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Andy Ackerman '78, TV producer and director, SeinfeldThe New Adventures of Old ChristineCurb Your EnthusiasmFrasier, Two and a Half Men, Whitney; co-producer, Cheers; producer, The Ellen Show; director, Perfect Couples; winner, three prime time Emmys (was the youngest person to win an Emmy for technical achievement in editing at the age of 24); winner, Golden Globe; winner, two Directors Guild Awards

Michelle Ashford '83, Emmy nominated screenwriter, HBO's The Pacific and Showtime's Masters of Sex

Reza Aslan '95, author, No god But God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, How to Win a Cosmic War, Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East; consulting producer, HBO's The Leftovers

Max Baer, Jr. '59, actor, "Jethro" on The Beverly Hillbillies; film producer

Michele Borba '72, M.A. '75Ph.D., author, Don't Give Me That Attitude!, Parents Do Make a Difference, Building Moral Intelligence; regular contributor, NBC's Today Show; anti-bullying activist (her proposal "Ending School Violence and Bullying" (SB1667) was signed into California law in 2002).

Jeff Brazil '85, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist; former staff writer, Orlando Sentinel; former writer and editor, Los Angeles Times; winner, Worth Bingham Prize; winner, Scripps Howard Award

Lindsay Bruce '10, former contestant, NBC's The Voice; recording artist, Tumbleweed

Blye Faust '97, producer, Spotlight (Academy Award winner, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay); co-producer, The Queen Latifah Show

Ron Hansen M.A. '95, author, Mariette in EcstasyAtticusThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (made into a feature film in 2007)Exiles and Desperadoes

Paul Hoen ‘84, TV director and producer, Sabrina the Teenage Witch; director, Disney Channel TV programming: Luck of the Irish, Jump In!, The Cheetah Girls: One World, Dadnapped, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Let It Shine; winner, two Directors Guild Awards

Khaled Hosseini '88, author, The Kite RunnerA Thousand Splendid SunsAnd the Mountains Echoed

Jerry Howarth '68, former radio broadcaster, Toronto Blue Jays

Dana Jang '70, program director, Digity San Jose; former program director, NextMedia Group; former radio personality, various Bay Area and San Jose radio stations including Live 105, KOME, and KSJO, among others

Francisco Jimenez '66Ph.D., author, Taking Hold, The Circuit, Breaking Through, Reaching Out; 2002 U.S. Professor of the Year, CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education)

Neal Jimenez '82, movie screenwriter, Where the River Runs BlackRiver's Edge; director, The Waterdance

Jorma Kaukonen '64, guitarist, Jefferson Airplane; member, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Ron Lagomarsino '73, movie director, My Sister's KeeperRunning MatesDinner at Eight; stage and TV director, Joan of ArcadiaMy So-Called LifePicket Fences (winner, 1993 Directors Guild of America Award), Driving Miss Daisy, Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth, Ghost Whisperers, Baby Boom, Hart of Dixie

Michael Malone '75, MBA '77, author; current columnist, ABC News; former columnist, San Jose Mercury News, Fortune, The New York Times; former editor, Forbes ASAP; producer, T.V. mini-series The New Heroes

Kelly Moore '87, author, Deadly MedicineAmber HouseNeverwas

Shemar Moore '92, producer and actor, S.W.A.T.; TV actor, Criminal MindsYoung and the Restless (winner, Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series); host, Soul Train

Alex Nesic '96, actor, Sleeper Cell

Barry O'Brien '79, TV writer, CSI MiamiJudging AmyHanging with Mr. Cooper; executive producer, Hannah Montana, Gone, Guys Like UsBetween Brothers, Touch, Intelligence

Ted Templeman '66, record producer, produced for major artists such as Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Van Halen, Van Morrison

Lex van den Berghe '85, final contestant, Survivor Africa; contestant, Survivor: All-Stars

Adam Zotovich '97, Broadway producer, The Color PurpleThe Addams FamilyA View From the BridgeDriving Miss DaisyOf Mice and Men, Legally Blonde (musical), Dear Evan Hansen, An Act of God

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