Matt Ellis



Most college students become big fans of their universities during their time on campus, and I am no different. I have been taking classes on and off at the University of Utah for about five years now, in what I jokingly refer to as my “extended four-year plan.” My focuses for my stories stem from the pride I feel in being a part of a great University.

I was having trouble finding a subject for my profile, so I decided to find a U graduate who had been successful in their career. Fortunately James Clegg was going to be in town for a weekend, so I had the opportunity to sit down with him and find out how he got to a prestigious law firm in New York City.

The main thing I would have done better if I had the chance to do it over would be to come up with better interview questions. The ones I had certainly provided me with sufficient information, but I think being a little bit more in depth and comprehensive would have served me well. Since the initial draft, I have had to check back with James and his wife multiple times to clarify the notes I had.

I think that I did a good job of making my profile appealing to readers. For University students, it can be interesting to read about alumni from your school who have gone on to be successful, especially for one who may not be entirely sure of their future career path.
I think I ended up with a good piece, but it was definitely a learning experience.


I am currently a junior at the University of Utah majoring in mass communication with a focus on journalism. I am an avid fan of almost any sport, but my focus is often on football and basketball, both college and professional. I ultimately hope to be a sports journalist for ESPN.

During my younger years, I was blessed with the opportunity to travel around the world with my family, and lived in Tokyo, Japan, from 7th grade until I graduated from high school in 2006. Since high school I have held a number of different jobs, from lifeguard to restaurant worker to salesperson.

On a nice day I enjoy longboarding or getting some friends together for a football or basketball game at the park. During the colder months I try to get on the mountain for some skiing or snowboarding, both of which I have been doing for years. I have also been playing the guitar since I was in middle school, but school and work don’t always allow me time to sit down and play.

I currently work as a sales professional for Clearlink, primarily selling AT&T home services. After I finish school here in Salt Lake, I plan on pursuing a graduate degree but do not have a specific school in mind.