Middlebury

2006

 

James Kitchell '51

Jim Kitchell first got his taste for broadcast in a backyard chicken coop. According to Jim, that's where WMCRS, predecessor to today's WRMC, was launched. After graduating from Middlebury in 1951, Jim continued what would be a long and eventful career in broadcasting.

He began at NBC in New York, where he worked on the "Huntley-Brinkley Report," the 1964 Olympics, and nearly every cultural and political event of note from 1950 through 1976, not the least of which were the tragic assassinations of both Kennedys and Martin Luther King as well as the heralded first-manned moon landing. Later he moved on to Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta, where he helped usher in the age of CNN and continued to cover politics and sports, particularly through his association with Atlanta's hosting of the 1996 summer games.

He's received numerous awards for his pioneering efforts, including several Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He's also found time to volunteer his services to the Academy as both governor and president of its Atlanta, and to the Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative as a board member.

KRoldanKelvin Roldan '01

After he graduated in 2001, Kelvin Roldan wasted little time in getting down to business. Within months he joined the administration of Mayor Eddie Perez in Hartford, Connecticut — the first Puerto Rican mayor in a capital city. Kelvin, also a native of Puerto Rico who was raised in Hartford, was one of three senior aides to the mayor. His responsibilities ranged from acting as a key liaison between the mayor and the city's prominent Latino community to taking a leadership role in developing the arts and culture throughout Hartford. Perez was re-elected in 2003, and, as special assistant to the mayor and director of community initiatives, Kelvin continues to be actively involved in the shaping of the city.

Numerous groups have recognized Kelvin for his efforts, including the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, who awarded him the organization's first Promesa Award; the Connecticut General Assembly; and the English-Speaking Union. He serves on the board of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and ably represents Mayor Perez on the board of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

He is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum, and in 2004 the Hartford Business Journal included Kelvin on its "Top 40 Under 40" list, which recognizes business leaders committed to the city's future.

 

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