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On Steve Jobs

Of the many obituaries today for Steve Jobs, two of the most relevant and (I’d imagine) widely read were written by Penn Staters. Ted Anthony ’95 was given the task of summing up Jobs’ life by the Associated Press, and it’s a great read. He leads with a memory of the day the Apple co-founder introduced the Macintosh to the world. “In dark suit and bowtie, he is a computing-era carnival barker—eyebrows bouncing, hands gesturing, smile seductive and coy and a bit annoying. It’s as if he’s on his first date with an entire generation of consumers. And, in a way, he is.” If you haven’t already, you can read the AP obit here.

Then there’s Steven Levy ’74g, who has spent much of his career documenting the innovation that made Jobs a tech icon and Apple one of the wealthiest companies—and arguably the most influential—on the planet. Levy now writes for Wired, and his obit gets right to the point: “It had taken a while for the world to realize what an amazing treasure Steve Jobs was. But Jobs knew it all along.” Levy’s piece is here.

Ryan Jones, senior editor


October 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm 1 comment

Ben Feller Honored for Coverage of President Obama

We told you Ben Feller ’92 Com was good at his job. Feller, a White House correspondent for the Associated Press, recently earned the Merriman Smith Award from the White House Correspondents’ Association for his coverage of President Obama’s secret trip to Dover Air Force Base to greet the coffins of fallen soldiers. (The photo at right shows Ben and the President at the annual WHCA dinner earlier this month.) The Dover piece also was among the work cited by the Gerald R. Ford Foundation when it honored Feller with its Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency.

We’ve mentioned Feller a few times in our blog, and he was our cover story in our May/June 2009 issue; now he (jokingly) credits his success to our coverage: “See what happens when you give people coverage in The Penn Stater?” Feller wrote in an e-mail. “Good things happen—I see cause and effect here!”

That’s very nice of Ben, but his success is more likely related to his being a “master of deadline reporting,” among the other accolades listed by the awards judges.

Amy Guyer, associate editor

May 19, 2010 at 9:38 am 1 comment

White House Reporter Ben Feller Reminds Us That Accuracy Is Vital to His Job

Just got an email from Ben Feller ’92 Com, who I interviewed for the cover story in our May/June issue. He wrote to share a PDF link to our Q&A on the Associated Press site, and to share his story (which ran in today’s Washington Post, along with who knows how many other papers) about soaking White House press secretary Robert Gibbs in a charity event on the White House lawn.


Here’s Ben’s take:

Hope all is well in the homeland. Thanks once more for the fair and generous coverage in the last issue. I’m still getting nice words my way.

Speaking of….the AP Web site now features your work, giving The Penn Stater a nice worldwide splash.

Also, I thought you’d get a kick out of what happened yesterday. Definitely a new highlight. Here is my first-person story.

Penn State proud,


He also sent a short video of his dunk-tank success, which I can’t seem to figure out how to post just now. Hopefully we can throw that up on the blog sometime Monday.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

June 26, 2009 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

A Cheeseburger for the President

In our May-June cover story, AP White House correspondent Ben Feller ’92 talks about what it’s like to cover the president. It involves a lot of waiting around, punctuated by moments where you have to jump in a van to follow the president to wherever he has impulsively decided to go. Today Ben got to follow the president and VP to Ray’s Hell Burger in Arlington for an impromptu lunch.

Be sure to check out the slide show—a somewhat over-the-top collection of 10, count ’em, 10, photos of the Leader of the Free World ordering, paying for, waiting for, and being served his cheeseburger.

Tina Hay, editor

May 5, 2009 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

Hey Ben, You’re on the Cover


These are not finished magazines—just finished covers.

I went back to the printing plant last evening to see the May-June cover on press and take some more pictures. By the time I got there, they had already printed several thousand covers and were stacking them onto pallets to go off to the bindery. But a few thousand is a drop in the bucket—we print something like 125,000 copies of the magazine, so the cover press will keep running for several hours.

Our May-June cover story, by the way, is a feature-length Q&A with Ben Feller ’92, the White House correspondent for the Associated Press. (Senior editor Ryan Jones went down to D.C. back in February to interview Ben for that piece and to see what the press digs in the White House are like.) We had struggled to decide whether to put Ben on the cover or go with one of the other features—we were divided as a staff as to which would make the stronger cover. That’s the subject of a whole other blog posting sometime. In the end we thought readers would respond best to the Ben Feller cover.

dsc_6998-sm-signature-on-pressMeanwhile, over on another press, yet another signature (a collection of pages, all on one big sheet) from the interior of the magazine was printing, so our customer-service rep and I strolled over to see that. This time I used the camera’s built-in flash in an attempt to “freeze” the pages as they flew by. If you look closely (or click on the photo to see it bigger), you can see that a page of Pulse, some pages from Class Notes and In Memoriam, an ad or two, and a page of Sports are all ganged together on one sheet. Later they get folded and cut, and magically everything comes out right-side up and in the correct order. It’s like origami or something.


Stacks of finished sections of The Penn Stater waiting to be assembled and "stitched."

By the time I left, some guys were setting up the bindery to stitch the magazine together, although the stitching probably won’t happen until this evening, last I heard. That’s a whole other process that’s very complicated and that I only vaguely understand. A machine puts the pages in order, staples the magazines, trims them, ink-jets the names and addresses onto the back covers, stacks the copies, and puts the stacks into bundles organized by zip code and down to the mail carrier’s house-to-house walking path. It’s all very high-tech.

The last photo shows stacks of Penn Stater signatures ready to go on the stitcher—even as thousands more Penn Stater signatures are still being printed in another part of the plant. The stitching assembly line, and the guys setting it up, are in the background.

By Thursday or Friday of this week, readers will start getting their copies of the May-June issue. The farther away you live from Strasburg, Va., the longer it’ll take for the magazine to get to you. So if you’re in, say, California or Florida, give it a week or so.

Tina Hay, editor

April 21, 2009 at 10:33 am 1 comment

Ted Anthony on Violence

When I was in San Francisco last week for a professional conference, the morning paper each day carried front-page news of the March 21 killings of four Oakland, Calif., police officers. Their public funeral last Friday at the Oracle Arena was huge—more than 21,000 people, including police officers from all over the country, were there.

In the short time since then, we’ve seen two more shocking and sobering acts of violence—yesterday in Binghamton, N.Y., where a man with a gun killed 13 people and then himself, and this morning in Pittsburgh, where a gunman killed three police officers who were responding to a domestic dispute.

Penn Stater Ted Anthony ’95 of the Associated Press today put together this analysis, in which he notes that 47 people have died in mass shootings in the U.S. in the past month, adding, “It’s to the point where on Saturday, dizzyingly, the mayor of Binghamton found himself offering Pittsburgh its sympathies.”

Tina Hay, editor

April 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm 1 comment

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