Name: Erica Palan
Graduation Year: 2008
Occupation, Company: Deputy Business Editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer
Describe your current occupation and if applicable, how was Temple the launchpad for your current position?
As the deputy business editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, I oversee a stable of reporters who cover everything from the economy and personal finance to technology and entrepreneurship. Because of the foundational journalism education I received at Klein, I have been able to move seamlessly from jobs in audience development to opinion journalism and now to business news.
Why do you support Temple University and serve on the Klein Alumni Association Board?
As a lifelong Philadelphian who went to Temple and has worked in Philadelphia media for the last 15 years, I see every day how the connections I made as an undergraduate paved the way for my future success. Every day, I work side by side with fellow Temple alumni and hope to add more future colleagues to the mix.
What excites you about the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication?
We live in an era where the media is changing dramatically — and we can see the impact in every facet of our lives, including presidential elections. Helping shape the nation’s future media leaders means helping to shape the future of our world.
What advice could you give someone looking to become more engaged with Klein College?
Just ask! Whether it’s guest lecturing in a class, serving on the alumni board, or something in between,I’ve only ever received positive responses when I’ve reached out to Klein educators and organizers. The alumni network is part of what makes Klein so special.
What was your favorite memory while a student at Temple?
As a senior, I was editor of Philadelphia People magazine, then the capstone class for the magazine track of the journalism program. It gave me my first real taste of editing and management. I also met my husband!
Describe KLN students in one word: Busy!