Notable Alumni

Ben Rogers and Jeff "Skin" Wade
The Ben and Skin Show Ben Rogers ('99) and Jeff "Skin" Wade ('01)

Radio broadcasters whose radio program "The Ben and Skin Show" is syndicated via iHeartRadio

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Lewis Abernathy Jr.

Actor and director; played Lewis Bodine, a member of the treasure hunting team, in Titanic; also wrote many of the final scenes for the film

Joe Don Baker ('58)

Actor; Acting credits include The Natural, Fletch, The Living Daylights and Goldeneye. Best known for role as Buford Pusser in Walking Tall

Shirley Cothran Barret
Shirley Cothran Barret ('73, '74 M.Ed.)

Miss America 1975, author and motivational speaker

Joan Blondell
Deceased 1906-1979

Actor; Academy Award nominee for The Blue Veil; also starred in Public Enemy and Grease

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K Callan ('64)

Actress; appeared in the movies Knives Out, Joe and A Touch of Class, as well as the TV shows All in the Family, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, How I Met Your Mother, Justified and Veep

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Thomas Haden Church

Actor; Academy Award nominee for Sideways; Emmy award winner for Broken Trail

Carmen Cusack

Singer and actress; two-time Tony Award nominee for a 2016's Bright Star and 2021's Flying Over Sunset; appeared in the movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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Mary Dodd Greene
Mary Dodd Greene 1953
Deceased 1932–2015 Longtime staffer for "Sesame Street" and civil rights activist who served on the White House Conference on Families and the National Institute for Literacy Advisory Board
George Dunham
George Dunham ('88)

Host of the top-rated radio show "The Musers," a two-time finalist for National Major Market Personalities of the Year from the National Association of Broadcasters, and the voice of Mean Green athletics from 1990 to 2015

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Mark Followill ('20)

Dallas Mavericks broadcaster who has won a Lone Star Emmy Award and covered the 2016 Olympics

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Phyllis George
Phyllis George ('70)
Deceased 1949-2020

Miss America 1971; broadcaster with NFL Today; entrepreneur

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Jame Hampton
James Hampton ('57)
Deceased 1936-2021

Actor who appeared on F Troop, Teen Wolf and Sling Blade; director of numerous TV shows

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Dr. Phil McGraw ('76 M.A., '79, Ph.D.)

Self-help expert; host of the nationally syndicated top rated talk show Dr. Phil and best-selling author

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Mark "Hawkeye" Rybczyk ('83)

Radio personality on the DFW radio station 96.3 KSCS; winner of Billboard Magazine's Air Personality of the Year and member of the Country Radio Hall of Fame

Melissa Rycroft ('05)

Television personality; Dancing with the Stars: All Stars winner and The Bachelor contestant

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Thomas Sadoski

Tony Award-nominated actor who has appeared in The Newsroom, Life in Pieces, Wild and John Wick

Cara Santa Maria
Cara Santa Maria ('04, '07 M.S.)

Los Angeles Area Emmy Award-winning host of the podcast "Talk Nerdy to Me" and science correspondent on National Geographic's TV series "Brain Games"

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Greg Sax
Greg Millsbaugh Sax ('88)

Longtime radio announcer and member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame

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Ann Sheridan
Deceased 1915-1967

Actress; roles in King's Row and Angels with Dirty Faces; roles in films with Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Cary Grant and Errol Flynn