Notable Alumni

Many of the College’s 28,000 alumni remain active participants in the life of Emerson. Although concentrated in Massachusetts, California, and New York, Emersonians can be found working in virtually every major media, entertainment, or arts enterprise across the country.

They include, among many others:

Acting & Performance

  • talk show host Jay Leno ’73
  • actors Henry Winkler ’67, Richard Dysart ’56, and Spalding Gray '63
  • comedians/actors Eddie Brill '80, Mario Cantone '82, Denis Leary ’79, Andrea Martin ’69, and Steven Wright '78
  • Broadway actors Joseph Leo Bwarie '99 (Jersey Boys) and Betsy Morgan ’03 (A Little Night Music)
  • musicians Eric Hutchinson '02 and Michael Angelakos '09, lead singer of Passion Pit

Communications & Marketing

  • entrepreneur and makeup artist Bobbi Brown ’79
  • strategic communications executives Larry Rasky ’78 and Michael Mendenhall ’84
  • Peter Meade ’70, Boston Redevelopment Authority director
  • Kathi-Anne Reinstein '97, Massachusetts State Representative, 16th Suffolk District
  • Cyndi Roy '04, Communications Director at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Film & Television Production

  • television producers Norman Lear ’44 (All in the Family), Kevin Bright ’76 (Friends), Max Mutchnick ’87 (Will & Grace), and Vin Di Bona ’66 (America’s Funniest Home Videos)
  • television executives Lucia Cottone '92, Doug Herzog ’81 (MTV), and Doug Holloway ’76
  • screenwriters Anna Hamilton Phelan ’65 (Amelia), Kate Boutilier ’81 (Rugrats), and Alex Tse '98 (Watchmen)
  • Eric Drysdale '93, writer and Emmy Award winner for The Colbert Report
  • Bill Fiala ’95, executive director of post-production at Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • documentary filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar '03, 2010 Emmy Award nominee for In a Dream
  • film editors Michael McCusker '88 (Walk The Line) and Andrew Leviton ’06 (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs)


  • journalist Morton Dean ’57
  • Boston newscasters Pam Cross ’75, Latoyia Edwards '98, Ed Harding '75, Gene Lavanchy '86, Maria Stephanos '88 & MA '93, David Wade '95, and Susan Wornick ’71
  • travel writer Kira Salak '93, winner of the PEN Award for journalism
  • New Orleans’ Times-Picayune reporter Brendan McCarthy ’04, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his eight-part series “Homicide 37”
  • Lowell Galindo '03, anchor, ESPNU
  • Veronica Belmont '04, tech journalist and host of Internet talk shows Tekzilla and Qore


  • Seth Grahame-Smith '98, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  • Olen Steinhauer '99, The Tourist; The Nearest Exit
  • Laura van den Berg '08, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us
Emmy Experience

Emerson Alumni:
The Emmy Experience

Emerson alumni involved with the Emmys describe what Emerson meant to them and how it helped shape where they are today.

Maria Menounos

Emerson alumna Maria Menounos, co-host of "Extra" on ABC.


Denise Kaigler

Emerson alumna Denise Kaigler, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications at Boston Scientific Corporation