By Tyler J. Scott ’12, Michael Moroney ’13 & Jackson Santy ’13
Brophy prides itself in preparing students for college, but alumni say it also prepares students for life after college.
Alumni have found success in many fields including media and social justice
Al Porteous ’00 is currently an Associate Producer for FOX Sports Arizona.
“Since we have somewhat of a small production staff here, I have many opportunities to produce shows on my own,” Porteous wrote in an e-mail.
He has been producing the show “Devil Ball with Herb Sendek” for the past few years and he has also worked on producing Arizona and Arizona State college football and basketball preview shows, as well as an “In My Own Words” episode on Arizona State head football coach Dennis Erickson and a Bruce Snyder tribute show.
He is currently working on a Pat Tillman Legacy show as well “which I’m most excited about … that will air in April,” Porteous wrote.
How did he get to this position?
While at Brophy, Porteous participated in football and baseball but was not sure of his future profession even going into college.
“I had no idea what I wanted to do. In fact, I went to Loyola Marymount for my first two years and decided I wanted to play football again, so I came back and tried to walk on at ASU in 2002, but didn’t make it,” Porteous wrote.
At both schools he majored in Communications.
“I actually did not have any TV/Production background while at Brophy or even in college for that matter. I was able to land an internship here at FOX Sports my last semester in college and a couple months after I graduated from ASU, they called me and said they were opening a Production Assistant position and asked if I was interested in working for them,” he wrote.
In the end, his love of sports led him into the sports broadcast world.
“Honestly, it was my knowledge and love of sports that helped land me the job. I’ve had to learn the technical aspects as I’ve been going along, but you can’t just teach someone sports this late in life. You either love it or you don’t,” Porteous wrote.
Another graduate has been able to combine media with creating change in the world.
Taylor Krauss ’98 founded the non-profit organization Voices of Rwanda to spread the word about the 1994 genocide in the African nation of Rwanda, which claimed over 800,000 lives.
According to the Voices of Rwanda website, Krauss interviews Rwandan genocide victims, who tell their stories of murder, rape and escape. These video testimonies are spread throughout the United States to act as warnings for current and future genocide.
Voices of Rwanda has collected hundreds of hours of testimonies that have been used for historical and psychological research.
He still spends much time in Rwanda rebuilding the destroyed nation.
Krauss has also spent time in the Democratic Republic of Congo, filming testimonies of women who were sexually abused.
Graduating from Brophy in 1998, he pursued a Film Studies major at Yale University.
According to the “Alumni News” section of the Yale Digital Media Center for the Arts website, after college Krauss migrated to New York to pursue a documentary filmmaking career.
He worked under director Ken Burns as an associate producer for a World War II documentary called “The War.”
In 2009, Krauss received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his work in the Congo and he was also featured on CNN’s online segment, “Young People Who Rock.”
Brophy alumni shares his knowledge with Gonzaga University
By Brett Mejia ’13
Brophy alum Jake Kelly ’09 has taken the photojournalism experience he started as a Bronco to Gonzaga University.
He is currently the Photo editor for the Gonzaga Bulletin, the school’s student newspaper
Kelly started out as a Brophy student who took photos and sent them into The Roundup not sure whether or not they would be used. He later joined the photo club which was headed by teacher and advisor for The Roundup Mr. Mica Mulloy ’99.
“It was really my interest in photography that led me to journalism,” Kelly said.
It wasn’t long until Kelly’s photos started showing up in The Roundup.
“I think I took one of a really empty stadium when we had to go to the Jesus event, and that made it into the paper. And then I took a picture of an exhibit in the gym during our Summit on War, and that made the front page,” he said.
Kelly then decided to take Photojournalism his senior year, and he became The Roundup’s photo editor.
Kelly is currently attending Gonzaga University, and he is studying Sociology with a double minor in French and Philosophy.