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A baker’s dozen of Knox alumni who in some meaningful way represent thousands of other Knox alumni:

1. John Podesta '71, who currently serves as chairman of the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign, has been advisor to President Obama, Chief of Staff for President Clinton, and Chair of the Center for American Progress.

2. Carol Craig '89 founded Craig Technologies, a national aerospace consulting company; she was the Navy's first woman aviator in her P-3 Orion squadron.

3. Vince Singleton '03's film The Porter won the Chase Legacy Film Challenge. He founded Film Collective Productions and directs films, commercials, music videos, and documentaries.

4. John Lawler '88 is chairman & CEO of Ford Motor China.

5. Gauher Aftab '05, inspired by his own encounter with terrorist rhetoric as a child in Pakistan, co-authored an educational comic, Paasban: The Guardian, to rebut violent extremist rhetoric. The comic is now available in more than 400 public schools in Pakistan.

6. Matt Berg '00 was named one of Time's "most influential people in the world." He developed ChildCount+, an open source mobile health system; created the Last Mile Initiative, which brings basic information and communication technologies to rural African villages; and was director of information and communications technology for the Millennium Villages Project at Columbia University's Earth Institute. His currently chief executive officer of the social enterprise technology company Ona.

7. Lara Moritz '90 won two Emmys, two Edward R. Murrow awards, and the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award; she anchors the evening newscasts at KMBC in Kansas City.

8. Vir Das '02 headlines one of the largest comedy festivals in India, acts in film and television, and founded his own band and production company.

9. Thomas Kurtz '50 co-created BASIC, the foundational language of computing.

10. Alison Snyder-Warwick '00 uses her surgical skills to help children with facial paralysis, cleft palate, and other conditions as director of the Facial Nerve Institute at St. Louis Children's Hospital and assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Washington University School of Medicine.

11. Ismat Kittani '51 came to Knox from Iraq, helped establish our Honor Code, and went on to become president of the United Nations General Assembly.

12. Barry Bearak '71 received a Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for his coverage of daily life in war-torn Afghanistan; he's a correspondent for the New York Times.

13. B.J. Hollars '07, assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, has written or edited eight books, including the award-winning Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America, since graduating from Knox.

Recognizing our Notable Alumni

We are proud of the accomplishments of our alumni. So proud that we present a number of awards to our notable alumni each year, recognizing their lifetime achievements, generosity, and contributions to their communities.

Learn more about the awards and recipients.

If you know someone worthy of recognition, be sure to nominate him or her for one of these honors.

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