Knight Center graduate Andy McGlashen (MA ’09) in June became communications director for the Michigan Environmental Council, a nonprofit organization that represents 70 environmental, health and social justice groups at the state Capitol.
McGlashen joined MEC in 2010 and previously was development and communications associate. He replaces Hugh McDiarmid, Jr., who accepted a position with the International Joint Commission.
A former correspondent for MSU’s Capital News Service, McGlashen was the 2009 recipient of the Knight Center’s Rachel Carson Award for Outstanding Graduate Student. His reporting has appeared in newspapers around the state, along with Midwest Energy News, The Daily Climate, Environmental Health News, Great Lakes Echo and other outlets. He also has covered health and medicine for MSU’s media relations office.
McGlashen even has shown some Great Lakes love on national television.
He can occasionally be found playing guitar around Lansing with Uncle Alice and the Gals, a fledgling old-time and bluegrass band that includes Knight Center graduates Alice Rossignol (banjo) and Brian Bienkowski (mandolin), and featured fellow alumnus Jeff Brooks Gillies on dobro before he moved to Colorado.