mr. Chet Hunt's office one day in between classes. (I was so nervous!) I wanted to be in the journalism program, but I didn't know how to make the first step." She had spent her senior year of high school talking the new journalism teacher into letting her attend Journalism 101 class that year even though it was a freshmen class. "I knew my dream a little late in high school, but at least I had a dream. I knew my vision, and I wasn't going to let up. So, I went and talked to Mr. Hunt and said, 'I want to be in your program.' "