Nicholls State University

MACO Alumni


Here’s a spotlight on some of our thriving alumni:

Lawrence "Sonny" Albarado (1973)

Sonny Albarado was the 2012-2013 national president of the Society for Professional Journalists, which promotes excellence in journalism and defends First Amendment freedoms. It has 8,500 members in almost 300 chapters across the nation. He has been projects editor of The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007.

Joey Kennedy

Joey Kennedy is the 1991 Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial writing, Birmingham News. Kennedy soon became back-page columnist for B-Metro magazine, and investors helped him and his wife start a website, Animal Advocates of Alabama.

Cory Melancon Haik (2000)

Cory Haik is publisher of; staff member of Seattle Times when it won Pulitzer Prize in 2010 and of the Times-Picayune when it won two Pulitzers in 2006 (all for digital journalism); and named one of the world’s top 50 female innovators in digital journalism by

Tresha Mabile (1989)

Tresha Mabile is a journalist and independent documentary filmmaker who specializes in reporting from conflict zones. Her work has aired on National Geographic,Discovery, CNN, A&E and the History Channel. In the past decade she has traveled to the front lines of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to produce five documentaries on Iraq and Afghanistan. Check out her work.

“Nicholls educates in a community atmosphere that nurtures and builds self-esteem, but also turns out competitive, action-oriented graduates. In my experience, Nicholls was the bridge between small-town life and many worldwide opportunities that await any graduate.”


Fabrice Pierre (1997)

Fabrice Pierre is an award winner at the Cannes Film Festival.

Mark D. Plaisance (1983)

Successfully argued Miller Montgomery v. State of Louisiana before the U.S. Supreme Court in fall 2015.

Tony Poon (2010)

Tony Poon worked in Hong Kong at DJI, the leader in manufacturing drones, as a pilot and videographer

Ken Wells (1971)

Ken Wells, runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in reporting in 1982, has written five novels and three books of non-fiction. He was with The Wall Street Journal for 25 years, first as a reporter and feature writer and then for many years as a Page One editor. He is currently with an investigative unit of Bloomberg News and often writes for Bloomberg Businessweek.

“I’m firmly convinced that, were it not for Nicholls, I would never have been able to afford to attend college and thus, ultimately, wouldn’t have been able to secure the college credentials that allowed me to move ahead in my career.”


Department of Mass Communication (MACO)

Office Location

102 Talbot Hall

Mailing Address

PO Box 2031, Thibodaux, LA 70310


fax: 985.448.4577


Dr. James Stewart, Head


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