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Hank Phillippi Ryan '71
(she was Harriet Ann Sablosky at Western) is a prolific and award-winning writer. She is also a prolific and award-winning television reporter. Hank successfully merges the two callings in her popular series of mystery novels featuring Boston investigative reporter Charlotte "Charlie" McNally. (Hank is an on-air investigative reporter for WHDH-TV in Boston.) The most recent of the novels, Drive Time, was published in February 2010 and received a starred review from Library
Journal; the first, Prime Time, won the Agatha Award for best new mystery in 2007; the third in the series, Air Time, was an Agatha Award nominee. At WHDH, where she has been since her hiring in 1983 as a general assignment reporter, Hank has won 26 EMMYs, "10 or so" Edward R. Murrow Awards, plus countless regional, national and international recognitions for writing, editing and "hard-hitting investigations." She is especially proud that her "consumer investigative reporting has changed laws and changed lives." For a more complete look at Hank's life and times -- and to read her new short story -- go to her website. Hank was at Western "with much delight" in 1967-69. She writes, "I adored it. Had the life-changingly wonderful Dr. [Alice] Blitch (my first book is dedicated to her), lived in Mary Lyon, wore my trench coat with a Lanz nightgown underneath to German class at 8 a.m. for an entire semester (and I don't think anyone noticed)." 

Dan Pribble '02 has won a significant literary award for his writing even though he is not yet an established author. A native of Oxford, Ohio, Dan received the 2010 Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant, awarded by the Ohioana Library Association, a state agency "dedicated to collecting, preserving, and promoting the written work of Ohio's writers, artists, and musicians." This particular grant is given annually "to encourage writers under 30 who have not yet published a book" and to help them launch publishing careers. In announcing Dan's winning entry -- an excerpt from the first chapter of a novel he's writing (working title: All the Way Gone) printed in the fall 2010 Ohioana Quarterly  -- judges said, "Pribble writes fully realized, compelling characters and his stories have a strong sense of narrative and place. He is truly a young writer to watch out for." Now living in Boston, where he is on the staff of the MIT Libraries, working as an interlibrary borrowing associate, Dan earned his M.F.A. at Emerson College. His earlier fiction has appeared in the magazines Inklings (Miami University), Redivider (Emerson) and The Diner Journal. And clearly, writing was his focus at Western. In 2001, as one of 100 students in Miami's Undergraduate Summer Scholar program, his subject was "Tradition in the Classroom: The Storyteller's Role in Education." The title of his senior paper was "Staring with Words: Teaching Kids Philosophy with Literature" -- about using children's lit to teach critical thinking to elementary-school children -- and it remains one of his proudest achievements at Western. The WCAA Bulletin last had news of Dan in fall 2007 when, as the Rev. Daniel J. Pribble of the Progressive Universalist Life Church, he was due to officiate at the Kumler Chapel wedding of classmate Todd Nadenichek and Kristen DeLap '05. But he says he "loved, loved, loved Western" and visits the campus whenever he comes home to see his parents, who still live in Oxford.

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