DU Alumni

Alumnus and CNN staffer finds his DU community in Atlanta

Jason Evans got a group of Atlanta-area alumni together to go to nearby Kennesaw, Ga., on Feb. 14 to watch the DU men’s lacrosse team defeat Duke in its season opener. Photo: Jim Clancy

Jason Evans got a group of Atlanta-area alumni together to go to nearby Kennesaw, Ga., on Feb. 14 to watch the DU men’s lacrosse team defeat Duke in its season opener. Photo: Jim Clancy

University of Denver alumnus Jason Evans originally planned on being a diplomat, so he wasn’t sure how his dual degrees in international studies and Spanish would help him when he instead landed a job as a writer and production assistant at KTVK-TV in Phoenix, Ariz. But Evans (BA ’98) joined the station just as it was launching a Spanish-language channel — and he was at the right place at the right time to get a job producing newscasts for the new project.

The next chapter in his career came four years later, when he was offered an entry-level job as a video archivist at CNN.

“Despite never having been to Atlanta, I packed everything I owned into my Jeep Wrangler and moved across country,” says Evans, who today works as a writer and producer with CNN International, where his areas of focus are package production, field production, copywriting and desk logistics.

Read Jason Evans’ article about the DU-Duke lacrosse game

In his spare time, Evans is active in the University of Denver’s Atlanta alumni chapter, which he discovered last year — 11 years too late, he laments — through LinkedIn.

“I went to my first event, a networking party at a bar owned by an alum, and came away with the idea that there was no reason I couldn’t become active with the group,” he says. “The Atlanta chapter has become a labor of love for me since then.”

Most recently, Evans got a group of alumni together to go to nearby Kennesaw, Ga., on Feb. 14 to watch the DU men’s lacrosse team defeat Duke in its season opener — he wrote an article for the University of Denver Magazine about the experience.

“The ‘Peach Pioneers’ have worked really hard to build something special here,” he says, noting that the Atlanta chapter had more attendees at January’s DU National Day of Service than any other alumni chapter. “And our pregame party for DU’s lacrosse season opener against Duke here in Atlanta drew 60 people.”

 

 

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